Multiplayer games and mods are always throwing out betas for users to play. I makes sense. Some smart puppy once wrote Release early and release often (I am paraphrasing) but with SP mods and games, it’s a whole different ball game.
I can tell you that if I ever beta test something for somebody I generally don’t want to play the final release. Partly because I know what happening and partly because I would be a little upset if my feedback were actioned.
Some SP game and mods are so different from the standard product that releasing without plenty of testing would be a disaster. Obviously, all SP games and mods should be extensively beta tested but releasing to the general public, especially if it is a game, is a little risky.
From Earth did just that though and I applaud them for it. I love the creativity Au Heppa has and in general love his work. He generally strays too far away from the standard FPS game style for me, but that’s just a personal preference – doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate his work.
To be honest, I wish I had spent more time and effort covering From Earth, but most of its publicity is going to come from ModDB and Steam anyway, so I doubt I would be helping that much.
So onto the actual question.
Quite a few modders release stuff on ModDB early and it seems a few people play what is released. Are you one of them? Don’t you feel it spoils the excitement and anticpation of finally getting to play the mod?
When it comes to SP mods, do you play betas or wait for the finished mod?
- Generally, I play the beta. (41%, 34 Votes)
- Generally, I wait for the finished mod. (59%, 49 Votes)
Total Voters: 83