These days every new MMO invites people to closed or open beta tests. Compared to some years ago they are more previews of the game than actual testing as far as most people are concerned and you even can get beta access to games when you pre purchase the game (TSW, GW2 ..)
When i hear / read about a new and upcoming game wich genre sparks my interest i always sign up for beta testing, there is something about beeing able to play the game before anyone else and seeying a bit of the developing phase of the game that makes me signup for these "tests".
When entering the game for the first time i am really excited and try to gather as much info as possible and actually try to beta test. When i encounter a bug , dont feel a certain mechanic is right etc. i will write a detailed report about it.
Soon after that i kind of forget that i am in a beta test, and for example the next beta test weekend i will just play the game like it just went live and then the downside part starts.
At this point i am feeling that i am ruining the game for myself by playing through content i have to go through again when the game goes live for real so that makes me want to stop playing, i absolutely hate to invest time and effort in building a character that will be wiped over and over again, it feels like such a waste of time and effort.
The next beta test i dont even bother to login anymore and actually start to get annoyed by the game, i just want it to launch already.
In case of no NDA watching youtube videos of people who dont seem to have my problem and play like crazy even enhances this feeling.
Another point that is troubeling me is that so much detailed information about an mmo is out in the open before the launch these days that gives me a feeling of information overload. information that you would normally obtain in chunks when you just play the game now hits u in one massive blob and the feeling that i need to absord all that to be able to play the game when that really isn't the case
so i LOVE betas, but i HATE betas!
how about you?