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Good move, now gamers can now have a say in what they want.
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Isn't this just the same thing as beta testing?

Not quite. My issue with this is Valve are not honoring refunds to people who "pre-order" these games, play with the early access, and request a refund due to the game not being anything near what they expected. Just experienced it with Arma 3 and I'll probably be thinking twice about pre-ordering any more games with this incentive.
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Not quite. My issue with this is Valve are not honoring refunds to people who "pre-order" these games, play with the early access, and request a refund due to the game not being anything near what they expected. Just experienced it with Arma 3 and I'll probably be thinking twice about pre-ordering any more games with this incentive.

That's because you didn't pre-order Arma 3. You ordered Arma 3 alpha, with a bonus of beta and full game when they come out. You've played what you paid for, you can't get a refund with most games in that case. Even look at the steam listing, it doesn't say "pre-order" anywhere.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/107410/

People seem to be learning this the hard way with Arma, but you are only supposed to buy a game with this system if you want to support the developer. By buying the game early, you are essentially cutting down on the financing they need to make the game... which is why you get the discounted price. If you aren't buying the game to support the dev, and may want a refund if you don't like the game, then wait until it is out.
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Loving this, already got most of those alpha access games on my wishlist. Will be getting rid of 100 euros next week. Some of those games look really promising, and they are my type of games (sandbox, randomly generated worlds).

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If only I could have spoke from experience when telling Bethesda that Skyrim's magic system sucked without Spellmaking instead of just predicting that it would, then nobody caring about my opinion would have been so much more fulfilling.
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Great idea. Dont think i'd participate though. I'd worry it would spoil the end experience once it was finally completed.
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Half-Life 3. C'mon, Gabe.
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Great idea. Dont think i'd participate though. I'd worry it would spoil the end experience once it was finally completed.

That's pretty much my thoughts. I try to avoid playing single player games before all the DLC is out as well.
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That's pretty much my thoughts. I try to avoid playing single player games before all the DLC is out as well.

This would be good for multiplayer games, racing games, ect.
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So, some time ago, game devs looked for testers who played their games several hours to discover bugs and got paid for that.

Now, people pay game devs to be a tester. How things change.


I'm not seeing the "greatness" of this idea. In my time this was called open beta, and it was free.
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