Blending AI and Blockchain in Gaming: A Deep Dive with Sascha Darius Mojtahedi of Parallel
In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I had the privilege of speaking with Kohji Nagata, the head of game design at Parallel, a Canadian gaming studio at the forefront of integrating AI and blockchain technologies. Our conversation offered a deep dive into Parallel’s innovative projects, mainly focusing on how these technologies revolutionize the gaming industry.
Kohji introduced us to Colony, a unique project epitomizing Parallel’s innovative approach. He described Colony as a blend between a Tamagotchi and a Large Language Model, where players interact with an AI avatar that acts autonomously based on its memories and biography. This groundbreaking concept in gaming allows for a dynamic and unpredictable gameplay experience, setting Parallel apart from other studios.
We discussed the Parallel Trading Card Game (TCG), a prime example of web3 and NFT integration in gaming. Kohji shared insights into the game’s development process, highlighting the use of AI tools in coding and workflow enhancement. He also shed light on the involvement of industry veterans from Riot, Blizzard, Xbox Game Studios, Wizards of the Coast, and Epic Games, adding a layer of expertise to the project.
Much of our conversation revolved around Parallel’s community-first approach to game and tech development. Kohji and I explored how this strategy has shaped their projects and bolstered audience engagement, a crucial element in the success of modern gaming ventures.
Looking ahead, Kohji shared his predictions for the future of blockchain and web3 in gaming. He envisioned a landscape where these technologies become more simplified and seamlessly integrated into gaming experiences, drawing a parallel to email’s evolution and widespread adoption.
Kohji also offered valuable advice to aspiring tech entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of taking action and solving problems along the way rather than getting bogged down in details.
An intriguing aspect of our discussion was Kohji’s recounting of how Parallel gained unexpected support from Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube. This serendipitous connection through a cold message on Twitter led to Chad’s involvement as a co-founder, significantly contributing to the success and legitimacy of Parallel.