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#1 Nov 24 2009 at 8:49 PM Rating: Good
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The Question here is Would you beta test?

If No:
Why?

If Yes:
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I say No, because it will ruin the immersion of the game. I mean if I walk past a cliff and go "I remember when the tip of that thing kept glitching." That ruins it for me. I want to believe I am in a different world, no a world of 0s and 1s.
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#2 Nov 24 2009 at 11:06 PM Rating: Default
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I say FFXIV needs all the NA testers we can muster. We need to have our voice heard earlier than later. I can understand why one wouldn't want to test, but for every person that declines, 3 more players are hoping to be picked.
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#4 Nov 24 2009 at 11:19 PM Rating: Decent
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I would say the majority of the people would love to test this. I am indifferent to being chosen. If it happens I will be proud to be given a chance to make this a great game. If not I will be ecstatic the day it comes out. Either way I look at it as a win.
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Sure, maybe see a few secrets that general players wouldn't get to see.
#6 Nov 25 2009 at 12:00 AM Rating: Good
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Hellz yeah I would. Get to experience the game before anyone else, learn the mechanics and little secrets.
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#7 Nov 25 2009 at 12:03 AM Rating: Good
Yes, and for one very simple reason:

I want a chance to play the game before I pay for it.

I could throw in the hopeful components...like hoping to have an opportunity to give the devs feedback relative to what I want as a potential player. Or hoping to at least get a feel for SE's attitude to their players this time around based on first hand experience of how they handle feedback during the beta.

At the end of the day, however, I want to see how the game plays and feels before I shell out $60-70 + subscription fees to try it and suddenly realize that SE missed the boat. The neat thing about standalone games is that even the bad ones can be entertaining in a fit of boredom. With an MMO, if you pay for the retail box, play it for a week and realize you'd rather be doing something else if you come back 3 months later to goof around, you have to fork out more money to reactive a subscription that you may or may not be interested in making full use of for the month you pay for.

I hope SE understands that.
#8 Nov 25 2009 at 12:16 AM Rating: Good
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Nah.

I'm a bad Beta.
I'm pretty good about graphical things, like z-fighting or floating objects. But my internal spell and grammar check is on permanent vacation. Even if I do manage to spot something, all too often I'm so wrapped up in my 'ohhh shiney' reflex I never get around to reporting it.

Besides, for all those non-disclosure scare tactics, the juicy bits always manage to work their way through the grapevine.

Edited, Nov 25th 2009 1:29am by Zemzelette
#9 Nov 25 2009 at 1:48 AM Rating: Good
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Yes.

I'm not all high minded like some people pretend to be. I want to play beta because I want to play the game for free. I want to play beta because I want to know if it's any good before I pay for it.
#10 Nov 25 2009 at 2:27 AM Rating: Good
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Yes and no.

Yes, because I'd love to to actually test it. Learn the tricks ahead of time. Find out how to craft stuff early, so I can have a plan to try and get some easy cash early on during release. Not to mention its free.

No, because when it's finally released, I won't have that shock and awe I would normally have when playing a new MMO.
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No, I hate bugged games and I would lose my developed character when I start with the real game.
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Yes, I want more than anything in the world to get into the first stages of Beta. It has been a passion of mine, following and writing about FFXIV since it's first announcement. I want to know all the inner workings, all the nooks and crannies of FFXIV and it's development. I've been dreaming of this game since the first rumors came out years ago and want to be a part of it in as much of a way as possible. I don't have what it takes to be what many others are to the game and have to admit my jealousy of such, but I want to be as big a part of this game's development -and once it's released, it's life- as possible. I love and crave everything about it.

Aside from that, I am a FFXI veteran and have been playing FFXI since it came out in America. I have leveled almost every job to 75, I have done all the end game events, I have done things most people haven't, I have solo'd things people wouldn't even think to, duo, trio, you name it. I've done almost all there is to do in FFXI. Mind you, not everything, I'm not some God of FFXI, but I have tried to fill myself with every possible experience I could on FFXI, which has given me a ton of experience in FFXI which I believe would be very useful for FFXIV which is taking a lot of forms and idea's from FFXI.

I have watched closely the development of FFXI, kept up on forums, and discussed every working system of the game to unheard of extents like a political analyst of video games. I have been there along the way to watch the game evolve from a hardcore, unbalanced game to a more fair and welcoming game that it is today. Not to sound arrogant but for the biggest part -opinions aside- I know what works, and what doesn't for the most part.

