- A recent study recommended that role-playing games, especially MMORPG, and casual games are the most suitable game genres in the blockchain space.
- Big Time is a free-to-play MMORPG that combines fast-action combat and adventure through time and space.
- Its in-game crypto, $TIME, is capped in supply and time-gated to earn. In theory, the bigger and rarer the SPACE is, the more valuable $TIME is.
Undeniably, the 2021 bull run was the era of blockchain games. During that time, games that utilize blockchain technology were called “play-to-earn” games because players earn crypto as rewards from different game objectives.
However, when the market turned red and all the crypto prices went down, it seemed that the idea of earning while playing was not sustainable anymore. Even BitPinas’ exclusive play-to-earn games to watch out for series were last published in September 2022.
But looking at the bright side, the blockchain gaming industry in Asia is blooming because the majority of gamers around the world are Asians, according to a study jointly conducted by CoinMarketCap and web3 data intelligence platform Xangle.
The study then recommended that role-playing games (RPG), especially MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), and casual games are the most suitable game genres in the blockchain space.
The same advice was given by the Blockchain Game Alliance, an industry organization founded in 2018 to promote the adoption of blockchain technology in games, which explained that “gameplay improvements” is the most important factor that will drive the adoption of blockchain games going forward.
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In this series, BitPinas is set to discuss different blockchain games for 2023 and how to play these games. Our buena mano is Big Time.
Introduction to Big Time
Big Time is a free-to-play MMORPG launched by a team of former game developers from gaming company giants like Epic Games, Rockstar, Riot, Activision, and Blizzard. It combines fast-action combat and adventure through time and space.
As per the game’s website, these developers have “contributed to some of the best-loved franchises in gaming history, including Fortnite, Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, just to name a few.”
Moreover, for blockchain gaming writer Robert Baggs, Big Time should be considered an AAA game because it has the depth users would see in a non-blockchain game, given that the game was also created for a short period of time only.
NFTs and Tokens: The Economy of Big Time
According to Big Time, most MMORPGs offer skins and in-game assets that are not owned by the players who bought them.
“Big Time is leading the shift from stale game economies to player-owned economies, allowing players to produce, collect, trade, or lend scarce in-game items,” it emphasized.
For the game’s developers, gamers should have the power to own the assets they bought, creating a player-driven economy:
“At Big Time, one of our main design pillars is fair play, which is why we built our economy to be a ‘Cosmetic Based Economy.’”
There are a couple of in-game NFT assets in the game:
- Cosmetics Digital Collectibles: For some games, hero skins usually add power to the character, but in Big Time, these skins can be applied to in-game weapons and armor to only enhance their look in-game, as well as other cool cosmetic effects such as sounds, footprints, and particle effects.
- Hourglasses: It is the required equipment that a character should wear to earn in-game tokens.
- Workshops: It consists of Forges, Armories, and Time Wardens. Forges and Armories are used to craft and upgrade cosmetic weapons and armor digital collectible skins. Time Wardens are used to craft, recharge, and upgrade Hourglasses.
- SPACE: It is where the Workshops is stored. Basically, the larger the SPACE is, the more Workshops can be stored. The rarity of the SPACE also dictates the rarity of the items produced by Forges, Armories, and Time Wardens.
- $TIME: The in-game cryptocurrency of Big Time. It is capped in supply and time-gated to earn. In theory, the bigger and rarer the SPACE is, the more valuable $TIME is.
What is $BIGTIME Cryptocurrency?
The $BIGTIME Token serves as the primary cryptocurrency underpinning the economy of Big Time.
How to get $BIGTIME?
To acquire $BIGTIME, players can participate in the game, wielding at least one charged Hourglass during gameplay. This can be achieved by various in-game activities, such as defeating adversaries or completing quests.
$BIGTIME is also available in cryptocurrency exchanges like OKX.
What are the utilities of $BIGTIME?
Once acquired, $BIGTIME finds its utility in several aspects of the game.
- It is essential for refining, crafting, and upgrading equipment at the Forge and Armory, enhancing the gameplay experience.
- Moreover, players can utilize $BIGTIME to expedite crafting timers at these facilities, allowing for more efficient progression.
- Additionally, some Prestige Portals require $BIGTIME to unlock, offering exclusive content and opportunities.
Guide: How to Play Big Time in the Philippines
As of this writing, Big Time is currently in the preseason, which means only players who have redeemed a pass, held a space, or achieved rank 20 can access the game.
For players who are qualified:
- Step 1: Download and install the game client on its website. The minimum specs of the gadget should be a GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon Rx 580 or better, 8GB RAM, DirectX 11 or above, Intel Core i5 4430/ AMD FX 6300, and 50GB available drive space.
- Step 2: Create a character and choose its class. There are four classes available: Warrior, Mage, Rogue, and Engineer. Each class has its own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Step 3: Explore the game world and join other players in various adventure instances. These are dungeons that take place in different timelines, such as Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, or Future Tokyo.
- Step 4: Fight enemies and complete quests to be able to collect loot for crafts and upgrades.
- Step 5: Participate in prestige portals, which are special adventure instances that offer higher rewards and challenges.
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