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[QUOTE]I just seriously saw a Facebook discussion about how Capcom is trying to "hide" their sexism with R Mika and Cammy, but it's "too late" the world has seen it! We're on to you Capcom! LOL. Seriously though, a Beta is no longer a Beta. If you put a Beta in front of someone, and they have internet access and a social platform, they will speak of it like it's a finished product to everyone they know. I personally don't like this model for building a game. Playtesting is good to catch serious issues (like game balance, or maybe there's a point where everyone's dropping off, or maybe everyone REALLY HATES this one mechanic). But man, it's a terrible terrible way to make any decisions that require nuance. When you get thousands of voices in the mix critiquing every aspect of the game, expecting to have their opinions appeased in the final product, that's the best way to divest a game of its soul. You put all the responsibility of decision making on the audience, and to wrest it from the hands of the creators. This is a great way to design a new McDonalds dipping sauce. It is a terrible way to design a fighting game. [/QUOTE] Like Iggy said, that's not really why the public beta exists. It's primarily for testing network features so they're working properly from day one. However I'm not surprised that you had this impression because it's the same mistaken impression of a lot of beta players. They think because they're playing a beta and offering feedback (aka complaining about things) they have some deeper connection to the direction of the game, but that's just their own misinterpretation. And Capcom isn't going to come out and explain to them that what they're playing isn't even the most updated version of the game and hundreds of changes have been made since that build was completed. It's not that they don't want to listen to feedback, it's just that because it's so outdated it gets tuned out. They only want feedback on a few certain things, because that's all they're waiting for. Some of them get that and they're just complaining to the ether, venting frustration while knowing that it won't have much (if any) effect. But sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between that and someone who honestly thinks that they're speaking from a place of importance.
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