AOTB Episode 24 – Coin Artist and Neon District
There’s a fringe technology that’s bringing creatives together in very interesting ways, and it’s called cryptocurrency. Most people gloss over this facet of creative programming when discussing crypto because it isn’t fintech, it isn’t for getting rich quick, and it might just seem “too weird.” Luckily, the Art On The Blockchain (AOTB) podcast is dedicated to covering this artistic side of crypto in detail, live from their studio in Washington D.C.
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Coin Artist, Neon District, and Gaming Crypto Assets
Marguerite deCourcelle, known in cryptocurrency circles as Coin Artist, comes on the show to discuss her entry into the space, and how Proof-of-Work and related technologies captured her imagination. The conversation moves to her game development experience, covering subjects from Minecraft to Steganography.
DeCourcelle is known for her previous work combining traditional art and encryption to create puzzles with real stakes, denominated in bitcoin. Her newest project, Neon District, is a synthesis of classic text-based adventure games, RPGs, and ARG puzzles running on top of Ethereum.
The game’s economy is based on crypto-assets, from items to in-game currency. While Neon District isn’t the first game to do this, it promises to be the first attempt that rolls out on a large scale while navigating platform regulation.
New Frontiers and Growing Pains
Marguerite goes on to discuss the difficulties and logistics involved with independent game development, and how her team struggled with developing the game and a standardized Ethereum infrastructure all at the same time. Involving cryptocurrency presented them with some unique logistical and legal problems, and they had to find equally novel solutions.
Utility was something she was perhaps less equipped to tackle, though. When Cynthia asked why crypto was absolutely necessary for game development, her answer was prevention of server side data loss (something a local save file can and has been solving for decades.)
From there though, she was much more forthcoming about the million dollar bid on her art piece, and how working in crypto has affected her family.
Stay tuned for other interviews involving mixed-media art pieces and projects.
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