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Saturday Debate: Beta, Test or Trial?

Posted Jan 20, 2007 by Jon Wood

Saturday Debate: Beta, Test or Trial?

This week, Dan Fortier and Derek Czerkaski check in with our Saturday Debate. The question is, are beta test supposed to be for serious testing purposes, or are they merely a free trial of the game?

Dan Fortier:

Back in the early days of MMORPGs, the beta phase of game development was nothing more than a tool for the designers to see how their ideas translated from paper to reality and to work out the bugs that would have otherwise been passed over. The list of players that were asked to join the early stages were those who were committed to testing and were eager to sacrifice their time to improve the stability and playability of a game that they were interested in.

How far we've fallen since then.

You can read the whole debate here.