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Topic   GameTZ Mobile - looking for testers

bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 29-Mar-2012(#1)
I have a mobile version of gametz.com ready for some real user testing and feedback.

If you have a mobile device and want to help me test it, let me know (post here or pm me) and I'll add you to a list of people who will have access to the new mobile site.

http://m.gametz.com should work once I put you in the tester list. You may need to sign on as well. If you're not in the tester list, it will just show you the regular site.


To be clear, this is a version of the site that has been heavily altered to work well on a mobile device like a smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc.). It assumes a smaller screen, uses easier to click buttons and is overall slimmed-down and simpler than the regular gametz site.

I tried to focus on just the most-used and most-important parts of the site: PMs, offers/trades, search, listings, user pages, forum, matches. Other parts of the site aren't generally linked and may not work if you somehow end up there (let me know if this happens).

One thing that's worth noting is that for keeping your lists of items up to date (add, edit, delete), there's no My Items page. Instead you can work on your list via browsing your own user page or by item search results/pages. This was part streamlining of the interface and just that the My Items page is so complicated as it is and not something that made sense to try to convert.

For the forum the first page it shows you will do an All My New Replies at the top, then a forums list under that (hidden in a collapsible button). There are various other adaptations you'll notice as well, but I think I've captured the core forum experience.

One of the things I haven't come up with a great solution for is quoted text. Currently, it can often look messy because it's longer/wider than fits nicely on a mobile device. Given the use of |>'s on lines, it's a tricky problem to resolve. Potentially, I could try to move the whole site to quoting that isn't line-based, but that's a big change. So, we'll see.

I used jQuery Mobile to develop this. I have an iPod Touch I used for testing as well.

At this point my plan is to let both subscriber and non-subscribers use the mobile version of the site. There's a banner ad for non-subs (or subs that set ads on - who does that?)

This is pretty major, so there are bound to me many issues. Let me know about any problems you have.
Dustin
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (35 seconds ago)
29-Mar-2012(#2)
Sign me up Bill. I'm on GTZ through my phone probably 70% of the time.
vader99
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#3)
All I use is my phone so I would love to be a tester.

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benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Has Written 16 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#4)
Sign me up please.

posted from my Android phone.


I WANT YOUR GREATEST HITS/PLATINUM HITS/PLAYERS CHOICE/ETC. RE-RELEASES.
A full rundown of the ones I'm actively looking for can be found in my wanted list.
The ones I already have are in my collection.
Outinthedark
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#5)
Always willing to help. I browse frequently on my mobile.

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MrZeem
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago)
29-Mar-2012(#6)
Same here.



Got sealed GBA games? I'm always looking!
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#7)
ok, I added all of you
vader99
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#8)
This is pretty cool! I'll be on the lookout for bugs.

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ndrake
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Has Written 3 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#9)
Me please.
Outinthedark
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#10)
Wow...just wow. Pat yourself on the back bill this is quite impressive. Very well organized and thought out. Looks great so far in both vertical and landscape. Turning on ads as well to see how well it is integrated.

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Scott
It's a secret to everybody. GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#11)
I'd love to test it Bill!
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#12)
ndrake/Scott -- added
Jasmine

29-Mar-2012(#13)
I'd love to try it, I'm on the site on my phone a lot.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#14)
OK, added both of you too.
infecteddh
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#15)
I only access through my phone. Please sing me up if possible.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#16)

*clears throat and sings in my best voice* ... ♪ "I have added you infecteddh!" ♫
ShishioMakoto
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#17)
I'd like to give it a shot bill.

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infecteddh
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#18)
haha, damnit! Thanks though very angelic voice.
Jasmine

29-Mar-2012(#19)
I really like it, Bill. It's nice and well organized  * yes *
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#20)
ShishioMakoto added

I'm glad to be hearing people like it. I like it too.  * smile *
RickHarrison
Has Written 1 Review
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#21)
I'd like to try it out, please.
benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Has Written 16 Reviews
* 29-Mar-2012(#22)
Having some difficulty with the forums. Went to console marketplace, then hit back to go to the forum list, then to hot deals., it loaded for a moment, but then redirected back to the forum list showing the all my new replies section.

Samsung galaxy s if that helps. Will reset the cache and try it using the forums button instead of the back button on my phone


I WANT YOUR GREATEST HITS/PLATINUM HITS/PLAYERS CHOICE/ETC. RE-RELEASES.
A full rundown of the ones I'm actively looking for can be found in my wanted list.
The ones I already have are in my collection.
benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Has Written 16 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#23)
Yes it appears using the phones back button is what is causing the issues.


