Decentraland is a 3D digital world browser-based platform. Customers may purchase virtual plots of land on the platform as NFTs through the MANA cryptocurrency, which uses the Ethereum blockchain. It was opened to the public in February 2020 and managed by the nonprofit Decentraland group.
Users can increase the land by using the Decentraland editor or uploading 3D models from outside software. A desktop browser and a crypto wallet (optionally available) are needed to get admission. After loading, the user is invited with an individual creation screen. A menu lists current occasions and clicking “jump in” transports the person to the event. Customers can navigate the arena using the keyboard and the mouse.
In March 2020, Luke Winkie, writing for Gamer, described the game as rickety, noting numerous bugs and the game’s “brutally lengthy loading times” and the game’s cryptocurrency-based authentication process. Winkie described the platform as having a strongly libertarian political bent and said: Decentraland is a fascinating idea. It peels like an onion, revealing a Randian fever-dream constructed with Roblox textures.
In line with Eric Ravenscraft of wired, activity at the platform is doubtful, with the world generally empty and concurrent customers of around 1,600 in 2021, a figure that might encompass inactive customers who stay logged on. Ravenscraft wrote that Decentraland was buggy with negative moderation. Customers have minted NFTs of avatars with slurs of the names, and at one factor, the phrase “Jew” was on the market for $362,000. Regardless of the network voting in prefer of including “Hitler” in the banned names listing, there were not enough votes for the decentralized autonomous organization’s (DAO) smart contract to execute. Ravenscraft additionally stated that the game feels reminiscent of an early access game.
In January 2022, a video of a rave in Decentraland was published on Twitter via DJ Alex Moss. The clip went viral and was mocked on social media. Zack Zwiezen, writing for Kotaku, unfavorably compared the clip to digital concerts and parties in AdventureQuest 3D, Fortnite, Roblox, and VR Chat. He described the game as much like “a fictional game that was tossed collectively in a few hours for an episode of CSI: city, where the investigators are looking to solve a murder that includes a few ‘new’ and ‘famous’ online world.” Prompted by the clip, Jason Koebler of Vice investigated other raves hung on the platform and described the game as generally empty and plagued by technical bugs.