CraigFraser, on 24 April 2012 - 01:42 PM, said:
Hahaha...the goal of beta is to find bugs and squash them!
If only that were true for 99% of the gaming community...
For most, beta is getting a free demo of the game. They don't understand that finding, and more importantly, reporting the bugs you find along with repro steps, is the whole point of a beta.
Sure, some of it is generating buzz for the game, but from a software standpoint it's bug finding and polish.
On the flipside, many games developers don't grok that either. And don't make it easy for players to report bugs found. It's more work, but making it easy in game to report a bug found, and/or even an easy one-click button to send in a crash report when the client exits unexpectedly is huge and often not done. Those are the cases when I think even the developer is confused about what a beta means. (not that I think you guys are, I just have seen it before)