To beta, or not to beta – that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The puzzled apprehension of the outside observer,
Or to download this vast sea of trouble
And by participation, to end all doubt.
TESO-let, Act II, scene 3
There is a beta this weekend. It starts today.
I have a code. I have speedy broadband. I could, should I so desire, participate.
But do I want to? Do I care? We are indeed at the point that tests those questions.
I tend to be down on betas in the first place. If I want to play a game, I will wait until launch so that the game is fresh then. So betas tend to be for me to check out games on which I am undecided. My track record on that front favors a “played in beta, avoided at launch” result.
Add in the fact that we are less than two months from the planned launch date on April 4, 2014 and the game is still under a tight NDA and I start to think that my play time might be better spent in Azeroth or New Eden or in any one of the neglected titles in my Steam library.
Soft you now, the fair-to-middling ESO! —
MMO, in thine temptation be all my sins remembered.
So will you play?