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Blizzard Opens Public Test Server
8:26 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has opened the public test server for use. The server is currently testing the World of Warcraft battlegrounds, and will allow the transfer of up to two characters of your choice. However, you will not be able to transfer an Alliance member and a Horde member.

Not all accounts are able to transfer, though.

The Public Test Realms have reopened, and we invite all World of Warcraft players to participate in the public testing of patch 1.5, which introduces Battlegrounds to World of Warcraft!

To keep the testing process manageable, not all accounts will be eligible to log on to the public test realms during the first week of public testing. The criteria for participating on the test realms in the first week is that the player must have logged in to the live service sometime after April 10, and the player's account must have been created before May 9.

In order to transfer your chosen characters to the test realm, head on over to the links section.

Test Server Character Copy Page
Test Server Patch Notes
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IMG Reviews iPoker
2:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of iPoker by Scenario Software. This legendary poker game features hundreds of features for poker fans. To check out the review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: iPoker

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Please note that in order to take advantage of this offer, please add Jedi Academy to your cart and then apply the coupon code. Offer ends 5/13/2005.
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Ritual Seeks Game 'Must-Haves'
9:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In a bid to gather more information for their upcoming projects, Ritual Entertainment has started a thread in their own forums asking for input from gamers on what they consider must-have features in the next generation of games.

Jokingly code-naming their next project "Far Doom of Halo Life 3," they present the following question to readers:

Looking back at all of the major FPS releases of the last year (Halo, Half-Life 2, Doom 3, etc.), what features would you consider to be the new "must haves" for any new titles that come out this next generation?
They note that examples would be things like physics engines, panoramic levels, UIs, and so forth.

While not all the replies are coherent, plenty of folks have already voiced their opinions and thoughts on the subject, and there's plenty of room if any IMG readers wish to add their own thoughts.

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Space Colony Sim Hydrothermal Updated
9:05 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Nuclear Nova's Colony Sim Hydrothermal has been bumped up to version 1.01. Changes in the update include a number of fixes as well as some new additions to the game.

The changelist is as follows:

  • Fixed the Subscript Out of Range error
  • Added two new buildings to the industrial zones
  • Fixed a problem where saving with command-s could create additional save game files
  • Loaded games now have a variety of ground tiles like new games would
  • Animated the ground tiles to change over time
  • Fixed some spelling errors
Hydrothermal is a shareware title that puts players in charge of a space colony. The colony must be built, maintained, and stand ready to defend itself from space invaders. Sim-inspired features such as laws and taxes must also be taken into account.

The latest version can be downloaded from MacGameFiles.

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Galactic Patrol Released as Freeware
8:26 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

VendorNation has announced their classic arcade shoot-em-up Galactic Patrol is now being released a freeware for new subscribers to the online newsletter. For those who have never tried the demo of the game, Galactic Patrol is a 3D take on many classics like Space Invaders and Galaga.

More information can be found at the company website. To receive your free registration code, you need to simply sign up for their mailing list with a valid email address.

VendorNation Galactic Patrol Signups

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