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10-03-2011 @ 8:44PM
I work in video game QA, so the concept of beta testing for free is not really something which appeals to me. This article was nice to read, though, as it gave a glimpse at what the PTR is like. Wild West is a good description, and it instantly evoked memories of my early online gaming days in MUDs when the admin would open up the test realms every rare now and then...and the havoc which would ensue. My favorite moment from back then would have to be convincing an admin on a test realm to give my rogue the ability to try out the skills from every other class in the game. On that toon. At once. Quite fun few hours...until the admin made me duel him. :P Doubt WoW's PTR is quite as anarchic as the test servers the smaller games have, but there is something cheeky and exciting about being able to experience a game you know in an entirely new way, with rules and regulations suspended, without consequences for your crazy/expensive/deadly choices.
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