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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 8:16AM Space Cobra said

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It's a bit either/or. Is it an IP I am interested in? Is it a Triple A game and game company?

Then there is do I have the time? Are the screenshots and info looking good? Is this really a Closed Beta to improve the game or it's just an obvious PR Beta that won't change with player input?

Generally, I will grab a closed Beta key (but I'd like an Alpha one) if I am interested. I like to get involved in Alpha/Beta community discussions on the (closed) forums. But, even that depends if I was burnt out with a previous game; being heard can be hard work and I try to be a peace-maker. I like giving input more than I realized, but it does sour the game a bit when I pinch/pull it from lots of angles in my search for bugs and tweaks.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:17AM TexRob said

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@Space Cobra What he said. If it resembles something I'd enjoy, I give it a shot even if I have not heard or cared much about it. That also depends on if I am engrossed in a game already, in which case I'd like not bother trying to get in the BETA.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 3:06PM DancingCow said

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@TexRob

Ditto. I've got to be at least a bit interested in the game or curious about it to bother grabbing a key and downloading the client. Same for free trials.

While the beta key giveaway is free, my time and effort for downloading, installing and playing the game is not.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 7:47PM ShivanSwordsman said

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@DancingCow

True. Even then, you lose the character at the end, so you're constantly trying to figure out if you'll burn out on the game if you participate or not. I get burnt out fairly easily, so I'm very picky about what I try out. Last betas I really enjoyed were the SWTOR beta and the SDGO beta, and since SWTOR is gonna be pay to play... well, yeah.

I'm going SD Gundam once it comes out. IF it comes out. I'm always iffy about korean games, as when they're in beta, none of the "pay to win" features are there. It's balanced. FUN. So I wait, sigh a little sigh when the game comes out and tries to force me to buy, or only has events for purchasing players (Eden Eternal), ditch the game, and move on.

I'm very scared that Wrath Of Heroes will be this way (It's EA, people). The ones that actually screwed Battlefield Heroes up AFTER launch by making it even more money oriented and changing weapon money values. I suppose it's easier to say I love the beta, and I absolutely hate launch, because the games always launch with a game breaking cash shop.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 8:19AM djodars said

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If it's for TERA, hell yeah! haha

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 1:07PM mechanix said

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@djodars forget about TERA. Avoid anything where Frogster is involved by a thousand mile radius. They have a blatant disregard for customers and community management equals "spout PR talk, delete forum posts, ignore insightful (yet awkward) questions to death".
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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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Yes, it would make me try the game out. It's not as if its costing me anything but my time :)

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 8:25AM Jeromai said

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With enough time, and a non-obnoxious website / signup / account details form, I'll try almost anything. The converse also applies.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 8:53AM Tom in VA said

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I have tried a few betas, and the result has always been disappointment with the game in question. I know that games in beta are by definition glitchy, but in almost every case of every beta I've tried out, my reaction was "there is no way I'd ever pay to play that game, regardless of how many bugs they fix between now and release."

So, no more betas for me, thanks all the same. I'm sticking to games that have been officially released for at least a couple of months and for which the player reaction is generally positive.

Betas are just not worth the effort, download time, and hard disk space, in my opinion.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:01AM DarkWalker said

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I would use the beta as a kind of free trial, though of course keeping in mind the fact the game is still a beta. So, a closed beta key wouldn't make me try a game I wouldn't try anyway, though it might make me purchase the game earlier, instead of waiting for a free trial to become available.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:59AM OmegaDestroyer said

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@DarkWalker

That's exactly how I feel. I would much rather try out an MMO before committing to it. That's how I feel about the Secret World right now. I would like to try it, but I have doubts about the gameplay and unless I get to test it out before, I just can't see myself taking the chance on it.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:07AM Dumac said

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If i think I'm going to try it anyway when it launches than I'll take the key and try it early.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:12AM fallwind said

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generally no, not for early closed betas... if it's a game I'm really interested in (ie: Tribes Ascend) I want to play it when it's ready, not in some half finished, buggy as all hell state. If it's a game I don't really care much about (ie: swtor) then I just can't be bothered to deal with all the bugs and half finished stuff.

Open / late closed betas, that are closer to release however, greatly interest me to try new games, and have got me to buy games in the past that I otherwise would have passed on by.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:12AM Iorkca said

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I have to agree with Space Cobra the IP has to be something im interested in for a closed beta key to be worthwhile to me. Also any info available for the game is good too, i like to see screenshots and any impressions people have of the game to start so i have an idea of what type of game it is. Also anything different about the game can give me cause to try it. Example is Rift, i had been playing wow for years and couple wow friends told me about rift, it sounded like your basic wow clone to start but then i read about the soul system and invasions and that gave me interest to try it, and ive been playing it ever since beta 4.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:15AM Aang said

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Chalk up another post where I agree with what others have already stated. It really depends on the IP.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:18AM Superman0X said

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I was going to post a comment here... but there was no free key, so I decided not too.

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 10:03AM GW2waiting said

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@Superman0X - lol

You didnt miss much, the article was buggy and glitchy, the graphics were soooo old looking, but the online community was good.... : D
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Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:21AM Allenomura said

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I like to take part with this kind of thing when I can, give feedback/suggestions, discuss the game with other testers and so on. But it's got to be worthwhile. I pass by daily, several "hey, grab a beta key!!" mails and posts, because I realise that it's unlikely to work out. No, that's not enough for me. Mostly, that's like when you find a pizza flyer on the mat or something. Sure, it's a message about an offer, but perhaps I don't feel like pizza, lol.

If I'm going to put time, interest and consideration in to it, I think it only fair that both they and I have a good chance of benefitting from my participating.

The only condition, really, that I like to see fulfilled is that a game knows what it's about, and what it's trying to do. Otherwise, if that groundwork isn't laid out I usually find myself with a list of questions that need to be tackled, before I can get to what it actually is. Intent from developers to communicate with testers, and just the way they're talking about the game also helps, and towards me deciding - I'll look that up, if I think the game, from what I know of it is appealing by checking their website firstly, and reading previews/articles. I don't test a lot of games (as well, to avoid clashing CBT schedules), but I apply myself more to the ones which I do!

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:24AM Denzof said

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Isn't this game already launched ? and where I can find the keys ?

Posted: Nov 29th 2011 9:29AM Yapper said

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No. I will not play a game in open beta just because I can get a free key. Open betas are for stressing the servers, any comments game play from the "testers" can and are normally ignored. All of the information the developer wants will come from thier server room.

As for beta testing, I have done a lot of that over the years. The vast majority of it I was paid for. It is not a job for the weak at heart. I can't count the number of times I did the same quest over and over again just to reproduce a single glitch. For example I played a single quest for a week of 12 hours days to reproduce it three times. In short, if I join a beta I expect to be listened to not a single data point on some graph a marketing freak is going to cut out becaue he does not like the looks of the graph with my data in it.

Betas are for generating data and play testing the game systems as a whole. They are most certenly not for trying out the game.

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