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Topic Subject:Questions about AOM Beta
Evil Dragon
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posted 02 April 2002 11:16 PM EDT (US)         
I was wondering how the beta (whenever released) works. Do you sign up for it, get picked, donwload it, etc..?

Also, is the beta like a demo or a pre-release type thing?


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Frost_Giant
Mortal
posted 02 April 2002 11:19 PM EDT (US)     1 / 27       
it's a pre-realese type thing
don't know the first part

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Trade Mark
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posted 02 April 2002 11:20 PM EDT (US)     2 / 27       
That is an extremely good questionn Evil Dragon! i have no idea but i was wondering the same thing

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c r e e z y
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posted 02 April 2002 11:31 PM EDT (US)     3 / 27       
i dont know either...beta is never good anyways...wait for demo to come out

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Trade Mark
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posted 02 April 2002 11:34 PM EDT (US)     4 / 27       
I know...
*kisses keyboard*

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TheShadowDawn
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posted 02 April 2002 11:35 PM EDT (US)     5 / 27       
Public beta tests differ depending on whether they are open or limited. An open beta allows anyone to download the beta version of the game. A limited version, typically you have apply in set period beforehand and from those submitted, they'll choose a certain number of people to suit to kind of feedback they wanted. Games that have a large following as a rule do not do open betas, since then people will treat it as a 'demo', which is a bad idea, because the beta version will contain a lot of balance issues, some technical problems, etc. So if AoM did run a public beta, it's unlikely you will just be able to download it and begin playing.

Also RTS game betas typically only look at multiplayer.

Previous ES games have not had public betas and it's unsure whether AoM will have one; though in the XGR interview Dave Rippy said ES were looking at a beta 'around May/June sometime', and the radical balance in AoM might mean that a public beta is necessary to get everything tweaked just right.


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BrazilianRaider
Mortal
posted 02 April 2002 11:43 PM EDT (US)     6 / 27       
every month someone comes here and asks this very same question!!
guess i'm not the only one who's dieing to know if i can beta test....
Evil Dragon
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 00:04 AM EDT (US)     7 / 27       
So is it basically a pre-release type demo of the game?

Will it be maily an unfinished version?

btw thanks for all the help and input from you guys


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posted 03 April 2002 02:11 AM EDT (US)     8 / 27       
Many of us RTS gamers are bandwidth challenged...here's hoping the beta isn't download only. (ES's previous betas have all been on CD I think)

Betas are works in progress, so some things may be broken or incomplete. The AOK beta for example actually used some art from the original AOE as stand-in art because some wasn't finished.

[This message has been edited by Thunder (edited 04-03-2002 @ 02:13 AM).]

Woadie
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posted 03 April 2002 02:41 AM EDT (US)     9 / 27       
I hope it is DL only so those lame 56k'ers don't apply and I have a better chance at getting it..

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TheShadowDawn
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 03:00 AM EDT (US)     10 / 27       

Quote:

So is it basically a pre-release type demo of the game?

It's where the developers get feedback from people on balance problems, whether unit x is too strong or unit y is too weak. To be a good beta tester you should really be willing to give feedback on these issues...not just play it because you want to have fun as a pre release demo sort of thing.


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Real
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 06:17 AM EDT (US)     11 / 27       
So you will be able to play all civs etc and not only a few to test?

And with or w/o the editor?

Diff game types?

May June?!

And only download? *cries*

But I'm not looking forward the beta...
Rather would have a completed game with all features...


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Socrates
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 06:44 AM EDT (US)     12 / 27       

Quote:

So you will be able to play all civs etc and not only a few to test?

All civs.

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And with or w/o the editor?

Without, unless they need specific feedback on the editor, which is unlikely.

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Diff game types?

All those available.

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May June?!

I'd say August.

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And only download? *cries*

Apparently they sent CDs in previous betas.

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But I'm not looking forward the beta...

It's not like your chances of getting a beta copy are very high anyway.

Real
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 07:58 AM EDT (US)     13 / 27       
?

There's an open beta I think!

Thx @ the answers btw


Where's paradise?...............AoM is....In war there're only loosers!
Paradise is in your heart - ..gonna come! Love is the soul's blood!
open your heart and you'll be in paradise!..There's no uncertainty, there's only hope!
What's the difference between a raven?...What's yellow and hangs in a tree?
Nothing...its legs are both equal, all about the right one!...=> A blue couch!
Real may say he leaves...but be sure, he'll come back!

