Thursday, July 16, 2009

Huxley (or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Game)

I've posted my thoughts on Huxley before so I won't re-hash them here.

I was accepted into the Huxley closed beta about 6 weeks ago, but since I never received the email telling me this as Gmail's spam filters decided I didn't need to know about it, I completely missed the first phase of the closed beta test.

"Never mind", I thought, "at least I'll be able to play in the second phase and read the closed beta forums and see what people who have actually played the game think about it."

It turns out that I was wrong on both counts. Even though my account over at ijji is flagged as being a closed beta tester for Huxley and that automatic access to the closed forums should be granted, it never was. But wait! On the public Huxley forum the lead GM says to PM him about not getting access to these closed forums, and judging by that thread it is not a small number of individuals that are having this issue.

I send him a PM and wait. And wait. I wait some more. Finally, as a last resort, I wait. That was over two weeks ago and I still lack access to the closed beta forums, so I can only assume that this individual either cannot read, got fired, or simply doesn't care. He has posted in the interim, so he couldn't have got fired, and seems able to string a sentence together so I assume he can read, so this leaves me with the fact that he doesn't care.

I even went as far as to send a message to the administrator of the ijji forums to see if that would yield any results. I'm sure I don't need to tell you what happened after I did that.

Does this matter in the grand scheme of things? Not especially, but as a trend it is worrying. If ijji cannot even manage to run their forums properly then what hope for the game as a whole? It would take literally seconds for them to grant me access, and from their forums there are dozens of others all having the same issue. The fact that these people are essentially being ignored is not making me any more enthusiastic about Huxley, quite the reverse in fact.

All of this is making ijji/NHN look amateur at best. It is by far the worst-run beta I have had the misfortune of being involved in, and I've been in almost a dozen tests for triple-A games over the past seven years or so.

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