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Nefarious Means

I'm up to no good. I want to get that out of the way right from the beginning, just so there are no questions later.

Author: madeux

I would "love" to pay to play an Alpha

Posted by madeux Monday September 28 2009 at 8:11PM
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I don't know how many of you have been following the game Love, but for those you haven't, head over to http://www.quelsolaar.com/ and check it out.  The game itself deserves it's own blog entry, not to mention some attention from this site in general, but that will have to wait.

Recently it was announced that Alpha testers will have to pay a very small fee.  As you can expect, there was plenty of outrage, but I was also impressed at the great number of people who were more than willing to do this.  Myself included.

This game is unlike any other out there, and is being produced by a single person.  His vision is amazing, and he has managed to draw many of us in.  Simply put, he cannot afford enough servers to accommodate the thousands who have expressed interest in testing the game, so rather than limit the numbers, there will be a small fee, barely enough to cover the cost of servers and bandwidth.

This is not like paying $50.00 bucks to test Mortal Online, or paying full price and a monthly premium to play a game like Fallen Earth that should clearly still be in beta.  If these games were more open about what they're doing, like "Love" currently is, I'd be all for it.  The honesty is very appreciated.

I believe that more indie developers will adopt this sort of model, and I'm looking forward to it.  It ensures that testers are invested into the game.  It allows "niche" games to get the support they need to get off the ground.  And as fans of less "mainstream" games, I think offering a little financial support is a great way for us to encourage the industry to support our needs.