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A Comprehensive Guide To The Sandbox (SAND)

Published: Tuesday, 26th April, 2022 - 20:26

Decentralization and blockchain technology has come a long way, there is just so much innovation that has been thrown into the mix, and the number of applications that these two elements have at the moment and the things that they can do is just mind-numbing. Back in the day when Bitcoin was launched in 2009, no one would have thought that this whole scenario would reach such a bright turn.

In fact, there were accusations back in the day that Bitcoin is not a revolutionary technology; it is not something that is in need at the moment and will soon be subjected to history because conventional banking and finance were a huge hit back in the day. But then, people eventually came around to the whole scenario of decentralization and blockchain technology because of the extremely sophisticated infrastructure both of these presented their users with.

How does it appeal to you, not having to pay an intermediary for the sake of transacting your money from one place to another, not having to give you any kind of fees, enjoying the utmost security your money could have at any given moment and the records of all the transactions being made public other than the crucial details of the parties involved so that it becomes transparent and a solid truth that could be verified by anyone out there? Doesn’t it feel remarkable and truly innovative? Yes, it does.

Today the applications of blockchain technology and decentralization are immersive; these are being used for the sake of straightening the record-keeping problems at the government level, these are used by the conventional financial system to outsource the validation of transactions to these decentralized nodes, these are used for the development of non-fungible tokens, this technology is being used without second thinking by application developers to produce decentralized apps and even games which benefit the user and not the corporate monopoly.

Introduction to The Sandbox

Today we will be talking about one such cryptocurrency by the name of The Sandbox (SAND), which is a decentralized game featuring the play to earn model which has elegantly fused itself with blockchain technology, non-fungible tokens, and decentralized finance as well as the 3D metaverse. You might have played many open word games that involve role-playing, The Sandbox is one such game that allows you to develop your own virtual world while giving you every authority to customize your player, the game as well as the surroundings to your own desires and preference.

You can create multiple digital tools and aspects within the game, and if you want, you can monetize them as non-fungible tokens, whereas selling them off on The Sandbox marketplace for SAND tokens. The SAND token is the native cryptocurrency of The Sandbox marketplace, and it works both as governance and as well as a utility token.

This is the pioneer cryptocurrency of the decentralized gaming world, and it is not only being used on The Sandbox network but also on various other decentralized gaming platforms as they go to the token for performing multiple transactions and interacting with the game itself. You can easily earn that token on your own by either playing a game or attending a contest that promises a certain number of SAND tokens should you win the tournament, and once you have the token, you can send it to your wallet, which you have associated with the game itself and from there on it could be transacted or withdrawn from any particular crypto exchange of your liking.

Decentralized Gaming Industry and The Sandbox

The gaming industry is colossal, it doesn’t only have an innovative infrastructure at hand, but the team of developers, engineers, and gaming enthusiasts that it enjoys setting it apart from every other industry out there, may it be movies, TV series, or music. But lately, because of all the solid promises that decentralization has been making, many game development agencies and platforms have announced that they will be investing a humongous sum of money in bringing their games and projects onto the blockchain environment.

Multiple projects have struck their chords with metaverse to create a truly dynamic gaming experience for the users. It might be a new concept in the decentralized world, but in the conventional world of gaming and finance, it was somewhat available if not in its present form. Open world games provide people with a lot to do or look out for but join it with metaverse, and you have got truly mesmerizing and one-of-a-kind experience ready for the end-user.

It will be as if the user is in some kind of virtual reality world that allows them to customize their game, perform multiple tasks within the game, develop artifacts that can then be sold as non-fungible tokens, and a lot of opportunities are simply waiting for them within the metaverse. There is a lot of hype that is being built around the prospect of the metaverse and the gaming industry taking a huge interest in it.

Metaverse is truly able to transform the ability of people to interact with each other over a dedicated platform and provide them with an opportunity to develop certain objects or artifacts within the game, lay ownership to these only to sell them over to the marketplace. The Sandbox platform has come forward with an agenda of its own which is to provide people with a first-ever experience of the decentralized world paired with metaverse and virtual reality.

And provides the player with a truly amazing platform with endless possibilities; you are not at all belittled with all those limitations proposed to you in the conventional world of gaming, such as you have to have a certain level of power to unlock a mission or to embark on a quest and if you don’t have it, then you can’t interact with that specific something.

These kinds of limitations are nothing but smoke in The Sandbox platform, where you can be anyone you want to be and set your virtual identity on your own grounds. You can produce certain digital items within the platform and can use them to either sell as non-fungible tokens or hold them off until their value and demand rise so that you can make a huge profit out of them at a later date.

How Does The Sandbox Work?

As explained earlier, The Sandbox is a decentralized gaming experience built on the prospect of play to earn gaming; it allows players to be able to create a virtual world of their own where they can forge certain items which could be monetized as non-fungible tokens over the Ether blockchain. Apart from developing certain items within the game, players have the complete authority to change their layout and appearance and to develop their own avatars so they can access multiple areas of the game, change the environment of the game to their own standards and truly connect with the vastness of the metaverse.

