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If you peruse the rankings on DappRadar, you'll find many games among the most popular dapps. One of the most exciting is Ether Online, an MMORPG-style game that allows players to really own their characters as all transactions are backed up by the Ethereum blockchain. We'll discuss how the game works and what makes it unique. For a full explanation of unique digital assets, try this guide to ERC-721 tokens. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
How Do I Play Ether Online?
To get started, you'll need a MetaMask wallet. Because you really own your tokens, you'll be buying equipment with real cryptocurrency. MetaMask is a popular digital wallet used by sites like CryptoKitties and Factbar. You can load it with Ether using Coinbase if you're in the US, and ShapeShift if you want to exchange cryptocurrency. Once you're logged in to MetaMask, you can launch the game, where you can purchase equipment and challenge others to battle.
What Is An MMORPG?
Can I Make Money Playing Ether Online?
It is possible to earn Ether by selling rare items in the marketplace, by doing battle in the Arena or Ethagon, and through the site's drawings and referral program. However, it's important to remember that Ether is merely changing hands in the game, not being created. That means it's also possible to lose money. Many dapps, including games like Ether Shrimp Farm and Moon Factory or more obvious schemes like PoWH3D and Gandhiji, attract users who want to earn a profit. It's possible to do so, but you'll have to beat other players in order to win anything.
Gaming On The Ethereum Blockchain
Ether Online is an MMORPG based in the Ethereum blockchain where players can gather equipment and pets in order to do battle with one another. Since its release, it's consistently been near the top of the DappRadar rankings thanks to the complicated strategy involved and the chance to earn Ether by playing. Let's take a closer look at this game and what makes it unique in the world of Ethereum dapps.
Most players who are attracted to Ether Online are probably familiar with other role-playing games, whether that's tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons, console versions like the Final Fantasy series, or online multiplayer platforms like World of Warcraft. Ether Online shares elements with those, but is different because it's based in the blockchain. This means that you really own your items, and no one else can obtain them unless they buy them from you.
Let's take a step back and explain the type of tokens we're dealing with. Most people are familiar with Bitcoin and Ethereum, cryptocurrencies that rely on blockchain technology. By using a decentralized ledger, users can verify transactions without the need for a central authority. Ethereum's blockchain is notable because it allows for the creation of decentralized applications, or dapps, that use smart contracts to allow for the trading of alternative assets on Ethereum's blockchain.
Let's take a step back and explain the type of tokens we're dealing with.
Beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum, there are many different types of crypto coins available. Often companies will issue an "I.C.O.," where they sell tokens that represent a stake in their company, or use those tokens as currency to participate in that company's business. You can use Ether to buy and sell these tokens. Many companies are attracted to Ethereum because of its ability to incorporate smart contracts through a set of principles called ERC20.
When you make a transaction on the Ethereum network, no person is verifying your payment. Instead, it goes through a smart contract for the asset that you're buying or selling. ERC20 is a set of six functions for these smart contracts to ensure integration with the blockchain, and most digital wallets that accept Ethereum will also accept ERC20 tokens.
ERC20 tokens are like Bitcoin and Ether in that they are fungible, meaning all coins of a certain currency are the same. If you have two Bitcoins, and you plan to sell one, it doesn't matter which one you sell because they are worth the same amount. You can also deal in fractions of a coin in the same way you can deal in dollars and cents. But some assets are unique, or non-fungible.
ERC20 tokens are like Bitcoin and Ether in that they are fungible, meaning all coins of a certain currency are the same.
ERC721 is a standard for smart contracts dealing in digital assets that are not all the same. One popular example is Factbar, online representations of facts that are researched and verified. If you own a Factbar, you are the only person who owns it at that time, and every Factbar has its own unique value. Highly-desirable Factbars are therefore very valuable because they are rare.
Your character in Ether Online is an ERC721 token, as is the equipment you obtain. This affects the value of those items as well as their usefulness in battle. To get started, you must first log in to the site using MetaMask, a digital wallet that you can add Ether to using Coinbase or ShapeShift. You're using real cryptocurrency in order to buy these items because you really own them.
You can purchase chests of items, which come in different levels of rarity. You can also purchase pets and equipment from other users in the marketplace. If you have a rare piece of equipment, you can sell it, and players make money this way. But you can also use those items in the arena as you do battle.
You can also purchase pets and equipment from other users in the marketplace.
The arena allows you to challenge any other player, and all players are ranked. If you challenge a player ranked higher than you and defeat them, you will swap places in the rankings. When the clock at the top of the leader board hits zero, players will receive a portion of the jackpot corresponding to their ranking. There's also the Lucky Draw, where your chance of winning corresponds with your Battle Power.
The site has also introduced the Ethagon, which is a more contained version of the game. In the Ethagon, you can outfit yourself with whatever items you choose, and select an amount of Ether to put on the line. Once someone accepts the challenge, you'll do battle, with the winner receiving 95% of the total.
Ether Online has been consistently popular, with many users playing every day. The site takes a 10% fee on all transactions, which is more than some dapps, but ensures that the game will continue to expand as funds go toward development. The game also has a referral program, encouraging users to refer friends as a means to earn more Ether.
The site takes a 10% fee on all transactions, which is more than some dapps, but ensures that the game will continue to expand as funds go toward development.
While it's possible you can earn Ether through battle as well as selling items in the marketplace, this is dependent on the game's continued popularity, and the desire of others to get an edge in the competition. For now, it's best not to assume you'll earn a profit, and only play if you find the game fun. Many clearly do, as the Arena leader board shows, and this may be the next step in the evolution of the MMORPG genre as blockchain continues to go mainstream.