Beta thoughts again.

Well as I get ready for a sleep study for my sleep apnea. However, I am trying to do this on my iPhone with the Poster app from the iTunes app store. I have used it in past to modify posts. I figure I would give it a whirl for a full up post. So please excuse any glaring grammar errors. I use MSword as grammar crutch. I have some time to return to Beta thoughts. David “Scooter” Bass from Carbine studios tweeted earlier today the following “@CRB_Scooter: ARGH EXCEL WHY WON’T YOU WORK?! I just want to invite people to beta! (Just kidding.) (Or am I?)”. Could this mean another wave of invites? Inquiring minds want to know!

Seriously though. . . Is being invited to a Beta to play of a game you are waiting for with bated breath a boon or a curse? On one hand you have the potential to work
with the development crew to mold, improve, and polish a game you have similar passion for. The other hand you are playing the game you are so expectant for. This could very well lessen then”new car smell” of the first few weeks after game release. What I have done in the past is try different classes that I would not normally play. I also try to play a different race as well. But who am I kidding I usually end playing the class and race I like.

Lastly, Poster is pretty neat. I can add photos and links as well. Well photos from the phone just have to figure out how it seems.

Well I guess I did that is my brother on Easter Day. Us Irish celebrate it a bit different I guess.


Betas Open and Closed

What brought on talking about betas?  Well recently the Folks at Carbine Studios responded to a leak of their patch notes.  Their response was epic.  Jeremy Gaffney even did a Q & A on WildStar Central.  Gaffney responded to crap load of questions.  The thread is a veritable fount of information about the game.  I even weighed in and just put some thoughts and wishes that were not even a part of the patch notes.  Gaffney even responded to that.  How cool is that?  The guys and gals at Carbine are an amazing bunch in my opinion.  Their passion for gaming and gamers goes a long way in my book.  Gaffney cemented even further my faith in Carbine to make an amazing game that I cannot wait for release.


I have been in some closed betas and I always try to get into open betas if possible.  Many game studios these days seem to use beta periods more for hype building instead of fixing the game.  The guys at Carbine Studios seem to be going the opposite direction which is a Good Thing ™.   Beta periods should be about refining the game and finding the quirks.  Game breaking bugs like crashing and such are usually found with in-house QA.  UI testing and the such can be done with automated testing programs.  WinRunner was one I used to use back in the day when I was in QA at a software company that made time and attendance applications.  Supposedly Vanguard Saga of Heroes went the other way I do not know if the following is an “urban game myth” or truth.  I would hazard a guess it is both.  However, the scuttle butt I heard was that devs there changed the game there like Elizabeth Taylor changes husbands.  If there is truth to this then it seems that there was a lack of focus in the vision.  It was this lack of focus that made the game so bad at release.  Vision can only go so far without focus.  The guys at Carbine seem to have both the vision and focus right now.