Comments for How To Become A Video Game Tester http://www.videogame-tester.org My Journey From Working At Walmart To Becoming A Game Tester Mon, 18 Oct 2010 23:15:28 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Comment on Contact Me by Dan http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-104 Dan Mon, 18 Oct 2010 23:15:28 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-104 <a href=\#comment-101\ rel=\nofollow\ rel="nofollow">@Alton Jordan </a> usually work 8 hours per day, but sometimes up to 12 if a release date is drawing near. Usually just 1 game at a time too, I recently spent 2 months on a final fantasy game... You test whatever part your boss wants you to test, e.g testing a particular gun, or trying to go out of the game boundaries. Maybe playing one particular level over and over - something like that. It can get boring quite fast ;) Hope that helps @Alton Jordan
usually work 8 hours per day, but sometimes up to 12 if a release date is drawing near. Usually just 1 game at a time too, I recently spent 2 months on a final fantasy game…

You test whatever part your boss wants you to test, e.g testing a particular gun, or trying to go out of the game boundaries. Maybe playing one particular level over and over – something like that. It can get boring quite fast ;)

Hope that helps

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Comment on Contact Me by Alton Jordan http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-101 Alton Jordan Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:51:08 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-101 My 15 year old son is interested in becoming a tester when he gets out of high school. How many hours per day do you spend testing games? Do you test more than 1 game per day? I would like to have him simulate a typical day to give him an idea of what to expect. I know it would not be the same, but I want to make sure he gets the gist of what the real expectations are. Also, you mentioned that you don't get to play how you want to play. Does this mean that the programmers tell you whether they want you to complete the whole game in a day or focus on certain parts of it. Your input would be greatly appreciated! I don't want to discourage him from doing it, but my son is not self-motivated and hates writing...LOL! My 15 year old son is interested in becoming a tester when he gets out of high school. How many hours per day do you spend testing games? Do you test more than 1 game per day? I would like to have him simulate a typical day to give him an idea of what to expect. I know it would not be the same, but I want to make sure he gets the gist of what the real expectations are. Also, you mentioned that you don’t get to play how you want to play. Does this mean that the programmers tell you whether they want you to complete the whole game in a day or focus on certain parts of it. Your input would be greatly appreciated! I don’t want to discourage him from doing it, but my son is not self-motivated and hates writing…LOL!

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Comment on Contact Me by Dan http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-95 Dan Sat, 02 Oct 2010 23:27:57 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-95 Unfortunately you will need to be over 18 to be considered for paid employment. If you want to build up some relevant experience, try getting on some voluntary beta testing programs for new games. They usually advertise on the forums when they are allowing people to register for beta keys. Other than that, you just have to wait a few more years :) Unfortunately you will need to be over 18 to be considered for paid employment. If you want to build up some relevant experience, try getting on some voluntary beta testing programs for new games. They usually advertise on the forums when they are allowing people to register for beta keys. Other than that, you just have to wait a few more years :)

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Comment on Contact Me by somewhereovertherainbow http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-94 somewhereovertherainbow Sat, 02 Oct 2010 22:19:37 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-94 dear dan, hi! ive read your blog and im fascinated by your story. and im asking one thing forgive me for sounding stupid. im 14 and i love video games my whole life my dream is to be a video game art designer/publisher, but the idea of video game testing intrigues me and im asking, do they allow teens like us to join :)) thank you soo much. <3 again sorry if the question sounds stupid c: dear dan, hi!

ive read your blog and im fascinated by your story. and im asking one thing forgive me for sounding stupid. im 14 and i love video games my whole life my dream is to be a video game art designer/publisher, but the idea of video game testing intrigues me and im asking, do they allow teens like us to join :) ) thank you soo much. <3 again sorry if the question sounds stupid c:

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Comment on Contact Me by Josh http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-70 Josh Tue, 14 Sep 2010 03:50:47 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-70 Thank you very much! Thank you very much!

