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Ok i'm making this post after seeing several games bashed over their beta.
My general concern is that you kids see beta's as some sort of demo. This is not the case. I understand that larger companies such as Blizzard and SOE used open beta stress tests as a Demo of their game but do you kids understand that most game developers actually use beta to iron out bugs and continue development? If you sign up for beta's with the idea that your doing a demo for your own self interest your letting every other gamer down and robbing the developers of a valuable source of feedback.
I heard so many complaints about EQ2 and WoW at release about how all these bugs were reported yet they did nothing to fix them then i hear about other games how this game sucks because its using alpha graphics and has yet to implement its finished graphics. Do you even understand why they use less cumbersome graphics at the start of beta?
I can understand if you get in a game and don't like aspects of it. Thats fine but then you quit? You're there to give the devs your feedback. If you just quit how do the devs know what they need to change to make it appealing? Sure there are some companies such as Blizzard and SOE who really wouldnt care what you suggested but let me assure most smaller companies care alot about what its community thinks. The very life of their game depends on such interaction.
Real beta's are not demo's they are tests. Developers tend to start with a very small portion of content just to make sure the servers all work properly. They'll deal with any patching and login issues first. After they get that sorted out they'll start adding features and content slowly over a period of time to insure that they're all tested adequately. This is a pretty simplistic breakdown of how beta's work but you should get the general idea.
Beta is the next step after alpha. At the start of Beta expect to see the end of Alpha. This means you wont see anywhere near the finished product at the start of beta.
Also i'd like to ask MMORPG.COM to stop posting made up release dates just to make themselves look in the know. It should be apparent to every gamer that MMORPG.COM has no more of an idea when games are due to be released than anyone else that can go to the games forum and read it for themselves. When you guys post a made up a release date your giving these kids the idea that the game is about to be released and then they jump into beta to get a demo. This can have a negative result for the games community who then has to suffer through 100's of posts about how "teh game is teh suxxor" because they dont grasp the concept that MMORPG.COM doesnt decide the release date the devs do and theres still months of testing ahead. These kids then quit, go bash the game and the dev's lose out by having their NDA's broken and being pulled away from their real job to deal with it.
Anyway i could go on but with attention spans being what they are i'll end it here.