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Watch & Win: The MAG Beta

Zipper Interactive's Ben Jones drops knowledge on the new massively massive shooter, then maybe--just maybe!--you get to play it.

I got to play a couple rounds of Zipper Interactive's MAG (the title formerly known as the Massive Action Game) at PAX recently, with the intention of heading back to a computer and telling you all about it. But MAG isn't a game you can speak intelligently about after a mere 20 or 30 minutes, which may not surprise you for a team-based shooter that accommodates up to 256 players. So I'm going to spend some more time with the MAG beta here in the office before I try to write about it as if I know what I'm talking about.

While I educate myself, you should listen to a guy who does know what he's talking about: Ben Jones from Zipper, who I got to speak with at length about MAG, how the beta's going, similarities to SOCOM, and more. Also, it was really hot in that room. Watch! 


  

Did that further whet your appetite for MAG? If so, here's the part you've probably been waiting for: We're going to grant a random 40 of you access to the MAG beta at the end of this week. Here's a list of what you need to win.

  • A PlayStation 3
  • US or Canadian residency
  • The ability to comment on this story

That's right, it's everyone's favorite: another random drawing. Just drop a comment (or two, or three) on this story sometime between now and 3pm Pacific time this Friday the 18th, at which time I'll pull 40 names out of this big invisible top hat I have here. Now please, commence commenting, and behave yourselves!

If you'd like a somewhat less random and more skill-based way to win access to the MAG beta, we're also giving away a handful of codes to those of you who send in the best submissions for this week's Question of the Week. Feeling creative? Watch this week's I Love Mondays to find out more! 
 

UPDATE 

 
The cantankerous old contest robot is acting up right now, so in the interest of fairness and selecting truly random winners, I'm going to extend the contest until Monday at 11am Pacific. 
 

UPDATE 2: WINNERS 

 
The contest robot is back online and has grudgingly provided us with the list of winners. And here it is. 
 
ScottG13
Karmum
sliderbot
MacGoesZoom
Rorschach
yakov456
Packfan104L4
koi
CL60
fildznuts
LReyes2036
CraigAA
dbz1995
AleeN634
BloodEffect
tristan906
raikoh05
HngryHungryH0B0
DanielJW
Andrwmorph
iAchilles
adri4n
PAkman5009
Monkeygb21
ran2
baxterpunch
WorthlessOne
lolgreg
Itsdapoleece
Twisted_Scot
sandlsl
Ututu222
Zatoichi_Sanjuro
GrimReaper29045
whynot69
Skeet11
DOUBLESHOCK
KiltSamurai
skunk     
king_saddam 
 
Thanks to everyone who entered! Winners, in order to expedite the distribution of codes, please send me a PM with the subject line "MAG beta winner" and I'll reply with your code. If I don't hear from you in the next couple of days, I'll come looking for you. (You can go to my profile to send me a PM since my name no longer appears in the auto-complete form.) Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

I got to play a couple rounds of Zipper Interactive's MAG (the title formerly known as the Massive Action Game) at PAX recently, with the intention of heading back to a computer and telling you all about it. But MAG isn't a game you can speak intelligently about after a mere 20 or 30 minutes, which may not surprise you for a team-based shooter that accommodates up to 256 players. So I'm going to spend some more time with the MAG beta here in the office before I try to write about it as if I know what I'm talking about.

While I educate myself, you should listen to a guy who does know what he's talking about: Ben Jones from Zipper, who I got to speak with at length about MAG, how the beta's going, similarities to SOCOM, and more. Also, it was really hot in that room. Watch! 


  

Did that further whet your appetite for MAG? If so, here's the part you've probably been waiting for: We're going to grant a random 40 of you access to the MAG beta at the end of this week. Here's a list of what you need to win.

  • A PlayStation 3
  • US or Canadian residency
  • The ability to comment on this story

That's right, it's everyone's favorite: another random drawing. Just drop a comment (or two, or three) on this story sometime between now and 3pm Pacific time this Friday the 18th, at which time I'll pull 40 names out of this big invisible top hat I have here. Now please, commence commenting, and behave yourselves!

If you'd like a somewhat less random and more skill-based way to win access to the MAG beta, we're also giving away a handful of codes to those of you who send in the best submissions for this week's Question of the Week. Feeling creative? Watch this week's I Love Mondays to find out more! 
 

UPDATE 

 
The cantankerous old contest robot is acting up right now, so in the interest of fairness and selecting truly random winners, I'm going to extend the contest until Monday at 11am Pacific. 
 

UPDATE 2: WINNERS 

 
The contest robot is back online and has grudgingly provided us with the list of winners. And here it is. 
 