I WANT YOUR GREATEST HITS/PLATINUM HITS/PLAYERS CHOICE/ETC. RE-RELEASES.
A full rundown of the ones I'm actively looking for can be found in my wanted list.
The ones I already have are in my collection.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#24)
RickHarrison - added.

benstylus - I tried to reproduce that on my ipod, but it worked fine there. It sounds like your galaxy's browser is reloading the page that you went back to (thus, the amnr is show from the top of the page instead of where you scrolled down to the forum list). Or, maybe it just didn't remember the scroll point you had been on.

jQuery Mobile does some odd stuff that I've partly worked around and partly disabled. I can check to see if it does something special for "back". There may be some fix...
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 29-Mar-2012(#25)
There's a jQuery Mobile option that uses Ajax by default to load page. I just enabled it. While I was working, I turned it off, but I forget why.

You'll notice the difference in that you'll see a "loading" pop-up each time you click a link and there's a slide page transition (it's fancier).

It loads the page in an internal manner. So, it may help with the back button issue. It may cause trouble, though. So, lets see.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 29-Mar-2012(#26)
It's also worth noting that for iPhone people you can click that middle icon on the bottom of Safari then select "add to home screen". Then the GameTZ mobile site will get an app icon. It's still just uses Safari under the covers, but it will be easier to access via an app icon and you may prefer it (most of the safari stuff gets hidden).

It's possible Android phones have something similar.
gatekeeperlp
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#27)
Hey I'd love to check it out, on my iPhone right now,
LtBillyCoen
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada
29-Mar-2012(#28)
Add me to the mobile site please, I'd love to test it out!
benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Has Written 16 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#29)
Yup it causes problems  * smile * if I try to go to a thread in a forum, it just shows the now loading thing forever. I'd rather just not use the back button. Another small issue is that when it loads a thread, although it scrolls to the first unread post, when the thread finishes loading it snaps back to the top


I WANT YOUR GREATEST HITS/PLATINUM HITS/PLAYERS CHOICE/ETC. RE-RELEASES.
A full rundown of the ones I'm actively looking for can be found in my wanted list.
The ones I already have are in my collection.
NLS
Bronze Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#30)
Add me, billy. Ill give it a shot too.

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Sean
Bronze Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#31)
Awesome, add me sir.

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ShishioMakoto
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#32)

Strange how different from the regular site!

I... Like it. Awesome actually. Very functional, much easier to navigate on my Blackberry.


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bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#33)
I added more people.

I disabled the ajax thing I mentioned before. Like benstylus, I was seeing some pages hang in the "loading" screen.
PSG
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#34)
I'd like to be a tester
Sean
Bronze Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#35)
Wow very impressive. Love the look of the threads.


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vader99
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#36)


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Riotricity
Gamertag: Riotricity GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
29-Mar-2012(#37)
I would love to test it, I use my phone most of the time.

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Sean
Bronze Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#38)
And by the way you do the add bookmark to homescreen thing on Android too, I just did it myself.

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infecteddh
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#39)
Great job! Liking it a lot bill.
chazd1984
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#40)
I browse exclusively on my razr maxx. Im usually not too crazy about mobile versions of sites but id like to check it out.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#41)
I added everyone again.
ryanm
Bronze Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#42)
I go on Gametz a lot with my Ipod touch. Can I test this?
RickHarrison
Has Written 1 Review
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#43)
This crap is bananas. Crazy good work billiam.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#44)
ryanm added
Justin
Hockey! GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#45)
Add me please.

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Miranda
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#46)
Now make it a sub only feature.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#47)
Justin - added

Miranda - I'm currently leaning toward letting non-subs use it too. The mobile version can show ads and has the potential to bring in new traders.
infecteddh
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#48)
When I receive a new pm it isn't showing that I have one. Also on the normal site when I go to a topic I have already visited it will take me to the end of it. The mobile site takes me to the first post.
Justin
Hockey! GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#49)
I've only messed around a little, but awesome job bill!

One suggestion I would have is giving an option to set the All My New Replies as collapsed instead of automatically open, and All Forums start open. I don't really use All My New Replies, so it's a little annoying having to collapse that, then open All Forums every time I want to visit a different forum. But, not a big deal of course.

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TapU0ut
Quadruple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (53 seconds ago)
29-Mar-2012(#50)
Add me please.
rayzor6
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#51)
I'm a heavy mobile user...add me if it would benefit your work.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#52)
infecteddh - That new pm notification thing should be fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.


The jump to new on a topic was one of the trickier things I had to work on with jQuery Mobile. On the regular site, a #new is used at the end of the URL and that causes the browser to scroll to the "new" anchor on the page (where the new posts are). But, jQuery Mobile uses those #hash tags for something else such that I can't use them.

So, I added some javascript that waits 1 second, then scrolls the page down. The delay is needed because of some issue with the page setup taking a moment. But it may not be enough time in some cases. Or, it may seem too long in other cases.

