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Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:10AM Super Nerd said

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I would certainly not mind a TOR beta key. You know, to report bugs. Yea.. that's it. Bugs. :P

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:11AM (Unverified) said

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I use a beta to find out if the game is worth buying.

I beta'd WoW, loved it even tho i got barely anywhere in it, and ive had an active sub since release day :D

I didnt get to beta Champs Online, but shortly after release they had thier "free weekends" which were nearly the same thing, and that let me decide the game just wasnt worth it, at least not at the time. 60$ for a box game that I wouldnt have played more than the first free 30day month.

Ive beta'd probably 20+ games that I decided just not to buy, its a great "try before you buy" as long as you accept that minor bugs and such are ok because its a beta, but when gameplay itself or controls or something to that affect are what sours it for you then you're doing it right

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:13AM (Unverified) said

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wtb edit button -_-


I just want to specify that I barely got anywhere in the wow beta, ive seen and done much in release and am currently in the pre-xpac burnout period, but im very excited about Cata (which I hope to beta for more noble "test assisting" reasons :p)
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Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:12AM (Unverified) said

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I try and get into the beta of any game I want to play long-term. In addition to "[making] my voice heard while the game is still somewhat malleable", some games give benefits to beta testers (special forum titles/icons or lifeterm sub offers etc.) and there is the reminiscent factor; posting on the forums 4 years down the track with a post that begins "back in beta..."

That said there hasn't been a game that I have wanted to get into the beta for since... Hellgate: London back in 2007 :/

SWTOR is starting to take my interest a little though.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:12AM Pewpdaddy said

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To my own suprise this makes a lot of sense to me. I've tested EQII, Vanguard, and WAR. And of those three titles I only played WAR for a short period. EQII broke my class, necro's are gimp IMO in EQII. Vanguard was crazy buggy and really turned me off, I could see the rush in the product they had us testing. I got into Vanguard in late beta. And as for WAR, I got to participate in the last 2 phases of beta before the early start. I did sub to WAR for about 3 months until I saw the laxidasical approach to class balance and the over all gimpness of my preferred class the Sorceress.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:12AM yojibalinese said

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I beta tested the original Wow and I have played mostly consistantly since. I beta'd DDO and played live for about 3 months. LOTRO I never made it to live. CO I got burned out in two months. I stayed in the live client of STO for 1 months...which sucks because I loved it enough in beta to buy a lifetime and then it changed drastically...so boo. I also tested Legos for 2 months and I looooved it but all chat is very sensored and honestly, I'd still rather play WoW, even after all of this time....even though I've tried multiple times to find something else that is as entertaining (to me) as it.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:17AM (Unverified) said

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""I'd still rather play WoW, even after all of this time....even though I've tried multiple times to find something else that is as entertaining (to me) as it.""

likewise, ive done 4-6months stints of EvE, 2-3 months of CO more recently (found it on sale for 20$ lol) disappointingly spent 40$ buying STO - the game just wasnt at all what I wanted :( and I wish i'd have gotten to find that out for free in beta.

WoW has been the only one I eventually get back into, even when Im not actively raiding or pvping or whatever, I keep the sub going and at worst Ive found enjoyable reasons to login 1-2 times a week, but new content patches always bring me back consistently for many months, and of course Xpacs do that 10 fold.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:18AM anduz said

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When I was younger I used to really love betas, hanging around in them with friends and feeling all exclusive and speshul while we gathered information on how to get a head start once the game released.

It's been a few years since I last signed up for a beta and it's definitely because I know it'll end up spoiling my fun. I do, however, still appreciate the open betas/stress tests which basically function like launch trials as I rarely buy a MMO without having tried it first.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:35AM KDWhite said

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Same boat as other readers, i beta'd Wow and loved it. I played for 3 years. I also beta'd Tabula Rasa, Matrix Online and Guild Wars...I say that I was happy that I got into beta for those 3 since I quickly realized that these products were not for me...long term.

A beta test must be a double edged sword for developers. On one hand you want to hype and/or test your game, but on the other, you risk losing a good portion of potential buyers if it's not up to scratch.

Only Dr.Who could solve such a paradox!