So yes, I want to Beta test it, and I want to help be a part of what makes it the amazing game I know it will become.

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I take pleasure in going up the ledge and over to the other side of the airship to sit down every time I ride it. To go up the hill thingy in valkurm's lizard camp every time I'm there and not just passing through. Would I beta test? **** yes.
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#14 Nov 25 2009 at 5:37 AM Rating: Good
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I'm torn. On one hand, I'd really like to be a part of the beta testing, as I enjoy helping to make games ready for mass consumption, and squishing bugs is satisfying. On the other hand, I don't want to get burned out on XIV before it's even out.

That's what happened to me with Aion. I beta tested through the open betas all summer, and when release came, it was my fourth or fifth time through the same content. I could only get to 18 before I wanted to tear my hair out, and I was done. Haven't gone back since. (It doesn't help that Aion was on the grindy side, but still...)

As we get closer, I get more conflicted, so we'll have to wait and see. ;)
#15 Nov 25 2009 at 5:42 AM Rating: Good
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I check these boards three times a day for any new morsel of information. I would jump at the chance to see the game in action.
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#16 Nov 25 2009 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
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Depends, if it's on PS3 yes, if PC no, mostly because I don't have a good PC to run FFXIV!
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#17 Nov 25 2009 at 7:08 AM Rating: Decent
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#18 Nov 25 2009 at 7:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes.

I've never held an interest in the idea of working for a beta test until now. Previously I've been turned off by the idea of loosing my character afterwards, and such stuff. However, as I've grown farther into adulthood, I've realized that the Beta is important, and I'm really interested in FFXIV, and I look forward to helping test the game if I can get into the Beta.

I want into the Beta so I can be crazy and nitpick over any little problems I see.

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On topic I would not Beta test though just because I hate lost progress and doing things a 2nd time sucks, i'm pretty sure SE will give us our fill of repeatable quest anyways.
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#20 Nov 25 2009 at 8:34 AM Rating: Decent
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I would jump at the chance to be in the beta. I have done several betas, but none for an MMO. I want XIV to be the best MMO out there, and I think I could help with looking for bugs and offering suggestions about job balance and the general flow of the game.

XI was not my first MMO, but it's my favorite, and I would love it if XIV can take it's place.
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#21 Nov 25 2009 at 8:55 AM Rating: Decent
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**** yeah!
Reason why... Uh, it's free, fun, and you get to help the development of the game.
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#22 Nov 25 2009 at 10:26 AM Rating: Decent
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#23 Nov 25 2009 at 10:59 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes, and I will explain why.

Currently I am Closed Beta testing Grand Fantasia and I must say being able to get a good look at the game before people start flooding in and acting up is a great thing. It gives a decent player base the time to test and report all the bugs they find. An example: " In the game the one area is a bit bugged and instanced boss area to be exact. Each player in your team must have a key to enter but unfortunately even if everyone has a key they might not be able to enter anyway." So yes I would most definitely beta test this game. Not just for myself but to make it better for everyone so we don't have people complaining left and right about bugs or errors etc,.
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**** Yes I would!!!
For the people who say they will not, I bet they will be on the net looking at videos of the beta testers so they can see all the glory of FFXIV and how the interface works. One thing I know, I will be looking if I don't get into the beta.
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Just because I want to help get rid of bugs and make it the best game it can be.

And I want to play it >.>
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#26 Nov 25 2009 at 5:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I would absolutely love to be in the beta testing for this game, unfortunately I don't think they are planning on beta testing this game on the PS3, just on PC, and my current PC could barely handle FFXI (yes, it's a piece of junk :P). If they do beta testing on the PS3 though, I'll write them everyday till I get a key if needs be.
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#27 Nov 25 2009 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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Hopefully, yes. I wont overplay or rush to the highest level out there, but I'd mainly want to do it, to say that I'm part of the history of the game. I'd be sure to frequently send constructive feedback on bugs and glitches rather then "ADD THIS SYSTEMS!!111", I think it's important to realise Beta testing is mainly to iron out bugs, and they're relying on us to do this, not just to enjoy a free half a years play.
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#28 Nov 25 2009 at 6:09 PM Rating: Good
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Yes, if it was during a time where I could play and not it negatively effect university too much XD. A june beta would be perfect. >_>
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#29 Nov 25 2009 at 6:22 PM Rating: Good
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Probably, but only to test classes out so I didnt have to do so when the game came out. However, I suck at finding bugs and exploits and things like that. So I'm pretty much of beta testing space or whatever you want to call it. And a lot of real game play and ballancing issues happen once you reach max level, and im unsure how many people will do this in a beta.
#30 Nov 25 2009 at 11:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes I would love to beta test this game.

