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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 9, 2018 News @ Block & Chain Marketing for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons continued in high gear, with several features on our social media and partner platforms. This week, we also completed a low-friction onboarding flow for our games, which allows Halo Platform wallet holders to go straight into our games and use their Featherlite wallets to play. No more usernames and passwords to remember! Last week, we introduced the backstory for Blockfight and explained how all of the grotesque beings came to inhabit this planet and became the puppets of their overlords. This week we started to introduce the monsters on our forum and social media, starting with the dastardly Prince Panilio: In Draggin’ Dragons, we’ve built immersive, interactive environments. Watch dragons zoom over and under environment objects in their race to victory. Lootlift Lane, a track inside of a long lost Egyptian pyramid, is a great example of one such track. We also completed the Player Profile and Owner’s Paddock, where you can see all of the dragons you’ve ever owned and bask in your many victories! Look for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons open Beta to launch later in November! Decimated News Our friends at Fracture Labs have been very busy building their amazing post apocalyptic MMO. So much so that we are going to feature their major updates in our newsletters going forward. In fact, we’re publishing this week’s newsletter early to let everyone know that the Fracture Labs team are doing an interview in AltspaceVR this Friday at 8pm Central European Time (11:00 am to 12:00 PM PST). Click here to learn more: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=567120730413441&id=457143298077852 If you don’t have time to watch the VR presentation and just want to see what’s new with Decimated, you can see the latest news along with their latest game trailer here: https://medium.com/@fracturelabs/a-multiplayer-online-survival-game-powered-by-blockchain-interview-with-stephen-arnold-the-ceo-f05950eabfb5 Game Maker’s Corner Devin Seto: Head of Games While working at Electronic Arts, I had the opportunity to teach part-time at the Vancouver Film School. The head of the Game Design program was an EA Alum (former Development Director for the NHL Hockey Franchise) and he liked to bring teachers in who worked in the industry so students could understand what game making was really like. Many people in my class (and since) have asked the question: How do I get into the games industry? Well, you can spend $50K+ plus in a game design program like that one and it might help. I would say roughly 10% of my students ended up in the industry long-term. And some companies still provide the “QA Opportunity”, where you can be hired as a contract Tester and after many long shifts and cutthroat competition, someone may notice you and maybe they’ll give you an opportunity. But let’s face it, getting into game development is hard. It’s a smaller world than you may think and people tend to hire game makers they’ve worked with before (myself included with the likes of Harold, Michelle, Ali, and Todd). Combine that with the smaller teams needed to build today’s mobile and casual games and the opportunities are fewer and farther between. Thankfully, the same tools and tech that allow for easier game development are available to anybody and free tutorials are all over the web. I often say to people “you and I could go into my basement this afternoon and start making a game”, then we can publish it on the app store and market it on social media and it just might be a hit! And thanks to the many review sites and platform rating systems out there, we can easily see how well a game is received. Nowadays, when I want to find a talented game maker, and my personal network isn’t yielding the desired results, I look for freelance game makers. I play their games and look at their ratings. I am rarely disappointed with what I encounter, as our two very talented game makers Adam and Anh will demonstrate. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/ethereum-blockchain-game-developer-reveals-the-thrills-of-creating-his-first-dapp/ - Building a DApp on Ethereum is a challenge that many developers have not faced before. One such developer is Michael J. Cohen, who is a front-end developer in NYC. He spent the summer creating a Dapp. The Dapp was a fantasy football game known as Blockgame. He has now decided to share his journey with the world. B&C: Thanks to open sourced blockchains like Ethereum’s and well, ours, independent game makers can dive in and build really good games on the blockchain. It’s projects like this one B&C likes to work with because indie game makers seldom think of things like community management, product support, low friction economies and viral marketing when building their games. As we mentioned when we published our whitepaper, we seek to find passionate, talented indie game makers and provide a platform for them to showcase their craft and launch the games of their dreams. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    As we get closer to our launch date for Blockfight later this month, we would like to share with you the character bios, beginning with 'Prince Panilio'.
