eyebo wrote:I might be being ignorant. Or maybe I'm just nitpicking at words.
But I received an email with three promo codes today good to be redeemed for 30 day keys. Thanks for that!
The strange thing, and the reason I've written this post, was that the email said "ShootMania Storm Closed Beta".
I thought Storm was currently in an "Open Beta" phase. I always associated "Closed Beta" with being limited to a small group of people who were specifically invited. ShootMania Storm is open to anyone who wants to preorder it, so it would seem that it's not "Closed" or limited, because anyone who has the means is able to take part in it.
When I first saw the email I thought I had been invited into a preview of the upcoming Beta2. But upon further inspection, I can see this seems to be a promo code that is redeemed for a normal 30 day key for access to the current version of the game.
So, my question: Is ShootMania Storm considered to be in "Closed Beta" or "Open Beta" right now?
Thanks for the reply Cerovan. I can certainly see the reasoning behind that. I mean, it's not totally open in that it's not free. You have to pre-order the game to get in early on the Beta. Or, as you say, some people are waiting on winning a 30 day key from an external site.Cerovan wrote:It's a closed beta because you can't go to the official site and get directly a beta key, you need to preorder the game or win a 1month beta key on an external site
But the idea that anyone can pre-order the game and get it now, also means it's open to anyone who wants to get it. There is no barrier to entry, other than money.
Part of my confusion comes from the fact that TM2 Canyon had a Closed Beta which was for a few hundred people. And then later there was a Beta that was open to everyone who pre-ordered Canyon. Everyone I talked to called it an Open Beta. I can't remember if you guys at Nadeo called it that or not. But it became widely understood that it was open to anyone who wanted to play it.
Not that Wikipedia is always right, but I did find this quote:
(Source)Wikipedia wrote:closed beta versions are released to a restricted group of individuals for a user test by invitation, while open beta testers are from a larger group, or anyone interested.
Open betas serve the dual purpose of demonstrating a product to potential consumers, and testing among an extremely wide user base likely to bring to light obscure errors that a much smaller testing team might not find.
Judging purely from that definition, it seems to me that ShootMania Storm is technically in an Open Beta stage right now.
Then again, I suppose you can call it whatever you like. I remember on the photo sharing site Flickr, they had a Gamma stage to their development of the site. So developers seem to come up with whatever names they like.
I'm not a developer. I don't develop software. And the testing phases of Canyon and Storm are the only ones I've ever taken part in. So I'm certainly not an expert in the field. I recognize that.
But the reason I'm motivated to write this post is that I am eternally curious about words and the meaning behind them. The etymology of words and phrases and the history of their usage in culture is especially interesting. If words mean different things to different people, it makes it much more difficult to communicate.
It's really at the root of understanding other people, to understand how and why they used a certain word instead of another.
Edit: I just talked with some guys on IRC about this topic. One of them, Tuta, brought up a good point. Calling it a "Closed Beta" could be more of a marketing strategy since people are more likely to play a game which they've been invited to if it is in "Closed Beta", because it implies that it's more exclusive.