Posts Tagged ‘video game testing’

October 22nd, 2009 1,167

More Company Layoffs, Closings

layoffsWe all know the economy has taking a turn for the worst over the last year.  So it’s not surprise that more companies have shut down and laid off employees.

The most recent headlines…

Idol Minds the developer behind the down loadable PS3 game “Pain” recently cut half of it’s staff members.  Inside information states the reason for this lay off was due to “Sony budget cuts”.  It’s sad since Idol Minds has been in business for 11 years and their game “Pain” was the most downloaded PSN game as of January 2009.  It’s really so sad to hear.

October 6th, 2009 2,816

Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3Please, please, please tell me you’ve had a chance to check out the latest in the Halo series?  If not, you have no idea what you’re missing!

In this version, you are no longer the Master Chief, you’re just a UNSC soldier known as a ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) and you’re missing is exploring the ruins on Mombasa to find your missing teammates.  Not an easy task at all of course, but WAY fun.

Sales (as I expected) are soaring on this one.  You can’t miss all of the exciting multi-player action.

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?

April 24th, 2009 1,314

Game Jobs, What Field Are You Interested In?

So yeah my site is dedicated to game testing jobs, but that doesn’t mean I am limited by that.  Gaming is a huge industry and the types of jobs you can get are truly unlimited.

Let’s say your specialty is hiring.  Did you know there are a ton of Human Resource positions in gaming companies?  I mean these companies are just like any other and therefore they require a lot of different types of workers to make up their staff.
The major positions within gaming can be found in:
Audio (Music/Sound)
Customer Service
Technical Support
Management
Producer
Director
Project Manager
System Administrator
IT
Programmer
Developer
Art
Animation
Designer
Marketing
Testing
Sales

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.

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.

January 23rd, 2009 1,392

Can I Test What I Want?

I can’t tell you how many emails I get asking things like:
Can I test Call of Duty 4? — No it’s already out!
Can I test XBox games?
Can I test G-rated only games?

The list of questions goes on.

So can you test what you want?  Simple answer no.  You can’t just go into a vault and say “Oooh I want to test that game.”

What you can do is pick the company that best suits your gaming style.  If you love games like COD4, then perhaps you work for Infinity Ward who developed the game, or Activision who published the game.  Either way, you have a good chance of getting in on a game similar to that style.

January 21st, 2009 1,323

Do Game Testers Make a Difference?

This is a common question I am asked.

Whether you do or do not make a difference as a game tester is dependent upon two key factors:
1. The company you work for
2. How hard you work

So let me explain.

Many game companies tend to treat their testers like cattle.  They bring them in, sit them down in front of a game and have them play it until they just can’t go anymore.  BUT not all companies are like that with their testers.  It will take time and patience to find a company who is willing to hear what you have to say.  And then it may still be difficult to be heard.

December 31st, 2008 1,389

From Game Tester to Game Designer?

So is it possible to go from being just a lowly game tester to a person who actually is capable of designing games?  Absolutely!

If you have the passion and drive to succeed you can do anything you want.  So many designers these days are self taught.  You get your foot in the door with a game testing job and then you learn all you possibly can.  Perhaps after your testing gig is over, you apply for an internship in game design at the same company.  Or you do your research, purchase the software needed and start playing around.

December 23rd, 2008 1,455

Game Testers & Glitches

The whole reason behind game testers is so that a developer/publisher can make sure their game is going to be distributed error free.  Does this always happen?  No.  Just check out this video:

You saw it, games like Bioshock, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty 4, and Halo 3 all released with major embarrassing glitches.

Companies spend millions of dollars and a ton of time to bring about a new video game.  Can you imagine the repercussions when the game has so many glitches gamers won’t play it?  Won’t buy it?  Will go online and rip it apart?  The consequences are tremendous.