Allow me to preface this with #TSW and #dowant — it’s part of my campaign to get noticed and get offered a beta spot. Won’t happen, but in the meantime I can annoy a whole lot of people on Twitter with it. DO WANT! And since Syp can post pix of him as a woman, I can post a male pic to represent me. Besides, it’s House.
As tweeted by several people (thank God other people pay attention to gaming news and pass it on to slackers like me!), Eurogamer reports that Funcom are offering guaranteed The Secret World beta spots to people who sub up to Age of Conan for three months. So, I guess that makes the price of a beta spot a little under $50 these days. Cynical, moi?
On the one hand — DO WANT! On the other, do not want to start paying for a game I don’t really want just to get a beta spot. I’ve got more than enough games on my plate as it is and, you know, AoC wasn’t supposed to be that great to begin with, and not really my bag. I’ve got my story game (Dragon Age) and my crafting/MMO game (EQ2) and I can find plenty of slayage action in both if I can be arsed, so what for do I need another?
So on balance, I probably won’t bother. And in a few months I’ll be all pissed when other people have bothered and are neenering me from their spot in the beta.
I could claim I’m concerned about ruining the launch experience for myself, but I’ve never been particularly motivated to either hide content from myself or be the first to experience everything. I’m one of those relatively sad people who actually enjoy beta testing, provided I don’t glut myself on it like I did a year or so ago and thus end up making myself sick of the plethora of issues one should expect with any beta. If I care enough about a game to be excited about it, I also care enough to want to nail bugs and provide systems & mechanics feedback. In that sense, being in the beta won’t ruin anything at all for me. But I can always make a virtue of necessity.
If nothing else, at least we know there’s currently going to be a beta, and it can’t be all that far away. They could tell us more, but then they’d have to kill us.