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Wood: Closed Betas For the Dogs

Posted Dec 17, 2009 by Jon Wood

Wood: Closed Betas For the Dogs's Jon Wood uses his column this week to talk about the Closed beta process and its importance to a well developed game.

Jon Wood

As I'm sure that anyone reading often enough to be following my column probably already knows, we've spent the last week in the Closed Beta test for Cryptic's Star Trek Online working on a series that we're cleverly calling: Inside Beta. This has got me pondering the idea of Closed Beta and its overall role in a game's development.

As with my now eleven week old puppy, at no time in a game's life is it changing and adapting and learning more than it does in the closed beta stage, and I'm not just talking about Star Trek Online here, but betas in general. The information that is collected in Closed Beta and the changes that are made because of it will go on to create a foundation for the game that will most likely last as long as it does.

Read Wood: Closed Betas For the Dogs.