Keep in mind that the 3EB stuff is recent re-records. It is *not* going to sound like what you've heard on the radio, at all. So, to everyone dogpiling on Wavegroup (who didn't seem to have a problem with the audio for Bif Naked or Becca Neun), you might want to take into consideration that shoddy audio might be on 3EB's part.Tonight I downloaded Semi Charmed Life and it was absolute garbage - low level muddy audio, a horrible echo and sloppy vocal charting.
I would have gladly downloaded the demo first, but
A) It's not like I've never heard the song before, considering it used to be on the radio 17 times a day
B) RBN lags like a *censored* *censored* *censored* and it takes a *censored* two *censored* minutes to even preview a song. *CENSORED*!!!
C) Playtesters ARE supposed to catch this stuff. IT'S KIND OF THE POINT OF BEING A PLAYTESTER, NO?
Except you're paying MICROSOFT for an XNA membership, *not* HMX or any recording artist/label. You are not getting double-billed for product.Yes, I would love to be a playester except that requires a paid membership to some Xbox Live thing or another and please excuse me all to bits if I'd rather not PAY to beta test someone else's product and then pay AGAIN to download it so that someone ELSE can profit.
And for those people scared away by the membership costs: pay no attention to the "OMG 100 BUCKS" price tag that everyone keeps yakking about. 100 bucks gets you an ANNUAL membership; but you can get a 4-month subscription for half that price.
But yes, I understand why people are wary of paying membership fees for review/playtesting. I *hope* that HMX goes to Microsoft and cuts some kind of deal with them to lower (or remove) the fee, since this isn't *technically* "peer review." (The Creators Club was designed with the idea of letting game designers review other gamemakers' designs... but what we're doing is essentially *end-users* reviewing game design. That needs to be addressed to Microsoft. Or maybe HMX could purchase free trial memberships for those that they approve as playtesters....a lot of organizations/businesses can adopt these free trial memberships.)
But, as always, there's a constructive way to do this, and an unconstructive way to do this. And I'm pretty sure the authors give a lot more weight to the comments/suggestions/critiques in the *Creators' Club* forum than they do to the Monday-morning quarterbacks on *this* forum who b*itch about the final product, after it's already been released. (All the more reason to join the Creators Club.)The serious authors read our complaints