Pac-Man NFT: Behind the Maze
Behold, all ye whales! The first Pac-Man NFT!
Ahem, I’m not so sure about that…
Fine, then witness the first-ever NFT’d short story!
Mmm, don’t know about that one either…
Well, damn. How about the first tokenized short story by Ava Lock on Kodadot?
Ok sure, you can have that.
Fantastic! BEHOLD, all ye whales, the first Ava Lock short story NFT!
Why Tokenize a Story?
An excellent question, friend. Most writers want to sell as many copies of a story as they can. And aren’t NFTs originals? Well, kind of, but not really. Non-fungible means it is unique and cannot be replaced. Tokenized means it’s written to a blockchain.
So why would an author tokenize a story?
There are several reasons:
First of all, NFTs are all about collectibility. As an author, I have a bit of a draw. Some call that a platform. Some call it brand equity. Whatever you call it, my audience only grows over time (as long as I keep writing). Additionally, I hope that someday owning an tokenized Ava Lock story will really mean something to my readers/collectors.
Secondly, the traditional market for short stories is dismal at best. I mean sure, I’ve had my shorts published in anthologies before. But who reads those, really? Sigh. Sad but true.
What’s the other option? Self-publishing? A short story earns you a whopping 35¢ on Amazon, because you know you can’t price it over 99¢. And once the short is published, then what? Pay-per-click Amazon ads put you in the red big time. Don’t advertise? Get buried in the listings with zero visibility.
It’s a no-win situation.
And yet, when you’re waiting in line at the grocery story or at sitting at the doctor’s office, wouldn’t it be nice to just have short fantasy to escape the drudgery?
And where would you get such a thing, hmm? Magazines? Do they still print those things?
I know for a fact you aren’t Googling to find short stories.
Admit it, you just wind up scrolling Twitter.
Well, friend, doom-scroll no more! Not only is my short parody now a Pac-man NFT, you can read it for FREE on Kodadot. That’s right. I added graphics and laid out the short in a lovely retro 8-bit format, then converted each page into a readable JPG. So, just by browsing the Kodadot gallery, you can read the entire 15-page story.
Honestly, I hate what dynamic formatting does to eBooks. I’m a visual thinker with a photographic memory. My stories are maps to the other worlds that I painstakingly build inside my own head. Pac-man just happens to live in a dark 8-bit world. So having the text look the way I see it in my mind… IDK, that’s really important to me.
And maybe, if it’s important to you too, you’ll buy the Pac-man NTF pages.
The Story Behind the Maze: a Pac-Man NFT
This VH1-style mockumentary explores the legendary Pac-man ghosts’ rise to fame. Learn how this record-breaking game earned buckets of coin, party with with Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, then watch the infamous yellow icon make a guest appearance.
As of today, I have minted 19 Pac-man NFTs on Kodadot. I have 64 NFTs allotted to the entire Behind the Maze collection. So much is still in the works; the audio short, 2D animation, 3D animation, and original paintings. Check back often, because I mint weekly.