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Recently in Gaming: BF3 Beta, Diablo 3 Closed Beta

Recently in Gaming: BF3 Open Beta, Diablo 3 Closed Beta

The Diablo 3 closed beta has started. If you want to opt-in then head over to your Battle.net account, check your beta settings and upload your PC specs.

You will be able to download Battlefield 3 and participate in the open beta starting on the 29th and ending on October 10th. Get it here when the beta starts. The system requirements have been released. The recommended specs include a DirectX11 compatible card with 1GB of RAM and I expect that you will want the recommended specs. Especially if you intend on playing at 1920×1080.

Borderlands 2 will have a new UI and split screen action. It will also feature revamped weapons and AI.

Apparently Minecraft’s Enderman liked to walk off with player-made structures. Now they are getting nerfed. Take that Enderman-person-thing.

EA says traditional retail outlets are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Upcoming and Recent Releases:
The Lord of the Rings Online: The Rise of Isengard – September 27 2011
Battlefield 3 – October 25 2011
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – November 11 2011
F1 2011 – Available Now
Red Orchestra 2 – Available Now
Trackmania 2 – Available Now

Delayed Releases:
PC: Batman Arkham Asylum – Delayed until November

Links:
Geek.com: John Carmack coded Quake on a 28-inch 16:9 1080p monitor in 1995
Rockpapershotgun: Diablo 3: Incredibly Early Impressions
YouTube: Mafia Wars 2 Trailer
Rockpapershotgun: Wot I Think: Red Orchestra 2

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Stephen Reid Response to Large-Scale Closed Beta

Stephen Reid responds to large-scale closed beta discussions on the official forums.

Take a deep breath, everyone…

Game Testing is currently ongoing for Star Wars: The Old Republic. This isn’t news – it’s been ongoing for quite a while. At different points in the process, we have invited a number of people to test. Some of those people tested for short periods, some for longer periods.

We’ve recently transitioned into longer-term and larger-scale testing. We have more people testing the game now than ever before. We are allowing them to play for longer than ever before. We’re also continuing to invite people to test, so if you haven’t signed up for testing yet – now is a good time.

We will be allowing more and more people to test The Old Republic before launch, and that means occasionally we’ll spike in our invite numbers. It doesn’t mean everyone who’s signed up for testing is going to be invited in one block.

What we’re doing now, essentially, is similar to a ‘Closed Beta’ for other MMORPGs, but we call it Game Testing. It’s invite-only, and it’s limited in size. That gives us the most ‘bang for our buck’ in terms of getting meaningful, actionable feedback. However, we’re still ramping up, we’re getting more people in… and we’re still aiming to launch in 2011.

There is your official response from Bioware. There are plans for larger-scale beta testing but Bioware has been increasing the scale of testing for a while now. So in essence all we have learned is that they are continuing to increase the scale of testing.


Star Wars: The Old Republic – Investors and Large-Scale Closed Beta

In news today sites have been running information about a conference call between analysts and William Blair. On Twitter today people have been talking about a possible large-scale closed beta in the near future.

I do feel that this is very likely to happen in the near future. I have been thinking there may be some big news a few weeks after E3 and I have a feeling that this could (maybe) be that news. But my prediction was for June 30 – July 8th so we’ll see what comes out that week.

Just understand that investors are not a great source of information. They are much like politicians and disseminate information in the exact same way. You should never trust a politician even if a lot of what they say might be true. Expect the information not to be exact.

About a month before the no open-beta confirmation by Bioware I was predicting that there would be no open beta. It seemed like everyone on the Internet just knew that there would be. I gave my reasons for this in posts online, but generally it was due to the size of the player base, the size of Bioware/EA, the cost of development and the size of The Old Republic itself. You just don’t generally do an open beta for such a massive launch.

A large-scale closed beta in my opinion is very likely, because it would be a way to control the size of stress testing for TOR. Some have said that they think that Bioware might allow those that pre-order to enter the large-scale closed beta, but that would not allow them to regulate the number of players.

Enough players will pre-order TOR to wreak absolute havoc on test servers. It’s no longer a stress test once your server has far exceeded the maximum players it was designed for. I can pretty much guarantee you that they already know how many players they hope to have on a single server.

When I say large-scale closed beta, I mean nothing more than a beta larger than what is underway which is regulated by Bioware to stress-test the server(s).

I’m just the type of person that is very against representing anything as a fact (or in a way that others will conclude my statements as fact) when there is reason to doubt that information. So I won’t simply run this story and quote this or that person. This is my opinion on the information that has been released. Just have an open mind when it comes to information that comes out in this manner.

Basically, just wait until an official Bioware representative confirms this particular piece of information.


Closed Beta Review: Black Prophecy

What can I say about this game? Well – I’m addicted. It’s a blast to play. It’s gorgeous. And I’m enjoying the PVP more in this MMO than any that I’ve played.

Black Prophecy

Black Prophecy is similar to Eve Online in some respects. At least as far as it’s “space feel” and graphics. There is no “locking on” to targets and pressing F keys though. You must physically target the enemy with the reticule and you have to lead the target, depending on the speed of the weapon (and that varies wildly).

It’s much more of a space combat simulation than Eve Online. There will be no sitting still or running circles at range in Black Prophecy. If you’ve played Jump to Lightspeed then the space combat is also very similar to that.

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Closed Beta Screenshots: Black Prophecy

Black Prophecy MMO

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