October 9th, 2008 1,868

What is Game Testing?

It’s quite simple actually.  Here is the formal definition as supplied by Wikipedia

“Game testing refers to the process of software testing for video games. The formal process, performed by professional game testers, begins well into game development, depending on the game’s allotted budget for testing. High-budget flagship titles (called “AAA”, pronounced “triple-A”) may begin testing with the first playable to otheralpha, while low-budget and casual games might not enter testing until a release candidate (RC) is ready. Professional game testing may involve general playtesting but should not be confused with “public betas” or “stress tests” in which players simply do as they please and report bugs that are found incidentally. Public releases such as these are almost certainly late betas or RCs.”

In most cases, testers are required to find, recreate, and report bugs in the game.  This is done to ensure that when it does come time to release the game, it is error free.

As a gamer, I’ve played many a game that had glitches.  Clearly it was the fault of the game testers assigned to that particular game that didn’t do their job right.

You can take great pleasure and feel really proud when you’ve had something to do with making sure a game is released without bugs.

Now there is also a version of testing called “playtesting” where people test the games for the fun factor and report their personal opinions on the game.  This is done after the initial testing phases have been complete and gives the developers input from gamers on their new game.

So now that you know what game testing is about, get into it today!  Sign up on my site GameTestingSecrets.com and get started!

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