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#1 Sep 24 2009 at 5:37 PM Rating: Good
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http://www.thatvideogameblog.com/2009/09/24/final-fantasy-xiv-eager-to-get-out-there/

It's a cool new CG video and at the end gives very slim amounts of beta info:

The info just says
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For beta info sign up for the FFXIV newsletter at www.finalfantasyxiv.com



Cool video anyway and I'm sure anyone wanting in on the beta had signed up for the mailing list long ago.

At least we know the beta is close.
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#2 Sep 24 2009 at 5:57 PM Rating: Decent
Well we already knew that, I've been signed up for beta forever. :P

That video was really cool though. Did you see how many enemies they were fighting on that boat? Woe!
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#3 Sep 24 2009 at 8:07 PM Rating: Decent
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digitalcraft, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Well we already knew that, I've been signed up for beta forever. :P



Word!

If I had three wishes I would wish for World Peace, Lot's of Money, and a FFXIV Beta Key.....
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#4 Sep 24 2009 at 10:30 PM Rating: Good
Er no, that's not what I mean, I mean I've been signed up with the mailing list in hopes of getting a beta key forever. They let out a long time ago, I can't remember where though, that their mailing list would be sourced for beta keys, and I signed up to their mailing list basically the day the site went live.
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#5 Sep 25 2009 at 12:57 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm wondering something about the reaction to the future beta testing - that is, why so many are so eager to get into it? From what I understand of beta testing, the purpose is to put the game out there to be played.. So errors, glitches, and issues can be worked out before the official launch.. As well as field other recommendations and generate interest in the game.

I can only speak for myself, but.. I won't have much desire to play an unfinished/unpolished game for a short period of time - where everything I do, I'll have to redo not too long in the future when I play it for real. When I do play the real thing, I'd want the experiance to be new, not a series groundhog day moments.

Of course it is an important part of getting an online game up and running, and I'm not being critical of those who are dead set on the beta rush.. But I'm just curious, if there are any who share my outlook on it. I ask because while I've seen a ton of people anxious to jump into the beta, I haven't heard anyone say they were going to wait for the real thing. Granted, I realize that goes with the territory - it would be logical that those who don't care about playing the beta wouldn't frequent threads about it in relation to those who do. Still, just curious of any opinions on this.
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#6 Sep 25 2009 at 1:40 AM Rating: Good
I look at beta testing as a free chance to see if it'll even run on my computer, and if so, what problems to expect.
#7 Sep 25 2009 at 5:21 AM Rating: Decent
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I enjoyed my days testing FFXI. I liked finding a few bugs and glitches while I got to enjoy a new game. FFXI was already pretty polished though when the NA beta test was out... I think XIV is going to be a lot rougher around the edges... still looking forward to it if I get in.
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#8 Sep 25 2009 at 7:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Looks like they were playing cards in that video...

Maybe SE did it right this time =D
#9 Sep 25 2009 at 8:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Theirs no Beta info in the video. I just says their will be one, we all knew that allready.
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#10 Sep 25 2009 at 8:18 AM Rating: Decent
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On the cards:

I couldn't tell if they were playing cards or if the hume was selecting a guildleave. It cold be either one but I would like cards to be IN the game.


On beta testing:

I tested Dragonica Online and Champions Online and both experiences were very different. In Champions, they would have scheduled days for testing, like Weds and Friday between 5-11 pm.

Every few weeks they would give us a new area to test and up our levels. So My character, Nikola Tesla, with his command over electricity, would get an instant boost of exp to take me up usually 10 levels, and then apply all sorts of changes to my powers. Also I was given the ability to reset those abilities and try a new set.

It was a very interesting experience where I basically had a sand box to play in and it didn't take months to try every play style out for when the game was release.

These beta tests are more like stress tests, to see what happens when the content is expereinced massively. They PAY the real testers in ALPHA testing. Closed betas usually are testing online functionality while having a few thousand testers makes it a lot easier to find the bugs that the paid testers missed, albeit with a less precise method.

And it's fun.
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