I'll put it in my list of issues. It will be interesting to see other people's experience too.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#53)
TapU0ut/rayzor6 added
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#54)
Justin - yeah, that's interesting with regard to amnr... I have the impression most people do use amnr often and the forum list less. But, maybe we'll see that's not always the case. There's a few things I could do, like start with both open or both closed.
Scott
It's a secret to everybody. GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#55)
bill wrote:
>
> *clears throat and sings in my best voice* ... ♪ "I have added
> you infecteddh!" ♫


 * yes * Thanks for the lol Bill.
Ryan
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#56)
I'll check it out, I use mobile pretty much half the time I'm on the site and sometimes sending offers is a pain :/ lol

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bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#57)
Ryan added
benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Has Written 16 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#58)
I've never used amnr either. With the tweaks you've made since this morning, it's running well. Haven't tried the back button again yet though


I WANT YOUR GREATEST HITS/PLATINUM HITS/PLAYERS CHOICE/ETC. RE-RELEASES.
A full rundown of the ones I'm actively looking for can be found in my wanted list.
The ones I already have are in my collection.
ndrake
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Has Written 3 Reviews
* 29-Mar-2012(#59)
This is extra super awesome. I love it.

Two minor issues to report:

1. When you expand the thread name button at the top of a forum thread the ignore button's right border is cutoff a bit in iOS 5. Screenshot:

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2. After doing "Add to Home Screen" on the page, and running the site from the home screen any link I click seems to switch over to Safari. (That's a bad explanation, but if you try it you should see what it's doing)

Suggestions:

1. Add a "Catch-up" option on the main AMNR list or at least in a specific forum list
2. Add mobile detection on gametz.com and auto-redirect to mobile site (maybe once the mobile site if finished)
GrimReaperX
Double Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#60)
i'm interested!
Josh
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#61)
I want to test it.
rayzor6
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#62)
love it!
gatekeeperlp
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#63)
Checked er out for about 5 - 10 minutes.

Fudging amazing :) Makes the mobile experience a lot more streamlined. Stuff is really easy to access and see.

Keep up the great work.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 29-Mar-2012(#64)
Added Josh & grimreaperx

ndrake - 1) I'm not sure if I can do much about the cut off, but it doesn't seem so bad either. Those buttons will wrap in some cases (if there are more than a few - check them on a topic you made yourself where there are more options to see what I mean). I'll make a note though. Maybe something will turn up.

2) Yeah, the same thing just happened to me. I'm not sure what's up with that. Totally broken since the whole point is to stay out of Safari. I'll try to find some fix for it (hopefully).

1s) We'll see. Part of what I've needed to do is get rid of options like that. e.g. if I add catch up, then what about all the others (e.,g. my topics)... Basically, there's no room for any of them, but maybe something can be done eventually if enough people demand it. Maybe on the bottom where I put post.

2s) Yeah, mobile detection... maybe once things are released. Some early feedback I'd gotten was that people didn't want me to force them to use a mobile site, so I'm a bit hesitant ... we'll have to see how reaction goes (if it continues to be mostly positive, probably will). Potentially, some option could be added as well for people who don't want it (or I could just have a list of hard-coded people). I'm pretty sure the auto-detect code is pretty easy to add in.
Adambomb
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#65)
I'd love to try this out. I use GameTZ mobile 95% of the time.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#66)
Adambomb added
Josh
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Mar-2012(#67)
Loving it so far.
jagofulgore

(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#68)
Really wanna test this, but is the site just formatted to fit the screen, or is it any different? Thanks.

Sign me up, bill! :)
thegreatest
Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#69)
Sign me up for that! Been waiting for this  * yes *
CoachMcGuirk
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
29-Mar-2012(#70)
I'd like to help out, please.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#71)
added CoachMcGuirk thegreatest jagofulgore

jagofulgore - it's pretty different, not just formatting
Dustin
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (35 seconds ago)
29-Mar-2012(#72)
Definitely liking it so far. One thing I would prefer, and I don't know if it's just me, but I'd like to have the "AMNR" collapsed and "All Forums" expanded when I click on Forums. Right now it's the opposite of that. I guess see what the masses think.
hodgie
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
(abandoned)
29-Mar-2012(#73)
is it too late to get in Bill? i want tooooooooooooooooo

I can Jtag your Xbox 360, almost any 360 made, including Slim 360's now!!!!. PM me..... I offer a full flashing service for 360 as well. Always looking for broken consoles
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#74)
hodgie added

dustin25ship - a couple others mentioned that, so it's not just you.
infecteddh
Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#75)
How do you forum catch up and all forum catchup? Noob question I know!
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#76)
It's not currently possible to catch-up. One of many limitations. ndrake also mentioned it, so maybe I can find some place to add it, though. I was thinking maybe at the bottom of a forum where the post link is.


I also just changed the forums page to hide AMNR but show the forum list by default given some people's reaction I think it may be better. Or, maybe the people who use AMNR will be unhappy now. But, I think all my new replies can be a lot while the forums list is more manageable. So, maybe most will like it now.
Famous
Triple Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#77)
Bill, Can you please add me to the list. Thanks
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#78)
added!
reaperecc3
Silver Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
29-Mar-2012(#79)
can you sign me up, i use my phone for this site on a daily basis and would love to try a mobile version
Famous
Triple Gold Good Trader
29-Mar-2012(#80)
Amazing work! You should add the GameTZ logo I something on there

Topic   GameTZ Mobile - looking for testers