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    Beginning this week, we will be sending out newsletters every Friday. There is so much going on that we feel it makes more sense to publish shorter newsletters more frequently. Here are some of the new things going on at Halo Platform: New Releases Last night, we released version 3.0.0 of the HaloDEX, which includes a handful of improvements, including: Updates to match new wrapper system Adds background coloring to Market Orders (trade history) and removes the pricing color highlight Added a header to Open Orders Order fields will no longer correct what you are typing if you go over your balance Market Orders (trade history) can now be toggled to just show your previous trade history for that market UI now fully responds to a user being signed out of extension or account being locked in feather client Wrapper deposits are no longer shown on Balances page, but instead a button is shown to open a dialog to copy your deposit address (helps users with smaller screens/resolutions) Rounding errors should all be fixed This release also includes support for VET. VeChain’s currency. Additional coin wrappers are in development and will be available on the DEX in the coming days. No new extension or client download is required with this release. Simply refresh and Featherlite will pick up the changes. To see what we are currently working on at any time, take a look at our Status Board. Marketing Update On Wednesday, our CEO Scott Morrison participated in a livestream with Todd Blackburn of Crypto Coin Trader. During the interview, Scott answered a host of questions about the Halo Platform and provided an update on our various initiatives. We’re working with CCT to make the recorded interview available publicly on their YouTub channel. Look for an update next week. New Business Halo Platform shined at the World Crypto Con (“WCC”) held in Las Vegas at the end of October. Our leadership team connected with several prospective partners and wowed some of the biggest influencers in the cryptocurrency industry. There’s no replacement for hard work, and business development efforts like this have already paid off for Halo Platform. We’ve already solidified a partnership with Horizon State, a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform. Horizon State, a ground breaking token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform has chosen to host their project on the lightning fast, super secure Halo Platform blockchain network. The Horizon State platform delivers unprecedented trust through the integrity and post-unforgeable attributes of the distributed ledger technology offered on the Halo Platform blockchain. Their voting system has already been chosen as the exclusive voting solution to be used by The Democratic Party of India and just this week it was announced that they will be used by New Zealand’s Opportunity Party, to conduct their leadership election next month. Halo Currency Listing LATOKEN, a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens, will soon be listing Halo Currency. This represents a major step forward for both Halo Platform and its growing family of partners in the cryptocurrency world. That’s it for news for this week, but new projects are always underway at Halo Platform. Join us on social media for the latest on what’s happening at Halo Platform and across the cryptocurrency industry. Did you know? There are detailed instructions and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there and we will gladly add it. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 16, 2018 News @ Block & Chain This week we began testing our games with Halo Currency. It was really cool to see the platform integrated within the games. One of us may or may not have accidentally dropped all their Halo on a single battle in Blockfight… We now have wallets integrated into our games and players with Halo wallets will be automatically signed in. No usernames, passwords, no fuss, no muss! Platform credentials are game credentials. Of course, players can also set up a traditional username and password if they wish. As we complete the Halo Platform wallet integration into our games, we have continued our marketing efforts in the run up to launch. We are continuing to release the fighter dossiers for blockfight and this week, we introduce the next one in the lineup. We give you Amorial... We also began introducing the Speed Racers to be featured in the upcoming Draggin’ Dragons beta release. Take a look at our first few racers: We also featured a Developer’s Blog, where we describe the Dragon’s Concept and where the idea behind the game came from. We’re excited to launch these games and share the fun we’ve built with everybody! Game Maker’s Corner Mary Ngai: Artist I typically work on character design and art for our games. My usual job is to paint horrifying creatures, nefarious villains and heroic characters, but I have also been helping the Draggin’ Dragons team develop the User Interface (UI). I’m a HUGE fan of games with a beautiful painted illustration styles like Blizzard’s Hearthstone, or Supergiant’s Bastion, and so I thought UI would be simple -- but boy was I wrong. Creating assets and handling files is a very technical process. Everything MUST be in the right position for each atlas using a specific setup. Knowing JSON makes it a lot easier, since that is how we handle file attributes. There is, of course, the creative aspects of designing the look of everything, but the bulk of my time is spent thinking about design. Working with the UI team made me realize how well thought out UI is, yet it is one of the most underappreciated aspects of games. Think about that the next time you log into a game and perhaps take for granted the login flow, neat buttons and robust menus, and appreciate all the hardworking artists and programmers who worked on it! In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/11/prweb15901783.htm - Contentos, a decentralized global content ecosystem, announces a partnership with Yahoo! Taiwan to educate mainstream audiences about blockchain. B&C: We are big on gamifying knowledge and the idea of gamifying blockchain knowledge specifically is a fantastic way to educate novice users, curious to dip their toes into the blockchain world. There are many great ways to entice gamers to blockchain technologies. At B&C, our mandate is to make getting into our games as easy as possible. Thanks to the Halo