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…

What you don’t know and what I’m going to tell you is that you can get experience without getting a paid game testing job.  So how do you do that?  Well one of the best places on the net today is Microsoft’s own PlayTest Website.

Basically how it works is you sign up on their site.  Then hopefully you get matched up with a new upcoming study Microsoft will be doing.  Now you don’t get paid for this.  You don’t have to go to their offices either.  It’s all done online.  The most important fact here is guess what?  It’s officially EXPERIENCE.  Now gaming companies don’t care if you’ve gotten paid or volunteered your time to game testing, all they care about is that you’ve tested.  End of story.  Whether it be hardcore game testing (looking for bugs) or Playtesting (testing a game for fun) experience is experience.  Even more importantly this is experience you can put on your resume.  Imagine how bitchin it will look to an employer to see “Tested for Microsoft”.  I mean come on!!!  They will have to hire you right?

So my suggestion to all gamers, is that if you haven’t already get involved in Microsoft’s Playtest website.

Now this isn’t to say that this is your only option, because it isn’t.  You know how sometimes you’ll buy a new game and they will be an opportunity in there for you to test the next upcoming game and give your input?  It’s called a Beta Test.  And many times new games have codes or code keys in the games box that will allow you to sign up online.  Most times they only distribute these to a few lucky gamers.  But either way, you keep your eyes open, I guarantee you’ll see one.  AND again, experience is experience.  Whether you beta test or playtest, it doesn’t matter.  It all looks fantastic on that thing called a resume.

So check it out now.

Join GameTestingSecrets.com today for more inside secrets and tricks of the trade.  You won’t be sorry you did!

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