And feel free to call me an elitist *****, I don't believe a free-for-all playtesting in advance of game launch does much good for the game except - perhaps - in the PR sector. It is not like the quality of playtesting improves on the same scale as the number of beta testers. Too many would just try to jump the beta bandwagon to "check it out", never ever bothing to write a single line about their "testing". (And no, I won't claim either PGI should pick me, me, me for the beta testing. I hope they make smart choices on that whole matter, and don't worry about eventual forum whining.)
I agree completely. I'd much rather be in a beta with other people interested in testing than with a bunch of people that just want to play early. Beta testing requires a certain mindset, and a lot of gamers just don't have it.