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My 2 Copper's Worth

Well we're on a website dedicated to MMO's so I'll give you one guess as to what I'll write about. And no it's not mustard.

Author: ivan50265

Beta Burnout

Posted by ivan50265 Monday August 24 2009 at 10:11PM
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   Recently a couple of things happened in my life that I personally never thought I would see happen. 

#1 

  

#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

Ivan

Death1942 writes:

thats exactly the reason why i dislike Beta's.  I never ever trust anyone who pulls the 'i played beta' bullcrap support when reviewing something because they are almost always burnt out when writting the review (otherwise they would be playing the damn game). 

 

Same thing happens to me so i generally only test for 2-3 hours at a time with big breaks inbetween (2-3 days at least).  Hell with CO (a game i am getting a lifetime account for) i only played twice, for 3 hours. 

Tue Aug 25 2009 8:13AM Report
Senadina writes:

You are so right. I wish I had never CB'd Fallen Earth. I was so geeked for this game, but it was so unplayable, that even knowing it was beta , I can't bring myself to play it. That isn't theonly reason, and maybe I saved myself some wasted dollars, but I don't know if I will CB a game again. Bad experience.

Tue Aug 25 2009 9:46AM Report
Irish writes:

I've been ignoring all of my Aion invites. I just want it to go back to the way it was- I start a game and have no idea what is going on.

I always say that the birth of a new MMO is my favorite time in it's lifeline. All of the elitists aren't elite yet, half the population is clueless, everyone is trying to make friends... I think beta spoils it all for me.

Wed Sep 02 2009 5:19PM Report

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