ScottG13
Karmum
sliderbot
MacGoesZoom
Rorschach
yakov456
Packfan104L4
koi
CL60
fildznuts
LReyes2036
CraigAA
dbz1995
AleeN634
BloodEffect
tristan906
raikoh05
HngryHungryH0B0
DanielJW
Andrwmorph
iAchilles
adri4n
PAkman5009
Monkeygb21
ran2
baxterpunch
WorthlessOne
lolgreg
Itsdapoleece
Twisted_Scot
sandlsl
Ututu222
Zatoichi_Sanjuro
GrimReaper29045
whynot69
Skeet11
DOUBLESHOCK
KiltSamurai
skunk     
king_saddam 
 
Thanks to everyone who entered! Winners, in order to expedite the distribution of codes, please send me a PM with the subject line "MAG beta winner" and I'll reply with your code. If I don't hear from you in the next couple of days, I'll come looking for you. (You can go to my profile to send me a PM since my name no longer appears in the auto-complete form.)
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Posted by rentfn

I would like to try this game out. Make that wish happen!!!!!

Edited by MikeFightNight

Pick me pick me! 
I'm from Canada and would love to take part in a MASSIVE ACTION GAME! 
 
They are still calling it that right??
Edited by JoelTGM

dude I own a PS3, I live in Canada, and I just commented! 
 
oh, and because you are picking random people, I'll be random and post this random photoshop I did.
WABAM

(this was actually my submission for... a previous mag beta contest... that I lost lol)
Edited by watertails

Pick me, duder!
 
Also, Brad, how do you know where your invisible top hat is, if it's invisible?

Posted by JJOR64

I wouldn't mind having a beta key.     :-)

Posted by TopCat

i will cast zio if i get a beta

Edited by gcash81001

pick me brad

Posted by AjayRaz

DUDE! BRAD! you know you want to pick me  
I'M CANADIAN AND I OWN A PS3 D: 

Posted by ac3x

I AM A MASSIVE ACTION GAMER.  Seriously, I weigh, like, over four hundred pounds.

Posted by Waffles13

Sup dawgs.
 
I can't wait for a reason to turn on my PS3 that isn't Persona 4.

Posted by CactusWolf

I meet all of those prerequisites!
 
Amazing!

Posted by sleeprockss

Yeah I want to say if its as massive and actiony and gamey as they promised

Posted by Expletive

I have all of those requirements, do I win?

Posted by Tearhead

I wanna shoot dudes in da FACE!!

Posted by VisariLoyalist

me win?

Posted by MaSteRMaSteR

beta key get!

Posted by Intercryllic

CAN I GET A CLIP? I MEAN A MAG? PRETTY PLEASE?

Posted by truebornracer

IN!

Posted by hardcorebunnni

Why is the beta key only for USA or Canadian residents? I live in Portugal, I also want a beta keys :(
Posted by WallacetheGreat

I heard there were beta coeds here!?!?!?
 
OH, beta codes. Now I feel silly.

Posted by SeeDsTOHR

Just dropping a line hoping for a beta key i tried so hard on twitter and facebook, here is hoping.

Posted by Red

A beta for MAG? 
 
 
AWESOME!

Posted by Revenant86

I Really like how you can fight at your own pace. i think it really makes the squad based play come out.

Posted by taco484

I believe I have met all the determined criteria, and qualify for this! select me please!

Posted by insanejedi

MASSIVE ACTION GAMEEEE!

Posted by NTM

So, you want me to put a comment on Fri and not today? That's what it says. I'll wait and add another comment. Ha ha ha.
Posted by awardwinningpersonality

I would like one PLZ!!!!!! 
Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Why I'd love one!

Posted by Nachoninja

It looks good but I am seriously curious if 256 players will work.
Win?

Posted by inspectah

Cool would love to a chance to be in the beat

Posted by RsistncE

I own tha PS TRIPLE and...Ok I'll stop. I gots a PS3 and am Canadiana. Gives me the beta! Please?

Posted by busted1der

MAF: MASSIVE ACTION FUN!

Posted by busterblade

almost worth A rainy day ram-en challenge.......  Almost

Posted by HeyLookIJust

Sounds like Disco

Posted by Williamdeb

I'd be way down to try it out. sounds confusing. but i hope it works.

Posted by SirPsychoSexy

I would greatly apperciate a beta invite my good sir.

Posted by Hoppondeez420

Giant Bomb, Brad Shoemaker.......pick me please, I'm the beta player you are looking for!!

Posted by BirthWild

comment on WHAT!?

Posted by KillerEwok

I'd love a MAG beta key!
Posted by CodeMcK

awesommmmeeeee

Posted by busted1der
@WallacetheGreat said:
" I heard there were beta coeds here!?!?!?
 
OH, beta codes. Now I feel silly. "
 
lol

Posted by Nachoninja

It needs a new name!!

Edited by raikoh05

DO WANTS

Posted by ververdan0226

I would like a MAG beta key... pweasies...
 
I suppose if I don't get my wish, I could just rub Vinny's head, that'll grant me my wish... definitely.

Posted by killdave

 

  • A PlayStation 3 CHECK
  • US or Canadian residency CHECK
  • The ability to comment on this story  CHECK
 
 CHECK me in!
Posted by Rekka

In for a beta code!

Posted by MasturbatingBear

Masturbate?

Posted by Packfan104L4

As long as MAG is better than SOCOM, I'll be happy.

Posted by inspectah

LOL i want a key lol dam i want to go to pax so bad lol