I'm new to Decentraland, have a few noob questions

Hello I’m new to Decentraland and this is my first week exploring it. I just have a few noob questions.

  1. How long has Decentraland existed? Are there any other video games like this that is a sandbox and uses crypto ingame to the point where I can actually make money playing a video game? (for example, I’m currently farming crafting materials so I can make NFTs and sell them for mana. It might take me a couple months though before I can craft my first NFT

  2. I just finished my first puzzle! (location is: -46,61) At the end of this puzzle, I was supposed to open a chest to claim some kind of a reward. But when I opened the chest, I got an error message saying, “Sorry, there was a problem with our servers. Please try again later”. This is the second time I discovered a chest like this. The first time was when I randomly found one while exploring a pyramid structure and I found one at the top of a flight of stairs and I got the same error message. What kind of reward was I supposed to get? And why didn’t I get my reward? Is there really a point to any of these puzzles besides entertainment purposes?

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Hey Pyro,

Welcome to Decentraland! i hoped you enjoyed your first week exploring! Just a side note, this forum is more designed for DAO discussions and bigger topics, with the Decentraland Discord being a better place for this style of question (Decentraland) but since we’re here anyway ill (try) answer your questions.

  1. Decentraland i believe was founded in 2015, with a beta launch (of land selling) in 2017 and a full public launch in Feb 2020. There are competitors to Decentraland in the forms of The Sandbox & Cryptovoxels and many more. In-terms of making money within a metaverse, the best way would probably looking at organisations such as Decentral Games as i believe they were hiring Casino Hosts a few months ago

  2. I visited the LAND parcel you are referring to, experienced the same message, probably an issue to bring up with the LAND owner rather than Decentraland itself. The chest i believe is part of the free-use objects that Decentraland allows you to use inside any LAND within the game, thats why you have seen them multiple times (or maybe even a Wonderzone designed object). I believe the reward would have been a POAP or similar and no there is no point to these games and puzzles other than entertainment purposes right now.

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