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Jace Hall
01-03-2024 at 01:25 PM


As part of a soft launch, TG has now activated the certificate system.


There will not be a larger announcement until we feel that everything is working as best as possible and any bugs or confusing elements can be further reduced or eliminated.


I put together a quick video that attempts to show the basics of the process. The video is not intended to be fully comprehensive and answer all possible questions - but hopefully it helps somewhat to explain the new system.


As of this moment, finally, TG Members should be able to acquire their certificates. In the meanwhile we will continue to refine things and monitor feedback.

Everyone's patience on this has been and continues to be appreciated.


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Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake


Oh man step one completes to get rich quick

now find a sucker to flip it too


I'm already rich. I did it the long hard way. I invested in my training, non stop learning about technology. Countless nights working past 2am. Always reading, learning, doing.

I would not be where I am today if I turned up my nose at new technology. Blockchain has been around since the 1990s by the way. The concepts are not new. The applications may be recent (such as NFT). Just because a lot of people decided to buy and flip and convince others to do the same does in no way diminish the value or to utility of the technology.

Feel free to reject modern technology. Just remember that at one point your precious Atari 2600 games were cutting edge, and folks like you were saying "TV will rot your eyes!".


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Certificates are a nice thought, but if TG really wanted to make some serious cash selling certificates, then payment should be easier. Why not add all the usual channels, like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal?

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Quote Originally Posted by GMU

Certificates are a nice thought, but if TG really wanted to make some serious cash selling certificates, then payment should be easier. Why not add all the usual channels, like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal?


You can use Visa and Mastercard to buy MATIC tokens. Then you use the MATIC tokens to buy the NFT. Tokens are part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem and are a standard method of conducting transactions in the Blockchain world.

When you buy an NFT (Non-Fungible Token), you're engaging in a transaction on a blockchain, which is a kind of digital ledger. NFTs are typically part of the Ethereum blockchain, which requires using Ethereum's cryptocurrency, Ether (ETH), or other blockchain-specific tokens for transactions. This is because each blockchain has its own unique protocol and currency, ensuring secure and verified transactions within its network.

PayPal, on the other hand, operates in traditional currencies and is not integrated directly with blockchain networks. This disconnect means you can't use PayPal to directly purchase NFTs. The requirement to use tokens like ETH is similar to needing to use the local currency when you shop in a foreign country; it's the accepted and functional currency within that specific system.

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Quote Originally Posted by GMU

Certificates are a nice thought, but if TG really wanted to make some serious cash selling certificates, then payment should be easier. Why not add all the usual channels, like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal?

Understood on the question and the short answer is that Twin Galaxies has limited resources and cannot build a complete NFT transactional system to be contained within the TG site at this current time. So any direct financial transaction needs to take place within an already established third-party system that has all the security and safeguards needed. Eventually, TG will build all the needed components on its own, but not in the foreseeable future.

That being said, it is pretty easy to purchase the MATIC tokens needed to buy a TG Cert at places like:

https://www.coinbase.com/how-to-buy/polygon

https://www.kraken.com/learn/buy-polygon-matic

https://www.moonpay.com/buy/matic

So it is one additional hoop for sure, and even if TG implemented all the usual channels, like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal directly here on the site, that same hoop would exist due to the fundamental nature of how buying and selling NFTs work in the blockchain marketplace. So nothing really changes.

To buy any NFT anywhere, the process generally goes like this:

1.) Use your credit card or bank account to buy the native tokens for the blockchain network the NFT is minted on
2.) Take the native tokens you purchased and use them to buy the NFT.

The NFT marketplace called OpenSea has a description of the general process for their site overall:
https://support.opensea.io/hc/en-us/articles/4413380935187-How-do-I-buy-NFTs-with-a-credit-or-debit-card-

Video games have been doing a version of this for a long time, making the players buy their in-game currency/credits with a credit card, and then those in-game credits are used to buy items.

It's all very similar.

With all that being said, I do agree that Twin Galaxies' choice to use this level of modern technology for its certificates does create an immediate learning curve, which puts a lot of friction into the sales process and is therefore not optimal for making "serious cash" as you have indicated, but the goal with this was never to be some kind of exploitation of TG members for cash - the honest intention is to provide a real, modern, and superior way to deliver unique and secure certificates, which are literally captured moments of history, and allow those achievers to own them.

As a side effect, the people that do decide to buy their certificates will be learning more about blockchain and how to use it, which will become more and more important in the future because this may be how things are likely to be done by nearly everything in the coming years.

Twin Galaxies is no longer "old"; technologically speaking, it is now quite literally one of the most modern video game record-keepers on Earth, and it will continue to refine and improve itself. Really, the only thing holding it back from doing more and meeting all the various site demands is that TG has very limited resources. Hopefully, that will change one day.

I hope that made sense.

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Quote Originally Posted by j3j_ajxx

I'm just confused is this crypto stuff to help with funding the site?

It's not about funding the site. There are better ways to do that.

Twin Galaxies is utilizing blockchain technology specifically to give record holders an unprecedented way to permanently memorialize and independently own evidence of their achievements - in the form of secure, verifiable certificates minted into an immutable public ledger.