Platform, we have some great tools to onboard new players, enable them to acquire Halo easily and place it in their wallet for gameplay. All our games will walk players through this process. We may even gamify masternodes at some point… https://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-the-2018-game-awards-nominees/1100-6463220/ - The nominees have been announced for 2018's The Game Awards. This year Sony Santa Monica's God of War and Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 are the two front-runners, locked neck-and-neck at eight nominations each including Game of the Year. B&C: Once upon a time, I used to wait with baited breath to see who would be nominated for the annual game awards. Would a game I worked on be nominated? Would a brave new IP make the cut? Something cool, innovative, fun? Nowadays, console games have become much like the movie industry: focused on blockbuster hits from established franchises (Red Dead 2 arguably is the notable exception here). I mean, how many Gods of War, Grand Theft Autos, Assassins Creeds and Battlefields can there be? More often than not, I find myself digging around Steam or the Apple App Store for a fresh, new, game from an independent developer. There are a lot of good games out there without the massive marketing and cinematic budgets behind them. And yet, some of these are the best games I’ve ever played. I’m convinced the future of gaming lies in the hands of indie developers and the blockchain is the best platform for them to raise capital, develop and thrive! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Halo Platform’s Digital Currency To Be Listed on LAToken November 9, 2018 – LATOKEN, a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens, will soon be listing Halo Currency. This represents a major step forward for both Halo Platform and its growing family of partners in the cryptocurrency world. LATOKEN is a simple, fast, and secure exchange that allows users to trade crypto and tokenized assets. The rapidly growing cryptocurrency exchange broke into CoinMarketCap’s prestigious Top-50 list in July 2018, and LATOKEN has only continued to grow in popularity from there. Halo Platform is proud to be working with one of the cryptocurrency market’s most popular exchanges, and crypto traders everywhere will soon have access to Halo Currency on the LATOKEN exchange. LATOKEN currently hosts more than $35 million in daily turnover on its crypto exchange. LATOKEN offers more than 250 crypto pairs for trading, but this isn’t all the exchange has to offer. In addition to crypto trading, LATOKEN users can participate in selected Token Sales at the pre-sale and crowdsale stages. The suite of features available on LATOKEN has attracted more than 85,000 registered users to the exchange. Over the next several weeks, LATOKEN will begin accepting deposits on their platform. Trading for HALO will begin shortly thereafter. Keep an eye on our community and social media channels for these announcements. The listing of Halo Currency on the LATOKEN exchange represents a major step forward in the large-scale adoption of Halo Platform’s suite of cryptocurrency-related tools and services. Join Us Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github
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    Horizon State Chooses the Halo Platform Blockchain Network The leadership and development teams at the Halo Platform are happy to announce our recent blockchain hosting partnership with the exciting project, Horizon State As they explain in their whitepaper, “Horizon State has built a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform that delivers unprecedented trust through the integrity and post-unforgeable attributes of DLT. Horizon State delivers a secure digital ballot box, wherein results are immutable and voter identities are protected. Votes cast can be counted transparently, in real time, by anyone in the world. These counts can happen in perpetuity, as results are permanently retained on the blockchain and are immutable. More than that - Horizon State allows voters to verify that their own vote is accounted for, while maintaining their anonymity” (https://horizonstate.com/Horizon-State-Whitepaper.pdf) Their voting system has already been chosen as the exclusive voting solution to be used by The Democratic Party of India and just this week it was announced that they will be used by New Zealand’s Opportunity Party, to conduct their leadership election next month. The Halo Platform blockchain will handle tens of thousands of transactions during each vote. (https://micky.com.au/blockchain-voting-to-be-used-in-new-zealand-politics/) Horizon State uses blockchain technology and their advanced architecture to deliver on three core needs present in the voting/election space… “considered deliberation of decisions, effective mobilization of communities, and facilitation of secure voting.” When these powerful tools are offered to the public at large, it is possible to make “every voice count on a global scale.” The team behind Horizon State studied the strengths and weaknesses of the various blockchain networks available today and decided that the Halo Platform Blockchain was clearly the best choice of network provider. As their platform use grows, it is possible (and very likely) that the Horizon State system will be handling voting sessions with millions of transactions over a short period of time. The Halo Platform not only offers a lightning-fast network with zero gas fees (zero transaction cost), but is also secured at an enterprise level that could rival the security of many banks. Obviously, to ensure the trust and reliability of engagements ranging from shareholder voting to official government elections, network security was a major factor in the decision made by Horizon State. The Horizon State platform stresses the importance of increased engagement and is working hard to “empower communities with decision making tools that inspire trust” fueled by the use of their Decision Tokens (HST). The HST token will soon be listed for trade on HaloDEX , the Halo Platform’s advanced decentralized exchange, backed by one of the fastest and most secure blockchain networks available today. For more information regarding the Horizon State platform: inbox@horizonstate.com. For information regarding exchange listing and blockchain hosting opportunities please contact the Halo Platform’s Business Development Manager: Matthew@haloplatform.tech.
