Today, gamers everywhere are filling out their beta application for The Elder Scrolls Online with the hope of being selected as a beta tester for this highly-anticipated MMO. Beta tests have evolved over the years starting out as organized attempts to cull feedback from a select group. Nowadays massive amounts of players cram into servers for the latest game in an attempt at getting a free sneak preview of the game. In some cases, it almost becomes expected that anyone who wants a chance to beta test will get a chance.
Beta tests have also changed on the publisher/developer side of things as well. Beta tests are used as huge marketing programs designed to publicize the game as much as possible leading up to release. Beta key giveaways, lengthy test cycles, and absent non-disclosure agreements all help drum up free advertising for their title.
While many gamers sign up for beta tests simply to have a good time and get some hands-on impressions, there are others who take the time to fill out throngs of bug reports, feedback forms, and make long-winded posts on beta forums. What kind of beta tester are you? Do you sign up for any beta test that piques your interest or are you selective? Do you spend hundreds of hours in a beta test or do you play for an hour or two just to get an idea? Is the role of a beta tester a privilege to you where you feel obligated to provide as much feedback as you can? Let us know in the comments below, what kind of beta tester you are.
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