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#1 Nov 29 2010 at 1:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Almost every MMO has a large scale beta test before they release to the genral public. If you get the chance to beta test the game as a VIP, where you are invited to all of the beta events. When the game releases, you will have a knowledge of the game mechanics, and how to play the game. This applies to crafting, knowing how to get the best loot, where to find the best monsters to kill, maybe some locations where you definitely know RIFT's will spawn, etc. We also know the beta will last several months. Do you feel, that having a head start as a tester, you will become bored with the game after a few months? We always see players complaining on the boards about being bored, with nothing to do. Knowledge can be a curse in some instances!
#2 Nov 29 2010 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
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only read the title so dont hate if u already mentioned something that im talking about


it all depends on how much you play /grind... if something is too repetitive it gets boring but if you pace yourself it can be barrels of laughs and funs


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#3 Nov 29 2010 at 1:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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UncleTony wrote:
only read the title so dont hate if u already mentioned something that im talking about


barrels of laughs and funs




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#4 Nov 29 2010 at 1:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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Some might, but most probably won't, as they are mainly playing to find bugs, feedback opinions, and try out different build combos/game mechanics, etc.

With less incentive to max out, and more to "goof" around, chances are many won't even come near to maxing out, or gun for the usual goals, or they won't do things the way they would given some "live" pressures. Many will even choose a different side/spec/role etc come "live" time as well and not worry as much about what they "invested" in alpha or beta.
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#5 Nov 29 2010 at 1:54 PM Rating: Decent
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true, ill spend less time doing the straight edge level/grind scheme and actually try to break the code..

whether it be finding game bugs or hacking into the server and stealing all account and passwords.. who knows??



srsly tho, i will try to find bugs in the game,. im assuming there will be some obvious ones and some harder to find ones (like duping etc)
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#6 Nov 29 2010 at 2:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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I certainly wont get bored, implying I get into beta. :) Doing betas and looking for bugs/trying to break the game is an entire different thing to grinding out and getting to cap imo. The bugs and helping polish the game are what make beta's enjoyable and different from just playing the game normally, It certainly prevents me from getting bored atleast.
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#7 Nov 29 2010 at 2:25 PM Rating: Decent
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I can see how burnout may affect the people in this alpha, but I don't expect beta to last very long, and for the beginning it will only be weekends, only going to lvl 20. With 32 play styles I don't think people will get bored terribly quick.

A great beta for me was Warhammer, I loved every minute of it. It made me hungry for the game. Once I got passed the beta content when the game went live and got into imbalanced t3 I stopped liking the game. On Cata beta I was so bored of wow that I barely messed around on there.
#8 Nov 29 2010 at 4:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Only idiots grind out levels or play extensively during the beta. What's the point when you've just got to do it again in a few weeks?

Having said that, I'm unclear on whether or not the Rift beta is in fact an open world beta. I keep seeing references to Beta events, which to me smacks of specific test runs of content/areas and stress tests, and not the sort of open world free for all that most game betas are.
#9 Nov 29 2010 at 5:15 PM Rating: Good
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I'm sure a few will but i don't see that as being a big problem I think most will be just fine.
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#10 Nov 29 2010 at 5:17 PM Rating: Good
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Good place for that answer. The events are pretty much just beta weekends. They worded it as specific events so that someone could get a regular beta invite to one weekend, and not be promised the next weekend to get as many eyes on the beta as possible. And Showing then denying something to people builds a strong desire to get it again, unless they make you wait too long... I'm looking at you Flashforward.


http://www.riftgame.com/en/beta/schedule/listings/111810_defiant.php

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Rise of the Defiant
Dec. 3rd, 18:00 GMT – Dec. 6th, 18:00 GMT

Levels 1-20 (Defiant)

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, survivors from Telara’s desolate future have resurrected champions and sent them into the past to prevent the apocalypse brought on by the Blood Storm and the blind faith of the Guardians. Join the technomagical Defiant in their fight to change the course of history!

Play to win! Escape to Freemarch and you could be eligible to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video card! Terms and conditions apply. And In-Game Prize Packs will be given away to ten (10) select players who complete the objective!


Sounds like a win win. Play in beta w/ a chance to get a video card.


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Read more into it and into the TOS for the Giveaway.

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and (c) participate in the designated Beta event (currently scheduled for certain periods from December 2010 through February 2011, each a "Beta Event"


Thought that was cool, so beta looks to be lasting until Feb 2011 according to legal talk. As for entering into the selection pool for the giveaway items.

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HOW TO ENTER: During each discrete Beta Event, Sponsor will designate one (1) in-game objective (such as 'Finish the Terminus Zone') for the Challenge for that Beta Event. All entrants who successfully complete the specified objective (as determined by Sponsor's Game logs based on Game character and related account information) during each Beta Event will be eligible for and entered in to the prize pool for that Beta Event. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person. Subsequent entries will be void.


Edited, Nov 29th 2010 6:21pm by Entoc
#11 Nov 29 2010 at 5:26 PM Rating: Good
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In short, no. These betas are limited in scope. You won't get a full view of the game anytime soon. Remember, this isn't a free preview. It's supposed to be a bug testing mechanic.
#12 Nov 29 2010 at 6:34 PM Rating: Good
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Actually, its more of a stress test and marketing opportunity. The vast majority of bugs and balancing have been done in alpha. Rift is using a different testing model than other games in the past. Hence the focus on a singular objective.

Also, keep in mind, Beta event 1 and 2 are capped at 20. Beta 3 is capped at 30. This game has day 1 endgame content, so I would be surprised if you even get to see 30% of the content in game by playing in all 3 events.
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