Back in the day of SWG, I was a pretty staunch fangirl.  I volunteered to be a correspondent and spent HOURS upon HOURS making lists of bugs and issues.  When there was testing to be done, you bet your ass that I was on the test server testing the crap out of it.  Including, I might add, RE-GRINDING tailoring from scratch because the functionality to just LEARN trade skills wasn’t enabled on the test servers.  I was thrilled to be the first to see something, to be on the cutting edge, and to potentially help shape the new content.

Fast forward 9 years.  Holy shit, yes, 9 years.  I have a srs job and an even more srs kid.  And, this last weekend, when I heard that all east coast toons, presumably including my own, had been copied to the test server my first thought was not “ZOMG I want to see the new stuff.”  Nope, my exact thought was “Fuck dat.”

My free time is so scarce right now, I’ll be damned if I’m going to do anything resembling WORK in my limited game-time.  And beta testing is work.  It’s unpaid work at that.  So, again, fuck dat.

I guess I’m just a game customer now.  A game customer who wants to play only a polished product because I don’t have time to be wrestling with bugs.  Let’s leave the heavy lifting to the fan girls who still have the time to do such things.  I’m sure they’ll do a fine job.  But that part of my gaming life is over.

And I’ll just have to post about server “consolidation” (still totally not a merger) some other time… I just don’t even know where to start on THAT one.


From Fan Girl to Customer — 1 Comment

  1. Well, one gets busy and just doesn’t have time for that. And as you said, it is unpaid work! And someone else will be happy to do it if you don’t! It is funny how these things change with time though. XD