We have three threads on the front page this morning that have devolved into arguing and name calling. All three are about the "fairness" of our VIP code give-aways. It seems people are still upset at the way Trion has decided to disburse VIP codes.
I've said all of this before but I am going to say it again. Since we have 3 of those threads filling up the front page, we are going to close them and if you have more to say, you can say it in this thread.
We have chosen to do most of our testing in alpha. It's been going on for some time. Have you noticed that many of the folks who were here regularly contributing to the community from the beginning are not around much anymore? Ever wonder where they have gone? We have continuously looked to this community for people who have supported us and asked for their help. And we will continue to do that. We will still be adding to alpha for a while. We can't add everyone. But we have tried to select people from the community who have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable about MMOs and good at giving feedback. When it has come to selecting people for real feedback, we have looked to our community.
Our beta is for stress testing. And I have said many times that beta is also for marketing. Sure we'd all like to think marketing has nothing to do with it. But it does. There are less than 30k people on this forum right now. That's not enough to support any MMO. So our marketing team is using beta to get us some attention and get more people looking at Rift. That's their job. If they don't get the word out and get sales for the game, none of us get to enjoy Rift.
I have posted many times and have been up front and honest about what we are doing with alpha and beta.I have kept you up to date with as much information as I have had. I understand that not everyone is happy with the process we have chosen. We have heard the feedback and if we have another beta someday, we will take your suggestions and comments into consideration. But to be quite blunt, this ship has sailed. We are not going to be changing our plans at this late date.
And again, I will say that no beta could ever make everyone happy unless we just open it to everyone. We will continue to give out as many VIP codes as we can. We are doing our best to be fair to the old people, the new people and those still joining us.
I understand that sometimes a decision that we make will make a portion of the community unhappy. But let's please try to keep things civil. Multiple threads, trolling, name calling and derogatory comments are going to be addressed.
Thank you for your understanding and let's try to put this beta process stuff behind us. I wish I could wave my magic wand and just give everyone alpha and make you all happy. But that's just not the way it works. So let's make the best of it and move on. Soon, we will all be able to play Rift to our hearts content. I mean, after beta comes launch. Then we can all be hanging out in Telara!