Face Off: Does calling it a "beta" justify selling an unfinished game?
For more perspectives, we scooped opinions from the treasure chest that is Twitter with this prompt. Here are a few of the community's responses.
Update: A couple of interesting comments came in after we posted this article.
Because of that article, I'm not going to use the alpha/beta labels on 0x10c. I'll still be clear about it being in development.
— Markus Persson (@notch) January 8, 2013
@elahti Fundamentally, developers get a certain amount of credit based on their past actions and on their claims.
— nvining (@nvining) January 8, 2013
The following are the community tweets we originally published:
@pcgamer If you're up front about it, I think it's the healthiest thing an indie can do: they get to eat AND iterate on actual feedback.
— ojrac (@ojrac) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer Beta is a buzzword. Just like fun.
— Garviel Loken (@SeventyTwo_) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer War Z was too expensive for what it was, an untidy alpha.
— Alex Filipowski (@AlexFiliUK) January 8, 2013
@pcgamer People use "beta" as "pre-release" or "demo" now instead of actually using it to test. The players also dont understand the concept
— AEON|Dante (@nzaeon) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer beta testers should pay less for the game because they supported it when it could go bad, supporting the studio when they need it
— Alan Reid (@Coldboltage) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer How many games these days can really be termed "finished" ? What's the difference between beta & release half the time?
— kiwi_tea (@CAW_Wiki) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer I think it's nice that developers have the opportunity to generate income from a game throughout the game's whole lifecycle.
— Guerric Haché (@GarrickWinter) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer like mechwarrior online. One of the worst. Its even ftp but the fact they are even offering pay content is an insult
— XavierBC (@bc_eyetyrant) January 7, 2013
@pcgamer Minecraft and Don't Starve are good examples of how to do it well.
— V. (@starspunade) January 7, 2013