Speaking of which, I wonder how many will actually continue to post here at ZAM after the keys have been released
You can't think of it like that. All of the NORMAL posters on zam will still be here, and who knows... maybe 50 people who came here just to make an account will start reading and like what they see. It's better than nothing, and it's at the cost of maybe a few beta keys going to people who won't stay. I'm ok with that.
Well no I didn't mean it like that, I just meant I wonder how many will continue to post and make threads in this specific forum. Most talk is currently about the beta (More seems to be about complaints, not realizing it's a beta and not the finished product than anything else.) or beta keys either from FilePlanet, here, or someplace else.
Why is it assumed that if people are unhappy with the state of the beta that they don't some how don't "understand" what a beta is? I'm sure that for every terrible MMO that's ever been released, there was some one squawking about how it's "just the beta" when people complained prior to release, and then it turned out to really be terrible.
In fact I've been in a number of betas, and every single one, most of what was complained about in beta turned out to be a problem when it went live. In UO beta, we complained about rubber banding, rampant bugs and exploits, repetitive skill grinding, etc, and all of that was a problem in the live game. In Warhammer Online beta we complained that World PvP would not work because players just preferred Chaos to Order, and this would result in huge imbalance when it went live. In Wrath of the Lich King beta we complained that damage was way too high in PvP and that certain classes were going to have no chance at all in PvP, and lo, that's exactly what happened.
Give some credit to beta testers, because they are often the same people who are going to be playing the finished game, especially when you've got 100 thousand of them. They may not know what the devs are working on at all times, but they have a pretty good idea of what the devs SHOULD be working on.
Developers are still bound by the rules of time and space. If a game is six months from being done at it's being released in a month, then "It's still beta!" doesn't quite answer the criticism.
I'm not trying to be negative, I just don't understand why this line of thinking is simply accepted as an answer for all concerns or complaints. Edited, Aug 17th 2010 6:51pm by KarlHungis