Dammit, we want you to tell us stuff! Stuff like what you think of betas.
This isn’t some marketing survey or whatever. It’s an emotional investment in you. Yes, we’re interesting in knowing you, Kotaku reader person. You probably know enough about us — more than you even want to, we’re sure. But, hey, we’d like to know about you, too.
Anyway, here’s today’s question…
The StarCraft II beta is well underway and proving hugely popular. The Halo Reach beta begins in less than two weeks. Betas are big things now, as either valuable tests for the developer or, more often, vital cogs in the marketing machine. Do you play betas? Do you get excited about playing a small segment of an unfinished game? Has a beta ever changed your mind on a game, persuaded you to pick it up or dissuaded you from buying it?
Me? Increasingly I find myself caring little for betas. Just as I am less inclined to want to spend much time with an early preview build of a game, there's something about knowing the game is still incomplete that puts me off. I feel like I can't commit myself to a game when I know I'm going to be starting from scratch once it is finally released. I get why we see all these public beta tests, but frankly, you can count me out.