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Should Betas Be Pre-Order Incentives?

Pixel Gate writes:

''The Destiny Beta is already solid, heck even the Alpha was, but is it solid enough to sell it to the masses? The general reaction is positive, with most people coming over to the concept of the MMO like nature of Bungie’s next big thing. The confusion that surrounded Destiny has seemingly been eradicated as a result of both the Alpha and the Beta. As more and more people become aware of exactly what Destiny. This has led to a few curious questions over the new role of Betas, both in terms of the game and it’s marketing.''

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admiralvic1430d ago

I don't see the problem with betas being a "pre-order" incentive. For starters, you don't need to actually fulfill your preorder to get in the beta and something isn't being removed, so it doesn't hurt. The beta also gives you an idea if the order is worth holding, so in some ways (ignoring word of mouth and such) can only have a negative impact on sales, since at best you're keeping your order and at worst you cancel / numbers drop. It's also a better incentive than nothing (what you get with most preorders), so again, I really don't see the issue.

GamerEuphoria1430d ago

It's more to do with the notion of that people are treating the as demos rather than betas e.g. not giving feedback, reporting bugs or broke mechanics. That being said...there's a sneaky suspicion that most of these betas are more closer to demos e.g. 99% complete. But that's just guess work :)

admiralvic1430d ago

"It's more to do with the notion of that people are treating the as demos rather than betas e.g. not giving feedback, reporting bugs or broke mechanics. "

There are different types of betas too. Some of them, like I suspect Destiny (and to a degree the "alpha" too) are simply to test the network or other aspects (like the Destiny stuff on the official site) in a less controlled environment. You can usually tell the difference by how much focus they put on the data collection.

"That being said...there's a sneaky suspicion that most of these betas are more closer to demos e.g. 99% complete. "

I can almost assure you that beta has or slowly will be a marketing term to mean demo. Just something about hearing the word "beta" sounds more intriguing than "demo" and lets be perfectly honest here... it's almost impossible to want in the Destiny beta (same with a few others) and not get in it.

Every code gives out 3 codes.
Sony sent out 2 to select people.
You can literally preorder it from Amazon, get the code within seconds and then cancel your order to get in.
etc.

Activision is also well aware of this and creates a certain amount of hype by making it "invite only," (as in you just can't download it from the store) but open to the point where it's like a stones throw from being an open beta.

joab7771430d ago

I get that companies take advantage, but what is wrong w/ inventing pre orders? If anything, those that pre ordered can decide if it is worth their money or not.

Matt6661430d ago

you should be allowed to play so much of it first, then you should be allowed to decide weather you want to pre-order it or not

Septic1429d ago

"you should be allowed to play so much of it first, then you should be allowed to decide weather you want to pre-order it or not"

I get what you're saying but a beta is not strictly a demo (although in reality it kind of operates as one).

In any case, I did what, I suspect a lot of people did, and that's pre-order the game, redeem the code, cancel the pre-order. Took about 5 minutes. No harm done.

KingE51430d ago

Hey can i pesase get a code for ps3 pelase i am really looking forward this Gáme pelase

C-H-E-F1430d ago

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KingE51430d ago

Admiralvic can i get a code for ps3 for destiny pelase
Aka a beta code

e-p-ayeaH1430d ago

For great games like this one why not

LOOK_AT_THIS_I1430d ago

The extra codes they sent me turned 2 people who were not interested in the game to now be waiting for the 9th to come with cash in hand for the game.

I don't mind the beta pre order incentive for this because then people who will buy this will be the ones who help shape the design and direction the game will take. I think that maybe you should have to actually purchase instead of do the cheap preorder get code then cancel copout however. I'd prefer people test the game who are actually interested in it and invested in it rather than a cod drone looking for a free rental.

A few months before release would be nice for these "betas" rather than a few weeks in order to actually test servers and functions of the game before it is finalized. I hate the 3 week before release demo that is disguised as a beta many companies use nowadays.

Destiny is going to be awesome

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