Are Betas Starting To Lose Their Appeal?
As far as the regular, everyday gamer is concerned, beta tests are a relatively new phenomenon.
It wasn't until the start of the previous generation when beta tests on consoles began to become available and even then, they could be difficult to get into. These days, it seems like every new game with a distinct multiplayer component boasts a beta test and you know...the novelty is wearing off for me.
Oh, I still remember my first beta. It was Warhawk for the PS3. Now, I'm no flight fan and I was still wicked excited because really, who had ever heard of playing a game before it's released? Unless you're a developer, that doesn't really happen, right? And yet, there I was, playing a game that isn't available for consumer purchase, and I honestly felt privileged. I was just so enthusiastic and I hate flight games. Of course, this particular instance, I ended up adoring the flight mechanic in Warhawk but that's not the point.
The point is that with another beta coming up - Destiny will be available to play on the PS4 and PS3 on July 17 - I'm not anywhere near as excited anymore. I've already checked out the alpha, for crying out loud; a beta's totally commonplace nowadays. Have I become spoiled? Probably. I think we all have. I'm certain gamers view betas a lot differently than they used to: Six or seven years ago, getting into a beta would make most core gamers leap for joy. Getting into one now...hell, it happens all the time. It's almost expected.
Am I the only one who feels this way?
7/11/2014 Ben Dutka