‘Champions Online’ Open Beta Starts August 18

July 29, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Sure, it’s an exciting headline if you’ve been jonesing to join legions of other adults as they pretend to have super powers, but it does come attached to a couple of caveats. For one, the Champions Online beta will only be running until August 26, scarcely enough time to get our tights broken in.

Also, you won’t be able to get entrance to the beta unless you pre-order the game through IGN’s Direct2Drive service beginning on August 5. Maybe that’s not a problem for you, but if that’s a deal breaker (ladies), you’ll be sitting on your latex-gloved thumbs until the game launches for real on September 1.

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Starcraft 2 Open Beta Test Opt-In Coming Soon

May 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Some news about the beta from worldofwarcraft.com…

The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you’d like a chance to participate, now’s the time to let us know. Simply go to the “Beta Profile Settings” page in Battle.net account management to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you’ll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games.

Please note that even if you’ve opted in to our betas previously, you’ll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.

For more information, see the FAQ — or create a Battle.net account to opt in now. If you have an unused beta code from BlizzCon 2008 or WWI 2008, visit this site to enter your code.

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Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 Available for Download

April 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Bleeding edge browsers and web developers take note, for the latest Firefox 3.5 (previously 3.1) beta is in the wild. There doesn’t seem to be much that’s entirely whole-cloth new to this release over previous betas, except perhaps the undo closed window feature.

Meanwhile, the Private Browsing Mode and TraceMonkey JavaScript upgrade are in full effect. The release notes have more detail on the latest test release, and users, as always, shouldn’t expect all their extensions to work in this version.

Trying it out already and liking what you see? Were you expecting more? Tell us how 3.5b4 comes across in the comments. [Firefox 3.5b4 Beta]

BloodBowl Now Recruiting Beta Testers

April 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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Amidst news that the official BloodBowl website is now up and running, we’ve received word that the PC version of the upcoming Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC high-fantasy, ultra-violent football spoof is now accepting applicants for an online multiplayer beta test.

On launch, the beta will include only the Human and Orc teams, as well as the former’s home field. It’s a paltry content offering as compared to the final game’s eight promised teams and stadiums, but given that the beta is free of charge, and registration takes less than five minutes, fans ought not complain.

Aside from which teams and areas the beta will feature, the official site offers little further information on BloodBowl, and when it does offer a useful snippet, it’s needlessly cryptic. For instance, saying “the game will soon begin” is the closest the site gets to offering fans a solid date for the beta.

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Kick-off date for the Beta registration [BloodBowl Official Site, via Blue's News]

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BioWare Accepting Applicants For ‘Dragon Age’ Toolset Beta

April 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Game betas can be exciting things. But betas for game editors? Not so much, unless it’s for a BioWare RPG — Dragon Age: Origins, in this case. The developer has announced a beta for its Dragon Age Toolset, which will, following in the footsteps of Neverwinter Nights‘ Aurora editor, allow players to create levels and entire adventure modules from the ground up using game assets and their own imaginations.

BioWare has not provided a start date for the beta, but is pointing interested parties (of the aspiring designer type, not the magic and/or weapon-using sort) to sign up at its community site. May the dice roll in your favor.

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