There are three types of gamers in this world the casual gamer, the serious gamer and the dedicated gamer.
- The casual gamer – Sees a game trailer on the net or sees a great looking front cover on the shelf of the gaming store and thinks ‘That looks ok, I’ll have a go at that’.
- The serious gamer – Plays games types they prefer like MMO’s, FPS or RPG’s. Joins gaming clans and spends their social time reading forums about the games they are playing.(If you know what even one of those acronyms were you are not a casual gamer)
- The dedicated gamer – Now the dedicated gamer is a strange beast, they are a mix between the serious gamer and the geek. These gamers know what they like and are very good at playing, all be it not as good as the serious gamer but always finish in the top 5. Now these gamers like to know how the game physics work and how maps and textures are made in the game environment.
This article is focused on dedicated gamer and as one myself, I know that all dedicated gamers love and need to try betas.
When a new product is created or upgraded, there are several stages in development before the product can be sold in the commercial marketplace. The first stage is the alpha stage, in which the product is tested by software testers within the company and debugged as necessary. A beta version is the name for the second stage of software testing, in which it is released for free or a reduced price to a group of users.
The beta version of a software release is considered to be a preview. It has all the standard features, but is not yet ready for wide release or sale. During this point, the company will collect feedback from users about the product’s usability — what they like and what should be changed — before the product’s wide release. A beta version of a program can be either a closed beta, which is limited to a specific group of users, or an open beta, which is available for the general public to use.
Though beta version products will often have all the features available in the final version of the product, they generally have limited, if any, technical support available to users. However, many products will often remain in beta version for years, during which time they are used by a wide audience as if they were full versions of products.
So lets have some open betas – these are beta versions open to the general public for FREE.
|League of Legends||Gone Gold||RTS||Web Site||1/18/2011 4:14:00 PM|
|Rift: Planes of Telara||PreBeta||MMORPG||Web Site||11/7/2010 12:00:00 PM|
|Darkspore||PreBeta||RPG||Web Site||11/5/2010 6:06:00 PM|
|FireFall||Signup||MMOFPS||Web Site||9/30/2010 11:26:00 AM|
|World of Tanks||Closed||Other||Web Site||8/1/2010 6:21:00 AM|
|Bloodline Champions||Signup||MMOFPS||Web Site||8/1/2010 6:05:00 AM|
|Fallout Online||PreBeta||MMORPG||Web Site||8/1/2010 5:58:00 AM|
|Dawntide||Open||MMORPG||Web Site||6/2/2010 8:09:00 AM|
|TERA Online||Signup||MMORPG||Web Site||6/2/2010 8:00:00 AM|
|Adventure Quest Worlds||Gone Gold||MMORPG||Web Site||4/17/2010 6:50:00 PM|
|Alien Breed Evlolution Episode 1||Gone Gold||FPS||Web Site||1/27/2010 10:10:00 AM|
|Port Galaxy||PreBeta||MMORPG||Web Site||1/14/2010 11:27:00 AM|
There are many site that allow you to sign up for free betas www.betawatcher.com being one of the best
Another being bigdownload.com
After looking at the above sites and maybe even trying some games, what type of gamer are you?