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“How can you be so dense?”

Artwork and descriptions for loads of indie games in the Latest Featured Games grid on the Itch.io store.

Whether you dislike NFTs, do not perceive them, or assume you can also make cash from them, you may’t escape the NFT discourse. Game shops aren’t any totally different. Valve have banned video games with NFTs or cryptocurrencies from Steam, the Epic Games Stores welcomes NFTs, and now Itch.io has weighed in. In response to individuals asking, the oldsters behind the wonderful indie video games retailer have said their beliefs plainly: “NFTs are a scam.”

Opened in 2013, Itch.io is my favorite retailer for fascinating, unconventional, and private indie video games. Along with being DRM-free, it helps free video games and pay-what-you-want pricing, it lets builders determine how a lot of a lower the shop takes, it is accepting of mature themes and contents different shops are cautious of, and it is supported nice causes like 2020’s astonishing Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. I additionally take into account it a plus that the shop’s managers assume NFTs are unhealthy.

The retailer’s Twitter tweeted over the weekend:

A number of have requested about our stance on NFTs:

NFTs are a rip-off. If you assume they’re legitimately helpful for something aside from the exploitation of creators, monetary scams, and the destruction of the planet the we ask that please reevaluate your life selections.

Peace ✌️

— itch.io (@itchio) February 6, 2022

In the previous few months, studios together with the makers of S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R. 2 and Worms crew Team 17 have walked again NFT bulletins after individuals identified hey, this sucks, do not do that. The NFT backlash is robust sufficient that Riot Games needed to insist a Valorant character did not like NFTs after unknowingly posing her with NFT paintings in some promo artwork. Others have dug their heels in, although. Ubisoft insisted individuals “don’t get” NFT objects following criticism of the NFTs they launched final yr. But I can see why firms have an interest. Peter Molyneus’s 22Cans studio offered £40 million of digital land NFTs for an upcoming industry-building recreation final yr regardless of that clearly being a horrible concept.

Itch continued:

Also f̸̗̎ú̴̩c̷̖͌ḳ̵̀ any firm that claims they help creators and likewise endorses NFTs in any approach. They solely care about their very own revenue and the chance for wealth above anybody else.

Especially given the now simply obtainable discourse regarding the issues of NFTs.

— itch.io (@itchio) February 6, 2022

How are you able to be so dense? 😢

— itch.io (@itchio) February 6, 2022

I’m very excited/drained to see which video games firm will this week announce some terrible NFTs then rapidly unannounce them.