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Here is why the paying for beta is a better system if people would smarten up. You get to pick what beta projects you want to be part of. I cant count how many times I wanted to get into a beta project and was never sent an invite. Now when that really awesome game you have been waiting 2-4 years for. You get to step up and say, I want to help develop that game. Drop some money, get in beta and start giving real feedback to the devs. Landmark has been a dream come true for gamers. So many things have been changed about EQN because of feedback we have given in game.
People who cant get they paid to get into a Alpha or Beta program and want a finished product could end up hurting this new process. In the end game companies may need to shut it down due to internet mob mentality. People crying may take away a tool that can really make the gaming industry better. Buying a voice in a game you care about. How can it get better then that? Shape the game you want to play. This mob internet mentality needs to stop. Gamers need to be better then this as we should be a community supporting the thing we love, games.
So dont buy into every paid alpha and bate that comes around expecting something its not. Alpha cant play like a finished game. Instead buy only into the games you care about. If you cant wait and buy into a beta program just to be the first on your block to try it. Dont nerd rage on the internet as you can end up hurting the gaming industry by removing this tool that could change the games we want to play for the better.
EDIT: This is before you get into all the money being dropped into crowd funded games that no one bats an eyelash at. This is just a valid way to support a game you want developed.