NFT Steez, a bi-weekly Twitter Spaces hosted by Alyssa Expósito and Ray Salmond, met with the founder of Cryptoys, Will Weinraub to discuss the current role of play and toys in regard to their integration with nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and Web3 as a whole.
It has been reported that Weinraub believes that the act of play is "not restricted to children'' and believes that as adults, "we still crave the element of play throughout life."
However, according to Weinraub, through the development of technology, "play has evolved." NFTs, especially in gaming, have highlighted this layer of ownership through play. Weinraub and Cryptoys theorize that "adults are just looking for ways to feel like kids again." Keeping the question of “how does play evolve” at the forefront, Weinraub says this is a core tenet of his experience with the evolution of play.
The report said that from action figures to watching his children build virtual worlds in Roblox, Weinraub emphasized how profoundly the internet has catalyzed an evolution in play and gaming. Players are no longer limited within the confines of their neighborhoods or geographic locations, according to Weinraub.
Likewise, Weinraub stressed that the content of gaming is "very, very, different" and it leans more toward "social play," regardless of geographic barriers when compared to the gaming of previous decades.
Thus, Weinraub acknowledged that the situation exists. He said that while it can "impact some people, it can amplify some of that as well." He added that the evolution of gaming seems to be turning toward more "social play" and, in many ways, it could be designed to "enhance communication skills."