Ahead of a planned fork in Ethereum’s blockchain, developers have created CryptoDogs, a new crypto-gaming platform that lets players raise and trade virtual dogs. The game, which is similar to Canada-based CryptoKitties, exploded in popularity after it launched last November. At its peak, it accounted for 11 percent of the traffic on Ethereum’s network and caused a backlog of nearly 20 million transactions.
But unlike the felines, which have their own dedicated cryptocurrency called KittyCoin, CryptoDogs will run on Achain, a fork of Ethereum’s blockchain that allows developers to create their own tokens and applications. Achain boasts significantly faster scalability than Ethereum, with transactions processed in just seconds and blocks generated every 10 seconds. This will allow the CryptoDogs project to avoid the massive Ethereum network congestion that caused the CryptoKitties backlog.
Like Cryptocat, the browser extension that inspired it, Cryptodog is designed to help users safely meet and communicate with new people online. Using the software, users can share files and chat publicly or privately with other members. However, it’s important to note that it doesn’t guarantee anonymity, and it can’t protect against untrustworthy people or key loggers, or anonymize connections made over unsecure protocols such as Telegram and Slack. For this reason, the project recommends users with critical needs for anonymity and privacy to use a vetted secure messenger such as Signal or WhatsApp.
The community-developed software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Users can download it for free from the official website or GitHub repository. In order to participate in the development of Cryptodog, users can send their feedback via email or the official Telegram channel.
Cryptodog also offers a sandbox mode that lets users test the software before installing it on their computers. This sandbox is designed to protect user’s computer from malware and viruses. It also allows users to test the performance of their hardware and monitor the performance of their internet connection.
In the future, Cryptodog plans to add support for more devices, including mobile phones and tablets. It also wants to introduce more features, such as social integrations and a trading marketplace. It will continue to seek input from the community during its beta phase.
The Cryptodog team is currently developing a beta version of the software and will release it in summer 2019. It will then begin testing the beta version on a limited number of users. Once the software is fully stable, Cryptodog will launch a public beta in fall 2020. Interested parties can sign up for the beta program on the project’s website. The beta version of the software will be available for free. Users will need to supply their email address, phone number, and a password in order to participate. After signing up, they will be able to start playing with the dogs and breeding them. They can even sell their dogs for real money if they want to do so. The price of the dogs will be determined by the market.