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 …

Blockchain Gaming: Provable Fairness

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Background Provable fairness is a concept originally pioneered by illegal gamblers in the dark ages of cryptocurrency, before blockchain analytics made it possible to trace transactions on blockchains like Bitcoin’s. The idea was simple: prove that online casinos aren’t cheating. The dark web has since receded to obscure blockchains such as Monero, but the idea of provable fairness lives on. …

Blockchain Gaming: XAYA Overview

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Background There is a lot of history behind XAYA. It began in 2011 with Namecoin, to which core XAYA team members were major contributors. Forked off of Bitcoin, it took the concept of embedding critical data of the blockchain—despised by Bitcoin purists who view non-financial transactions as spam—and made it standard practice. The data was associated with strings of alphanumeric …