From: The Eastern Sierras
I always recommend to use betas.
And then there's people like my opponent, who refuse to use betas. No matter what I try. Really frustrating...
It cannot be good because it's beta!
I always wonder what exactly folks in the AE world think happens between beta and official. Do they picture Matrix/Slitherine, a really small company, having rooms of QA scientists in lab coats? Do they think M/S runs the patch through several hundred full PBEM games looking for conflicts? Do they imagine a full-scale internal beta test team wringing the thing out for several months, with formal bug control protocols, password-protected encrypted servers feeding into senior-management go-no go meetings?
M-S takes Michaels' patch, maybe looks in the Tech thread to see if anybody here says it blows up, they slap on a serial number checking module, and they put it on the site. There's probably emails with Michael, etc., but this has to be the gist. They don't have the in-house resources an EA does to really test a patch, and for a 5-YO game? Really?
If you're not playing the betas because they aren't official you're just stealing from yourself.
Yup - I can hardly wait for the next upgrade...