I know this may not be the best time and place to bring this up but I was just thinking to get this off my mind and see what other people thought.
Halo 3 has Betas. We know. So far, Halo 3 rocks. We know.
But are these simple samples of amazingly and legendary great games only ruining it for us gamers? Think about it.
Say Halo 3 never had a Beta and never even mentioned one. The wait would be simular to the one for Halo 2. Gamers would simply eagerly anticipate the title and get aticle updates and previews until it came out and then fun was enjoyed by all. No one could be completely upset because they chose to buy or not to buy the based on reading previews, reviews, and watching trailers.
Now. Halo 3 does have two Betas now (I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong.) and players are having their share of fun. Of course, is this only ruining the finished game as a whole?
Hardcore fans and gamers are going to play these Betas until the actual game come out. Will the fun factor of the complete game be reduced because of the Beta? We can only wait and see.
I'm not sure what else to say on the matter. If you would like to argue my point or support it, feel free. I just thought I'd throw this thought out on the table.
One last thing to place in your mind: What if Super Smash Brothers Brawl came out with a Beta? What would it be like and how would it affect all of us?