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MMO Underbelly: The Truth About Betas

Posted Jun 12, 2009 by Dana Massey

MMO Underbelly: The Truth About Betas

In this week's edition of The MMO Underbelly, Sanya Weathers tells us the truth about how Betas work. Find out how people are selected and some other behind the scenes anecdotes.

I stuffed all three hundred mailers, took them down to the mail drop, and stuck them in the bin that says absolutely no tampering or you are doing hard time with roommates bearing poorly spelled tattoos. I got back to my desk, and started looking for that Eddie Izzard disc. You know, I’d done my work, I was ready for a reward.

I popped the disc into the computer, but instead of a cross dressing surrealist, I saw the install window for the beta I was working on.

I briefly contemplated breaking into the mailbox. Instead, I trudged to my boss’s office, confessed, apologized, waited for him to pull up Eddie Izzard on Google, apologized again, and went back to my desk. Then I held my breath for two weeks, waiting for someone on the beta list to call me in a complete tizzy.

Read it all here.


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