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Troy Baker, best known for his role as Joel Miller in the 2013 dystopian survival horror action video game. our lastis currently supporting a partnership with a non-fungible token company called Voiceverse NFT. It doesn’t get along well with some people who aren’t shy about expressing it online.
NFTs use blockchain technology to create digitally collectable artworks that essentially resemble limited prints of paintings or photographs signed by an artist. However, digital art does not exist in the physical world, but is completely embedded in cyberspace. However, NFTs similarly contain digital “signatures” of authenticity, making them rare and likely to increase in value over time.
Last year, the artist known as Beeple sold her work with NFT for $69 million, causing many to seize the same success, including numerous companies that create NFTs.
While some tout the NFT as putting power back into the hands of artists, it has been heavily criticized by others, who see it as a cash grabber’s fad. Also, the fact that NFTs can often buy and sell using cryptocurrencies like Ethereum is controversial due to the negative environmental impact of digital currencies. Additionally, cryptocurrencies using blockchain technology must be “mined” utilizing computers with powerful graphics cards to fundamentally solve increasingly complex mathematical problems. So, those who “mine” cryptocurrencies utilize large warehouses of computers that use a lot of electricity and thus have to do with the carbon footprint associated with global warming.
According to CBS News, it was estimated last year that the open source blockchain technology, Ethereum hosting NFTs, emits 21.35 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, comparable to the carbon footprint of the Sudan country.
The technology is also very new, so even if it could somehow solve itself from the bigger problems of cryptocurrencies, it could pose potential problems, especially for things that seem obscure, such as works of art in digital form.
Twitter was buzzing on Friday with people not very pleased with Baker’s decision on the NFT.
One user said it wasn’t something they expected to be on the “2022 bingo sheet.”
Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier took the opportunity to highlight his feud with Baker on Twitter in 2020. When Schreier made the seemingly innocuous observation that “video games are too long,” Baker refuted a long paragraph with this epic quote: It’s “Boldly Boldly” by Theodore Roosevelt.
Other users didn’t pay close attention to the hot reaction to development.
Video game critic Matt McMuscles said, “It’s a really huge, absolute L.”
Besides getting your hands on the NFT and getting Joel’s voice, our last, Baker also lent his voice acting talent to games such as: death stranding, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Uncharted 4 and baton Arkham series. But depending on how it all goes, this NFT episode could become a permanent part of his biography.