Confession: I Really Like Betas
It’s true. I’ve always liked betas. They’re fun and they’re often very exclusive. Sure, they are sometimes very limited and sometimes a little buggy, but they allow me to play around before anyone starts to bitch about the game.
I’d actually say that gamers ruin games more than anything else. So much complaining just makes playing feel very negative. It almost takes the fun away.
With betas, I get to play first and I get to play at my own pace. Also, with betas, no one actively tries to be the best because everyone wants to experiment. Betas hardly allow anyone to be the best because there’s so much change, all the time. Players will often have their scores reset, or their recently acquired strategies become obsolete very quickly, as skills and units tend to change.
Betas aren’t demos. No, definitely not. I only play demos sometimes. While I feel that demos offer a good look at what a game is about, I will almost always — actually I will always — choose a beta over a demo.
I get to perceive and play the game the way I want to. No one is there to tell me I’m wrong, and no one is there to try and be the ‘best little bitch’.
The team at eGamer knows I like betas, and if that makes me hipster, then that’s cool.
I think my love for betas is the reason why I hardly finish games which aren’t very story driven. Games which have poor stories and a lot of repetition do not appeal to me, whatsoever. Games which are overly long, I don’t have time for. A beta gives me everything I need to have, because it’s usually multiplayer and it changes a lot. Therefore, there’s not too much repetition.
So, that’s my confession for this week. I might confess to something next week again. How about you confess to something in the comments section below.