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    As we approach our official launch, we would like to share some glimpses into the backstory and characters of Blockfight. What are they? How did they come to be here? And why are they engaging in these epic battles? We will endeavor to answer these questions and more as we lead up to the launch.
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 2, 2018 News @ Block & Chain This week, we kicked our road-to-launch marketing efforts into top gear for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. We invite everyone to follow our forums and social media channels for these gems! Fiction plays an important role in any game, no matter how simple. Blockfight, while it is a mechanically straightforward game also has a rich backstory. Today, we want to share that story with you. Don’t feel sorry for any of these denizens as you battle them to the death! Blockfight is our launch title and it will be ready to play later this month! We also announced the launch of Draggin’ Dragons with a killer “movie poster”. The Draggin’ Dragons fully playable open beta launches later this month! We will share more details on the beta features and instructions to play in the coming weeks. will Spread the word! Game Maker’s Corner Todd Gillissie: Principal Game Developer I often get asked by friends if I would be willing to talk to their child who is interested in getting into gaming as a career. I love to encourage kids to create art, so I have no problem talking to those that are interested. I know, you may be thinking, "video games are art?", to which I say "absolutely!" Anything that starts as an idea and turns into a real piece of entertainment is art to me. However, just like in filmmaking, there are a lot of vocations required in order to create that single piece of final art. It starts with an idea, which turns into a design. The initial design doesn't need to involve any visual art. I see a lot of confusion from people thinking that "designing" is the process of creating visual art. Visual art is a completely different skill of its own, and can even be broken down into various sub-skills: 3D modeler, concept illustrator, texture artist, animator, user interface designer, and more. The importance of music and sound are often overlooked until you realize how dull a game is without good audio. The programmers pull all of these elements together and make it interactive. Finally, play testers make sure everything works properly before the game is released. In addition to all of the technical and creative skills required, producers have to coordinate everyone and make sure everything is on schedule. For games that get regular updates, there are product managers that figure out how to keep the game engaging over time, and data analysts that figure out what players like and dislike. For large game studios, there are usually people that specialize in each of these skills, but in a small studio such as Block & Chain Games, we all wear multiple hats to serve these functions. Personally, I love working in a small studio because I enjoy working with many disciplines, and having a direct impact on the quality of the games we're working on. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://sludgefeed.com/neo-exec-sees-gaming-as-lowest-hanging-fruit-for-crypto/ - “We believe that in the future digital assets will cover so many areas we can’t even imagine. But from today’s point of view, the lowest hanging fruit within the space are native digital assets, and games are already in a digital form on your laptop or your phone. These are areas that are quite easy for game developers and game players to adopt.” B&C: At B&C we understand and appreciate the value blockchain technologies bring to gaming. We love to see indie game developers realize their dreams (and not become beholden to venture capitalist) because of the crowdfunding abilities that blockchain enables and seek thes developers to join our platform. Also, blockchain game servers don’t run the risk of shutdowns by big corporations like “typical” games do. WoW will end one day. If it was on the blockchain, it might well live forever! https://blockonomi.com/gaming-blockchain-mainstream/ - Now that blockchain is creeping into other areas, people are wondering if it could be a tool for gamers to create new ways to play. So far blockchain game development has been limited, but that is changing. B&C: While “traditional” blockchain games like Crytokitties suffered from severe performance issues, they and the Ethereum network paved the way for games to come. The phenomena of these early games and the impact they had in the cryptosphere are undeniable. Today, we see more and more companies going after more traditional game mechanics, requiring much faster networks to be played in “realtime”. At B&C we are extremely lucky to have the Halo Platform blockchain at our disposable. We don’t have to work around any performance limitations and can build games with mass appeal that can bring millions of casual gamers to the blockchain! