WTF? I seem to be in demand all of a sudden. I, the socially-retarded by choice gamer, who doesn't really play online (well, maybe for Gears 2- the co-op).
I've had 3 beta invites within the week- Little Big Planet: Which actually put me off purchasing the completed game. It highlighted my ineptitude in designing levels, which I already knew about- so it's not really a good idea for me to buy something that revolves around that premise.
Call of Duty: World at War- A beta invite, out of the blue! Perhaps they're trying to win me over, due to my lack of enthusiasm for CoD3? Irrespective, this is for the 360 and that console remains in my bedroom, gathering dust until my wife decides to play Indigo Prophecy on BC. That one's probably going out to someone on my Friends List.
End War: I have to admit, this one's a pleasant surprise. I'm quite interested in playing a game operated by voice only (I think), just to see how it mashes up my English accent in relation to commands. I already have enough crap about it from customers at my job- phone support for tech companies. I can't wait to see the havoc it will wreak when it comes to defending the free world, digital-style. Again though, it's a 360 beta and I'm solely rocking out on my PS3. I don't currently have a headset for the 360, so that makes it doubly useless.
Still, I applied for the Resistance 2 beta so let's hope I haven't used up all my invitation luck on these three?
I have to add one more thing- the LBP beta could really have just done with being a limited time demo, available from the PSN store. It really didn't seem like a stress test environment- nor do any betas I've participated in within the last year or so. There's no ability to add feedback, even though I'm sure such things are tracked automatically. If the beta has become just a demo or another advertisement tool, then let's remove any kind of pretense of having some kind of effect. Sure, some companies have increased server capacities based on the stats they received- but that just seems to be an oversight that could have been corrected after the game went on sale.
The Beta- The modern demo/sales tool for online games.
P.S- I don't want to hand the codes out for these betas. It seems tacky and I'm not sure about the T's and C's, both here and on XBL, so please don't ask. Thanks!