Recently a couple of things happened in my life that I personally never thought I would see happen.
#2 I gave away a beta invite to an MMO I have been eagerly anticipating. I am still questioning my decision on the matter but what's done is done and we can't take back the past. So I thought I'd take a look at why I decided to decline my beta invite and look into my own possible beta burnout. Enjoy.
So I thought the easiest way to look at this would be to break down the symptoms of beta burnout, and explain how they may have contrinuted to my beta burnout.
Bugs Bug Me
Now I know bugs are ever present in our beloved mmo's. I alos understand that betas have become glorified PR stunts by developers to help generate the desired hype around their game. Yet there are still those annoying broken quest lines and system crashes that are part of the beta experience not to mention any other host of problems that could stil ne plauging the game. There have been good mmo's that I have helpeed test that I did not buy simply because whenever I saw the game the first thing that would enter my mind would be "I wonder if they ever fixed that one bug?" which would quickly lead me to another game I was less familiar with.
Limited play windows
Another important paert of my possible burnout centers around limited playtime during betas. Nothing frustrates me more when I'm in a beta for a game and I am at work looking forward to getting home and playing only to find out I missd the window, or that an unexpected xrash had shut down the server for the night. I of course understand that this is just part of the process and that it is a beta test, but I tend to fall into the trap of I see desktop icon it is a game I can play anytime feeling. No one's fault but my own .
Launch Day Hangover
This is the straw that boke this camel's back. Whenever I would beta a game and then buy it I would always find myself on launch weekend finding the experience to be oddly anti-climactic. By the time I had seen the launch I had played the game to death and rather than enjoying the launch day experience I would find myself on auto pilot grinding through the early levelsof the game in an attemot to either gain back what was wiped from the beta server, or to get to the point intthe game where I left off. Let alone I would find myself oddly jealous of those who were enjoying the game for the first time at launch as opposed to spednig the prior 3 months to a year in the beta test.
I guess I've got the old beta burnout. My desire to want to experience a launch day again is just bigger than my desire for a sneak peek at a new game now. It isn;t such a bad thing after all. I look forward to new MMO's and I am excited about a few new titles on the horizon, but for now at least excited is all I will be. The idea of walking into a buggy sneak peek to a new mmo just doesn;t have the appeal it used to. So I'll see you all in game I'll be the newb having fun on launch day.
Until Next Time