Blockchain Gaming: the Role of Sharding

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Background The concept of sharding predates blockchains. Defined by some experts as “breaking up your big database into much smaller databases that share nothing,” it was intended to fix issues that arose as databases grew too large, such as increased response times when querying for data. It also helped organize data into categories. Sharding is still used for this purpose, …

Blockchain Gaming: Decentralized MMOs

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Background The oldest and hardest goal in the blockchain gaming industry has been to develop a completely decentralized game, a persistent online world with no server. Early experiments such as Huntercoin and Motocoin proved epic, but were held back from the mainstream by installation difficulty, hardware requirements, and the inability to deal with artificial intelligence. The community has continued trying …