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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar MARDEK 3 BETA TESTERS WANTED Sun 31st Jan 2010 6:11pm

Category: MARDEK

Well, ugh. Here it is. The time that I'm supposed to be searching for MARDEK 3 beta testers, so I suppose I SHOULD since I've finished most of what needs to be finished.
I still have some work to do on it, but I'll do it over the next week, and next Sunday I'll upload the beta (hopefully) for the testers I've chosen over the course of the week.

I say 'ugh' to this because it's likely going to be difficult choosing testers. I don't trust people, especially when they can tell whatever lies they can come up with to 'win' the position and then break rules where they know I can't see them breaking them. I've had experiences in the past where people volunteer with a lengthy post essentially bragging about how good a tester they'll be, etc, etc, but then they go and either share the game with non-testers when they shouldn't, don't play the game for enough time, quit after a bug, take weeks to report, give insufficient feedback, etc... It's a pain.

So, to prevent this, I am going to use THREATS, apparently!!1 : D
Anyone who actually GETS beta tester status this time around but does a really poor job of it will have their status removed and their name added to a blacklist, preventing them from becoming a tester ever again for later games.
If their offence is particularly great though (lending their account to friends or something like that so then they can play the game early, or spreading spoilers), then they'll be banned.
Hopefully I won't choose anyone who will need to be punished in either of these ways, but here's where the trust comes in... It's hard to tell who'll do what.

Because of that, one of the main criteria is that if you're new and I don't know anything about you, you have a VERY LOW chance of being chosen. That is, if you intend to create an account JUST to be a tester, you should reconsider; it is not wise to give such 'power' to someone who just showed up out of the shadows.
Unless, of course, you have some special reason for you to be chosen that you can back up with evidence...

Anyway, there are various criteria that you should meet if you want to be chosen. I'll go over a few.


◊ YOU MUST TEST, NOT PLAY.
This is maybe the most important one. Beta Testing is NOT the special privilege of being able to PLAY the game before anyone else. You must treat it like a job, and must actively search every nook and cranny and effectively try to break the game to weed out as many bugs as you can. You must be thorough, and you must look for everything; no *rushing through to win*.

◊ YOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF FREE TIME.
I want beta testing to be finished as quickly as possible; I don't want to spend months doing it. MARDEK 3 - including the 'remakes' of the first two chapters - is a 40 hour game, perhaps, and you'll need to play it through AT LEAST once. I don't want you to take months doing this if you're a tester; you must be willing to spend a lot of time playing it.

◊ YOU MUST REPORT YOUR FINDINGS.
You can't just happily play along and merely think things without writing them down. You'll be expected to make reports at regular intervals documenting your experiences; either opinions, bugs encountered, suggestions, exploits found, balancing issues, etc. If ever you find a bug, you must report it right away; you MUST NOT, definitely not, keep bugs to yourself if you can benefit from them.
The game's BALANCE is in need of testing; it must not be too easy or too hard. You must not be seeking to make the game as easy as it can be for you to WIN it.
I will be keeping track of how much feedback each tester gives. If they are giving none, I may remove their beta tester status, and don't think that you can just download the game as soon as you're a tester and then keep playing that even if your status is removed; the game won't function offline and online your tester status will be checked to see whether or not you can play it.

◊ YOU MUST NOT LOSE INTEREST.
You must actually FINISH the game at least once!

◊ YOU MUST NOT GET FRUSTRATED AND QUIT.
If you experience a bug that, say, wipes your save data after 20 hours of gameplay, you must continue again from the start rather than complaining that you don't want to do it all over again (I've had to play through the game DOZENS of times, so I hate it when people complain like that as if it's SO HARD to play it TWICE)...

◊ YOU MUST NOT FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO INSIST ON CHANGES.
Though you'll be free to make suggestions, they will be *suggestions* only; if I 'don't listen to you' in regards to them, you should accept that they're not very good or not what I want the game to be like, and leave it at that rather than arguing that you're right and that you know best and so on.

◊ YOU MUST BE FLUENT IN ENGLISH.
If you can't read the dialogue or tell me with ease about your findings, then sorry, but you're not likely to be chosen.

◊ YOU MUST HAVE ACCESS TO A PRIVATE COMPUTER.
You must not play the game at public libraries, school computer rooms, or anything like that where other people could get onto the computer or watch you playing. This would be useless anyway since you need some computer where the data can be saved.
So only people who'll be ONLY using their home computer that they have access to *all the time* would be adequate.

◊ YOU MUST NOT GIVE OUT SPOILERS.
It may be exciting to brag about all the secrets that you've found in the new game, but please, don't spoil other peoples' experiences. Anyone who plays the beta must not update the Wiki with data about it or tell other people to do so with information that they've found. Please, PLEASE keep everything secret until the full release.
Anyone caught spreading information like this will simply be banned from the site.


Other factors I'll be looking for:

◊ INTELLIGENT, ANALYTICAL MINDS DESIRED.
I'm not going to choose you if you have a tendency to 'tlak leik dis' or if you skip dialogue or anything like that. You have to understand what's going on in the game in order to make proper reports about it.
You must be detailed when reporting bugs, and educated guesses about what might have caused them are ideal; you should try to reproduce any bugs you find if you can, because 'teh gaem broke' is obviously inadequate feedback.

