GamerFitNation: Pay now, and you get to play a game before it releases. We’re seeing dozens of games, mainly on Steam, offering early access to anyone who will pay up front. Are we being tricked into paying full price for unfinished games?
I think it's more of a way to fund the development of expensive projects without the traditional publisher. Gamers just need to do their research before buying into one of these. Make sure it's a legitimate developers before you take the plunge.
A lot of the Early Access games are indie titles. These people often have regular jobs and work on games in their free time. Crowd funding and Early Access gives them a chance to make some money and possibly switch to development full time.
It's something that can be exploited, but it does have true benefits for devs. It allows them to have player feedback for very complex games (DayZ) and/or it allows them to make enough money to keep working o the project
Some developers "EA" *cough cough* don't need early access to still sell unfinished games. Early access is great for indie developers as it helps keep the money coming in while giving fans a chance to help shape the final product of the game they've been following for x months.
That's a really bad cough you have there. You better get yourself checked before it gets worse.
It's a good idea but extremely vulnerable to exploitation and disappointment. The most satisfying Early Access I've paid for so far is State of Decay but then again the developer doesn't have to do much since they are just porting the game from the X-Box 360. That's the opposite for a number of other Early Access games in my game library that are really first time indie devs who are still developing their games.
Its only a trick if you fail as a consumer. Do your homework. In fact just glancing at the forums on Steam will give you a pretty good idea about the quality of the game. A little more research and then you decide if you want to spend your money. There are a number of very good/promising Early Access games out there. Its really not that difficult to sort the good from the bad. But if you think you can't you can always wait until the game is completed.
most of the time its just a way to fund a game as its being made. but there are some that take advantage i agree.
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