Originally Posted by Pibbz
Let me help you understand a few things before you dig yourself into a deeper hole.
DICE allowing us to play they're game is in fact a privilege. It allows you to decide whether you like the game or not - all at THEIR expense. They've spent tens of millions of dollars in development costs and risk losing potential buyers that don't understand the Beta testing process.
Now, where do those development funds come from? The answer: EA. You obviously haven't been paying attention lately. EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, Eidos, or any other publisher you can name doesn't give a rats ass about the consumer. They only care that games are released ON TIME! With twice the development costs usually funneled into marketing, they have projected sales figures to meet and obligations to their share holders to uphold. Who gets the short end of the stick? The developer, having to pick up the slack and fix everything after release.
The next time you want to point fingers at a development team, you walk into their offices and tell me that they're not under-staffed, under-budget, and working overtime.
I grant you that the developers work their ass off, and get the short end of the stick. That doesn't justify telling us though that this is a privilege.
You can't say that the developers don't gain MUCH more from putting beta out than not. Hence why it doesn't become a privilege. A demo on the other hand is a privilege, I get to test out the product before I buy it? Sure thank you, not many do it today so it is a privilege. Give me a buggy game so you can collect information about my system and my network so you can optimize your game so you can sell more? that is not a privilege.