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Blockchain Integration
Learn about how Hash Rush uses blockchain to create a player-first environment.

The Hash Rush Blockchain Integration

Hash Rush is a Massively Multiplayer Online Real-Time Strategy Game (MMO-RTS) set in the Hermian galaxy. Utilizing blockchain technologies (NEAR and Ethereum), Hash Rush reinvents the free-to-play genre, stepping away from aggressive monetization, and introduces a new vision, PLAY TO EARN. Hash Rush achieves this by integrating with the Vorto Network, allowing for the tokenization (NFT) of select game items.
The core vision of Hash Rush is to be a "real" blockchain game that only utilizes blockchain in ways that benefit the player's gaming experience, and allows players who choose to ignore blockchain to play the game without negatively impacting their gaming experience.

Our Blockchain Beliefs

We believe that blockchain technologies - when used correctly for games - can be hugely beneficial to the players.
However, the key here is "when used correctly" and it is our interpretation of the phrase that sets our vision for blockchain in Hash Rush.
Important: other games will define the phrase differently from us. This does not mean that what other people think is wrong, it simply helps others to understand why we do what we do.

The Hash Rush Definition of "used correctly for games"

  • Used in ways that only improve the game and the player's gaming experience
  • Is always a choice

What this means for Hash Rush

When we implement blockchain in Hash Rush, we will always look at those two points. This is because we know that not everyone wants to use blockchain, some people want to game without thinking of the various features that blockchain enables. Remember, many people play games to escape from reality. (Hence the choice).
Furthermore, when it is used, then we look at how a non-blockchain game handles the feature and makes sure that our version of the feature is at least at the same level as the non-blockchain implementation, but ideally superior!
Example of both points in action - Trading
  • Trading is a basic feature of MMO games and non-blockchain games do not require a gas fee. If anything, the game will charge an amount of the game's farmable, in-game soft currency (e.g. gold).
    • Gas is a fee that the person selling an item pays to have the transaction complete) to trade.
  • As such, the Hash Rush trading system cannot force players to pay for gas or any such fee.
  • Blockchain enthusiasts love NFTs due to the addition of value to each item. While this is a big positive for players, not everyone wants to play around with NFTs.
    • Due to that, while the game items can be tokenized, the player does not see that the items are NFTs unless they intentionally want to make use of NFT specific features - but - not using NFT specific features will not negatively impact anyone's gameplay experience.

Why use blockchain in the first place?

While blockchain can be seen as a divisive feature, the only reason that Hash Rush is making use of blockchain is due to the team's belief that blockchain provides the features needed to create a much more fair game for the player base.
  • Blockchain provides a method that allows the game's item databases to be visible to everyone. As blockchain is a distributed ledger that is publicly accessible, anyone can look up the actual rarity of a game item. So it's no longer a matter of "your word versus ours" as quantities can be proven.
  • Hash Rush uses the NEAR Protocol as its blockchain. Thanks to how NEAR (and the majority of blockchains for that matter) work, we can provide our players with a stable and trustworthy system that allows players to control their game items (letting players trade items freely and move the items in and out of the game).
  • Tokenization of game items gives the items a real currency value, allowing players to earn real money from the sale of their items - but only if they want to do so.
  • The assumption of all blockchains being hugely destructive to the environment is not true. While Proof of Work (POW) blockchains such as Bitcoin and current-day Ethereum are an environmental disaster in terms of power consumption, a different type of blockchain called Proof of Stake (POS) exists that does not require the computational power that POW blockchains need. The difference in power consumption is so vast that the blockchain that we use - NEAR - has been declared to be climate neutral.