Good job, internet: You bullied NFTs out of mainstream games

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The internet is a maelstrom of talking—even brief exposure is liable to make you wish everyone would just shut up—but does any of it matter? Does the chorus of social media critics actually do anything? This is the internet’s greatest insecurity. Self-conscious social media users diagnose each other with poster’s disease (opens in new tab) and sarcastically cheer “we did it, Reddit” to express that, no, posting on the internet didn’t save the day.

Are publishers backing away from NFTs because they don’t see value in them, or because they get ruthlessly mocked online every time they talk about them?

Internet mobs have certainly caused some things, though, for better and worse. The anger around loot boxes was at least somewhat responsible for gaining the attention of politicians, leading to the ongoing decline of the practice today. We got them to change ugly movie Sonic into boring movie Sonic. I wonder also where the absence of an internet mob felt: Had CS:GO keys and the Steam Community Market been met with the kind of resistance Valve saw when it tried to add paid mods to Steam, how would things be different today?

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