on 22-10-2008 04:37 PM
Beta Trial Information
Here is a short FAQ detailing the ins and outs of Beta Testing. If you have any questions, or would like to see additional information added here - contact MusterBuster.
YOU MUST READ THIS INFORMATION VERY CAREFULLY. IF YOU ASK ME A QUESTION THAT IS COVERED BY THIS THREAD I WILL SIMPLY REDIRECT YOU HERE! - MB
1. What is a Beta Trial?
A Beta Trial is when we test the online portion of a PlayStation game to detect any faults, bugs or general areas that could be improved before the game is released to the public. The testing is done by a closed group of anything between 200 to 20,000 volunteer PlayStation gamers.
Buzz!, Everybody’s Golf, Gran Turismo, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance 2, SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs, Splinter Cell, Warhawk and Killzone 2 are just some of the fantastic and varied titles that have been tested by our Beta community, months before the full game is released.
2. How do I become a Beta Trial Member?
Our Beta Trial Members are either selected for the trials according to their outstanding behaviour within the community, or they signed up to become a member during a recruitment period. Keep an eye on Announcements and Events for information about new beta trials.
3. What do I need to be a Beta Tester?
To take part in Beta Testing you must:
· Be aged 18 or over
· Be a European resident
· Have a good understanding of English
· Have a PLAYSTATION 3 with a broadband connection and a PLAYSTATION Network Master account.
4. What does participating in a Beta Trial involve?
Being in a Beta Trial means you are testing the game. You will be actively looking for bugs, glitches and exploits - as well as participating in server stress tests and providing feedback on general gameplay.
You do not need to be technically minded – we need a variety of people with differing amounts of technical expertise to help us test the games. However, you must be flexible and be prepared to set aside some of your spare time and evenings to participate in specific Test Nights and general game testing. You may also be required to complete game surveys.
5. What are the different types of Beta Trial?
Closed/Private Beta Trials - These are trials which are not open to the public. To get into a private trial, you must be an existing Beta Trial Member/MVP.
Open/Public Beta Trials - These are trials which are open to the public, either through a sign-up process or by a voucher code promotion.
6. What is the NDA?
The NDA, or the Non-Diclosure Agreement, is a contract between a Beta Trial Member and SCEE. It forms a legally binding agreement and requires that you do not disclose any information about the Beta Trials to any third party.
In other words, taking photo's or videos of Beta Trial content, describing the features of a beta trial or revealing any information whatsoever about that trial to the public is strictly prohibited. Anyone caught breaking the NDA will be removed from the beta trial and will not be given the chance to participate again.
7. Where can I discuss the content I am testing?
For closed/private Beta Trials - you must only discuss the content in our Private Beta Trial Member boards - the email which invites you to join the beta trial will contain a link to that board.
For open/public betas - you should check the invite email you received for information on where you may discuss the trial.
As ever, if you are unsure - PM a moderator or MusterBuster to check this before posting!
8. I have a spare voucher code for a beta trial - can I sell or exchange it?
No. This will place you in breach of the NDA and result in your removal from the trial.
9. I have a spare voucher code for a beta trial - can I give it away for free?
We will let you give away certain codes for open/public beta trials free under special circumstances. Contact MusterBuster for permission to do this. Under no circumstances should you give away a voucher code for a closed/private beta.
10. Someone has offered to let me download beta trial content over PSN - is this allowed?
Definitely not - and you should report the PSN ID of the user who offered to do this to a moderator or MusterBuster. SCEE will NEVER ask for your PSN account information, and you should never give that information to any other user.
11. MB! Do you know when the next Beta Trial Member sign ups are?
Any information I receive about the Beta Trials is posted immediately, so keep an eye on the Announcements & Events page!!
12. I have a question which is not covered here - Help!
Contact MB - be sure to include as much information as possible!
Message Edited by MusterBuster on 20-10-2008 05:06 PM -Thread Locked at Community's request
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