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Valve has just launched Steam Early Access, a new program designed to let Steam users play games while they're still in development.

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Steam Early Access titles allow the community to get involved early and play select titles during their development. The goal of Early Access is to provide gamers with the chance to "go behind the scenes" and experience the development cycle firsthand and, more importantly, have a chance to interact with the developers by providing them feedback while the title is still being created.

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This is an interesting way to support a game through many of the developmental phases. I'm excited but I know some people may feel as if they are doing the developer's job for them. I see it as a way to provide community feedback to make positive changes to a game. It could be used to remove game breaking exploits, tedious objectives and other gameplay elements the community dislikes before they become part of the final product.

Starforge seems to have the potential to be very fun.
Edited by black7hought - 3/20/13 at 7:20pm
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Wow Interesting... I can kind of see where this is going..
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Good move, now gamers can now have a say in what they want.
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Volunteer testers for everyone!
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Kerbal Space Program is fun but right now it's totally sandbox. Expect to do some serious maths if you want to get in to/out of orbits, get to the Mün, etc...
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Isn't this just the same thing as beta testing?
 
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Isn't this just the same thing as beta testing?

Or you could call it getting access to your pre-order while it is in the development stages. There's more than a handful of games like this on Steam already, Don't Starve is the one that immediately comes to mind. And given the broken state that a lot of AAA games are released in it's virtually the same thing even when buying a game on release. (Yes, I am talking about SimCity....rolleyes.gif)
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Star Citizen...release on steam please.
     
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looks like a great idea to me! thumb.gif

I'm all for it biggrin.gif
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This model has been gaining tons of popularity lately. Especially with indie games. I'm actually surprised Steam hasn't tried to capitalize on it sooner.

Arma3 is doing it, I'm sure even larger games will follow in the future.
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