Why, Ive been beta testing MMO's since EQ first started beta testing. I like going around finding bugs and all that stuff and putting in my 2cents before release so its more enjoyable for the players when release day comes.
#31 Nov 26 2009 at 6:29 PM Rating: Decent
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I, like a few others, want to test the game before I buy it.

Oh, and also: Because I want it NOW!!!!
#32 Nov 26 2009 at 8:33 PM Rating: Decent
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Well sure, I'd love to beta test it. I'm hoping FFXIV will be great fun.
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No. Playing buggy betas isn't terribly fun.
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I, like a few others, want to test the game before I buy it.

Oh, and also: Because I want it NOW!!!!
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#35 Nov 28 2009 at 1:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes.

I played FFXI for years, since American release, and did pretty much everything. It's the most interesting MMO I've played, and I've played a lot of them, but I still couldn't justify paying a fee. There was too much stuff I had to put up with to get to the good parts. The good parts were very, very good; but the bad parts were very, very bad. It was a fun time, but not a fun game. I'd like to try before I buy.
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You mean the NAs won't just be paying for the privilege of betatesting it when it comes out?
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#38 Nov 28 2009 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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No, because I've been in beta tests before. I can't say I ever do it to help the game get better, I just do it because I want to play it before everyone else. And that's not a good enough reason, in my opinion.


For instance, I'm doing the Heroes of Newerth beta right now. Am I playing because I want to see the game succeed? No, I'm playing it because the system and graphics are better than DoTA.
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#39 Nov 28 2009 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
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The idea of beta testing is nice but it might make the game like work and take all the fun out of it.
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Some betas really are bug-hunts. Sometimes the dev team is doing so well that there's hardly a difference between the beta and the release, so you basically are just playing early.
#41 Nov 30 2009 at 4:00 PM Rating: Good
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I want to be in the beta because I actually would help find bugs and want to contribute to improving the retail product, but I also want to be able to say I was there and saw the way things were. Three or four years after the game's release, newcomers won't have a clue what things used to be like; all the stuff they take for granted with the one or two expansions, they can't fathom what it was like not to have that stuff. I've been in some betas before, and that is my favorite part of it by far.
#42 Nov 30 2009 at 5:53 PM Rating: Decent
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**** yes I would, you kidding me?

Why you ask? Why wouldn't you?!

Though I think I'd be more into exploring every little aspect I can before the game was officially released, especially the crafting system.

To know all the good farming spots, to know all the good camps, to know all the NMs. Do you know what kinda advantage you would have? Sure, a lot of things could change after it's release, but you could still leave with a lot of knowledge.
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I say No, because it will ruin the immersion of the game.


Pretty self explanatory. It's also why I wouldn't beta test the game. It's not as fun to replay the same things you did in beta second time as it was the first time. I also don't want to waste my time on finding out bugs and glitches, which would feel like work.

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#44 Dec 01 2009 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
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No, I won't beta test. I'll greedily snatch up any new piece of information like a crack starved junkie, but I don't want to ruin release day for myself. I'm really looking forward to it, and I want to see a polished, amazing game. Getting in the beta would ruin release day for me.
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Yes maybe.

Yes because, well ****, its FFXIV and I want to play it. Only time restraints would be an issue for me, and since I'm going to be out of a job in January, that may free me up.

The only drawback for me is, I knew some people who beta'd XI and after getting their characters to level 30 or so, the beta ended and SE said their chars were going bye-bye when the game was officially out. That stunk imo.

But I'd jump at it, I think, and try not to get too attached to my char in case he did wind up going into the deleted bin at some time.
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#46 Dec 01 2009 at 5:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yes, because I sort of have to. Smiley: lol

I'm excited for it, but a part of me also doesn't want to because like others say, the release won't be as exciting or new. Plus, you'll have to start all over. That aside though, I can't wait to just walk around and look at the world!
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