09.05.2022

Discovering the Metaverse, Part 2 — Dogami vs CryptoVoxels

Discovering the Metaverse, Part 2 — Dogami vs CryptoVoxels

Welcome back, Fayre fans, to our second installment of Discovering the Metaverse. This time around we’re going to be focusing on two awesome Metaverses, Dogami and CryptoVoxels!

If you’re just joining the Fayre Metaverse discussion, we highly encourage you to check out an article we released called “Welcome to the Metaverse — Here’s What to Expect” first. In it you’ll find an introduction to all things “Metaverse.” But also make sure to catch all the juicy details from our first article in this series where we discussed Sandbox and Decentraland in an effort to find the top Metaverse.

To recap, last time we decided that both Metaverses were amazing projects that provide the user with incredible experiences. For those that prefer more personal privacy and cheaper fees, Decentraland may be the best Metaverse to use. And likewise, those who prefer higher forms of security and further optionality are probably more likely to declare Sandbox as the top Metaverse.

But alas, new challengers have been selected for our quest to find the best Metaverse to use. The Dogami Metaverse and the CryptoVoxels Metaverse both demonstrate exciting Metaverse technologies. And while there are plenty of similarities between the two, there are sure to be many differences to discover too. So let’s get started!

The Basics of Dogami

Dogami was founded in 2021 by Maximilian Stoeckl, Bilal El Alamy, Adrien Magdelaine, and Kristofer D. Penseyres, and was developed into a play-to-earn platform by Animoca Brands. The Dogami Metaverse came out of France and then into NFT virtual reality with the help of $6.5 million in funding from Ubisoft, Xange, Animoca, Tezos, and other angel investors.

In Dogami, anybody can enjoy hanging out with their own intelligible, digital pet with the implementation of augmented reality. The more you train and interact with the pet, the more $DOGA (Dogami Crypto) they can earn for you. Plus, Tezos blockchain users can enjoy multiplayer games alongside Ethereum users on mobile iOS and Android devices. However, the coolest part about Dogami is that your dog is your very own, unique, augmented reality NFT dog.

Fun fact: The Sandbox also helped with development of Dogami’s dog-mented reality NFTs for the Metaverse

Navigating the Dogami Metaverse is not difficult as anybody can customize and develop their own wearables and avatars, or simply buy and sell them. Sharing and streaming capabilities are available Metaverse features that help make Dogami a lowkey NFT community disguised as Metaverse augmented reality.

The Dogami whitepaper outlines Dogami NFT features, gameplay, NFT dog breeding, gamefied DeFi, and much more. One of the more exciting parts of the whitepaper is the Dogami roadmap (found in the whitepaper) which currently goes into Q3 of 2022. From the looks of it, the Dogami Metaverse is shaping up to be the most exciting iteration of pet-raising games/platforms like Tamagotchi to exist.

The Basics of CryptoVoxels

Our next Metaverse is from 2018, and was created by Ben Nolan of Nolan Consulting, in New Zealand. Just like all our other Metaverses so far, CryptoVoxels is a play-to-earn model. Where this platform stands out is its determination to thrive financially purely by means of land sales. The CryptoVoxels Metaverse has not received any funding or financial backing from any venture capital investors (a first in our Metaverse series).

Another first for our Metaverse quest is that CryptoVoxels does not have a whitepaper. They do, however, have a roadmap which can be found here. And while the platform exists on Ethereum’s blockchain users can earn the native CryptoVoxels crypto, $CVPA.

CryptoVoxels is making this a (digital) reality, and quick!

Having some technical crypto understanding, virtual reality experience, and/or Metaverse experience will be useful when on the CryptoVoxels Metaverse. When you beam yourself into the virtual reality world through some goggles (or join on your PC) you’ll see a Vox style graphic engine rendering your surroundings and wearables. To join, your avatar can be registered for the price of gas fees.

Streaming and sharing your experiences in the Metaverse can always be done, so get ready to build your own world or play games with your buddies. CryptoVoxels users can expect to have an all-encompassing Metaverse experience by buying land, buying and selling NFT virtual reality avatars and wearables, building their own environments and participating with friends.

How Do The Two Differ

Just from the breakdowns of each Metaverse, it’s clear that both are pretty unique to one another. But let’s look at some of the key details that separate these two Metaverse technologies.

