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How do you feel about Paid Alpha/Early Access for games?

#11Kokuei05Posted 11/1/2013 6:49:01 AM
Don't like and will not buy. Why would I pay for a concept and hopefully they pull through with what they claim to release. I'd rather buy a finished product; not a description of what it will have later *smiley face wink wink*.

That's the reason why I didn't get State of Decay yet; optimize the mouse controls and then we'll talk.
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#12Knighted DragonPosted 11/1/2013 6:56:54 AM
From: ShadowThaReaper | #002
They're pretty terrible..

This. They are definitely negatively impacting gaming as a whole. It is almost always a bad thing, almost no games that launch in alpha actually get finished or ever make any progress beyond being terrible, it's just an excuse for them to release a half finished game and let their fanbase defend the game because IT'S JUST AN ALPHA!!1!!11 so of course it will have tons of bugs and problems
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#13KidInTheHallPosted 11/1/2013 7:00:42 AM
I have no issues with it , I know what I'm getting into when I buy one and so I have no one to blame but myself if it sucks and never gets better.
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#14reincarnator07Posted 11/1/2013 7:28:32 AM
So long as they are clearly marked, it's fine. As another posted said, it's optional.
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#15GynthaeresPosted 11/1/2013 7:32:36 AM
Don't see the big issue. It's a glorified preorder, except you get to play it early and possibly even help shape the final product.

The only real problems are more associated with customers: When people don't understand what "alpha" means, and so are either ultra-forgiving (e.g. ignoring a clear design choice that's horrendous) or are ultra critical (expecting a finished, polished game).
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#16SuperemppuPosted 11/1/2013 9:46:56 AM
ShadowThaReaper posted...
Superemppu posted...
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No it isn't, you fanboy. It's virtual legos with a useless, half-assed survival aspect.

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#17Soviet_SnorlaxPosted 11/1/2013 9:51:14 AM
They're bad. I'd only get one if it was by a studio I like and it had a decent discount.

Like, I played the Cornerstone demo the other day and while I could see it has potential, I sure has heck wouldn't want to pay for such an unpolished experience.
#18HypnotizerPosted 11/1/2013 10:01:56 AM
I prefer my games like my pizza....fully baked!

I think early access is really silly to pay for. Your paying for an incomplete product.

I would not pay for a shirt without a sleeve or pants without a left leg....
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#19TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 11/1/2013 10:07:53 AM
Indifferent, for the most part.

There are some games that benefit greatly from Early Access. Bug testing, fan input on content, and more funds to develop the game are all very helpful to the developer.

However, it also promotes some laziness and sort of decreases the overall quality of games on Steam. I think there are some kinks that need to be worked out and some restrictions that need to be put in place if Early Access is to be trusted and taken seriously.
#20Dark ElfPosted 11/1/2013 10:08:23 AM
I'd never buy into this. However, I have no problem with early access in principle, provided that the developer actually delivers a final product.