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A Korean blockchain gaming business has received funding from Microsoft

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WEMADE ALSO WORKS ON THE MIR SERIES OF MMO GAMES

Wemade claimed that Microsoft had “remarkably succeeded to attract new capital from […] a foreign strategic investor at favourable conditions,” yet it is unclear how much of the $46 million can be credited to Microsoft.

“This is a significant investment by respectable financial and strategic investors with proven track records,” Wemade CEO Henry Chang further stated. Wemade and Wemix will keep working to raise more money and make investments to develop the global platform for the digital economy.

Wemade is a game developer that has been around since 2000. The Legend of Mir series of PC and mobile MMORPGs is its most well-known franchise.

Though it’s unclear what criteria the company uses, it claims that its most recent game, Mir 4, “has become the world’s first well-made blockbuster blockchain game since the company entered the blockchain market in 2018”.

Wemade has introduced Wemix 3.0, a “platform-driven and service-oriented mega-ecosystem,” as its own blockchain mainnet. A mainnet is a fully functional and deployed blockchain network that enables the broadcast, verification, and recording of bitcoin transactions.

Additionally, it operates an NFT auction site and intends to launch a “economy platform” that works with both NFTs and DAO (decentralized autonomous organization, a collectively-owned organisation with no central authority).

Although it’s unclear how Microsoft’s investment in Wemade fits into its overall plan, it doesn’t seem likely that it will directly result in the use of blockchain or NFT technologies in its own games.

In August, Microsoft’s president of gaming Phil Spencer said he was “concerned” about play-to-earn cryptocurrency games because they “make a workforce out of gamers” and that NFT games “felt more exploitative than about fun” to him.

Recently, Spencer also made reference to Mojang’s declaration that it will not permit NFTs to be present in Minecraft. NFTs are “exploitative,” according to the Xbox studio, in their current applications, but the underlying technology may one day be used for greater things.

Spencer told Bloomberg in August that “we made some remarks in Minecraft about how we perceive NFTs in this sector because we observed people doing things that we believed were exploitative in our product – we said we don’t want that.”

 

When these technologies emerge, in my opinion, sometimes it’s like a hammer hunting for a nail. However, I believe there could be some fascinating uses for these technologies in genuine human use—or player use, in our case.

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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