Friday Top 5: So You’re In Beta?

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With the news that Blizzard send out the final 400 thousand invites for the Mists of Pandaria Beta, that means (in theory), everyone who’s signed up for it should have it.  Or, at the very least, those who subscribed to WoW for a year should (I’m still not fully clear on which they mean).  So with that in mind, here’s the five things you should be doing while you look around Mists.

5. Understand It’s Beta
I’ve read so many daft comments on how Blizzard could make the content available in its current state.  They complain it’s buggy, lags, and so forth.  It’s called Beta for a reason.  It also means some things due this expansion aren’t yet available.  As it is I think the highest level is 87 (I could be wrong though).

4. Use It To Your Advantage
Whether you’re a gold maker, fast leveller, or pet collector, this is your chance to start planning.  You can find out where things are, and how to get them.  Yes, details often change before the final release of the expansion but you should still be able to get a good feel for things before then.

3. Try New Things
I don’t just mean the Pandas and Monks. We’re getting an overhaul of talents again so why not play around with a new class? Since you’re essentially testing the endgame anyway, you’ll get a feel for what the class is like at that stage. What you hate for the first 20 levels now might very well become your favourite.

2. Share Info
Seriously, this is part of the point to Beta. The things you learn and discover, you should be discussing with others. It helps build the hype for the game and that’s part of your role as a beta tester when there is no NDA. Not everyone will feel that way, but it’s the truth.

1. Break The Game
Seriously. So many people go into Beta and treat it as their personal chance to experience everything before everyone else. That’s not what Beta is for. Beta is for the developers to fix problems as they develop, because the first rule of coding is no matter what safeguards you put in place…the player base will find a way to screw something up in a way you never thought of. So, as a beta player try and do things you know in your head should not work. That way, if it does work, you can report the bug or glitch and Blizzard’s product improves just a little bit more before it’s ready for release.

If you are in the Beta, be sure to really enjoy it.  Not everyone has that luxury, be it by natural selection or their own busy schedule.  Or, maybe they don’t want to know anything until it goes live.  You are in a different position and keeping these five things in mind (along with the whole having fun thing) will help you enjoy the experience but also help Blizzard with what they’re trying to achieve via said Beta.

2 thoughts on “Friday Top 5: So You’re In Beta?

  1. Navimie April 20, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    I’m in the latter. I dont’ want to know anything until it’s live. Which is kind of good because my reading list has gone down a lot because anything related to beta I have been ignoring. Though this of course, is not really a post about beta.

    Can I make an alliance toon and come to your farewell party? 🙂

    • JD Kenada April 21, 2012 / 7:25 am

      Hells yes!

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