CCC Says: "Nothing lasts and, given the transitory nature of the world, it shouldn't come as a surprise. This is especially true in the world of gamers. Attention shifts, systems are replaced, developers go out of business, memory cards die. Yet, such an assertion is never truer than when looking at game betas. Thanks to Steam's acceptance of Early Access titles, more people are getting a chance to sample the early builds of what will one day be promising titles, taking part in a formative experience.
It's a growing experience, to be sure. It provides a better understanding of game development, a greater appreciation for the people making the games, and a chance to make a difference in a game you love. Unfortunately, it also means save wipes."