In the gaming world, military games have always been popular. This is probably because the military genre includes well-liked video game mechanics, including shooting and aircraft/vehicle operating. Their popularity is also influenced by their psychological aspects. Players can try out what is impossible in real life, for example.
Video Games: The Evolution of Tanks
From the beginning, tanks were a common gaming character in video games. For example, one of the first appearances was “Tank Mode” in Combat for Atari 2600 as well as in its clones. (Yes, developers didn’t bother to come up with sophisticated names for games at that time!)
Usually, the point of the game was to eliminate the opponent’s tank faster than they destroy yours. The maximum computer power available at that time allowed only two tanks to be displayed on the screen. The graphics are also simplistic.
Brick Game later took over the idea. Regularly, this console came in different versions, with Tetris or Arkanoid and Space Invaders as well, along with Tanks.
Gaming consoles 3 increased the ability to play tank games. Namco was the pioneer of 8-bit tank gaming. Their Battle City on Famicom introduced advanced graphics, constructor mode, protecting one’s own command base, and more tanks on the screen. Based on the arcade game Tank Battalion, Battle City was developed by Famicom. Unfortunately, Battle City didn’t leave Japan.
Namco was a Japanese publisher and developer of video games. Later, Namco became Bandai Namco. The tank series continued to be developed by Namco. Tank Force became the 2D next military vehicle video game. This game took its best features and improved them to be even better. Even the game was released for use on arcade-style cocktail tables.
With the fifth generation consoles, 3D gaming was the main focus. While 2D Indie projects have exploded, at the time they were considered obsolete. Castlevania Symphony of the Night was the only one that succeeded. But it was an exception.
Tokyo Wars wasn’t the only exception. Three dimensions were added to arcade tank games. This milestone saw the invention of an arcade cabinet that had a steering wheel and a seat. While real tanks can be operated using turning levers and the cabinet provides more realistic experience than anything else. There were many other panzer games for PlayStation One but all of them had similar concepts to Tokyo Wars.
Video-gaming evolved into maximum realisticity in the 2000s. The first-person shooter was also given new life by WWII military games like Battlefield, Medal of Honour and Brother in Arms. There were many times when tanks appeared as gaming vehicles.
Tank! took the initiative at the end of this decade. Tank! Tank! This brought the genre back in a fun and unusual direction. Namco did this again in 2009. Namco did this again in 2009.
World of Tanks
There have been many games that feature tanks as characters in gaming. Multiplayer was a common characteristic of these games. Atari 2600 through Famicom to the arcade era required two or more players for a complete experience.
World of Tanks established realistic visuals but the game increased the number of multiplayer options. The tanks moved from FPS to MMO, meaning that you can have up to 30 people fight on the same map. World of Tanks’ popularity was due to its massive multiplayer online gaming. Now, it’s in the top 20 of the most-played games with approximately 170K players daily.
On the wave of huge online games like World of Warships and War Thunder, realistic military games gained a second wind. But the tanks spread most widely.
The next stage in the evolution of tank games is likely to be a step towards blockchain and NFT technology.
Tanks on Blockchain: CryptoTanks Tanks and Spider Tanks You can play
If you wondered why I dedicated half of this article to tank military games, you’ll be surprised to spot how the history runs in circles here. This is how blockchain-based gaming projects like these can draw their inspiration from items that are already in existence.
The game’s ideological successor is Battle City, Tank Battalion and the original Battle City from Famicom. It features an 8-bit visual design. In the recently released promo trailer, the developers even used a remix version of the original soundtrack from Battle City in order to stress the game’s origins.
Each tank comes with an NFT. This means that you own it. Tanks will remain in your wallet even after the game is over. There are currently 20 pixelated models available, all based on real prototypes made in countries like Germany, Russia, Poland and China. Tanks’ unique characteristics include chassis, guns, and armour.
The raucous Gala Games ecosystem includes this game. The genre of Spider Tanks is PvP brawler, also known as “beat’em up.” Usually, brawler games are fights with one character hurling back hordes of enemies, like Double Dragon, Final Fight, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the arcade machines.
Battle City can be seen as a brawler if you look at it in a critical way. The addition of long-range tanks changed gameplay mechanics to more strategy-oriented action. Spider Tanks is also inspired by 8-bit tanks but has a larger visual and more varied gameplay. Thus, it’s the much-advanced version of the previous blockchain game.
All parts of tanks are also NFTs. The upper and lower cannons can be purchased separately by players. For certain game types, there are chicken and scorpion tanks. Their selections are typical of MMO games, including Deathmatch, PvP and Capture the Flag. On the other hand, the mode called “Capture the Chicken” definitely brings something new.
Beta versions of the game are available. Release is set for the fourth Quarter of 2021.
Tanks To Play
It is good wordplay that can be used to create a strategy game for the tank-based military setting. Among all of the projects mentioned, we don’t know much about this one. Tanks! For Playing is similar to well-known Nintendo’s Advance Wars, which is a military turn-based strategy with similar visuals.
The gameplay is still unknown. We know that it will feature turn-based strategies, active multiplayer, and cooperative play. Beta will be launched in December 2021.
- Because blockchain technology is not yet widely accepted and is currently being developed for AAA level games, it is still a risky venture.
AAA Blockchain Games are Rare
Blockchain gaming is still a young market. Blockchain gaming is still in its embryonic stage, but it has seen significant progress. Developers of these games avoid complex games because the technology is still new. That’s why most gaming projects on the blockchain look like mobile games or pixel-art indies.
Blankos Block Party is a playable AAA-like AAA game that can be played on a blockchain. The other ones like Illuvium or Stormrite are still in development, so it’s too early to draw any conclusions about their quality. It happens, though.
First, AAA AAA games cannot be sponsored by small developers on their own. An AAA-quality game will cost between $60 and $80 millions. Second, the industry’s young age means that big investors have yet to invest in it. These blockchain games still require enthusiasm and strong faith in the technology.
That’s why World of Tanks on a blockchain with crypto probably won’t happen soon.
What are the reasons to care?
The blockchain gaming market is, however, extremely promising. Gala Games and CryptoGames are real examples of how success with crypto gaming is possible if you have the right products. There are many untapped niches in the crypto industry. Open-world, military MMO games are one example. The game will eventually be developed by Wargaming or any other studio.
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