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Your Favorite Online Multiplayer Games Could Be Saved From Extinction on Blockchain

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Eight years ago the Xbox Live servers for Halo 2 went dark, calling time on what Gamesradar calls a “landmark in the history of Xbox Live”. For many, it was the crucible for a relationship with online gaming that would last through childhood.

‘The Noble Fourteen’ resisted for over a month and extended the life of online Halo 2 until the last player lost connection. Such eulogizing goes a little way to explain the impact that the multiplayer had had on people.

But did it have to be this way? Well according to Microsoft, yes: server farms are expensive to run and maintain, so a dwindling and inconsistent player base as with Halo 2 online was always going to be at risk.

Nearly six years of Halo on Xbox Live was not enough for many players, and they were soon even unable to get their fix on PC—these servers were discontinued early in 2013, essentially closing the door on Halo 2 multiplayer save for LAN play.

So why does blockchain pose a solution?

This is one of the use cases touched upon in the Qlear Protocol whitepaper and they specify the reaction to Microsoft closing online Halo 2. The idea is that on blockchain no game would ever have to shut down its online play, provided that some players still exist.

Qlear bill themselves as ‘the lightning-fast trust machine of gaming’, essentially taken to mean a blockchain-based network which exists to host online gaming platforms.

Blockchain is key here: one of the benefits of distributed ledger tech is that all functions can be made transparent. This means that cheating becomes impossible without it being blatantly obvious—people may not always notice an aimbotter, but this is irrelevant when the system knows.

What they propose is a decentralized back-end system for developers to easily – with just a few lines of code – integrate their front-end code to put their game on Qlear.

Any number of interested players could make up this decentralized system, formed to power the back-end multiplayer servers of older games which would otherwise be closed.

This would make it plausible for Halo 2 to be returned to its fans, though that would, of course, depend on Microsoft so it seems unlikely.

But, there are a host of other suitable candidates for the Qlear Protocol and a recent surge in the popularity of nostalgia gaming shows there is a strong feeling for old classics.

Bringing users closer to the developers 

A range of legal issues face fans who try to keep games alive or provide alternative online experiences for the community; this affliction reached Halo, as Microsoft lawyered up on a fan-made Halo Online mod that allowed users to play the canceled game.

Developers are sometimes put in a position where they need to be seen to protect their intellectual property, often aggressively, and this can be for a variety of reasons.

But, on the Qlear Protocol, developers can keep their game on the platform indefinitely—so long as player interest remains. A blockchain-powered environment could give a secure and stable network which is able to maintain a continuous, high quality gaming experience.

There’s a big upshot to this: games developers are able to focus more on the front-end and provide the best gaming experience possible. Qlear simply provides a trusted and secure platform for games to sit on.

The future of gaming might have your favorite titles in it

You can still play Halo 2 with your friends, but only if you meet up and game old-school style, on LAN. This is a sad fate reserved for many games which rely on a centralized entity for its online play.

If multiplayer gaming can become decentralized – as proposed with the Qlear Protocol – then you should be able to get together a group of friends and revisit your favorite games on a whim.

The face of classic gaming could be forever changed by blockchain. It may be too late to save Halo 2, but we can save dozens, even hundreds of popular titles into the future—and the wider gaming scene would be far richer for it.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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How Cryptocurrencies Will Change Online Gambling in the Future

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Anyone who has followed online gambling since the beginning can tell you that things don’t stay the same for long. One of the reasons for this is that technology improves at such a ridiculously fast pace, and innovators in this industry are able to match up with those technological changes pretty quickly.

An innovation in technology that the Internet gambling industry has really learned from is cryptocurrency, with bitcoin in particular leading the way. We’ve seen it emerge as an alternative banking method, but it’s going to change the industry as a whole in ways that people can’t quite understand yet.

A Post-Legality Era

Something that has eluded online gambling since its inception is the idea of a global governing body. As it stands right now, each individual country (and smaller units of jurisdiction) have their own governing bodies that oversee in the industry. A lot of these laws are tied to banking laws, and that’s where the legality of playing in bitcoin casinos becomes such an interesting topic.

In the present, we’re seeing country-based regulatory bodies from places like Malta, Gibraltar and the United Kingdom start to work together and recognize each other’s licenses more and more. That’s taking serious steps towards having a global governing entity, and once that happens, the role of bitcoin is going to be even larger than it is now because it’ll…

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VOLUM (VLM) Announces Commencement of Token Generation Event

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ESTONIA, May 4, 2019 – VOLUM (the “Company”), a multi-dimensional blockchain technology holding company, is thrilled to announce the commencement of the Volum (VLM) Token Generation Event (“TGE”) beginning on Saturday, May 4. The VLM utility token is the native cryptocurrency powering the VOLUM supply chain and logistics management platform.

Driven by algorithmically intelligent software tailored to logistics and supply chain management, along with Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) integrated functionality, and a backbone of hybrid public and consortium blockchain architecture, the platform is organized around the Volum (VLM) token. The VOLUM TGE will be managed by deploying ERC20 tokens on Ethereum Mainnet to maximize future access to cryptocurrency exchanges.

The VOLUM platform operates as a comprehensive control center for supply chain and logistics management operations. Companies who use this platform will be able to carry out a wide range of blockchain transactions including: Payments, Rewards, Purchase Orders, Legal Contracts, Regulatory Compliance, Taxation, Shipment Management, Letters of Origin, Customs Documents, Inputs/Outputs and Inventory Ordering, Delivery/Parcel Tracking, IoT Monitoring and Reporting, Big Data Analytics, and Inputs and End-Product Tracking/Traceability.

“The total addressable market for a blockchain-based supply chain solution is nearly $54 trillion globally, with the majority of the world’s workers playing some part of this equation” noted Arnaldo A. Detrés, CEO of Bengala Technologies, LLC, the principle blockchain developer working to build the VOLUM platform. “However, blockchain solutions have been unable to…

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How to Secure Yourself in Relation to Bitcoin: Top VPN Services

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Nowadays, more frequently people opt to use cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin while dealing with financial transactions for its convenience, so its increasing prevalence isn’t round-of-the-mill phenomenon but still, its users need to create fully protected cooltechzone to secure their data.

Recently, a great abundance of VPNs have started to accept it as a way of payment and it definitely makes sense: one buys VPN to retain anonymity on the Web, so why not to use the privacy-focused payment method? Paying for a VPN service with Bitcoins or any other cryptocurrency secures personal data from curious eyes leaving no traces.

What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is generally presented by the group of linked to each other computers via the Internet. VPN boosts protection and provides a high level of anonymity to all types of Internet connections.

Security

While the connection to the ordinary Wi-Fi networks, a user usually gets access to the Internet directly, thus he becomes vulnerable to the hackers and the malware attempting to steal his personal data. On the other hand, applying VPN one transmits and gets data in encrypted form which makes it protected.

Anonymity

Generally, isn’t hard to trace an Ip-address of any user and to identify his location with sufficient accuracy. With the help of VPN, the attacker will only get the address of the removed computer. Undoubtedly, the safeguard…

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