What are you most excited about regarding Axie’s future?
I’m most excited for the introduction of land play and the development of the in-game economy. I think it is going to be something the likes of we’ve never seen when it comes to gaming and finance. Axie Infinity Shards ($AXS), the governance token, was just announced this week, which was a huge milestone in the development of the Axie universe. As a childhood fan of Tamagotchi, The Sims, Rollercoaster Tycoon, and Animal Crossing, I can attest to the fact that for some gamers land play will be more appealing than the current PvP battles system. By creating gameplay that will bring in a wider demographic of players, and continuing to expose all players to the “play to earn” structure of Axie, the growth potential is limitless.
What’s your favorite Axie memory?
My favorite Axie memory is more a period of time. 2018 was what I would refer to as “innocent.” We had a dozen or so people that were true regulars in the Discord server. We would look at our Axie and share our hopes and dreams for what the game could become. The bond between early adopters is almost unexplainable.
To this day my favorite question to ask community members is, “What do your friends and family think about your involvement in Axie Infinity?” Everyone that has invested in Axie up to this point has most likely faced some sort of social adversity. Most people I know barely know what cryptocurrency or Bitcoin is, let alone NFTs or digital pets that sell for tens of thousands of dollars. When I show loved ones my land pixels on the map, and try to explain the rise in prices, I can see their eyes rolling in the back of their heads. The ability to weather this adversity bonds us all together. They won’t be crosseyed and confused for much longer.
Which of your Axie projects are you most proud of?
Little know fact, my first project was actually “Axie to Infinity,” and I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t even publish it on my Youtube channel, Chuck Fresco posted it on his. Another project that I produced was “Axie Infinity: The Musical”, which was important because it set a high bar early on for what Axie content could be. “The World’s First Axie Infinity Tattoo” was life changing. I like to tell people “I literally have skin in the game.” However, my favorite project is hands down Cocaine Cowboy, $COKE. I am an artist at heart, and I love to experiment with different mediums and concepts. Watching $COKE evolve has been most exciting.
For those that are not familiar with $COKE I recommend reading “The Story of Cloudwhite and $COKE.” In short, I fractionalized Origin Axie #2646, also known as “Cocaine Cowboy,” on NIFTEX and gave away $COKE shards to community members that used the Axie in their crypto art.
$COKE as a brand is on its surface provocative, raunchy, and boundary pushing, but under that controversial surface it is so much more. For me, Cocaine Cowboy originally referenced my addiction to Axie Infinity. My insatiable buying, selling, trading, and even my near constant activity on the Discord server. It then turned into a sort of satire.
In this respect, $COKE is also about pushing the limits of NFT holder rights. It is clear that the Axie Infinity team likes to distance themselves from the $COKE project. It is understandable that they don’t want to promote cocaine and Axie Infinity in the same breath. I am not a fan of censorship, period. Nor am I a fan of cocaine, actually. So while the team doesn’t promote it, I very much appreciate their relaxed attitude with the IP.