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#122499 - 03/06/08 05:47 AM Beta Testing
Becca123 Offline
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I was just wondering, how hard it to be a beta tester. Is it really complicated and only for programmers, or can anyone do it?
Not saying I want to be a beta tester or anything just wondering.
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#122524 - 03/06/08 12:11 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: Becca123]
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I've been a beta tester often for other (non-game) programs. It's not particularly hard, but you have to resign yourself to the fact that the program may not always run as expected and may sometimes crash. You don't have to be a programmer, but the ability to describe how problems arise fully is useful so that any reports are useful to the developers. From LDW's beta testing application:

"We especially like to have people with a good eye for bugs and typos, who are willing to devote time to carefully examining the game and providing detailed comments about their testing experiences."
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#122528 - 03/06/08 01:47 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: Becca123]
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I should add that we do maintain a waiting list for beta testers, but it's only fair to warn everyone that we already have far more people who want to test the games than we can possibly put into our beta tests. At this point, it's very unlikely that anyone who signs up now would be selected to test VV3, since there are people who have been waiting almost 2 years for a chance to test a game.

You must also be at least 18 years old, because you must sign a legal agreement with LDW in order to beta test.


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#122529 - 03/06/08 01:54 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: LadyCFII]
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Is the Beta Testing of VV3 already start? or will it soon begin or at 100% of the progress-bar?
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#122530 - 03/06/08 01:55 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: laurence]
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It hasn't started yet. \:\)
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#122531 - 03/06/08 01:58 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: LadyCFII]
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Thanks! \:\) But do you know when it will start?
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#122532 - 03/06/08 02:06 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: laurence]
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Ohhhh Laurence, you know LadyCFII well enough to know that she cannot say when it will be released or tested. \:\)

In fact, although I'm sure they have a general ideal, Arthur doesn’t even know what the exact date will be. I know we are all excited and can't wait for it to be released, but they really can't give out dates. Not that they don't want to, just they really don't know exactly when it will be completed.
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#122533 - 03/06/08 02:14 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: TheVillageIdiot]
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We have learned our lesson well about giving out dates. There are too many factors that can cause delays. It's better to be vague!
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#122534 - 03/06/08 02:16 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: TheVillageIdiot]
laurence Offline
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I just asked if the beta test will start before or after the progress bar (in the preview page) will reach 100% ! I didn't ask any date!!
Sorry if some time I express myself badly.
and sorry if don't know how it works


Edited by laurence (03/06/08 02:17 PM)
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#122536 - 03/06/08 02:20 PM Re: Beta Testing [Re: laurence]
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Even if we say that the beta testing will start when the progress bar reaches a certain point, that really doesn't tell you a lot. The length of the beta testing phase depends upon how quickly the bugs are found and corrected. We won't release the game until it's ready.
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