Once Germany’s most popular video game, the “crazy chicken” ‘Moorhuhn’ NFT has landed. Fans of classic shoot ’em ups take note, then, one of the originals has just arrived in the metaverse.
Well, in truth that’s not entirely accurate. That’s because the non-fungible token comprises imagery that actually pre-dates the original playable title. The digital artist Ingo Mesche created an early version of the protagonist poultry in 1992. The game itself wouldn’t emerge for another six years, after Johnnie Walker whisky used the character in a 1998 ad campaign.
Now Mesche has taken that artwork and made it truly digital by minting the picture in NFT form. The piece is entitled ‘RAW: The Original Moorhuhn’ and will be sold via auction on OpenSea. Bidding begins Friday 2nd July, and non-fungible agency Visionary Art is partnering on the offering.
Why is the Crazy Chicken ‘Moorhuhn’ an NFT?
The eternal art question in 2021 seems to be “why is anything in NFT form?” Sadly, we don’t have enough space to go into that here. But there is a simple explanation for why the “crazy chicken” known as ‘Moorhuhn’ has been minted.
Simply put, it’s a safe bet in terms of drumming up interested buyers. The casual PC game franchise, ‘Moorhuhn’, was originally made up of more than 30 games. However, it was the so-called “crazy chicken” part that really won over fans. Based on a simple premise — players take potshots at frightened fowl — it was an immediate hit. ‘Moorhuhn’ spawned 12 direct sequels, including a 2017 VR version.
Of course this isn’t the only news about NFTs linked to hunting games. Waves Protocol’s ‘Duck Hunters’ recently announced it was adding DeFi yield farming to the mix. The ducks are also now also being sold through their own dedicated non-fungible marketplace.