How to use Minecraft to understand the Metaverse and Web3

What is the Metaverse?

The Metaverse is a term coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash to describe a future virtual reality-based online world. Some have gone as far as pronouncing Stephenson’s novel a prediction of the future.

Before you agree that it’s some mystical peek into the future and invoke the rules of time travel, let’s first investigate what the Metaverse is through the lens of something much more accessible: Minecraft. But, more on this later.

Unlike the internet or even virtual reality as we know it today, the Metaverse would be a fully immersive 3D environment where people could interact with each other and with digital objects as if they were real.

The Metaverse is yet to be fully existent. However, some platforms have already created experiences close to what the Metaverse will be like. Video games, for example, have already pushed the boundaries of gaming via virtual economies and in-game events.

Simply put, the Metaverse is a concept of an online 3D universe that patchworks various virtual spaces. Much like a future iteration of the web, the Metaverse is coming to fruition bit by slow bit. The goal is to allow users to socialize, game and even work in these 3D spaces.

It could be said that as technology evolved, the emergence of something like the Metaverse was an inevitability — a natural evolution of sorts as things ran their course.

How do people interact within a Minecraft metaverse?

Players can interact with each other through various methods such as chat, private messages and forums. In addition, players can also join servers to play together. Servers are dedicated game worlds that players can connect to.

The most common way to interact within the Metaverse is to contribute within the context of the server you are on. If you’re in a server attempting to reach a huge build, you’ll have to chip in each day to meet the deadline.

If you’re a part of a second life simulation server, you’ll have to play your role, whether as a warrior, miner or fighter. If you’re on a narrative-driven server with factions and such, you’ll have to roleplay and make the experience as real as possible for all players.

Notable metaverse projects built on top of Minecraft

There are more than a dozen projects based on the 2011 video game, with Minecraft world seed nonfungible tokens (NFTs) selling for tens of thousands of dollars each.

For example, NFT Worlds is a collection of 10,000 unique Minecraft world NFTs. Each NFT has a “world seed,” or a code capable of generating a Minecraft world. Metaverse destinations can also be hosted on a player’s own server with the help of verified builders.

Uplift World is another Minecraft metaverse, a play-to-earn metaverse built on the WAX blockchain. It also uses NFTs and has a transportation railway system that’s tokenized.

Enjin, on the other hand, has also been one of the early releasers of a Minecraft metaverse EnjinCraft plugin and Java SDK. This has allowed some people to build a Minecraft metaverse on the blockchain using Enjin and Ethereum, providing a peek into the future as more developers build on top of Minecraft.