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Two weeks ago, we marked a big step forward in building awareness for blockchain and cryptocurrency technology around the world. World Crypto Con (“WCC”) – a three-day international cryptocurrency conference that took place between October 31 and November 2 – attracted thousands of attendees to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. And while there were celebrity events such as WCC’s own Ultra VIP Party, featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Jon, most of the excitement at the conference was focused on the incredible potential of blockchain and cryptocurrency. There has been a flood of innovation and new enterprises geared toward building a new economy powered by cryptocurrency and blockchain tech. Halo Platform was right there in the midst of it all, eager to learn what the brightest minds in the crypto community have to offer and make valuable business connections for the platform. World Crypto Con Hosts Global Crypto Entrepreneurs World Crypto Con definitely lived up to its name, attracting an array of international entrepreneurs to the Aria Resort and Casino. Blockchain innovators rubbed elbows with investors and influencers looking to find out about the hottest new thing in the crypto space. According to Jonathan Keim, CryptoCurrencyWire Communications Director, “Everyone we talked to, from exhibitors to attendees, went home as huge fans of the World Crypto Con brand, and we are looking forward to seeing many of the same people and the friends they will inevitably be bringing at the next event.” Of course, the Halo Platform Team is right on the cutting-edge of blockchain tech, and they were pleased to attend this year’s World Crypto Con. Halo Platform CEO Scott Morrison and Business Development Manager Matthew Dowd participated in various globally-oriented events, made a variety of business connections, and took in the latest industry information from insiders on featured panels. And with 200,000 square feet of venue space featuring presentations, seminars, discussion panels, social events, and vendor exhibits all centered around the latest and greatest in the blockchain and cryptocurrency world. Cryptocurrency Grows In Popularity With Every Public Event Plenty of short-sighted individuals have dismissed cryptocurrency as a passing fad, but Halo Platform knows that blockchain tech is here to stay. It will almost certainly evolve over time, taking on new forms and offering new services, but cryptocurrency becomes more popular with each passing day. As more organizations hold events like last week’s World Crypto Con, we’ll be sure to see greater general adoption of cryptocurrency worldwide. Halo Platform is building a place where everyone in the cryptosphere can congregate, organize, strategize, and execute their cryptocurrency activity quickly and easily. It's built to make sure everyone can take advantage of all the great things cryptocurrency and blockchain tech have to offer, which will grow as these incredible technologies continue to gain footing in the mainstream. Join Halo Platform, and experience all of the incredible benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech for yourself. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
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    Your Player Profile will show your Top Dragons, Top Track, Your Best In Show, and all the dragons you've ever owned! Keep tabs on your stats, and burn up the tracks! https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
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    Welcome to the Owner's Paddock! Here you can view the dragons you own. Own dragons to earn a cut of winnings during the races! https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
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    Our Block & Chain Games Team would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween with a sneak peek into one of our spooky Draggin’ Dragons Game Tracks, ‘Menace Mire’. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
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    October 29, 2018 – Block and Chain Game Studios, an up-and-coming powerhouse in the blockchain gaming market, has released the first version of its Whitepaper, available here. The publication of the Whitepaper marks an important milestone for the company, which is committed to building a community around the integration of gaming and blockchain tech. Block and Chain Game Studios is building a blockchain gaming platform that creates value for both players and developers. Gamers are always looking for new titles, and developers need support to create the next big thing in mobile or PC gaming. Block and Chain is offering a solution for these needs by creating a space where gamers and content creators can come together. After all, Block and Chain Game Studios is staffed by a team of game industry veterans, and they’re using their skills and experience to build much more than just another gaming site. Block and Chain community members can expect a stream of exciting new original titles, starting with its own first release – Blockfight, an eye-popping creature vs. creature turn-based battle experience. But platform users can expect a lot more than just creative and immersive blockchain-gaming experiences built by the top-notch team. Using the same tools and systems built for their own games, the Block and Chain team provides a plug-and-play platform for game developers. To make sure that blockchain game creators have what they need to see their projects through to the end, Block and Chain is offering the technical assistance and market access that up-and-coming gaming companies badly need. This is because Block and Chain Game Studios is working to change the face of gaming as we know it, and this just isn’t possible without an engaged community of both gamers and game-makers. Block and Chain is a division of the Halo Platform committed to encouraging blockchain gaming and introducing the gaming community to the benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. This means that gaming experiences on Block and Chain are not only provably fair and secure by nature of the platform’s integration of blockchain technology, they’re also high-resolution and low-latency. To learn more about Block and Chain Game Studios, or to view the whitepaper, go to the website: https://blockandchain.games/ Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Change logs: Added the long awaited dark theme The landing page has gotten a fresh look Updated to work correctly with new smart contract updates Orders section on bottom of exchange now only shows open orders
