One of the biggest challenges for NFTs is decentralized storage and data permanence. While most NFTs utilize IPFS for data storage, there is often a centralized point of failure, i.e. images themselves are hosted on a centralized server. In the event the centralized web server went offline, decided to censor the project in question, or the project creators were unable to pay for hosting costs for any reason, the image linked to the NFT would become null and potentially unrecoverable.
MicroBuddies attempts to solve this efficiently by ensuring all of the base traits comprising a MicroBuddy are stored over IPFS via a service from Protocol Labs (the creators of IPFS and Filecoin), named simply NFT Storage. NFT Storage aims to provide free, decentralized data storage that preserves NFT permanence. Because we will store the traits themselves, the file size is under 100MB, small enough for almost anyone to download as a backup.
So, in the event of a worst-case-scenario centralized failure, anybody with the trait images can then reference them to the on-chain DNA and reconstruct all of the MicroBuddies in the game along with the front-end. MicroBuddies is setup to exist for as long as people desire it to.
On the open market, it is possible for users to list a buddy for sale and still play the game with it, meaning you might buy a buddy with 0 replications used and 100,000 GOO only to realize that the previous owner used up all the GOO and replications at the last minute before you purchased.
To help prevent this scenario from occurring and increase buyer confidence, sellers can optionally "lock" their buddy from performing any actions in the game on their buddy's profile page. Buyers should consider the risks before purchasing any high value unlocked buddy off the market.
After unlocking, a buddy will have to wait 5 minutes before it can resume game activities.
MicroBuddies aims to be audited by a reputable cybersecurity company. We will provide a link to the audit on our github page once it is complete.