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Comment on Contact Me by Dan http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-69 Dan Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:40:35 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-69 <a href="#comment-58" rel="nofollow">@Josh </a> Sure, it will definitely help that you have been involved in beta testing. I will try and get hold of a sample resume, I don't really want to post my one :) @Josh
Sure, it will definitely help that you have been involved in beta testing. I will try and get hold of a sample resume, I don’t really want to post my one :)

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Comment on Contact Me by Josh http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-58 Josh Thu, 09 Sep 2010 21:06:27 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-58 I have been into games all my life and like so many others I never thought of the option of turning it into a job. Do you think that it would help telling companies that I have taken part in beta tests for games (one of them on your favorites list as well, Warhammer Online) as well as devoloped games by using other's programs (like RPG Maker)? Also can you post a sample resume on here for those who don't know what to put into one searching for this type of job? I know how to do a resume, I just don't know what to put into one that would help me land this sort of job. Thank you in advance. I have been into games all my life and like so many others I never thought of the option of turning it into a job. Do you think that it would help telling companies that I have taken part in beta tests for games (one of them on your favorites list as well, Warhammer Online) as well as devoloped games by using other’s programs (like RPG Maker)? Also can you post a sample resume on here for those who don’t know what to put into one searching for this type of job? I know how to do a resume, I just don’t know what to put into one that would help me land this sort of job. Thank you in advance.

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Comment on Contact Me by Dan http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-5 Dan Tue, 22 Jun 2010 20:14:49 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-5 <a href="#comment-4" rel="nofollow">@shamel babb </a> If you are just starting out, you will only get about $10 - $15 per hour, unless you get really lucky! At the moment I am on $25 per hour, and I'm happy with that. @shamel babb
If you are just starting out, you will only get about $10 – $15 per hour, unless you get really lucky! At the moment I am on $25 per hour, and I’m happy with that.

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Comment on Contact Me by shamel babb http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-4 shamel babb Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:38:20 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-4 iiight thanks man 4 any further info ill just contact u ok oo n how much do you get paid for this ?? iiight thanks man 4 any further info ill just contact u ok oo n how much do you get paid for this ??

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Comment on Contact Me by Dan http://www.videogame-tester.org/contact-me/comment-page-1#comment-3 Dan Tue, 22 Jun 2010 17:29:05 +0000 http://www.videogame-tester.org/?page_id=4#comment-3 <a href="#comment-2" rel="nofollow">@shamel babb </a> Hey man, not sure what you mean by "does it work"... You pay them the 35 bucks, and they send you an ebook with loads of info about the job, what questions you get asked at the interview, contact details for all the games publishers, and they send you regular games tester vacancy alerts, and some other stuff. But its up to you to actually apply for the job, and pass the selection process. They are not just going to give you a job because you paid them 35 bucks, they only help you out by providing ebooks and lists of vacancies. I recommend them because I thought for 35 bucks it was worth it, I got a guide to the interview, which I would have failed if I didnt have that guide, and I got lists of job vacancies, which I would never have found on my own just by searching the net. But then again, I don't mind paying other people to do things that I am not good at. I paid $150 for my resume to be done professionally. I recognise my weaknesses, and get professionals to help me wherever I can. Thats the main reason I got where I am today, because if I did it alone, I would never have even got an interview. I'd love to help you out, but its way too much info to post, the ebooks are like thousands of words long. And they would probably sue me lol. But it sounds like you are short of cash - so just stick to phoning/emailing/writing to games publishers and asking about game testing opportunities. Good luck! @shamel babb
Hey man, not sure what you mean by “does it work”… You pay them the 35 bucks, and they send you an ebook with loads of info about the job, what questions you get asked at the interview, contact details for all the games publishers, and they send you regular games tester vacancy alerts, and some other stuff.

But its up to you to actually apply for the job, and pass the selection process. They are not just going to give you a job because you paid them 35 bucks, they only help you out by providing ebooks and lists of vacancies. I recommend them because I thought for 35 bucks it was worth it, I got a guide to the interview, which I would have failed if I didnt have that guide, and I got lists of job vacancies, which I would never have found on my own just by searching the net.

But then again, I don’t mind paying other people to do things that I am not good at. I paid $150 for my resume to be done professionally. I recognise my weaknesses, and get professionals to help me wherever I can. Thats the main reason I got where I am today, because if I did it alone, I would never have even got an interview.

I’d love to help you out, but its way too much info to post, the ebooks are like thousands of words long. And they would probably sue me lol.

But it sounds like you are short of cash – so just stick to phoning/emailing/writing to games publishers and asking about game testing opportunities. Good luck!

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