RE: Axie Infinity: Play-To-Earn Model

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blockchaingaming.com agrees with you!
Their accelerator program recently picked up @hashkings and @risingstargame doing market making and providing scholarships to help new players get started

@wagginston even started a blockchain gaming community here on Hive

It's such a great initiative, I agreed to help them with it 😀

Play-to-earn isn't just "here" as in the present tense- it's on Hive, it's growing, and it's getting attention



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I am far from an expert but it seems that Hive's fee-less transactions could make a huge difference in blockchain gaming. With a nice list of games forming and all being free to transact, that should make them standout.

It is a point that we need to keep driving home.

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Wouldn't claim myself an expert either, but I do play quite a few games and agree that fast and feeless is a pretty big deal. Another big one is the social aspect. Wax operates in a fairly similar fashion to Hive (eosio chain) when it comes to transactions and even human-readable wallets to a degree - but it has no social layer. The difference it makes is hard to understate. When we see player actions on chain, we often associate them with people we interact with socially

Fast, feeless, social, play to earn... Hive is in the right place at the right time. HAF is going to be a big deal for all of us

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HAF is going to be a big deal for all of us

I have seen a few make this statement.

Could you explain why you think so? I am interested in what people are seeing.

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I started working professionally in the mid-90s on networks. My first engineering job was in '99 as a network engineer. I pivoted over a few years and mostly worked on databases before retiring about 5 years ago from "database engineer" duties, but I was also headhunted as a "solutions architect". Just some brief background to say that I know what I'm talking about when it comes to putting together these types of architectures

It can be difficult to explain HAF to people that aren't devs since it is essentially a tool for developers. The shortest description I've come up with: It makes the Hive blockchain look and act like "just a normal database" to developers. They don't have to figure out a bunch of whacky blockchain stuff. They don't have to stream blocks. They don't have to deal with forks. They don't have to learn to be a blockchain developer on top of everything else. They don't need a hived (witness/api) server AND a separate box to deal with the data in the hived node. HAF is a hived plugin that parses through the application data right along with the rest of the core blockchain data

the bottom line: HAF makes building on Hive faster and much, much easier. If everything goes how I expect it to, it will also mean the applications are faster and more efficient than existing solutions. If you want to build on a blockchain, you can do it quicker, cheaper, and more easily on Hive. Still fast, free, and social for end users too!

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Wow that is a great addition so I can see why it was being pushed to the forefront by Blocktrades.

Out of curiosity, how does this compare to other blockchains (if you looked into them)? The most obvious is Ethereum and all its associated forks which seem popular now.

I presume they are very difficult to build upon. Is Hive very difficult at the moment?

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Ethereum is nice because it provides a virtual machine (VM) to process data. Two major downsides:

  1. Someone must pay for the compute power in the block-producing node, so fees can be insane
  2. Developers have to learn how to program for the virtual machine

I sometimes refer to Hive as "BYOVM" bring your own virtual machine hahaha
Hive is a place to store data, but not process the data. Currently, retrieving the data looks like a mess to your average developer. Wouldn't call it very difficult, but most developers aren't familiar with the idea of streaming through blocks, parsing blockchain data, or storing blockchain data. With HAF, devs will still provide the compute power (like they do with any normal, not blockchain application), the storage will still be on Hive, but the logic to work with the data will be more familiar to them

Those are your general comparisons for most chains. Devs either learn to program in a chain's virtual machine, or they learn to parse a chain's blocks and deal with programming against those blocks on their own (all of Hive's exising layer 2 is the latter). By comparison, with HAF, anyone that's written an application should be able to pick up Hive reasonably well and get going. Or just add Hive to their existing application without having to start a new career as a blockchain developer

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That really look nice, more the ease and reduced cost of doing development, more it attracts developers.
I checked WAX and I feel "WAX" is not exactly free. Transactions/NFT require RAM and RAM need to be purchased.(though RAM cost are not exorbitant but exactly not zero though)

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What exactly is HAF? Any post links. Please.

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Most info is in @blocktrades update posts. It can seem vague, so you have to combine that info with the information going through the git repo https://gitlab.syncad.com/hive/hive/activity
There hasn't been as much lately as it's vacation season, but generally, you're looking for something to do with a sql (or psql) serializer. That's the component of the plugin that takes the data from the Hive blocks and puts it in a SQL database

There will be plenty of testing to do. Once blocktrades has something he likes, I'm sure he'll be bursting to share information in a more consumable way. Right now, it's just realliy nerdy stuff that won't mean much to most people and blocktrades is not a hype machine

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