If you’ve ever played, or even seen minecraft before, you’ll easily be able to recognize the charming green and brown blocks that comprise the landscape of the popular virtual world. From children’s birthday cakes to middle aged geeks looking for a way to destress, Minecraft has touched the lives of many.
Ben Nolan, a Minecraft player and blockchain enthusiast, conjured up the idea to create a new virtual world about a year ago. Nolan’s idea was to create a world visually similar to Minecraft, but one that was owned by its users instead of an overseeing company.
Cryptovoxels launched back in June of 2018 in a secret test mode open exclusively to family and friends. Since then, the platform has been further polished and is open for public exploration. The virtual world is currently home to a plethora of typically city buildings including a performing arts center, parks, and museums. Most comically, the platforms early users have managed to create some pop culture ‘meme’ galleries including a variety of ‘pepe’ memes and Elon Musk smoking a blunt is now forever preserved on the blockchain.
While the platform is built on the Ethereum blockchain, the online world itself is not on the blockchain. What is on the blockchain is the ledger of parcel purchases. All of the parcels not yet claimed are own by ‘The Corporation’. Despite the off putting name, The Corporation is simply the platforms developers. They retain ownership of all unminted parcels, along with public land such as the parks and town center.
The world operates on ERC721 tokens so users are able to claim ownership of parcels and track purchases. At this time parcels on Cryptovoxel are priced at 0.248 ETH (approx. $40) and are for sale on OpenSea. You can also re sell your parcels through OpenSea if you ever decide to leave the game. This makes the virtual parcels a type of collectable that could one day increase in value as more people join the platform.
The Cryptovoxel is wildly absent of any color in most places with only a few splashes here and there. By far the most colorful display I found was the cryptopunk.com self advertisement mural near the town center.
I was also very amused by this pink Super Mario Bros style mushroom mural.
You can currently explore the world through your PC, or more excitingly, VR. THe platform is compatible is most VR setups and can make the experience of building with grey blocks a bit more fun.
The code is also open source and available on Github.
If your looking to mix it up from your typical night of gamin, the cryptovoxel world is typically most active with users during after 8pm PST.