An intro to web3 gaming

Web3 games are games that leverage blockchain technology to create new enriched experiences. Also known as Play & Earn, Blockchain games, or NFT games, these new generation of games provide gamers the ability to truly own in-game assets, trade fungible (currencies) or non-fungible (digital content) in open markets, and sometimes earn economic rewards for playing. The fact that players in play-to-earn web3 game economies own in-game asset draws a stark contrast to traditional Free-To-Play (Freemium) game economies, which have largely exist within a closed ecosystem preventing players from trading in-game items for real world value. In a Play & Earn game such as Tethan Arena, a player can choose to invest in a premium Hero (an NFT), and start collecting rewards right away as he improves his skills and rank in the game. Alternatively it can be played as a free-to-play game with a basic Hero, and with enough progress the player can access a premium one, and again, collect real-world value tokens as rewards. If he gets bored, or simply doesn't want to play anymore he can choose to sell his assets on the open market. On 2017 a few examples of this new model appeared, in titles such as CryptoKitties and Axie Infinity, but it was in early 2021 when this new trend really started to make headlines. Currently there are incredible titles being launched, and a fast growing audience for this new kind of gaming experience. Titles like Metalcore, Tethan Arena, The Harvest and many others, are about to be released with much anticipation and excitement from their respective communities, promising to enable a AAA gameplay experience, with all the benefits of web3.

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What is Metamask?

MetaMask is a software crypto wallet that comes as a browser extension. It also has a mobile application. The browser extension is available for: ChromeFirefoxBraveEdge It doesn’t matter what type of device you are using, this mobile application is available both for IOS and Android devices. MetaMask performs two main functions: First, it stores your private key and allows you to store your crypto. A very common misunderstanding is that many beginners believe that cryptocurrencies are stored in MetaMask or in any other crypto wallet. This is incorrect; a crypto wallet like MetaMask only stores your public key and your private key, then uses your private key to sign and approve transactions.  Consider the public key as your bank account number or your PayPal email address. The private key is similar to the pin to your debit card or as the password to your PayPal account. If someone knows your private key, they can get access to or spend all of your money.  The other and most important function of Metamask or other web3 wallet, is that it lets you interact with decentralized applications like Blast. For example you can sign-in to the app using Metamask, or collect a prize from a prize-pool. More information about how to install, create a wallet, and use Metamask can be found on the official site.

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