Game Testing Explained

Various types of video game and software testing specialists are in high demand from all over the digital industry.  It is not only playing the video games that you hear so much about but many other exciting opportunities as well.  A few examples are as follows:

  • Language and grammar testers.  These folks are paid to correct language and grammatical errors, mistakes in spelling.  This includes but is not limited to game script testing, making sure dialog in the game follows the proper sequence.  The employer who you are working for will provide to you the proper flow chart of dialog, and it is your job to check it for consistency.

 

  • Quality testers are always in demand, particularly experienced gamers. These paid gamers help to recognize bugs in the game software prior to sale release to the public.

 

  • Compatibility video game testers. In these assignments, you will help to report regarding different configuration settings and how they effect the game.

 

  • At the beginning of each assignment, the prospective game tester will be expected to have attention to detail as he or she plays the required title and helps to identify problems and to ensure the linearity of the software.  In other words: Does it play smoothly?  Does each possible scenario play out as expected?

You are oftentimes provided a questionnaire of which you will be asked to complete.  It will show you what you need to do in regards to checking each part of the game and doing X, Y, or Z scenario. Then check for A, B, or C problem.  Did you encounter any?  If so which one(s)?

The one thing that most companies will be looking for is first and foremost:

Q:Do you enjoy playing video games?

 

If the answer is no, then do not waste your time signing up to be a game tester, you will more than likely hate it.  This is a love it or hate it type of job, there really is no middle ground here.  Sorry to be so blunt, but it’s better to save yourself the headache if you are not totally in love with games to begin with.

If the answer is YES, then don’t waste anymore time, let’s start game testing now!

About the Author

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.