I did a beta over the weekend. Yeah, that one, the everyone's talking about it except no one is allowed to talk about it.
Yep - that's right. I'm a beta geek.
I really tried to break the game this time. I leapt into rubble filled corners trying to get stuck, engaged too many mobs at once, mashed buttons randomly during peak load battles and generally did all the stuff that gets me into trouble in my regular released pay to play games.
No such luck. A review of my notes shows that I fell through the world once, had a slide show moment during battle twice and had a quest glitch out on me once. 4 things. 4 things in a weekend of playing - it's sad really. Where is my feeling of being crucial? Of being needed so that the dev's can fix the game and release it to the seething masses?
Where is my screwed up beta version of a game that will allow me to send 435 bug reports (my own personal best) to the devs? *Insert foot stamp and pout here* Instead I got a game nearly ready for release on a technical level, along with a server rampant with people fired up to beta... with little to actual discuss.
It could have gotten ugly. It could have become one of those snarling cyclones of player driven angst, with endless waves of highly intelligent beta geeks roaming the landscape and ganking npc's in the hopes of crashing the servers.
It could have gone all AoC beta, with everyone permalocking thier caps key and filling the chat window with WTH IZ MAI STUFF I PUT IN TEH BANK??.
Or worse, it could have gone all Aion beta with the discussion being mainly about one game mechanic (flight) and how it works and if it works and woot it works and hey is that a goldseller spam in beta?
But no. It was calm. It was polite. It was not a beta - it was a tea party with everyone discussing the pros and cons of the game mechanics as opposed to experiencing the glorious feeling of breaking something so well that the entire zone freezes up and the bug reports pour down like rain upon the stuck in place land.
I came. I saw. I beta'd. But if that buncha devs expects me to come back for the next round of testing, they better get their game good and broken before I show up.