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 10:11AM yojibalinese said

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He tried to before his song ended and then Matt Smith took over, which would have been awesome except he has really bad taste in gingers. Amy ruins everything.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:37AM Snichy said

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I also used to have the idea that I would only beta test games I didnt much want to play and hope to be surprised. But recently I really feel the benefit of testing games which I will play for a while as not only do I get to ensure they are bug-free but I also get the chance to get used the controls/UI/zones etc so come launch I wont need to waste time getting used to it all and can jump straight in and enjoy it and progress...!

I do maintain however that if more people actually TESTED the game rather than using the beta to preview the game and not provide any feedback then leave after an hour if they dont like it, games would be a LOT better at launch!

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 10:05AM ravenstorm said

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I hear ya, but sadly, I don't think it much matters how players are using their beta keys. Seems like these days the devs are rushing so fast just to get the product out the door that they don't have time to do much with the suggestions they do get. Even though a lot of players don't take testing very seriously, there are also quite a few who do, and their good suggestions are mostly not acted upon — even when there is overwhelming consensus among most of the beta community. It's all about the crazy publishers' deadlines.

The thing that would really make a difference is enough time and resources for devs to do a truly excellent job with the scope of work. Other than bug squashing, beta testers are mostly shouting in the dark these days.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:43AM Itanius said

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I used to be an avid beta tester; I had been a part of many MMO betas. Then I spent a year in the WAR beta and watched the game go through some massive changes. While it was a great experience in itself, it did "sour" my feelings for the game.

I haven't beta tested anything since then, and am equally reluctant to do so in the future. Going into a game at launch with fresh eyes is an unforgettable experience.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:56AM (Unverified) said

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I always feel like why should I do their job for free, if im gonna beta test, they better pay me or give my account free game time.

I dont have enough time for the games that I want to play, let alone seeing how bad some game is going to be and then being NDA bound against warning my friends not to buy it.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:58AM (Unverified) said

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I remember playing the WoW beta for some two weeks. Was very thankful I can test the game before server wipe and starting out fresh with the masses. I remember posting a report once a day and feeling all "special" for making a contribution.

I did the same for AoC but I don't think anyone ever cared for those reports in that game.

In LOTRO, there was no need to even post bug reports - there were none when I joined the beta.

I really wanted to play all of these games come release and beta testing them did not spoil the experience. I guess I am able to clear the slate and start anew once we're out of beta.

BTW - I'd sell my car for a SWTOR beta key.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 8:57AM Sunlover said

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It just depends on the game. What you might be confusing with burnout is simply not having fun.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 9:02AM Tanek said

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I like being in a beta program where I can test and provide feedback on early content or, in some cases after a game has already launched, changed content. The DK starting area for WoW's Wrath expansion and the DDO relaunch last year being two examples.

While it does limit what I can test, I try to avoid too many spoilers for the content or story. I want to help out, but I also want to save some of the surprises for when I'm actually playing the game

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 9:18AM (Unverified) said

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Tangentially, once Mortal Online launched we haven't heard a word about it.

When is Massively going to get somebody to play that a bit? After such a hilariously bad alpha/beta period it's sure to provide a great article, whether that's a sad statement of how terrible it is, or how much they actually improved in that last month.

-SirNiko

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 9:26AM Averice said

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I feel that if a beta turns you off, and you know Why it turns you off, then there's no reason to worry about it because you'll know what issues you want fixed before you try the game again. Often the beta is like a trial for me. SC2 beta was great, I really enjoyed the game, though I'm not buying it due to the way Blizzard is planning on handling mini transactions and no LAN. I refuse to buy a game that I haven't had the chance to trial or beta unless it's from a trusted company(Basically just Blizz and Bioware for me at this point). Too many publishers have pushed horrible product for me to ever waste money like that again.

Typically in a beta I don't "test" stuff, but then most beta's aren't alpha's like they used to be. I run around and do whatever I find interesting and if something happens then I'll report it. Same thing I do on the WoW PTR's for major patches or patches with specific class content.

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 9:39AM Mirin said

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I have recently started jumping in betas, mainly out of excitement to try something new and to feed the three bellied beast that is never satisfied. I was a long time SWG player, then Wow ( I'm one year wow free!) and since then I have been bouncing all over the place. So i guess I am really just hoping to find something that will stick w/o paying retail to realize I cant stand the game as i have done several times in my hunt for the one.

Still looking...

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