Unlike a traditional database which relies on the continued existence and stewardship of the governing organization, records enshrined on blockchain do not depend on Twin Galaxies or any entity to endure as ongoing proof. They become distributed and decentralized permanent records that conclusively document and timestamp gaming milestones, endowed to the recipient to keep or transfer ownership as they choose

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Quote Originally Posted by sdwyer138

When I try mine, it shows my user name whereas I would prefer it to show my full name. Also it shows as the dark version and there does not seem to be an option to select between dark and light.

This has been fixed.

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Quote Originally Posted by sdwyer138

Oh I guess dark is #1 and light is anything not #1? Why would not a #1 say it is a world record, shouldn't the term world record be reserved for a #1 only?

A #1 does say it is a world record - and yes that term is reserved for a #1 only.

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Quote Originally Posted by GMU

Certificates are a nice thought, but if TG really wanted to make some serious cash selling certificates, then payment should be easier. Why not add all the usual channels, like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal?

I agree with this, I'd be into it if i didn't have to research the topic, sign up to whatever i need to for a wallet and work all this stuff out in my head. I've dealt in Bit Coin and I'm sure this is similar but even then i really can't be bothered. Would be nice to just pay as normal.

Are submission points still being considered an option for redeeming certs? As i recall that being a consideration at one stage. Would be a nice alternative.

Great move though regardless so good to see this is now an option for people. TG has come a seriously long way since i joined. Thanks to Jace and the team for all the hard work.

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I'm trying to purchase a certificate. Given that I don't understand anything about crypto... I noticed that I have three identical certificates from the same record. I must have done something wrong.


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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

I'm trying to purchase a certificate. Given that I don't understand anything about crypto... I noticed that I have three identical certificates from the same record. I must have done something wrong.


I will look into this. This is likely an error.

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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

I'm trying to purchase a certificate. Given that I don't understand anything about crypto... I noticed that I have three identical certificates from the same record. I must have done something wrong.


Ok the matter has been corrected, and it looks like you were able to buy the two different world record certificates you minted. Congrats!!!

Considering that you said you are new to blockchain, I'm really happy to see that you were able to do this. Were you also able to come to TG and download your high resolution images of your certificates?

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Dear @Jace Hall , the issue has been solved. Thank you. It took me a while to figure out how to activate the wallet, but I finally did it. At the moment I haven't downloaded the high resolution certificate yet, because in the leaderboards I find this wording: "Certificate Mint in process". I don't understand if it's another problem or if the system takes some time before the link is activated.

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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

Dear @Jace Hall , the issue has been solved. Thank you. It took me a while to figure out how to activate the wallet, but I finally did it. At the moment I haven't downloaded the high resolution certificate yet, because in the leaderboards I find this wording: "Certificate Mint in process". I don't understand if it's another problem or if the system takes some time before the link is activated.

Yes we will have to correct that. Apologies. Please give us 12 hours.





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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

Dear @Jace Hall , the issue has been solved. Thank you. It took me a while to figure out how to activate the wallet, but I finally did it. At the moment I haven't downloaded the high resolution certificate yet, because in the leaderboards I find this wording: "Certificate Mint in process". I don't understand if it's another problem or if the system takes some time before the link is activated.

The issue has been fixed. You should be able to click "Certificate Minted" on your scores and access the hires download page for each NFT you own.

Please let me know if there are any further issues.

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@Jace Hall I can't download the certificate.

Now i see correctly this wording in the leaderboard: "Certicate Minted". This is ok.
Steps:
1) Clicking on link "Certificate Minted", and a new window opening.

2) Then i click on "Connect wallet and download".
3) Connecting wallet, "Trust Wallet" in my case.
4) I get this msg: "You are not the owner of this certificate".

I checked on Rarible and there I have confirmation that I am the owner.
Can be solved?

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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

@Jace Hall I can't download the certificate.

Now i see correctly this wording in the leaderboard: "Certicate Minted". This is ok.
Steps:
1) Clicking on link "Certificate Minted", and a new window opening.

2) Then i click on "Connect wallet and download".
3) Connecting wallet, "Trust Wallet" in my case.
4) I get this msg: "You are not the owner of this certificate".

I checked on Rarible and there I have confirmation that I am the owner.
Can be solved?

Yes will solve. Working on it now.

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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

@Jace Hall I can't download the certificate.

Now i see correctly this wording in the leaderboard: "Certicate Minted". This is ok.
Steps:
1) Clicking on link "Certificate Minted", and a new window opening.

2) Then i click on "Connect wallet and download".
3) Connecting wallet, "Trust Wallet" in my case.
4) I get this msg: "You are not the owner of this certificate".

I checked on Rarible and there I have confirmation that I am the owner.
Can be solved?

Please try again now and see if it works. If it doesn't please make a short video of the process and send us a youtube link so we can better determine the problem you are having.

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@Jace Hall It doesn't work yet.

But now the warning message is changed: "NFT have no owner".

Here the Youtube link to show you the process:

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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

@Jace Hall It doesn't work yet.

But now the warning message is changed: "NFT have no owner".

Here the Youtube link to show you the process:

Ok we will fix


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Quote Originally Posted by Germano D'Alessandro

@Jace Hall It doesn't work yet.

But now the warning message is changed: "NFT have no owner".

Here the Youtube link to show you the process:

Issue should be fixed. Please check!

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