The year in NFT buffoonery: Rug pulls, hacks, and poor choices

Has anything good ever come from NFTs? Aside from the Christopher Moltisanti meme (opens in new tab), I mean. I really can’t think of anything. The functionality they offer games is technically different than what’s been available for years through conventional microtransaction sales, but it’s practically the same thing for those who don’t play games to be financial speculators, and the whole business of making, buying, and selling them is awash in corruption and criminality. “A useless, costly, ecologically mortifying technology,” is how French trade union Solidaires Informatique (opens in new tab) described it, and I have no notes.

Myself, I have a pretty simple approach to the whole thing: No fucking thanks. It’s served me well so far, because I haven’t been hosed out of any money by fast-talking scammers hawking bad clipart, nor have I missed out on any gaming experiences that could be described as even remotely compelling. Tfue cards (opens in new tab)? Tiny little numbers (opens in new tab) on my Tom Clancy helmet? Atari (opens in new tab)? No thanks. See, it’s easy.

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