An Overview Of Digital Card Games – Why Are They So Popular?

Card games aren’t new. In fact, they’ve been around for centuries. Yet, it’s only recently that the genre has embraced all of the possibilities that digital media has to offer. Of course, there are many fascinating facts about the evolution of card games, but if you really want to have the ultimate gaming experience, digital card games are the way forward.

The Future Of Card Gaming

There has been an increasing move towards digital gameplay and card games are at the forefront of the revolution. Hearthstone was the first digital card game to really revolutionise the industry, but over half a decade after its launch, the digital CCG/TCG scene is increasingly vibrant. Digital card games are certainly here for the long-term, and even those who are diehard fans of the tabletop card game are beginning to be converted to digital games.

Digital card games like Gods Unchained are holding a unique place in the gameplay ecosystem. With these titles’ virtual nature, they’re able to bring convenient solutions to some of the challenges which the genre overall is facing. Not only that, but they allow impressive gameplay and design opportunities that are out of reach of real-world card games.

Bringing Players Together

Unfortunately for many card game aficionados, their friends often fail to share the same enthusiasm for the genre. This leaves players without anyone to share their passions with. The best thing about online card games is that there are players all over the world who are ready to start playing at a single click without any need to wait around. Players can connect with other fans and players all around the globe in seconds.

Simplicity And Consistency

If you’ve ever played card games in the real world against your friends, you’ll know that there is always the possibility of arguments and disagreements about the rules. With online digital gameplay, there can be no such disagreements. The rules are consistent in the programming and there is streamlining in place to make sure that everything is fair and above board.

Unique Elements Of Gameplay

Digital gameplay enables players to benefit from some unique gameplay elements. Card positions can be manipulated, replacements can be made, and other clever tricks can be employed to make the game even more exciting and fun – something which simply isn’t possible outside the virtual world.

Logistics Are Simplified

It couldn’t be easier to stay on top of your playing card collection and to acquire new cards when the game is played in the digital sphere. Not only is this good for players who get to enjoy greater convenience and breadth of choice, it’s also good for game designers who can cut their logistical overheads considerably.

Blockchain is The Solution To Trading Problems

Thanks to the arrival of blockchain, it’s now easier than ever to opt for a CCG (or collectible card game) approach rather than the trading card game (or TCG) approach. TCG card games have a marketplace in which players are able to trade cards directly with each other for currency of some kind. This gives each card its own market value. CCGs or collectible card games, on the other hand, allow cards to be collected without any reselling opportunity.

This makes sense from the player’s standpoint since it’s pretty difficult to put in place a trading environment which is fully functioning, both legally and practically. Once a digital item has a tangible value it stands to reason that at some point somebody will try to turn it into cash.

The blockchain-based system adopted by Gods Unchained has proved to be an impressive example of what can be done. This system guarantees developers aren’t able to destroy a purchase’s value by flooding the marketplace with more copies of the same card or locking it to a specific platform or game.

True Ownership With The Genesis Set

The best thing about the Genesis Set is that players have final and true card ownership rather than simply a license to utilise them for as long as the central service is operational. One great example of this is Ethereum, which gives not only unique indications for every digitally printed card but also provable scarcity.

Maybe the most fascinating element in this setup is that it doesn’t stop game developers from balancing the cards proactivity. In fact, this solution allows changes over a set period of time (or the beta period) before they’re locked in by the contract and rendered immutable. Also the corresponding ERC721 tokens hold the statistics and value of every card. That’s something which simply cannot be recreated by any real world card game!

Digital Card Games – The Way Of The Future

Although real world card games aren’t likely to go anywhere soon, the rise of digital gameplay makes it clear that digital card games have a firm role in the future of gaming. Who knows what tomorrow will hold for this fascinating way of playing?

 

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.