usually lazy programming cause issues but like you said early access must be the same as beta testingRemember, Valheim is still early access at this point so there are going to be issues. I wouldn't nail them for lazy or poor programming yet
I get occasional pauses on my set up but nothing too serious. I can reduce that by dropping the draw distance a notch but I'd prefer to have the occasional slight pause over continues terrain and and feature pop-in as I run around.
Yes, early access is alpha and beta testing to a large degree. Difference is instead of an internal team doing your testing you open it to the public.usually lazy programming cause issues but like you said early access must be the same as beta testing