Do you think its ok? Do you think those people are the scum of the earth? What do you think and why?
I'd prefer that the people who are in beta are people who are really passionate and want to be there. If that means that they paid money to get in, then that's fine with me. If some one told me that I could get into FFXIV beta tomorrow for 25 bucks, I'd do it in a flat second. For 50 bucks, maybe. For 100 bucks? Nah. Every one is going to have their own scale of what it's worth to them or whether it's worth some thing to them at all.
As the person who is going to play the finished product though, I really don't want beta to be a bunch of stiffs who have no opinions, no thoughts, no passion and no drive to explore and exploit the game to its fullest extent. The more things that get exposed in beta, the better the game will be when it's released.
I've been fortunate enough personally to be in half a dozen MMO betas and a couple of non MMO betas (didn't pay for any of them, either) and it's a really interesting experience that I wish every passionate and intelligent gamer would have the chance to experience at least once. As part of being in various betas, I've also been given "friend" keys to invite other people to beta.
I gave away three keys for The Burning Crusade, two keys for Wrath of the Lich King, and two keys for Starcraft II, and with only a few exceptions I feel I would have been better off selling them and giving the money to charity than giving them away to people that ultimately played a few hours and then didn't care. What a waste. I'd rather know that some one was genuinely enjoying and contributing to the beta experience, even if they had to pay real money for the privilege, than for a bunch of people to take up spots and not care at all about the beta or the final product. Edited, Jul 21st 2010 4:44pm by KarlHungis