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9-07-2010 @ 9:02AM
I've been beta testing games for about ten years and the one thing I can assure you off is that most of the time it's not much fun.You really are helping the developers out and by helping that means:1. Putting up with game mechanics/quests/item/skills that don't work correctly, sometimes for weeks.. 2. Developers changing it to something you might not agree with by the volume of other testers feedback, or even worse when something blatantly doesn't work and the developers don't do anything about it. On beta forums those are always the most drama filled posts.3. Wanting to see certain areas that you can't because it isn't in the current state of, 'test cycles', or worse not seeing areas at all. WAR beta was famous for that and none of the beta testers were surprised when most of the capital cities were cut. 4. Putting up with long patching times, sometimes several times a week.I can be a thrill seeing the new content you've read about in the flesh but I've always looked at beta testing as just that, testing...I'm there to help find bugs not have fun. The worse problem is that some companies seem to be trying to sell it as a perk for pre-order, which goes against the objective of the exercise in the first place, (*points at Cryptic*). As for WoW I'm glad I'm not in there, from what I here two odd months estimate launch it's still a mess. in terms of news I keep up with the class changes but storywise I try and keep out of that. If Blizzard expect me to level up another character I want that to seem fresh and interesting without any spoilers :)
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