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Thursday, January 29, 2004

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WoW Beta Sign-Up Begins; Mac Reqs Posted
8:14 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

As reported earlier this week at IMG, Blizzard Entertainment has started a week-long sign-up program for gamers wanting to participate in the World Of Warcraft multi-platform beta test.

Late Wednesday, Blizzard started taking the names and details of players 18 years or older, living in either Canada or the United States, wanting to participate in the test. Over the next few months, several thousand lucky individuals picked from this list of hopefuls will dwelve deep into the fresh, new worlds of Blizzard's long-awaited, massively multiplayer online role playing game. Minors over the age of 13 can also sign up to participate in the beta, as long as they have a parent or guardian sign up on their behalf.

The beta test's preliminary system requirements have also been announced, though Blizzard specifically mentions in a related beta FAQ that these are simply for the unoptimized beta and not for the final game:

World of Warcraft has NOT yet been optimized for many hardware configurations. The system requirements are expected to be lower for the final shipping version of the game, specifically in regards to processor speed and video card memory requirements. The system specifications listed below are for the World of Warcraft® beta only.
Apart from asking for a 56K or faster modem with a valid email address, participation in the beta requires a mid-level Mac equipped with a hefty graphics card and a copy of Panther:
Mac® System/OS:
  • 1.0 GHz or higher, G4 or G5 processor.
  • 512 Megabytes RAM or higher. DDR RAM recommended.
  • ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 64 MB VRAM or more.
  • 3 Gigabytes or more of available hard drive space.
  • MacOS X 10.3 ("Panther") or better
  • A notice on the sign-up page makes it clear that the lucky participants will be chosen on a random basis from the long list of hopefuls, and that Blizzard is not accepting names on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone having trouble accessing the extremely busy website over the next few days have until end of day next Tuesday to submit their application. They also note they've taken down their site for now, to help try and ease the congestion of people signing up.

    Interested? Navigate over to Blizzard's sign-up sheet by clicking on the link below. If at first the link fails, try again, and again, and again and again and again and again and again.

    World Of Warcraft Beta Sign-up
    World of Warcraft Beta FAQ
    Blizzard Entertainment
    World of Warcraft
    Buy World of Warcraft

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