News Archive (2007)

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30-dec-2007 "Lines of Action" (invented by Claude Soucie) is added to the list of available games.
29-dec-2007 A new pattern is added to "MindNinja" game: "Linear Chaos"
27-dec-2007 "Bagh Chal" is added to the list of available games.
25-dec-2007 The "Statistics" page is added to igGameCenter. This page is automatically updated every 15 minutes. An additional statistics information will be added in the future.
23-dec-2007 "Y" (independently invented by Claude Shannon, Craige Schensted and Charles Titus) is added to the list of available games.
20-dec-2007 A new pattern is added to "MindNinja" game: "Bre-e-edge"
18-dec-2007 "Morabaraba" is added to the list of available games.
14-dec-2007 "Go" game is updated:
  - an optional handicap was added.
  - an option was added to mark dead stones at the end of a game.
9-dec-2007 A new pattern is added to "MindNinja" game: "Triple Hex"
2-dec-2007 "Fox and Hounds" is added to the list of available games.
27-nov-2007 A newer version of the game gadget is available now including the following features:
  - A list of online members
  - A TOP list of members ordered by their score.
  - A TOP list of members ordered by a number of games played by them.
20-nov-2007 "MindNinja" (invented by Nicholas Bentley) is added to the list of available games.
18-nov-2007 "Connect6" (invented by Professor I-Chen Wu) is added to the list of available games.
27-oct-2007 "Hex" is updated: different board sizes are added.
22-oct-2007 First version of game timers is available now. To set the time limit for a game press "Change" button in the "Game options" area.

The timers can be buggy at the moment, so use them at your own risk.
14-oct-2007 Games can be played on private boards now:
  - You can change "Public Game" to "Private Game" in the game options after opening a new game. Since that moment, just those members, whom you sent an invitation link personally, will be able to join your private board.
  - You can wait for your friend to join via the game list and only then change "Public Game" to "Private Game" in the game options.
5-oct-2007 Numerous changes were made in the game window and the game gadget:
  - Emoticons and links are automaticly recognized now in the game chat.
  - New version of the game engine requires clicking the "Change" button for changing game options. Clicking this button opens a dialog for changing all the game options at a time.
  - When an opponent changes some of the game options they are highlighted with a red color.
  - In the new version of the gadget a list of all new games displays all games played during the last 24 hours instead of 20 last games as it was in the previous version.
29-sep-2007 Scoring system is changed:
  - Default score for new players is set to 1000.
  - All previous scores are increased by 1000 to correspond with a new system.
  - Players new to the rating list are marked as "provisional" (or "prov") until they have completed 10 games.
  - K-factors for score calculations are changed as described in FAQ.
28-sep-2007 Many thanks to welinton.borges for completion of Portuguese (Brazil) translation for all games.
28-sep-2007 "Dama" (Turkish Checkers) is added to the list of available games.
27-sep-2007 Portuguese (Brazil) translation of the site engine and the chess game is available now (other games will also be translated in the future). Many thanks to welinton.borges and raphaelemc for such a great work.
27-sep-2007 English and Russian Suicide Checkers are added to the list of available games.
22-sep-2007 Game engine is updated:
  - an optimization was made to the history replay feature.
  - different sound effects are added to different move events (i.e. for "hit" and "miss" in Battleship).
21-sep-2007 The procedure of starting a game is updated:
  - icons are added next to players' nickname indicating that the player accepts a new game with current opponent and current game options.
  - changing game options or an opponent automaticly cancels mentioned above acceptance (i.e. a player should click "START" button again if the game options were changed or his opponent gave his place to someone else).
9-sep-2007 "Go" is added to the list of available games.
30-aug-2007 A history replay feature is added. Just click icons in the Move History table and you will see a corresponding board state.
20-aug-2007 Game engine is updated:
  - an optimization was made to the invitation message.
  - a new feature is added: starting a new game directly from a finished one.
17-aug-2007 "Hex" (independently invented by John Nash and Piet Hein) is added to the list of available games.
15-aug-2007 "Renju" is updated: a variant with opening sequence is added.
8-aug-2007 Multilingual support is added to the Game Center (currently the only translation available is Russian). The language of the Game Center gadget corresponds to the language of the Google Personalized Homepage. The language of the games by default is the same as the language of the gadget (but it can be changed in gadget's options).
31-jul-2007 Game engine is updated:
  - an optimization was made to reduce the number of requests to the server.
  - a new feature is added: clicking the nickname copies it to the message box.
28-jul-2007 "Reversi" is updated: an animation is added to reversing stones and the board is enlarged.
26-jul-2007 "Renju" is updated: an option is added allowing to display stones in cells instead of intersections.
21-jul-2007 The game engine core is updated. A new version should improve recovering from an accident disconnection and reduce server response time when sending messages in chat or making moves.
16-jul-2007 You can certify your profile now (in case you passed a fast sign-up process and not certified one).
Just click My Profile button in the gadget, then click Get Certificate button in the opened window and follow the instructions.
14-jul-2007 "Chess" is updated: all captured pieces are displayed now.
12-jul-2007 "Crosslet" (a variant of Scrabble) is added to the list of available games.
5-jul-2007 A new option is added to the Game Center gadget allowing to see a list of all new games.
4-jul-2007 "Backgammon" is added to the list of available games.
27-jun-2007 "Kalah" is added to the list of available games.
25-jun-2007 Instructions for including the Game Center gadget into sites are added to the FAQ section
25-jun-2007 The Game Center gadget is added to the Game Center homepage
24-jun-2007 Rating calculation is changed to Elo rating system.
19-jun-2007 "Halma" is added to the list of available games.
17-jun-2007 The game engine core is updated. Now it uses AJAX instead of old-style techniques for a data exchange between the game client and the server.
15-jun-2007 "Battleship" (Sea Battle) is added to the list of available games.
13-jun-2007 Optional sound effects are added to indicate join, leave and move events.
12-jun-2007 A fast sign up process is available now! You can read here about it.
10-jun-2007 The Game Center is opened to public! Welcome everybody and good luck in games!

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