There are many ways to find an alpha, beta or early access games. Let me share with you the ways that worked for me:
1) Social Media – You can find games by watching on Twitter, Facebook, Tumbler and Pinterest. You’ll search by typing in alpha games, beta games or new versions. If you are on these platforms, your friends can also talk about these games. Check out what their conversations are about to include screenshots of the game or video.
2) Steam is a platform where you buy games, connect with other players and even buy software. When you’re on Steam, go to the store and look for early access. If you want alpha or beta games, go to Steam Greenlight. That’s where they come up with the idea. Sometimes there are demos that you can try.
3) Another way to find games in Steam is if you are in a certain group, if you or a friend is a friend of the developer. They can also tell you what they have at their disposal.
4) The same method in number 3 applies to slack and Discord chat platforms. The discord is quite new. Slack can be semi-new just in case you haven’t heard of these.
5) Don’t forget to check out crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter. When you are on these sites, you can search for games. For example, if you go to Kickstarter.com, you’ll choose Explore. Then go to Categories. Once you choose Games there are different types of games. You will need to read through the different games and see if they have a demo to try. You may also have the opportunity to sign up for the alpha or beta game.
Another site that is not a crowdfunding; however it is a place to find games in the alpha, beta or early access stage is called IndieDB. You don’t buy anything here. (Similar to steam, but no purchase).
6) YouTube – Don’t forget to search. You can find games through your favorite YouTuber. Don’t forget the other video platforms as well.
7) For the reader, don’t forget to watch Blogs. Check out game bloggers or even game news sites. There is a world of information that they share to include links.
8) A simple way you may not have thought of is to do a Google search. Let’s face it; there are a lot of people who still use search engines.
9) The last way is to go to Reddit. See if there is a game or an art forum. If not, search.
10) Don’t forget fun activities such as game events that are strictly for players. What better way to discover new games on the horizon.
You can find alpha, beta and early access games virtually anywhere. Don’t worry about finding and playing all the last of them. Alpha and beta games will always come out. Each game must be tested before its release. Until the day you leave this world, there will always be alpha and beta games. Don’t neglect to go out and get vitamin D. Your computer screen does not count as vitamin D. There will always be games.