Virtual vs Augmented Reality

Dogami’s bread and butter is their augmented reality NFTs. Augmented reality can be considered an interactive experience that takes place in a real-world environment, but uses computer generated visuals, artificial intelligence, and multiple sensory inputs (sight, sound, touch). It’s close to a simulated reality.

Virtual reality is what CryptoVoxels relies on as their Metaverse provides a simulated or artificial environment generated by computers. It’s more immersive and can also include sensory experiences, but is easier to involve large scales of people.

Funding and Financial Backing

There’s a clear difference between the two Metaverses here. Dogami is supported by a handful of investors, namely Ubisoft, Xange, Animoca, Tezos. The $6.5 million the platform has taken on has propelled developments in Metaverse augmented reality.

Metaverses be ballin out, y’all :p

Everything CryptoVoxels has created comes from their own financial foundations and the money earned from selling land to users. The dedication to personally push their project forward is highly impressive given that the Metaverse industry has become a volcanically hot space in recent years.

Scalability

Comparing scalability between these two Metaverses is a little tricky since they are so fundamentally different. However we can look to over-arching growth and adoption mechanisms of both.

Access to the Metaverse

Dogami has an advantage over CryptoVoxels here as anyone can simply download and enjoy the Metaverse via their mobile phone. Both iOS and Android devices support Dogami. Also, the optionality to operate with Tezos and Ethereum blockchains will allow the Metaverse to reach more users over time.

CryptoVoxels is more difficult to adopt as it’s only available with virtual reality tech or a personal computer. Without being in a position of holding investor funding, it may be more difficult to scale into widely adopted technology like mobile devices. But then again, maybe that’s not the entire point of CryptoVoxels as the experience is meant to be much more immersive than Dogami.

NFTs

Dogami’s take on NFTs is unique and opens the door to new avenues for NFT creators and NFT brands. Creating interactive, animated NFT pets is genius as it directly replicates what can be done in real life with a real dog, except you can earn $DOGA with your digital friend. NFT enthusiasts can have fun adopting and creating their own pets on the blockchain. Dogami users could easily take the NFT community scene by storm with their fuzzy-imaged friends.

Land plots are becoming the talk of the town with Metaverse NFTs (outside of wearables and avatars). Many people view Metaverse land plots as just as valuable as physical real estate. Both are forms of property, but digital non-fungible property may represent a more sovereign store of property. Building NFT real estate is a fast growing market with solid returns, and should be considered its own NFT community.

Pros and Cons of Each

Now that we’ve covered a healthy amount of information around either of these top Metaverse technologies, let’s start finalizing our thoughts with a classic pros/cons list.

Dogami

  • Pros: Very easy to access and begin participating immediately. The foundational concept of raising, training, and interacting with a digital pet has proven to be highly successful in previous gaming platforms (Tamagotchi). Also, supporting multi-chain interoperability is always an exciting development.
  • Cons: Dogami is simply not as immersive as other types of Metaverses. Augmented reality is a key feature to Metaverse technology, but relying solely upon it may dissuade some potential Metaverse users who want to experience a universe.

CryptoVoxels

  • Pros: CryptoVoxels is a Metaverse you can squeeze a lot of juice out of. With tons of land to explore and plenty of interactivity to be had. This pro could also be considered a con, but the project’s determination and ability to continue developing Metaverse technologies on their own dime is something to applaud.
  • Cons: Using CryptoVoxels can be a bit much if it’s your first Metaverse experience, and may even seem to be ahead of its time (with full VR interactivity). As mentioned, no external funding may indeed bite CryptoVoxels in the future, but then again they have thrived for four years by now, so maybe not.

Conclusion

So depending on what you’re looking to get out of a Metaverse, deciding between Dogami and CryptoVoxels will always come down to personal experience preferences. In terms of which Metaverse to use, or which works best for NFTs, both include accommodating Metaverse features.

We here at Fayre certainly enjoy both Metaverses. Between the two, we are advancing Dogami as a top Metaverse since their augmented reality is a fresh spin in the NFT industry. Focusing more on augmented reality NFTs make this Metaverse stand out from a crowd, and could make later rounds of our series even more interesting.

Do you think our assessment is correct? Which Metaverse would you go with between Dogami and CryptoVoxels? Let us know by dropping a comment or sending us a DM, and tell us which Metaverses you’d like us to cover next!

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