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The Daily Grind: Would a closed beta key giveaway convince you to try a new game?

Rubi Bayer, @@rubi_

If there's one thing we love at Massively, it's giving goodies away to our readers. We share real-world items, virtual game items, and beta keys galore.

That last item is an interesting one because there are so many varying factors to a closed beta key giveaway. How many keys are there? How long is the testing period? How polished is the game so far? Is the game super hot or will this giveaway be the first time some of our readers have heard of the game? If it is, then a closed beta key giveaway is as much a promotional tool as it is a testing opportunity for the developer.

There's nothing wrong with that, of course -- the more the merrier. But does it work for you? If you see a beta key up for grabs, will you take one and use the opportunity to see what this new game is like? Are there criteria besides "hey, free key"? Hit the comment button and let us know!

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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