Because of members being mad at Operation Metro being the map for the Battlefield 3 Beta, the forums have resulted in QQing noobs, rants, whining in general, and zh1nt0, Community Manager for DICE has had quite enough and pitched in his two cents on all the ranting that was taking place from people who were allowed into a fairly exclusive club as a reward for customer loyalty.
The post was deleted shortly after it was posted, but it was snagged by Google and several of the users. Once something is on the internet, it never goes away, full text below.
“I would love to stick around in the forums. I actually enjoy reading the posts and also sending them around our office for feedback and sometimes for a laugh or two. Some of the things that come out of this forum is just brilliant and I really do like the fact that we have a forum.
Right now, I am not in the mood to even browse in here and check out most parts of the forum.
The BETA is a privilege, not a right unless if you pre-ordered the game with MoH and Origin. We are not even obligated to send out a Beta yet we do because we want our players to experience the game. The vibe I´m getting now is just that tons of ungrateful people don´t understand how much work we are putting on this game, how many overtime hours we are doing and also how many meetings we are in to ship a game like this. It´s not just a click and point type of development.
Would like to thank many of our forum users for returning with constructive and good feedback.
To the rest of you – grow up.”
He is perfectly right to call the entire community out on their actions. Even though DICE said that Operation Metro wasn’t going to be the beta map, clearly something came up at some point and things had to change, or they simply decided it would be the better option for testing purposes. They should honestly count their blessings for getting access to the game before many others. Back in my day, previews and beta testings were restricted to a very select few people, assuming it even existed at all.