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                Video Game Testing - Learn How To Test Games Before Your First Interview
                                                           By Jonathon Halston

  Acquiring video game testing experience before you submit your resume and begin interviewing for
your first your first paying video game tester job will greatly improve your odds of getting hired, and
open many more doors for you. You will find many more job opportunities if you are able to put some
authentic video game testing experience on your resume, even if it wasn’t paid experience. So then -
how does one get experience testing games before getting hired as a video game tester? There are
several ways:

 • Beta Test for free. Microsoft, EA, Sony and Nintendo all run huge non-paid beta testing programs
that will permit you to test their video games and file bugs. This won’t be a paid position, but it will allow
you to learn the process of playing, testing, finding bugs and filing them. This will be a huge plus on
your resume, and will gain you experience and perspective on how to actually test video games.

 • Online gaming beta testing. Before any new massive online gaming infrastructure goes live, the beta
testing is extensive. There are large amounts of bugs to be found and filed, and represents a great
opportunity for you. So sign up for all the online game beta testing programs you can find, and you will
gain much in real-world testing and bug-filing experience.

 • At-home practice: Simply sit down to your favorite video game and a book covering the Principles
and Fundamentals of Software Testing. As you work your way through the book, apply what you read
to the game you are testing. Practice creating spreadsheets of Test Scenarios and Test Cases based
on the guidelines you can find in any good book on software testing. Create practice test plans for the
game you are playing and analyzing. Practice writing bugs using a good bug filing template, which you
can also find in good software testing books.

 • Getting Experience with Game Development – There are many good resources to pick up a few
fundamentals on game design. Learning a few things, even practicing creating a simple game or
designing a level, will look great on your resume, and make you a much better video game tester

 • Education – One doesn’t require a college degree to become video game tester, but if you wish to
advance in your new career path, taking some classes on programming, project management, game
design, game art, and a number of other related subjects will assist you immensely – and show
potential employers that you are serious about becoming a video game tester, and stand out from the

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 Being able to put these items onto your resume will be a great advantage for you when you interview.
Very few entry-level game testers will have done more than one of these, so if you can put three or
more on your resume, you will qualify for many more positions, and may even come in a step above
entry level, with a better salary as well!

John Halston has tested video games for over 11 years. He started out as a contract video game
tester, and soon became a Software Design Engineer in Test at a World Class Software Company. To
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     Video Game Tester Jobs: 7 Simple Steps Towards Getting Hired As A Video Game Tester
                                                           By Jonathon Halston

Video Game tester jobs are highly sought after by those of us who love playing video games. What
gamer wouldn’t love to play and test games for a living? But if you have never worked in the video
game industry, landing your first game testing job can seem a bit intimidating. What skills are needed?
Where does one apply? What should be put on one’s resume? What about interview preparation?
Don’t fret – we all have to start somewhere, and if you are determined to start a video game tester
career, there is a simple, yet highly successful process that anyone can use to make it happen.

 By following this 7 step process, you will land your first game testing job. This process is what we have
discovered to be the most bullet-proof method of landing your first game tester job, as well as for
starting a career as a video game tester.

 First, you simply must enjoy playing games. Many people think being a games tester would just be an
easy job, but without a sincere passion for gaming, just showing up for a paycheck simply doesn’t
work. If you don’t sincerely love playing video games, then when the time to ship the game draws
close, and everyone is putting in long hours to find all those remaining bugs in the game being tested,
you won’t be enjoying yourself.

 Second, learn that video games are software, and should be tested as such. Learn how to test the
game as software, not simply a game. Discovered bugs aren’t simply a problem with the game play;
they are most likely code bugs in the software. Learn the fundamentals of software testing, and you will
find a lot more bugs, and soon become the leading bug finder on your team. This will make you a
rockstar game tester, and the jobs will come to you as your reputation as a video game tester grows.

 Third, don’t limit yourself to testing only one gaming platform or company. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo
are the big three, but if you limit yourself to only one of those, you limit the game tester jobs and
opportunities that are available to you. Learn to use the PC as a gaming platform if you don’t already,
and you will rapidly increase your video game tester job opportunities.

 Fourth, acquire some game testing experience before building your resume. There are numerous
video game beta tester opportunities that are free to apply for, and although they are unpaid, you will
gain valuable experience.

 Fifth, learn a few things about the video game industry. Having a basic understanding of what it takes
to design, market and ship a game will impress potential employers to no end, and put you way ahead
of the pack of ordinary game testers.

 Sixth, determine which company or companies you would like to work for. Many jobs are on-site,
meaning you will have to live or work where the actual company is, but many companies will hire
people to test their games at home, on their own systems, so your geographic location doesn’t have to
be an obstacle.

 Seventh, after following the first 6 steps, it will be time to build your resume and cover letter. You will
now be able to really showcase your passion for video games, as well as show your potential employer
you know something about game testing. This will give you a significant advantage against other

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entry-level game testers, and insures you will be hired for your first video game tester job!

John Halston has tested video games for over 11 years. He started out as a contract video game
tester, and soon became a Software Design Engineer in Test at a World Class Software Company. To
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