In case you missed the news, Valve have started what they call the Early Access initiative.
Here is the intro spiel: “Get immediate access to games that are being developed with the community’s involvement. These are games that evolve as you play them, as you give feedback, and as the developers update and add content.”
A lot of people like to be the first to play games but I can’t help feeling there’s something not right about this and I’m not the only one.
To be perfectly honest, these game developers should be paying US to play the games early as they are getting free beta testing. Yes, I know the argument for being able to better give players what they want but do you actually have to charge ME to do it?
In the article linked to above, Edward Smith makes the point about “Design by committee” and I agree with this, I just feel that it’s more about the relationship between players and developers than any fundamental design philosophy.
It’s almost like asking the editors of Wikipedia to pay to edit the pages.
Dear Developers: feel free to illicit help from the community, but don’t have the temerity to actually charge them for doing your job.
25th March 2013
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