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  Just-The-Facts

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“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

12/06/12 11:43:13 AM#41
Originally posted by Talonsin
Originally posted by aRtFuLThinG

Not even "close to alpha"? What is "close to alpha"??

 

Alpha testing

Alpha testing is simulated or actual operational testing by potential users/customers or an independent test team at the developers' site. Alpha testing is often employed for off-the-shelf software as a form of internal acceptance testing, before the software goes to beta testing.[34]

Beta testing

Beta testing comes after alpha testing and can be considered a form of external user acceptance testing. Versions of the software, known as beta versions, are released to a limited audience outside of the programming team. The software is released to groups of people so that further testing can ensure the product has few faults or bugs. Sometimes, beta versions are made available to the open public to increase the feedback field to a maximal number of future users.

 

 

Alpha test stage means it is as yet untested and unaccepted UNTIL the stage finishes. Doesn't mean it is playable at all...

 

So that's what you are paying for and I think they are pretty clear on that.

 

I think a lot of people just don't know what the different stages of testing means...

 

That's said I'm not saying WarZ did a good job as all. Just that your entire perception of of testing stages is wrong in terms of Software Development Lifecycle REGARDLESS of whether they did a good job or not.

 

I'm all for your definition but you realize the game is now in beta and is almost exactly the same as the supposed alpha.  My understanding is they are also trying to have this game listed on steam by Christmas or shortly after which means a "released" state.  It does not matter what phase you call it, there is nothing to do in this game but shoot other players.  It is war inc with poor-AI zombies that dont really affect gameplay. 

 

My point is, it doesnt matter what you call the current version, it is a long way from a finished product and yet you have to pay to play it AND have to pay for clan slots.  They have also stated that weapon and ammo spawns will be decreased but you can always buy ammo with real money from their store NOW and you could in alpha.  I would also like to point out that NO WHERE in your definitions of alpha or beta did I find mention that testers are classified as paying customers who have to purchase the game or buy clan slots and ammo in order to test. 

Of course you wont find that in the definition because that is a conditional term chosen by the company in question and has nothing to do with what an alpha or beta constitutes. Also you DO NOT have to buy clan slots or ammo...that is a personal choice not a requirement (much like purchasing the game to begin with).

I enjoy myself in game but at the moment it is just a shoot-em-up with Zombies in the background, however anyone having actually played since launch knows that the zombies have come a long way from where they were. The AI is improving slowly but surely and I'm fine with that, I'm a patient man. Yet not everyone shares my optimism and those folks should consider spending their time seeking out a game that suits them rather than harping on grudges stemming from impulse purchases they made.

 

 

  roblutz

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Joined: 10/31/06
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12/12/12 8:28:37 AM#42
was told by development team if my computer could run War inc or whatever game its engines based on I could run it,loaded that game ran fine.Bought War Z,might have gotten 5 fps,only played 2 min,totally unplayable,when I hit the jump button floated for 3 seconds lol
  DaedalEVE

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Joined: 1/12/10
Posts: 40

12/12/12 12:00:14 PM#43
Originally posted by Ecoces

omg i bought a game that told me from the beginning it was an alpha ..... and now i found bugs. OMG.

 

are people really that stupid?

Yes, they are THAT stupid.

  Megera

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Joined: 10/14/07
Posts: 45

Taking yourself seriously is the easiest way to make me laugh at you.

12/12/12 2:53:51 PM#44
the whiners on the forums are professional level.  its a beautiful game.  it has some problems - most of which are the players themselves.  when i don't encounter another player who shoots me immeadiatly, i have a lot of fun with this game.  however - typically, i don't get that experiance.  It wants to be a zombie apocolypse mmo, instead its a murder sim.  Until they put in a pve server option, open up private servers, or limit pvp, it will stay a murder sim.
  ITPalg

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Joined: 11/12/08
Posts: 235

12/12/12 3:37:47 PM#45
Originally posted by wayubb
Originally posted by mymmo
So you guys are serious that ppl actually ppl rant about not knowing that the game is in alpha/beta? 

Nah people mostly ranting about the company keeps promising things will be due out at certain times when in fact they mutliple times push back everything they announce everytime...I have been in betas, alphas etc for more then 15+ years now and I clearly know what one is and this one has had a horrible dev cycle.

Even at one point the producer admitted this was not even up to alpha stage and apologized.

 

I was turned off when the Producer used the world "fag" among other things and had shown to be very unprofessional at times.

Game is slowly coming along but alot of what was promised would was either added weeks after the deadline announce or still has yet to be added. they clearl have never run an mmo and I think are learning to be cautious when giving deadlines now.

 

AS one poster said they could not afford a in house test team so by marketing the alpha they got one and a influx of cash to keep the development going.

 

all in all has potential if anythign its teh people making it that will casue its demise if that happens not the actual game concept.

 
 

Correction: Faggot.

He used it in the context that any online player in most FPS games would use it vs someone that killed them.

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  ITPalg

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12/12/12 3:40:55 PM#46

I have bought a game for $75 that doesn't even exist yet.

How is that for "unethical"? /rolls eyes.

As others have said, if they wanted to allow people in by paying for it, and it was clearly stated, then they did nothing wrong.

 

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