Hamlet aside, Fussypants and Yotaan again address the eternal question: will you be participating in the Legion expansion beta?
Fussypants: Not to Beta! I’ve already written on this earlier but I have no intentions of entering the beta or even reading up about the beta news. So yes, I’m the reason you have to have spoiler tags, sorry guys!
But seriously, the reason why I chose not to beta is two-fold. For one, waiting until that set point when it drops builds the excitement better for me personally. If I were to get a taste of what the game would be like or learn of the story early, the actual launch would be less special and fun. Waiting builds anticipation!
For another, I’d be a pretty bad beta tester. I’m not super great about filling bug reports and the fact that everything would be wiped all the time would mean that I’d quickly lose interest. Why spend so much time on something when it’s all going to be deleted? I’m just not good beta testing material.
But this means, with beta now launched, I’m going to have to be very cautious on the internet. I haven’t been spoiled yet but I’d like to keep it that way!
Yotaan: This is my fourth beta “opportunity” and I am going to pass. But, unlike Fussypants, I do read a little about the beta news.
For me, I want a good story. When I sit down to read a book or graphic novel, I read from the start to the finish. Unlike a certain reader I know (Fussypant’s Mom/Yotaan’s wife) I don’t skip to the end to find out what happens. The build up of the story, the twists and turns of the plot, and the grand finale is what I look for in a novel. In many ways, playing WoW is just like reading a novel, especially if you read the quest text and watch the cinematics. So how could I participate in the beta! I’d be skipping ahead in the story!
Now, I have been reading about the class changes and game improvements. I want to be ready to understand how Yotaan and my assorted alts will be modified. My poor little shaman has undergone drastic play style changes in the past several years. But I don’t dive into quest discussion or even much about the new zones for fear of story spoilers. So I carefully read news on just the mechanics.
I wonder what kind of beta tester I would be… I suspect I would be diligent. As my (temporary) character moves along the leveling, I would dutifully report all bugs and such. This doesn’t sound like fun. This sounds like work! If you have been reading my few posts on our blog here, you know that I am not interested in working while gaming. So, no beta testing for me.
Then again, if I do test, I could taunt Fussypants with spoiler knowledge….. Hmmm….
And what about you guys? To Beta or not to Beta, which have you chosen?