You might have played Minecraft before; it is a truly mind-blowing game; now, pair the same concept with the vastness of metaverse, and you have got yourself the same platform explained and laid out in front of you from bow to stern. It was launched back in 2011, and it was first intended to be a mobile gaming experience, sort of a rival to Minecraft. Later on, it generated a huge interest from the players around the world and reached 40 million downloads which is a truly aspiring number. But it was decided by the founders and developers to take The Sandbox into a separate and new approach by pairing the whole thing with metaverse and taking it over a potential blockchain.

Because if they weren’t going to do that then The Sandbox would be nothing but a rival to Minecraft, adding some value to the overall experience of the users while at times doing nothing but taking it clean from the Minecraft, which is a truly cherished game among the gaming community. The ultimate goal of The Sandbox platform is to provide the users with an experience they would never be able to forget while doing so, getting them affiliated with metaverse so they can better explore the whole thing and get to know various angles and corners of this thing which has taken the Internet and the decentralized world by storm.

Other than that, the developers also wish that people should develop their own tools and gadgets or art within the game so they can sell them off as non-fungible tokens right on The Sandbox platform and earn crypto tokens for whatever it is they are selling. The game has successfully hit off multiple partnerships over the years, and as for the build quality and gaming experience that it puts out, it is extremely amazing and breathtaking.

The overall engine on which the game is developed, the speed of the connection, the community in general along with the gameplay are truly amazing and worth not only your time but also your focus to truly explore this masterpiece and, in doing so, make some money off of it by developing certain digital items and then selling them off as non-fungible tokens right here on the platform.

The first thing that you need to understand about The Sandbox platform is that it is not like your conventional open-world gaming experience; it is much more than that. First of all, it is a dynamic virtual world where users are able to develop multiple aspects or elements such as growing their character, exploring the metaverse, or even developing some tools within the game which they can, later on, sell as non-fungible tokens which include all virtual goods, avatars, and even games that these users have developed while being within this Sandbox platform using the game maker and VoxEdit.

These virtual assets cannot only be used for the sake of monetizing the efforts of the user by selling them off as non-fungible tokens, but you can also use these to interact with other players out there within the network. It works as a communication channel between you and some other player over the network having the same taste as you while working on something different that you both can collaborate on.

VoxEdit

It is an extremely user-friendly software that you can use as a player to create, edit as well as prepare for monetization of non-fungible tokens of the items that you have either developed on your own within the game or have found somewhere along in this vast environment. The software uses voxels, which are nothing but 3D pixels which are going to look like Lego blocks just as the whole Minecraft game looks like.

You can have these pixels edited using this software right here, where you can change their geometry, telemetry, and other properties to either produce an extremely unique variation of the object in question or develop a new tool altogether, which can then be monetized as a non-fungible token. All it requires from you is a bit of creativity and some knowledge about visual editing because this is what you would be doing using this software. If you end up developing something unique such as an avatar, a weapon, or a piece of clothing that is just out of this world, then for sure, you are going to have an audience wanting to get it off of your hands for a reasonable price.

But on the other hand, if you truly want to bump things up, then the best way to do so is to turn this thing into a non-fungible token and have it available over The Sandbox platform for bidding; the higher the bid, the more money you would be able to secure from your investment.

Game Maker

As explained earlier The Sandbox platform is not only a medium that you can use for the sake of exploring the metaverse and all the incredible surprises that developers had in their minds for you within the game, but you can develop your own unique 3D games within the metaverse with the help of game maker. Now you might be thinking that where are you going to get all that coding knowledge required to develop a playable experience within The Sandbox platform?

Do you have to take some classes, or are there some tutorials that you should be aware of? The bottom line is that game maker is extremely easy to use, and you do not require any coding knowledge at all for the sake of using this program. You will be able to not only design your project but assign different elements to it; you can set a theme for your game, work on the peripherals such as what should the environment look like, what is this game going to be about, is it going to be a role-playing game or an arcade one? These are some of the preliminary aspects that you would have to square away for the sake of moving further within the program and developing your own unique game.

Once you are done with it, you will have to now design various objects that are going to be scattered throughout the entirety of the game, different levels or anything that tempts your imagination or something that you already wanted to have in a game; you can also create some non-fungible tokens while you are at it and spread them throughout the game where you can randomly bump into it and so will other users. The prospect of developing such a game is to broaden your horizon of the metaverse, and the things that you can do or the extent of exploration that you can get from a single platform is just truly mind-blowing.

Once you have developed the game, now comes the testing phase; you have to make sure that the game is working as it should because if it isn’t, then there are some edits that you have to make further and some calibration that you need to do for the sake of making it stable and something that works properly. This is important if you wish to share your development with the rest of The Sandbox community because if other players would want to play your game, then you would get a small incentive in the form of SAND tokens for each invite sent and accepted by a fellow Sandbox user.

Monetization

Every aspect of The Sandbox platform is about monetization, and you would really be able to turn up a cheek because every step of the way, you would be able to earn money where you simply scavenge through the metaverse and find objects that are worth converting into non-fungible tokens and selling them off onto The Sandbox platform or you wish to develop your own game and bring it before the whole community.

Either way, you will be earning a handsome amount of money, and that is just the beginning for all the content creators and game developers out there. Here you really have a great chance to not only showcase your work but find your passion and turn it into money online; there are no limits; you can create anything, but it has to be playable, and it must coincide with the terms and conditions of The Sandbox platform.

This post first appeared on: CryptoCy News

Author: Jerry Palen
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