Hey guys, in the last years a lot games are released in alpha or pre-alpha versions: but is it a good thing or a counterproductive one? In the past, games had to be recorded on CDs, this means once they were put on the market they had to be fully completed, optimized and bug free. Then came digital download, Steam, which contributed to the decay of that system and enhanced the number of games that are updated more or less constantly, adding features and bugs and fixing the new bugs in the previous patches. As this way of making games spread, many developers started releasing their games in more or less early stages. And here comes the question: "Why should a developer work hard to offer you a good game when he already has your money?" In the past you had to make from the start to the end a great game if you wanted to sell it; now you can start a project, throw in huge expectations, big potential, take the money from the early access copies and then... Take for example The Forest: it was a BOOM, awesome graphics, original effects and crafting system... but lack of objectives, lack of a consolidated gameplay, lack of an end. But hey, it's an early access! Things will just improve as time passes! Well, no. Throughout over a year were added some things, many bugs, no objectives or real gameplay implementation. And like The Forest many other games made and will make BOOM (YouTube plz) and then vanish, died before being officially released. This also opens the way to scammers who promise you lots of things and then leave you a game unupdated and unplayable, with huge disappointment of who followed the development. Surely there are many positive aspects too. Some developers who don't have the money to finish a game can find a good give-and-take to give birth to projects that they could not work on otherwise. You can create an active community since the start that contributes to the game's success and see their game grow up day by day... In my opinion the Early access has sense only for sandbox games such as Minecraft (and SoA). What do you think m80s?