In Game Testing:

October 9th, 2009 2,047

Open Beta Testing

beta testingGetting into an open beta test allows you a chance to gain experience even if you do not get paid for it.

An open beta is a chance for gamers to get key codes to participate in testing upcoming games.  Many major publishers and developers at some point hold open betas.  You just have to know where to look to get in on them.

Some beta keys are given out with games.  So a company releases a new game with a chance for you to get in an open beta for another upcoming release.

August 14th, 2009 1,232

Mobile Games? Is this the route you want to take?

iphoneThere are so many different forms of gaming out there today.  From consoles, to PC to cell phones.  So how do you choose the job in gaming that is right for you?  Obviously you would go with something you love to do.  If you’re into the XBox 360 then you would apply for jobs with companies that publish games for that console.  BUT here is the thing.  What if a certain segment of the gaming field is doing better than another?

July 14th, 2009 1,214

The Perfect Place for Women Gamers

I know it’s not easy being a woman gamer.  At least that is what I hear 🙂  We all know that many of the games distributed today by developers are geared towards men.  Hopefully companies will start to realize what they can do to expand their horizons and make games that appeal to women and men.

In the meantime, if you’re a woman you do have options.  One really cool site out there specifically geared towards women is WomenGamers.com

July 8th, 2009 1,317

PlayTest for Microsoft

So how many of you out there today are having problems finding a game testing job because EXPERIENCE is required?  I’m sure right now you’re reading this and thinking “hey that’s me!”.  Well I’ve got great news for you.  There is a way to get the experience you so desperately need without going through a big long hiring process.  I mean I know I’ve seen job upon job upon job posted that says “Entry Level” and then you read the posting and they want someone with at least 1 year of experience.  Total bummer right?  Wrong…

June 24th, 2009 1,392

Best Places to Live If You Want to Test Games

placestoliveNow there are gaming companies in just about every state in the US and of course internationally.  But obviously there are a few states that have greater concentrations of companies than other.

So what exactly are the best places in the country to live if you want to work for a gaming company?  There are quite a few.

Let’s start with the East Coast.  Obviously many gamers know there are a ton of companies on the East Coast.

Massachusetts is a hot gaming mecca right now.  There are over 35 game developers & publishers in that area.  Definitely a great choice.

May 29th, 2009 1,480

California-Gaming Capital of the World

Well so everyone says and in some ways it is quite true.  There are over 100 gaming developer/publishers in the state of CA.

So it’s very true to state that if you live in Cali, you’re going to find a game job, it’s simply a matter of time.

What kind of options do you have?  Below are the different types of companies you can work for along with just a few sample companies for each.

You’ve got your developers, such as:

42 Entertainment
Buzztime
Double Helix
High Moon Studios
Insomniac Games

Then you’ve got publishers like:

April 7th, 2009 1,538

Game Testing School?

Can you take a course or attend a school that will teach you how to test a video game?  Well yes and no.  Actually once at Digipen I saw a course they were offering to show students interested in game design what game testing was all about.  But it wasn’t meant to walk you thru step by step how to test.  So that is the “yes” part of the answer.  The “no” part…there are no courses out there offered on a regular basis that gamers can take to get the knowledge of what it entails to test a game.  There are no schools you can attend that teach you how to test a video game.  That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is the truth.

March 17th, 2009 1,675

Game Testing Checklists

Each major publisher/developer has their own set of check points that must be followed in order for the game to be published and later released.

I get questions many times from people who want to test asking if they can get their hands on the checklists that game developers use.  The answer to that is absolutely not.  Once you view a checklist, you are required to sign an NDA also known as a non disclosure agreement.  This binds you from disclosing any data related to the checklist or anything else you work on for that company.

February 26th, 2009 1,419

Need a Game Testing Job-Have No Experience?

There are many, and I mean many gamers out there who have never “officially” tested a video game.  They’ve never worked for EA, or Microsoft but they want to.  So what can you do?

I remember when I was looking for my first job and it was basically like “If you don’t have experience, you can’t get the job”.  My question was “How can I get experience, if I can’t get a job?”  I know that is the same question being asked by so many gamers.

February 12th, 2009 1,528

Be Honest, Can You Test Games From Home?

Well what do you think?  I mean I’m sure by the time you’re reading this blog post you’ve already done some research on the matter.  I’m sure most of it points to people who want you to buy stuff so you can sit on a couch and test games.  At least that is what they claim you can do.

Listen I’m going to be honest with you.  There are betas that you can do from home.  I’m sure some of you may have already participated in something like that online.  But those betas are unpaid.