I figured this would be a great opportunity for everyone to remind (or introduce)…well everyone about Alpha Gameplay. Add any tips or thoughts on how to play games that are in Alpha!
I will post a couple of things that I try to do when I play games that are in alpha. I always like to see how others look at games in Alpha and what they do in terms of gameplay.
Here is what I do…
Depending on the game…I try to purposely break it… (Sorry Devs!!) You’re goal should be to make this game crash, crash, crash. You want to corrupt your saves, lose your data, set up impossible situations, do stuff unimaginable, make the game cry, record what happens and REPORT IT.
The whole point of Alpha is for the developers to figure out what’s going on and how to make the game so much better for those who are patiently waiting for final release.
A couple more things…listen to the developers and look for what they need from us. If they are specifically asking us to achieve certain targets in this game’s development, then we have an obligation to do so.
I also fully support developers who decide to remove poisonous community members if they decide to harass others and devs, because they have an elitist “I PAYED 30 DOLLERS AND THIS GAME IS BROKEN!!111! WTF DEVS! I WANT MY MONY BACK!” attitude.