I logged on to the new look Playstaion store Sunday and found MGS Online beta. I thought great never been involved in a game beta test before this should be good. Oh dear, first you download from the Sony store the install file, no problem took about 20 minutes. Next you install and launch the game, but what’s this? An update is available and must be installed to proceed, but I thought I just downloaded from the Playstaion store, and would expect the latest version to be available. It’s a beta so maybe they have a team of programmers working round the clock updating the code fixing all the bugs already discovered, you have two choices to update by either peer to peer file sharing or http. I started with p2p but this was super slow, so I gave http ago. The server must have been swamped it wouldn’t connect at all. So back to p2p and 40 minutes later 6% complete, this is going to take awhile.

Once downloaded I was more than ready to play. Installed update and now I’m asked to provide my Konami gamer ID! So on to the registration site with is painfully slow and badly designed. You have to go through a 5 step registration process and if you take too long on a form it times out helpfully explaining the page has been deleted, nice. I powered up the Mac an installed AutoFormer for Firefox so I could get through the registration pages in the fastest possible way, with minimal chance of a timeout. It didn’t work, after half an hour I gave up. Next day I had more luck and managed to get gamer ID, now I’m ready to go. Downloaded game, update installed and gamer ID registered. Sign in and play time, if only it were that simple. I tried it out but all it get for my troubles was a can’t connect server message. After checking the forums it appears the betas been delayed till Friday, hope its worth it. Fingers crossed…