Paramount has made Star Trek NFTs and fans aren’t having it.
I don’t think anyone could have imagined Star Trek going the way that it has in recent years, namely with their wanton disregard for all things civilized and good. It was bad enough that Star Trek got in bed with Funko to make NFT Funko Pops, but now they’re really stepped up their game to pillage as much money from fans as possible.
Paramount has a new Star Trek NFT where you pay money for ships, that are ” algorithmically generated” so that each ship is unique. Your purchase will not be of the ship themselves, but a token that will serve as a receipt, because NFTs are scams.
If that’s not bad enough, what I just described is for patrons to purchase the item for Season 0. Seasons 1 and 2 are not going to go as smoothly.
According to the AV Club, by the time season two rolls around, things get much worse;
"A subsequent “Season 1″ will allow those same collectors to pick up crew for their little ships, while “Season 2″ will then allow those crews and ships to team up in a “play to earn” scheme populated by only the most invested of chumps no, wait, we did actually mean chumps that time."
AV Club goes on to explain how the idea of NFT’s clashes with the spirit of Star Trek;
"Beyond that, though, it’s just such a colossal mis-match with the inherent spirit of the series to have its identity rendered into so much gold-pressed latinum"
If this isn’t enough to make you question the decision-making of Paramount and Star Trek; one only needs to look at the replies on their Twitter post announcing the deal. It’s not been going well for them.
NFTs are a divisive concept that Star Trek never should’ve gotten involved in
Cryptocurrency and NFTs, in general, are not very popular outside of those who consider themselves smarter than the average person. In fact, many people with less refutable reputations, who have found themselves outside of the conventional banking system, some due to their illegal behaviors, highly support and endorse crypt-currency and NFTs.
People like Jordan Belfort, whose life story was told somewhat in the film The Wolf of Wallstreet, love Cryptocurrency. Another supporter of the movement is Peter Thiel, who is, well, gross.
Things like NFTs and Cryptocurrency are an item that many believe is tantamount to a scam and for good reason. Asking people to pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for an item you can right-click and save as a JPG sounds pretty schemey to me.
Maybe Odo can explain it better.