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in the end ... BETA should be PC exclusive . As we are the only knowledgeable (most of the PC players) players of all platforms .
    
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Sadly, many devs don't really give betas anymore although their games at release feels like they are still in that stage.
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I would never say not to do beta tests but keep beta tests restricted to a large, but defined number of beta testers. I suppose that PC betas are okay since the median age for PC gamers seem to be higher and the concept of beta testing is a bit more understood.
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Blizzard games always have TRUE betas. The last beta they had, for Cataclysm, I gave feedback on pretty much everything I could.
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For PC games you setup the Beta to report all kinds of statistics about what they did in the game, report which hardware they uses, report if they had any freezes or crashing, etc.

This will at least give you valuable information about which hardware/software configurations are causing the most issues so that you at least have a more stable product when you release.

As far as "whether or not the game is fun", you should not that before you even get to beta. There are closed play tests to help reveal that.
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As an admin of a private server that I was helping a team work on I have to say it is key that people REPORT bugs.
All we asked of out beta testers was that they took a screenshot/video and reported it back to us with a small summary, which took them under 2 minutes to post.
Without our closed/open beta testers the server would have been a complete failure.
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post
For PC games you setup the Beta to report all kinds of statistics about what they did in the game, report which hardware they uses, report if they had any freezes or crashing, etc.

This will at least give you valuable information about which hardware/software configurations are causing the most issues so that you at least have a more stable product when you release.

As far as "whether or not the game is fun", you should not that before you even get to beta. There are closed play tests to help reveal that.
Random power failures, unstable overclocks, other software related crashes like virus detection programs and firewalls that can't be monitored without a severe breach of user privacy by the dev, etc. could easily fudge those numbers up well beyond a margin of error.
 
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