Insight: Should betas be exclusive?

12 10 2010

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As is the case with most recent upcoming titles for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 games, betas are often the way a developer tests its game with the public and gets gamers talking.

The Assassin's Creed Brotherhood beta was recently made available to Playstation Plus users this month.

Much like a soft opening, a beta is a period in which gamers can play a (generally) multiplayer facet of a given game before the game is actually released. This is different from a demo in that the gamers actually are testing the software being put out, rather than just sampling the finished product. Betas are a way for developers to stress test servers, find any potential bugs in the game play, and overall get a feel for how well the game works with a large quantity of players.

These betas are often exclusive to certain gamers through pre-orders of a certain game, contests for beta keys, or being apart of a certain subscription service.

But should these betas be exclusive at all? Read the rest of this entry »

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