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    Gaming has come a long way from the days of Mortal Kombat tournaments held in suburban basements. Now, online gaming is being used both nationally and internationally as an educational resource that truly makes learning fun. Gaming is increasingly used in classrooms, after-school programs, and even as a homeschool resource to help young people learn about academic topics while building confidence in using technology. Learning Through Gaming In recent years, gaming has evolved to become more than just an entertaining activity. Gaming has become a learning technology that has the potential to offer numerous educational benefits. In fact, incorporating video games into lesson plans has been shown to improve students’ motivation to learn. This, in turn, increases their willingness and ability to pay attention to their schoolwork, and it promotes heightened engagement and participation with the subject matter being taught. Further, educational gaming can reduce classroom and learning-associated stress by helping children build socialization and comprehension skills in a fun and familiar format. Instead of viewing learning as work, children come to associate learning and education with entertainment and socialization. This reduces anxiety and increases retention and overall academic performance. New York City’s Institute of Play is a prime example of the benefits of integrating gaming with education. The Institute opened in 2009, and its mission is to help educational facilities and teachers from public, private, and charter schools incorporate gaming into their curriculum. The Institute’s gaming/learning topics span across age groups, from younger children through high schoolers, and include topics as diverse as stranger safety, architecture, math, and ethics. Kids love this approach to education, and the Institute has now helped more than 15,000 teachers and 50 educational institutions, across 15 U.S states and 30 countries. Gaming is also becoming a popular learning tool among parents who believe in homeschool education. Already a phenomenon among children, parents and home-learning organizations have created curricula that integrate popular sandbox game Minecraft into learning goals. Topics integrated into the Minecraft world include history, literature, reading, writing, math, science, and geography. Classroom Gaming Gets Pushback from Traditionalists Of course, the implementation of gaming as a learning tool has its critics. For starters, there are some who believe entertainment has no place in classrooms because it is a distraction, not a supplement, to traditional learning methods. Others fear that we don’t have enough information about the impacts of children’s prolonged use of technology, and adding gaming to education may have negative impacts of which we are net yet aware. As a result, many schools are hesitant to add gaming into their curricula. In fact, integrating gaming into classrooms is often prevented altogether by standardized requirements like the Common Core state standards. But of course, whenever public institutions put up barriers, enterprising entrepreneurs find a way around them. There are many indie gaming companies developing games that specifically address Common Core guidelines, and soon gaming may become a new standard in classrooms around the world. Gaming Builds Skills and Abilities Even outside the classroom, gaming promotes problem-solving and teaches strategizing and memorization in a fun and engaging way. Gaming also fosters creativity and content assimilation, and often inspires gamers to form communities around the characters, worlds, and experiences they have become passionate about. This can help gamers build personal abilities, self-esteem, and social skills in an environment where they feel comfortable just being themselves. Block & Chain Game Studios recognizes the power of gaming, and we’re dedicated to building online experiences that engage people and build communities. The talented team of artists, game designers, and developers at Block & Chain Studios are coming up with new ideas every day that are inspired by a strong desire to make the world a better place. By no means are we claiming that video gaming can end global poverty or establish world peace, but it can help people learn the skills and information they need in order to make these things possible in the future. Check out the new gaming experiences that Block & Chain has to offer – you never know, you might learn something! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    HaloDEX now has a couple days under its belt and has been working pretty smoothly so far! We figured now is a good time to officially move the version to 1.0.0 (just in time for extension launch later today!) Below you will find the change logs since the last beta release. Change Log: Fixed Trading View bug that caused "Loading" to flash forever Removed a lot of Trading View console errors Fixed a case where changing token before an interval would break Trading View Fixed a bug that caused subscriptions to unsubscribe incorrectly Added live volumes to side nav bar Fixed trade history showing trades for all users and not just the Halo Prime Added a check to ensure the currently shown balances are the most recent balances in database Fixed some bugs in the withdraw from dex dialog Added batching when depositing smart contract tokens into dex Fixed a bug that caused order matching to fail on sell orders Fixed a bug that caused fees to be displayed incorrectly Added a Legal page and a footer to the bottom of the dex Fixed some display bugs on user transfer history Fixed a bug that caused past trades view to show prices incorrectly on trades against buy orders Removed some features of Trading View we do not currently support Update user orders table to display more info Fixed a bug that could cause order matching to match incorrectly
