The art of finding game glitches really can be summarized by non standardized thinking. In other words a video game is meant by the developers to be played in a certain way. A certain order of events, a certain set of dialogs in a particular sequence, certain story-line meant to be executed in a particular pattern or order, following some set of accomplishments within the gaming environment. Learning how to find game glitches is a very integral skill when looking to get a job testing video games. But how do you play games in a way they weren’t intended to be played?
But when you change your way of thinking and approach it in a non linear methodology, you can, so to speak, take the game by surprise. For example, if you know you are supposed to go on a certain quest, yet you direct your game character to have conversations with people who have not been yet introduced to you to force conversations and inventory exchanges with people you are supposedly not intended to have contact with sometimes you can force an unintended result.
These unintended results are precisely what the game companies who employ game testers are looking to gather intel on. Becoming a quality game tester can be accomplished by searching out the possibilities to find new ways to make the game bug out on you. The most successful method to do this is by doing what I have just described above – everything the game does not expect you to do! Have fun with it though and just do silly things that you would never think about doing if you were seriously trying to complete the game in a strategic fashion. If you turn it into a job, you will turn it into monotony.
If you love video games, then you definitely don’t want to turn them into something you hate and despise, so I mean it when I say have fun with it. Game testing can be as fun or has tedious as you make it. Practice at home before landing your first job so you can get accustomed with finding ways to make it fun while still being highly productive and catching the highest amount of game glitches. This will allow you to be very competitive in the marketplace.
While you’re honing your skills as a tester at home keep a running log of what you’ve been up to. Write down times, dates, titles, glitches and descriptions found, etc. You can turn in this experience to help you get your very first job. You aren’t going to have any previous testing experience to use on your resume, so this can definitely help increase your chances of getting noticed the first time by showing that you a) have real experience as a tester and not just another “player” or game junkie, b) it shows that you can accurately record the data the developers so desperately need and c) can do it in an efficient and timely manner.
All of these attributes will help provide a framework for a potential employer to assist them in their hiring decisions and to make you look all the more attractive in their minds as a prospect worth awarding an opportunity to as a new game tester.
Jacob Tyler spent over 15 years in the video game industry selling video games online. He was the CEO of a major video game wholesale supplier and importer. Video games were always a passion since the ripe old age of 10 but later turned it into a full time career. Now he helps people get into the industry at the easiest stepping stone of video game testing by reviewing source guides in the subject.