◊ IT HELPS IF YOU HAVE A GOOD COMPUTER.
Though it would be good to have a wide variety of different qualities of hardware amongst the testers, it'd help if you could at least run a browser and the game at the same time so then you can report any bugs that you find AS you find them... The game may run slowly on old computers.

◊ FLASH EXPERIENCE IS GOOD TOO.
If you understand the workings of Flash, you'd likely be able to give good bug reports.


So that's that. Now's the time to volunteer, I suppose...
Keep in mind I can't stand people who brag.
419 comments

 

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Dragoan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Dragoan 18 United States 2C 0F
7 years ago | (0)
i have beta tested
WoW
DDO
FF 13
and Asda Story
Austinrpg`s Avatar
Rating Orb Austinrpg 26 Canada Phlegmatic 1C 1F
7 years ago | (1)
I would LOVE to be a beta tester for a game like this!
I have past experiences with betas like:
-WoW
-Final Fantasy 11
-Current beta tester for StarCraft 2
-HOPEFULLY MARDEK 3!
-I'm waiting for my response to test FFXIV

Besides the my teaching I have a lot of free time on my hands, okay computer, I speak fluent English.

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wickedudee`s Avatar
Rating Orb wickedudee 11 Belgium PhlegmaticMelancholic 1C 0F
7 years ago | (3)
I think i should do the testing i whas beta tester for sonny 1 and 2 i have nothing else but time and i NEVER skip dialoges i played mardek 1(a little short) and mardek2(a little long and hard) and beta testing is the best i can do i hope i get picked and i will be as profesional as i can be once again i say it hope to get picked :)
yancho1`s Avatar
Rating Orb yancho1 15 United States 14C 10F
8 years ago | (6)
"I hereby recommend Yancho1 to test this project, acknowledging that he proved himself reliable as a tester for the Age of Mythology fan-made mod and campaign Legends of Middle-earth (an adaptation of Lord of the Rings), timely providing quality feedback to help us further the project.

If confirmation for this recommendation is required, I will confirm in reply to an e-mail to guardianofisis[at]gmail[dot]com.

Guardian of Isis
Legends of Middle-earth Project Leader"

Here is the recommendation that I said I would acquire. I am re-posting it here because some people are too lazy to loom through the comments and see my other application, and instead give me violations for my other posting of this recommendation.
Good riddance, I say!
Damascus`s Avatar
Rating Orb Damascus 15 Ireland MelancholicPhlegmatic 72C 81F
8 years ago | (1)
Ah, I see you posted in the right place this time then. Good work.
yancho1`s Avatar
Rating Orb yancho1 15 United States 14C 10F
7 years ago | (2)
I feel sad that my comment has received a -3 rating. What a cruel world.
Old Epsilon`s Avatar
Rating Orb Old Epsilon 16 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 5C 0F
8 years ago | (1)
I believe that this is quite interesting and would love to volunteer.I have played past games of the MARDEK series before and would love to help any way I can to allow it to be released to the public as quickly as possible.I shall treat this matter with the utmost responsibility and determination.
waffles`s Avatar
Rating Orb waffles 15 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 10C 3F
8 years ago | (1)
I can not seem to find my other post but I am adding a few things. I am currently learning advanced action scripting in my computers and technology class and after that I will have finished the flash book (it comes with flash and explains it and gives work to do like a workbook). I have beta tested 1 time now but I beta tested a small game and I have helped make 2 games in flash (I did not do much with helping it I just coded some drag and drop stuff). this part here is off a bit but I was wondering if you could tell me how to make characters move as in what is the coding for it? Thank you for reading this and I am not lying about anything i said here and I hope that someday you might finish deliverance.
Daedalus26`s Avatar
Rating Orb Daedalus26 19 United States Melancholic 66C 12F
8 years ago | (1)
This post is a question for Pseudolonewolf, but let me begin by stating that I have no intention toward applying as a beta tester for any of your games now or within the foreseeable future (By the time you release Mardek 4, I might consider myself a suitable candidate). What do you mean about the requirement concerning fluent English. Based on all outward appearances, everything on this website is in English, so either Fighunter.com is equipped with a reasonably sophisticated translator, or everyone here is already at least adequately capable of communicating in English.
TheBigZ`s Avatar
Rating Orb TheBigZ 12 Canada 5C 0F
8 years ago | (3)
I probably know you alredy chosen but im just can't wait for the game to come out!
Griffith09`s Avatar
Rating Orb Griffith09 13 United Kingdom 1C 0F
8 years ago | (2)
i know im really late posting this but i'll give it a shot, i have had past expirience in beta testing before, i spend all my life outside of school on my computer and my hobby is finding and fixing faults, i wouldnt do the beta testing just to play the game i would take the work seriously while enjoying the storyline. please do take time to consider this oh and by the way i meet 99.9% of the criteria.
Jiky3`s Avatar
Rating Orb Jiky3 16 United States CholericSanguine 1C 1F
8 years ago | (2)
I would have posted this before, but i was just on a week long vacation.

I would like to beta test as I meet all the criteria.
I have plenty of free time I am wiling to give up for this cause and I am very experienced with flash games.
I know the series very well and have played through it multiple times including the first time when my computer shut down and I had to start over, but still got to the catacombs in that one day.
Lastly, I love these games and I would be glad to help.
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