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    Halo Platform Special Announcement HaloDEX is live on MainNet Early this morning we released HaloDEX, our decentralized exchange, on Featherlite’s main net. Users can now trade between HALO and Ethereum (ETH) as well as experience instant order creation and trade execution. We here at Halo Platform would like to give many thanks to those of you in our community who participated in our Beta Testing program and provided us with excellent feedback. The exchange has come a very long way in development since we began creating it a few months ago. Next week HaloDEX will become available on HaloDEX.io. This will be useful for users who do not have the Featherlite client installed. To begin using HaloDEX, take a moment and read our instructions here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/HaloDex. HaloDEX runs in Lite mode, so there no need to launch in Full Node (although that option is available). If you run into any issues, feel free to contact us through our various support channels (Forums, Discord, and email). Happy trading! HALO/ETH Trading page Ethereum deposit page In addition, between now and Monday, we are preparing to launch the Featherlite Chrome extension. This means you will soon be able to access all current features of the Featherlite client through the Chrome web browser, including HaloDEX. Featherlite Chrome Browser Extension Connect with us in social media Offical Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/
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    When it comes to the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution, some countries have proven to be more receptive than others. A handful of nations have banned digital coin activities altogether, while others have made moves designed to ensure they take full advantage of this exciting new technological development. Malta, the small island nation in the Mediterranean, definitely falls into the latter group. In fact, the tiny European country has earned itself the prestigious nickname of the Blockchain Island. Regardless of where they’re from, everyone deserves to experience the benefits of decentralization. Governments often push back against anything that takes control away from centralized institutions, but the security advantages of decentralized control are undeniable. Halo Platform is working hard to bring the benefits of decentralization to everyone across the world, and we’re going to make landmark progress with the launch of our decentralized exchange. Malta’s Plans for a Decentralized Stock Exchange Malta may be tiny in size, but it’s growing into a giant in the cryptocurrency markets. Most recently, the innovation arm of the Malta Stock Exchange, MSX, announced a partnership with blockchain platforms and top crypto exchanges that was launched with the intention to create the world’s first fully-regulated stock exchange that’s also decentralized. This decision arose in the context of a flurry of new laws focused on facilitating the development of blockchain technology on the island. MSX plans to meld the worlds of digital coins and regulated securities by creating so-called “tokenized securities.” Its vision is to combine the technological benefits of the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the security and protection of regulated equity shares. At least for now, Malta is the first country gearing up for hosting a regulated trading platform for tokenized securities, although more nations are likely to follow suit as the cryptocurrency market continues to grow in popularity. In fact, some are even claiming that our economic future will be shaped by digital currencies and tokens. Is Decentralization the Future? For those of us who have been entrenched in the blockchain and cryptocurrency worlds for some time now, Malta’s decision seems like the next logical step in adapting to the technological change that has taken the world’s financial markets by storm. Decentralization offers several benefits over centralized control (although, as Halo Platform wrote in a previous blog, centralization isn’t all bad). Halo Platform has developed one of the few truly trustless decentralized exchanges out there. Many of the operations claim decentralized exchanges actually take a hybrid approach, which requires sacrificing some of the security benefits associated with full decentralization in favor of the efficiency of centralized control. Halo Platform’s decentralized exchange, however, makes no such tradeoff. Halo Platform runs HaloDEX on its own blockchain that it built using an original application program interface (“API”), which makes the exchange scalable, decentralized and lightning fast. We’ve designed HaloDEX to accommodate massive trading volumes and nearly limitless cryptocurrency trading pairs, which is exactly what the growing virtual currency markets need. To find out more about the decentralized exchange and the other exciting offerings from Halo Platform, join our community. Connect with us in social media: Offical Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/
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    Halloween glitch theme
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    Thanks Gavin Jones
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    HALO smoke theme.
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    Credit Randy Hilarski
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    Today was a holiday in USA, Labor Day, so I created this art.

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