[This message has been edited by Real (edited 04-03-2002 @ 07:59 AM).]

Socrates
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 08:28 AM EDT (US)     14 / 27       

Quote:

There's an open beta I think!

Really? Source?

Real
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 08:42 AM EDT (US)     15 / 27       
Everybody here in the forums who keeps his eyes open.

Where's paradise?...............AoM is....In war there're only loosers!
Paradise is in your heart - ..gonna come! Love is the soul's blood!
open your heart and you'll be in paradise!..There's no uncertainty, there's only hope!
What's the difference between a raven?...What's yellow and hangs in a tree?
Nothing...its legs are both equal, all about the right one!...=> A blue couch!
Real may say he leaves...but be sure, he'll come back!
shelper
HG Alumnus
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posted 03 April 2002 09:16 AM EDT (US)     16 / 27       

Quote:

Apparently they sent CDs in previous betas

in europe to?

probably not


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Real
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 09:44 AM EDT (US)     17 / 27       
What? Not?

Then we will travel toghether to the US and buy them, won't we shelper?


Where's paradise?...............AoM is....In war there're only loosers!
Paradise is in your heart - ..gonna come! Love is the soul's blood!
open your heart and you'll be in paradise!..There's no uncertainty, there's only hope!
What's the difference between a raven?...What's yellow and hangs in a tree?
Nothing...its legs are both equal, all about the right one!...=> A blue couch!
Real may say he leaves...but be sure, he'll come back!
Stormboy
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 09:45 AM EDT (US)     18 / 27       
Extract from the XGR interview:

XGR: Is there going to be an open beta for people to sign up for, maybe get a taste of this?

David Rippy (AoM producer): There will be. Not ready to announce anything quite yet, but yea you can definately expect a marketing beta, probably sometime in the May June timeframe, and that will be where we ask tens of thousands of people to jump in and have fun with us.

Does this make it any clearer?

shelper
HG Alumnus
(id: Smileyshelper)
posted 03 April 2002 09:56 AM EDT (US)     19 / 27       

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Then we will travel toghether to the US and buy them, won't we shelper?

hell yeah!

soon coming in a cinema near YOU!!!!

shelper and real go to the united states of america.

*show crappy trailer involving shelper, real, crabs, and a nuclear power plant*


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[This message has been edited by Smileyshelper (edited 04-03-2002 @ 09:57 AM).]

redcoat219
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 10:08 AM EDT (US)     20 / 27       
i think everyone in this forum should get the beta : P
petard_rusher
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 10:12 AM EDT (US)     21 / 27       
unfortunatly, that probably wont happenif it is a limited beta, becasue sites like gamespot and bluesnews announce the beta, and then half the testers end up being people who have never heard of the game previously .

It would be kinda cool if the first like 1000 people who signed up automatically got in, since they would probably be the biggest fans, i remember the EE beta, i was like the 3rd person to sign up becasue i was looking for it like once an hour ever day.

[This message has been edited by petard_rusher (edited 04-03-2002 @ 10:15 AM).]

redcoat219
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 10:14 AM EDT (US)     22 / 27       
yeah.... we deserve it best lol we are the loyal aomers
BrazilianRaider
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 09:43 PM EDT (US)     23 / 27       
i think there should be like a quiz about game aspects that were discussed on forums and aren't online anymore.Or you should write them an email saying why you deserve to beta test. That would eliminate people who don't even know what the game is about.
Seph
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 10:01 PM EDT (US)     24 / 27       
All the info you need @ MFO

http://www.mrfixitonline.com/

Its in the news

Imperialarc
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 11:06 PM EDT (US)     25 / 27       
Stop with the April Fools joke...
I am sure if its a marketing beta, it will be a multiplayer beta or if they closed they will send CDs.
Seph
Mortal
posted 03 April 2002 11:53 PM EDT (US)     26 / 27       
Oh, someone already pulled that one here?
GNon
Mortal
posted 04 April 2002 00:49 AM EDT (US)     27 / 27       

Quote:

Many of us RTS gamers are bandwidth challenged


letting ES know that I have a cable modem

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