Post #1 · Posted at 2017-07-16 02:25:43pm 4.2 months ago
Noob question, and I have the idea that this has been asked hundreds of times prior, but what are location tests for?
Post #2 · Posted at 2017-07-16 03:26:33pm 4.2 months ago
They just are beta versions relased to the public to make exhaustive tests for the game, in programming the developers should not make the test to their own code, that work could be done by a beta-tester or by the community that will use the final product. In most cases, the companies create location tests to save some money that they used to play the beta-testers. When the location test ends, they know if the sotware/game is stable to release to the public, or need more work.
Post #3 · Posted at 2017-07-16 05:05:33pm 4.2 months ago
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^ What he said, and in the case of Bemani, to gauge public interest. Which is why it always baffled me how they had a DDR X location test on the same machine at Jersey Gardens in New Jersey that they tested SN2 on but then Betson was like nah let's refuse to put out upgrade kits for working machines and just release the game in borderline unplayable bungled cabinets assembled from wood and random Guitar Hero AC parts YEAH GREAT IDEA DUDE I'LL GIVE YOU A RAISE, LUNCH IS ON ME TODAY! *hi five*
Post #4 · Posted at 2017-07-16 07:17:01pm 4.2 months ago
It also serves as feedback for the content produced. For example, there were criticisms regarding the difficulty balance of songs like Second Heaven and Dazzlin' Darlin' at the X2 loc test, and they were both changed significantly in the final product (with an altered version of SH's chart ending up as the Challenge later on as a bonus).