The Bored Apes Get Richer—And More Cringey

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Are you listening? NFT is dead — again. “Interest in NFTs and the Metaverse is declining rapidly,” it was reported. Forbes Last week I quoted Google’s search trends. Cointelegraph The NFT market “died” in September, before many sites said they declared NFT dead in June last year. But they are still here and very alive.

And it was all before ApeCoin (APE). This is the ERC-20 token released this week as the latest monetary reward for members of the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

The token bears the Bored Ape logo and owners of Bored Ape NFT or Mutant Ape NFT could claim thousands of free APEs. Yuga Labs, creator of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, said, “We will adopt ApeCoin as our primary token.” Still, the PR team behind the token said, “You might want to write that ApeCoin, to simplify things,” saying that ApeCoin was launched by ApeCoin DAO, not Yuga Labs or Bored Ape Yacht Club. It’s from the BoredApeYacht Club, but it’s not accurate. “

It’s more of a “decentralized theater”, but for the boring Ape Yacht Club members, it’s all gravy. The benefits of Bored Ape are: Exclusive merchandise sales, “serum” airdrops that quickly created another valuable NFT, access to chat rooms and face-to-face events, and now free ApeCoin, have a market cap of $ 3.7 billion in just two days. We are proud of the total amount. The transaction has started. Late Friday night, Yuga Labs has boring apes, mutant apes, CryptoPunks, Cool Cats, Meebits, nouns, CrypToads, and the World of Women NFT hanging out in space. All of this is certain to further increase the price of these NFTs. It doesn’t matter if someone wants to play such a game or hang out in such an area. If you are an NFT holder, the number will increase.

But this is also a little embarrassing.

The time that can be spent explaining to NFT skeptics is so limited that NFTs are not only an internet rich status symbol, but also work when membership is passed to the online community. The headline Justin Bieber paid $ 1.3 million for the cartoon crying ape JPEG isn’t enough to explain to many rational people. Or when Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton raise a cardboard printout of an ape to see a very valuable clip that suggests that apes will be friends. Muneeb Ali, the founder of Stacks, is very confident in NFTs and recently wrote in a gm podcast: The monkey costs $ 300,000 and is a picture of the monkey. I saved it on my desktop. “

To clarify: I think NFTs are attractive and have a myriad of use cases, including yet unpredictable uses. But I also don’t blame Bored Apes for most of the NFT Vitriols out there, pointing to Bored Apes and blaming those who conclude that NFTs are stupid. Those people sang as NFT through the rise of art blocks and generative art, or Axies and how they function as game pieces in the thriving digital world, essays sold as NFT through mirrors, or royal. I haven’t read it. They roll their eyes to see a cartoon ape with a tongue out, probably worth a million dollars. I also crouch a little when I watch an animated video of a boring monkey in space.

I think what may come next is a more obvious division between different camps of cryptography. Aside from Bitcoin’s biggestists, everything that’s happening with crypto today falls under the crypto flag: coin investment, NFT collection, DAO, blockchain-powered applications, Metaverse real estate. As NFT spaces grow, grow, and become non-negligible, people who are turned off in all spaces are turned off even further, and the group can grow to include people who believed in technology early on in encryption. There is sex. But I don’t want to have anything to do with the ape universe.

this is Cryptographic Roberts, A weekend column by Decrypt Editor-in-Chief Daniel Roberts and Decrypt Editor-in-Chief Jeff John Roberts. Sign up for the Decrypt Debrief Email Newsletter and receive it in your inbox every Saturday. And read last weekend’s column: Biden’s Cryptographic Presidential Order: No Bigger or No Bigger?

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