Have you ever wanted to visit the pyramids of Giza and see the Sphinx but haven’t been able to? Well, soon you might not have to. Enjin Protocol – a leader in the cryptocurrency field – and Virtual Worlds, who digitize monuments, have teamed up to possibly bring realistic, virtual experiences of ancient sites. But what does this mean?
The Pyramids of Giza typically attract 14.7 million visitors every year. These people flock from far and wide to see one of the remaining Wonders of the Ancient World. The appetite is clearly there. So, it makes sense to create a virtual version that would allow those who would never have feasibly gone in the first place to experience them.
Enjin created NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which are essential units of data stored on the blockchain. These tokens are immutable and prove authenticity, so are considered of high security. Using these NFTs, those who dip into the virtual worlds created by Virtual Worlds will be able to experience the pyramids and sphinx. The desire to bring artifacts and historical sites to more people digitally allows people to connect with the ancient world.
This partnership to bring Ancient Egypt isn’t the first to use modern methods to bring something of the land of the pharaohs to the digital world. The Eye of Horus slot is a great example of how such modern concepts as online casinos like Buzz Bingo have embraced the past to create a dazzling experience. The slot game is based around typical online slot gameplay, with sound effects and animations. The content is based around the world of Ancient Egypt. Despite the time jump between the pharaohs and the fax machine, the slot proves popular. So, there is an appetite for people to dive into the past with their modern pursuits.
The NFT will be the first time that a token has been applied to a place of historical significance in this manner. One of the main benefits, according to those involved, is that people will be able to study history in a way that they never have before. This also helps those in the crypto industry. One of the bugbears of the industry is that mainstream people don’t quite get it. To see something created using an NFT before their eyes will help people understand how the blockchain works, which will give further credibility to the crypto industry.
Detractors suggest that if everyone can visit the pyramids in a VR format, then nobody will go in real life. While some may be swayed to visit somewhere else if they can see the pyramids online, most people who really want to make the trip care about seeing them in person. Egypt relies on tourism as a major industry. If anything, the more people who can see the pyramids virtually, the more who may then want to see the real thing up close.
Technology is all about helping us do things we haven’t yet been able to. One such way is to see landmarks and important global sites up close. If the tech works and causes a splash, more people will be likely to invest in it to create more VR experiences in the future.