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23. Re: OMG Dec 8, 2003, 17:02 Beamer
Oh, and 4D, the motivation is

1) To fix the problems you find in a game. If you download a beta that could be fun but has some serious gameplay issues wouldn't you want them fixed so the game is worth your time? Kids online LOVE to complain, more than they like making money, so message boards fill with complaints that lead to more tweaking.

2) People like beta testing because it gets them in early. But they want in EARLIER. They want to be experts when the game gets released. No way into earlier closed testing without having proven yourself worthwhile.

Mostly kids report it because they want the game to be good. And you can complain all you want, free beta testing is proven to work, and paid, on that scale, would cripple even EA.

PC games will always have bugs. 95% of those are either hardware issues that weren't expected, or bugs that had been known and reported but time was never found to squash them. The game was pushed out, knowing it could be fixed in a patch. Again, not the fault of bad beta testing, the fault of publishers knowing they can get away with it.

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