Beta games question

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bigk

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Hey every one,

What does it mean to join a beta game? Some times you can pre-order a game or visit a company web site and register to play a beta version of a game. Whats the point of this? Is it to play this game and then report bugs? Or is it mainly to have fans enjoy the game before its released to the public? What do you do with this beta?

I assume its for people to just enjoy the game before its released to the public....... ;)

Bigk :)
 

1002richards

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Hi bigk,
As I understand it, "Beta" versions are still in test mode and the manufacturers ask for feedback from people trying them out. I've often seen disclaimers saying (in brief) test at your own risk and we're not liable if anything happens to your system. That's why I don't risk it. But I'm sure there are those who are well able to resolve their problems and enjoy helping out.

Richard.
 
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Don't be afraid to try em though. They have to put that disclaimer in there, however, it's not likely to harm your system. If people don't test em and provide feedback then we all lose. "Why don't they test it themselves?" You might ask. Well there are way too many variables involved with PC's. It's best to 'test it out in the field'.
 
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As a beta tester, you get to play a game (or other software) before others do - but you NEED to send in the bugreports (usually the game generates it for you, if possible) along with your hardware stats.

In return you may get the retail version of the game for free.. or youre paid - it varies.
 
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Depending on the game you can get special features.

I beta tested Everquest, All the EQ1 Expansions, Everquest 2 and all up until EOF. For participating I recieved special ingame items, a chance to see content before anyone else and learn secrets before anyone else, on the forums I recieved a special nickname / handle.

Some companies will give free copies of the games away, depending on what level of beta you are participating in. If your in an open beta that you got off of a website, chances are they are not going to buy you the game , and they are just trying to stress test their servers or get information back from the players.

If you are invited to a Alpha test or Beta 1 test, you might get some benefits from it, but these invites are usually private and usually set to those friends of the programmers or people close to the families of the company testing out the new product.
 
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