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Old 08-05-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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β Beta β

Let's talk about beta versions of games. Betas that never made it to a final release, or even beta versions of games that finally came to fruition.

For those who are unaware, game development has 4 stages. pre-alpha, where there is basically nothing; Alpha, where there are levels and characters, but it's almost like an extremely rough sketch; beta, where the game is playable and mostly complete. Beta games may have some glitches or problems, and a few changes may be made before the game is finished; and release candidate, the stage at which a game can be released for sale.

Beta versions have always interested me for some reason, I think they're cool. in some cases, you can find ROM files of a game in its beta stages, or even use a gameshark o action replay to play beta areas. It's pretty cool.

I personally have completed Starfox 2 for the SNES in its beta form. I really don't know why they canceled the game, it's fully playable from beginning to end and has an English translation. If you want to play it and can't find it, just PM me.
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did somebody say minecraft
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:56 PM   #3
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hah, yeah, with PC games a lot of developers release the beta for testing. I was more talking about console betas that were only available to select people or never released.
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I can't really remember any at all. I remember 'Project Hammer' being mentioned as a Wii release title, but it was cancelled. There was gameplay of that shown so I guess it was in beta.
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most games with betas are on PC, I can probaby name 5 PC games in beta right now :|
usually the only games with beta on consoles are the bigger games *cough* 90% are shooters *cough*

I do know the journey got a beta on the ps3, but I didn't get in :@
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most games with betas are on PC, I can probaby name 5 PC games in beta right now :|
usually the only games with beta on consoles are the bigger games *cough* 90% are shooters *cough*

I do know the journey got a beta on the ps3, but I didn't get in :@
Actually, any game ever made has a beta form. It's part of the process.
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technically thats in alpha :P


and i was talking about beta the public can play sgc
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Anyone see the Dinosaur Planet beta? Game would have been so much more awesome than Starfox Adventures was, even though I liked SFA a lot. I almost feel like Miyamoto told them to change it because he felt it was a threat to Zelda.




@nomymnommy: I rmember playing the Halo Reach beta. Grenades were ridiculous, lol.
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