These past few months have taught me a lot about the gaming community. I’ve never seen such a vast amount of people come together and support one another while at the same time, be divided on so many little topics. This quarter was a big one for us and our pockets. My mind was scrambling on what games I wanted (pretty much all of them) and what games I could afford. Now, of course with these anticipated games comes a BETA. But what exactly is a BETA? In today’s terminology, we use BETA to mean a group people invited by a certain company to test out a product that’s nearing completion. The software may not have all the bells and whistles like the final version would, but it could have many bugs and glitches and they use these people to find something they may not find.
Now, you may be wondering, why am I bringing this up? Simply because I’ve never seen such a group of people like gamers become hooked on BETAs. The anger and maliciousness that I’ve seen when people aren’t chosen for a games beta is downright scary. Erupting arguments against those who oppose them, it really draws a borderline of if they want the BETA for just early game play. They feel so entitled to it and the good question is if this entitlement is justified? I’ve seen so many entitlement arguments ending with the same result: “I’ve been a dedicated fan so I deserve to get in.” Now, the first thing that pops in my head and probably the same with the readers “Just because you’re dedicated doesn’t mean you know what to look for.” Some bugs and glitches stand out, for example Medal of Honors infamous white gun. While others, simply don’t. It’s those glitches you have to watch out for. A person not experienced what to look for in a BETA may simply over look it
Last Year,this argument came up in Activisions and Treyarchs “Call of Duty: BlackOps” BETA. Originally starting off as a closed and in-house BETA, it eventually spread to friends and family. As with anything that is supposed to be kept secret in the video game industry, it eventually leaked out. Fans everywhere were in a huff because they weren’t invited in. They passed off these feelings with “You’d think they’d learn because of MW2.” If you’re wondering what this means, Infinity Ward did not hold an open BETA before releasing MW2 and have a history of not listening to their fans when it came to problems from the game. There were many problems with MW2 in the end, but they were never patched. In the end though, these are two different studios and they do things differently. The fact that Treyarch even opened up the BETA to friends and family shows that they want to make sure they cover all the bases. Sure, it might not of been YOU in the BETA, but they put people in it who actually send feedback and the experience when handling a BETA. In all honesty, I’d rather that than seeing hundreds of BlackOps BETA sniper montages.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that though you may be a dedicated fan doesn’t give you a hold to be given a BETA. I’m sure there are millions of dedicated fans, but it’s not dedication that will get you the BETA. It’s experience, work put forth.