Well, all right, reading some of the followup comments to my initial posting I came to the conclusion that maybe I read too much into the whole thing after all. Well, maybe (but just in case, if in 2 or 3 years game companies stop doing public betas and allow only people who pre-order their unfinished and unrated games to participate in the beta testing process - and I think the danger is there, because the willingness to pay for "beta keys" is there in many people - don't be surprised if I come back here and say "I've told you"
I still don't like what Valve is doing here, but I also came to realize this tactic of "baiting" or "dangling a carrot" seems to be quite common in the industry, and looking at some of Valve's competition it could be much worse. As I said, I don't think the Orange Box in itself is too expensive, I just want to have a choice. I also don't play many computer games anymore and I don't watch TV, so as naive as it may sound, I guess I am just not up to speed with all the marketing tricks and sales pitches nowadays, all of which you seem to accept as normal (yeah, sometimes I do feel I live in a world of my own, thank you
). TF2 was one of the very few games I've been waiting for and looking forward to for many years, so this whole Orange Box - Beta thing just tipped the scales for me I guess. I might have overreacted but I still think common sense is on my side, and I'm a bit disappointed that people came to accept it as normal to be taken advantage of and they even defend it, even if it's only about something of such minor importance as a computer game - but it shows a general attitude. But before I get too philosophical, I think I should stop now, especially since this kind of talk would be more appropriate in a forum dealing with something like world hunger and capitalist First World countries taking advantage of Third World countries than a software company charging for their computer games
. Again, I realize I maybe overreacted, in that case sorry for unecessary stirring up the fire. Though I am still not sure I was really wrong, but the future will show...
Oh, just one last thing
Originally Posted by eirenicon
The thing I don't get is... it's a beta. It's not even a demo. It's just a beta, and people seem to think they have some right to be in it.
You know, that's exactly the kind of things that start a never-ending flame war. Misreading or ignoring what someone is actually saying and then coming up with some stereotypical answer that warps the message of the original poster, and we're on our way. I never said what you're insinuating, all I did was to criticize what seemed to me as a trick to charge people for testing a game and not giving fair choices to customers. Don't put words into my mouth I've never uttered.