Neoseeker : News : Valve unveils Steam Early Access to play games still in development
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harbin Mar 20, 13
So they're pretty much opening up beta/alpha testing to the general community then?
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Demonfurby Mar 20, 13
so if you pay for the early access now, do you have to pay when it's finally released?
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cromagdude Mar 20, 13
quote Demonfurby
so if you pay for the early access now, do you have to pay when it's finally released?
Nope, pay for it now and then it's yours.
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rpg Mar 20, 13
Wait.... so for some of these games we're *paying* *$$$* to be..... beta testers? Oh wait forgive me *early access*
there has to be other incentive then that.
You know what, I think me and my wallet can just wait.
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DedValve Mar 20, 13
This is actually really cool. Valve may no longer develop games but at least they are always ahead with bright ideas.











....why no games valve? >=[
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cromagdude Mar 20, 13
quote rpg
Wait.... so for some of these games we're *paying* *$$$* to be..... beta testers? Oh wait forgive me *early access*
there has to be other incentive then that.
You know what, I think me and my wallet can just wait.
Worked out pretty well for Minecraft.
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rpg Mar 20, 13
quote cromagdude
quote rpg
Wait.... so for some of these games we're *paying* *$$$* to be..... beta testers? Oh wait forgive me *early access*
there has to be other incentive then that.
You know what, I think me and my wallet can just wait.
Worked out pretty well for Minecraft.
I'm not saying it wouldn't work or not but it doesn't change that it's wrong and when we get used to these things people just let it slide >.<
Honestly the first time I've really heard of this so allow me flabbergastedness.
Give me a year and I'll probably be all right with it, just like paying for xbox live.
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Crusad3r Mar 20, 13
I won't pay for an unfinished game unless I'm sure it will be released, and that it will be a good game. I'm not too sure of this business strategy, but it does increase exposure to games in development. Who knows, this could be the next big thing.
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Northern49 Mar 20, 13
Fans would be more than willing. Already people donate more than a game is worth using kickstarter just to see the game developed. Convincing people to pay to play the game early AND get to help develop the game? For some people, they'd pay to have that privilege.
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rpg Mar 20, 13
quote Northern49
Fans would be more than willing. Already people donate more than a game is worth using kickstarter just to see the game developed. Convincing people to pay to play the game early AND get to help develop the game? For some people, they'd pay to have that privilege.
Didn't even think of it like that,
Actually does sound a lot better then donating with waiting hopes -.- *sighs*
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Fragment of Chaos Mar 20, 13
One question though. Since this is essentially pre-order with benefits, can one cancel their order if they decide they don't like the product in beta and where it is going? Or is paying early access basically just buying it at retail with no refund and a product that is incomplete for a lengthy period of time?
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lKasHl Mar 20, 13
quote DedValve
....why no games valve? >=[ [/color]
I guess you could say that they're "Ded-Valve" when it comes to gaming

(Poor taste I know, but couldn't resist the temptation)
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TheButcher99999 Mar 24, 13
quote Fragment of Chaos
One question though. Since this is essentially pre-order with benefits, can one cancel their order if they decide they don't like the product in beta and where it is going? Or is paying early access basically just buying it at retail with no refund and a product that is incomplete for a lengthy period of time?
I think all the titles currently available have an expected release date, which I'm sure must be stuck to. I am pretty sure you won't be able to get your money back if you don't like the game though.
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