I forgot how much this sort of thing got under my skin until it happened again this morning. When you’re a blogger and in a MMO beta that you really want to talk about, there’s a lot of temptation and pressure to break that pesky NDA and do so. But, by and large, we don’t, because we (a) don’t want to be kicked out of beta, and (b) honor the intent of the NDA for testing and polishing purposes until the game is ready for public viewing.
Yet when some media outlets — including other bloggers — are invited to chat about the beta without any NDA restrictions, it’s so frustratingly unfair that I want to stalk around for a bit, looking for something to hock a loogie at.
Yeah, they’re limited in what areas they can talk about, so it’s not even a full NDA lift for them, but still. What makes them more deserving of getting a head start on covering the beta publically than others? It’s that question that makes my committment to keeping the NDA more and more tenuous (as it was last summer with WAR’s beta, as a ton of media outlets and bloggers were granted permission to start chatting about the beta before any of the rest of the testers). Small MMO blogs, like this one and many others don’t often — if ever — have the chance to break any new news, or to be on the cutting edge of special developments. All we can hope for is to play on a level field with the big boys, but I guess that’s not to be.