Steam Early Access Invites Gamers to Buy and Beta Test Pre-Release Titles

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jgottberg

Are they nuts? PAY to play a BETA? There is no game I want to play that badly.

So, one would pay say $20 to purchase a BETA version of a game... Then purchase the game at retail for $60... And then buy any DLC that may come out?! No thanks. If they offered a discount on the game equal to the price paid for testing, ..... I could be persuaded.

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wolfing

no that's not how it works. Usually it's like a pre-order. You pay for the game before it's released and you get access to the testing part. I've done it before for MMOs, and will do it again too for any MMO I'm interested in, because you get to burn your 'newb' period before the game is released, so when it's actually released you know more than other players (places to avoid, etc). Now for single player games that doesn't make much sense to me.

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jgottberg

oh ok - from reading the article above, it gave me the impression they were selling the BETA games anywhere from $8 to $33. When the full game came out, it would then have to be purchased. I get your point though and that actually makes sense to me if it's like a pre-order.

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illusionslayer

"Early Access players will receive automatic game updates."

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jgottberg

Well... meaning? That could be patches. Not DLC... or is that not where you were going with the quote?

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iheartpcs

"Valve found a way to include gamers in the development process of new titles."

Should be changed to:

"Valve found a way to separate stupid people from their money"

Beta testing has been done by gamers for years!! Valve has found nothing other than a new scam on people.

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FireGarden

Scam?? It's hardly a scam! People that go for this option very likely would have bought the game anyway. They just get to play it earlier than most and are able to give Valve feedback. As others have said - it's more like getting an early pre-order. For some, especially those that have a lot of emotional investment in a game series (for example) then this is like being able to listen to demos of your favourite bands songs before their album is released.

Of course Valve may benefit from 'free' ideas - but this is to the advantage of all gamers too. We all want a game to be as good as possible.

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Eoraptor

Not sure why everyone is so shocked... just look at Sim City... we're ~already~ paying to beta test games. this just makes it official.

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scottmana

Soon we will be paying for games to be made. "$10,000 and we will make this game!".

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hastyscorpion

That already happens with Kickstarter.

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TommM

I occasionally do beta testing. I figured I was doing service enough by bug hunting for free. But to actually PAY to be a tester? Forget it...

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Camerone

ARE there any games on Early Access that DON'T include access to the final release? Because I haven't seen any yet.

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dgrmouse

Agreed. A game not fit for review is a game not fit for purchase.

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Mikey109105

My thoughts precisely! I have no intention of ever paying to test a game. If they want my money, they need to do about 100% percent better than that.

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Philippe Lemay

This is more like pre-ordering a game, and as a bonus you get to try out the unfinished product and helps with bugs if you want.

Personally I'm quite eager to try KSP on Steam, I think this is a great development overall.

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FireGarden

I think this is a great idea. Depending on the titles they open up, it could be quite an insight into game development too. (Especially for me as it would be my dream job to work at Valve!) :)

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H1N1theI

It's such a shame that people are doing this "open alpha" and "open beta" thing now. It's not how software development should be, it often degrades into "fix plz" or "nurf plz" thread or bug reports.

I think Minecraft ruined the game development system. People are now *expecting* an open alpha and open beta, instead of waiting for it.

And people don't even understand the words anymore. They think "alpha" means demo and "beta" means "finished game that we're going to add stuff to"...

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Renegade Knight

Is minecraft done yet?

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DR_JDUBZ

no, its still buggy as fuck.

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vrmlbasic

I'll settle for games offering public, free demos on Steam instead. You know, like game developers used to do.

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Neufeldt2002

+1000, There have been I few games that I have avoided because of the lack of a demo that I could try. No demo usually means that I either don't buy it, or I wait until it is so cheap that I can afford to lose the money if I don't like it.

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glpeter90

Steam support sucks. Why would I buy more games from them when I can't get support for the games I own. A fool and his money...

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West996

..but you get the completed game when it is released?

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GenMasterB

I was actually very interested in it until I saw some of the pricing.. Is it me being wrong in thinking that I shouldn't have to pay upwards of 30+ dollars to be an ALPHA tester?

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