Thanks, I signed up as well. Upon submission I got "We have received your submission! If you receive a PC Beta key, we will email it to you." I'll keep checking my email to see if they sent the beta key.
Sorry but, betas (or, seemingly, more like a demo in this case) should at the very least be free to try out so we could help the developers improve on the game and squash any and all bugs, glitches, exploits, and cheats. Paying ahead of time for something that could be done for free? Fail.
That's true. Shouldn't have to pay to demo something out, especially when they have severe restrictions already mounted on the demo. This is why back when they had magazines like Playstation, I used to just rip out the demo discs contained in each monthly issue. In fact, I would spend a good half hour, going through every magazine available on the book stand, flip through each page, and clear out every insert and add on posters, discs, coupons, etc., before leaving because I got pissed that you had to pay at least 5 bucks for a magazine just to receive a sample of something you wanted to try. If there wasn't an open one available, I'd just rip open the plastic sleeve and threw away the evidence next to the bins where they dumped coffee cups and napkins over at the cafe sections. (Besides, what ever happened to the phrase, "try before you buy?" Now, it's pay before you PAY MORE!. But these days, I'm too lazy to go all the way over to the bookstore to do that. Instead, I get free subscriptions and did that with my own magazines to ease the guilt.
Yes, silly idiots, these. I have a valid EA account. (but it only asks for an email, not email/password.) Each time I tried, I got "registration failed; try again later." Then, I check my email and notice 6 emails about "thank you for signing up."
Glad to see that no one has flamed me yet for my post, but instead agreeing w/ me!
EA isn't the only one. most of the big publishers do this now.
Sad, but true. Off the top of my head is FILEPLANET. Ironically, I followed a link claiming "Free beta key!" just now for BC2 that lead me to said scammers and in order to get your key, you need to be a PAYING subscriber just get the key!!!!
I got a an extra key, I will sell it for $11 or whoever offers more
::Sigh:: This is exactly what I'm talking about. Too bad we can't leave negative reps for users..
This is why back when they had magazines like Playstation, I used to just rip out the demo discs contained in each monthly issue.....Besides, what ever happened to the phrase, "try before you buy?" Now, it's pay before you PAY MORE
LOL! While I wouldn't condone going to a book store or EBGames and ripping up magazines just to get to the demo, I totally agree w/ what you're sayiing "Try before you buy." Honestly, THAT is the way it should be done, and sometimes, IS DONE, w/ all merchandise.
Sadly, since these teenies need their new ADD fix, they call to mommy or daddy for their credit cards to PAY just to TRY out a sloppy demo (errrr "beta"). You know the saying: Money talks. And since morons actually ARE paying for betas, more and more companies are doing it. I, for one, ain't paying jack sh!t to try out this sure to be buggy console port (damn w/e the dev's say).
I think the whole point is that you do not have to pay a price to enter the Beta. Of course, in the old days, "Beta testers" meant you really had to follow certain procedures to test out a game, send in bug reports, etc. Now, it really has turned into two things:
* get people playing and create a buzz on the net for promotional purposes (which can backfire if the game blows), and
* in MMORPG-land, test the servers and see what sort of bottlenecks and crashes come up.
I got in on the Star Trek Online Beta, having to struggle to get a key (but, no, did not pay for it.). After some time on it, I concluded I would not want to buy that game anyway.
But, to some extent, "Open public beta" has become "limited free trial."
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