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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.

This is different because you're paying in advance for the final game, but you also get the opportunity to play it early. It's a free closed beta in a way, you just have to buy the final game in advance to get it - you're not paying to play the beta though. No different to the way other games have done it in the past where you had to pre order to get beta access really, slight difference is this 'beta' is counted as an actual release and that also explains why people don't get refunds. Makes sense if you think about it, otherwise everyone will just buy the game, play it until just before it's released then ask for their money back which will hurt the developers.

I think it is a great idea for smaller developers as they can get people interested in the game early, get some money to help with developing the game and hopefully iron most of the issues out before release.
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I think it is a great idea for smaller developers as they can get people interested in the game early, get some money to help with developing the game and hopefully iron most of the issues out before release.

Yup. The majority of these games would not exist if it were not for this funding method. All these people in here complaining like they are being forced to buy these games, sheesh. kookoo.gif
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Yup. The majority of these games would not exist if it were not for this funding method. All these people in here complaining like they are being forced to buy these games, sheesh. kookoo.gif

You can just as easily buy it when it comes out, as normal too.
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You can just as easily buy it when it comes out, as normal too.

Yes, but mainly because there are other consumers willing to fund the games in their developmental stage. Most of these small devs aren't made of moneyhats, thus without this model, most of these games would never make it.
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People will pay for anything.

This.

Playing a game before it's released kills all excitement for it. The FPS beta's are fine because they're only two MP maps.
But playing the story line as a Alpha/Beta version will ruin the experience for me. It's like screening a movie, then paying to see it on release day an expect to be impressed.
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Playing an alpha/beta game will work for some games, but not all.

Minecraft worked well because there was no storyline. None.

Something with a story is essentially like a full release but when the game has a set full release, it's like free story extending DLC (What is that?!)... Except it's already paid for when you buy the early access.
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Playing an alpha/beta game will work for some games, but not all.

Minecraft worked well because there was no storyline. None.

Something with a story is essentially like a full release but when the game has a set full release, it's like free story extending DLC (What is that?!)... Except it's already paid for when you buy the early access.

Agreed on singleplayer games with a story, or even co-op games. They don't work with this business model. Sandbox singleplayer/multiplayer is exactly the sort of game you want though.
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