How do I become a video game tester?

@vega83 (6345)
Bahrain
April 23, 2007 6:30am CST
Ok, in my last discussion I talked about the best job for you that would be the best for you at this point in your life. Well, for me it was to be a video game tester, I also looked for some online opportunities, but and found some that looked promising but I don't wanna risk anything before knowing all too well about it. So I was wondering if anyone knows about any of these sites, and if you've tried any of those. Now before you answer, remember that I live in Bahrain, so geographical locations matter. Any help would be appreciated.
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@Neo_Knights (1887)
• Indonesia
23 Apr 07
Well, I guess it will be hard for you, vega83. Because game tester are asked for their vow not to told the media or even your family about the game that being made. You live in Bahrain, while most game-maker are in US, Europe and Asia. Game that being tested should be played inside the game-maker company secret chamber. But if you willing to move from Bahrain, you can just apply to the game-maker company like EA, Westwood etc. Being a game tester is not as easy as you think, because you have to finish the game as quick as possible, and you will play and re-play the same game for months. It would be a boring job. Think about it.
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
23 Apr 07
Well, it definitely won't be boring, I mean, I can play and replay games no problem, but I read online that most game testers actually test the games in their own homes, of course still keeping it confidential, and don't really need to go to a secret chamber, but I could be wrong. And what about all those game testing jobs online? Are they all scams? I don't think I'll be moving any time soon, so this is the only ray of light for me.
@Dumpertaker (1188)
30 Apr 07
Games beta testing can be great fun (I have done games beta testing and other software too) but as said previous games can get rather boring after you have played them again and again and again. It's great when it is the genre of game that you like, I have tested many puzzler games, which I think are awesome...but played some flight sims and I don't like them that much. If you want to do beta testing, you may want to find out where your "local offices" of the games comapnies for your territory, and contact them...they will be able to let you know what you need to do to be a beta tester for that comapny. I wish you the best of luck and hope it goes well. Let me know how it goes!
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
30 Apr 07
yeah, I know, but I'm willing to be bored with games, rather than being bored by some other job, I'll take it any day. Plus I like all games, so that's not really even the question. I don't think there are any "local offices" located here. It's a small country, and technologically challenged too, ha ha.
30 Apr 07
But if you can get games where you are, that means in theory you should have an EA or other games comapny in your region, for example I would contact EA in London, England. I'm not sure where exactly you are (my geography is appauling to be honest) so I can't tell you who you would need to contact...sorry!
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
30 Apr 07
Well, of course I can get games here, but I seriously doubt there might be a games company branch or something here. Bahrain is in the middle east, it's practically a dot, near Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
• India
23 Apr 07
Seems like a dream job, huh, vega, playing games all day and getting paid for it? While that is what most testers do, let me assure you that it's a lot tougher than you could possibly imagine. For one, you won't exactly playing the entire game, but only particular portions of it, and from a tester's point of view, and not a gamer's as you play it only to test whether it has flaws. I have a couple of friends who are testers, but they work at it full time, and they don't work online, but offline. They are in India. I really don't know of any online resources, so I can't help you there. Look before you leap is what I can tell you. Take care and God Bless!
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@drakan291 (817)
• Ireland
23 Apr 07
If you ever move from whereever you live and go to colorado theres a good place called ibeta here are some points!: "From our experience, we have been able to design our testing labs for maximum efficiency and control - some of the ways we achieve this are: • All of our testers operate in close proximity to one another- this promotes communication and mutual observation of on-screen anomalies • Our computers are set up with multiple operating system/configuration capability - this allows us to test and confirm software in a wide variety of environments • Each one of our computers has been set up with multiple means of communication - we can vary ISPs, connection modalities (including T1, DSL, dial-up, and more), and communication protocols at will • We have established large groups of PCs that facilitate the automated testing process - our unique connection architecture allows for more accurate performance monitoring and analysis • Our testing labs contain multiple networks so that testing can be isolated between predetermined groups of machines • Our computers have the ability to conduct real-time packet "sniffing" analysis, either on the LAN or over the internet • Computers on a specific network are time-synchronized to allow for packet sniffing on multiple machines to be compared and analyzed with one another • Our computers have been equipped with screen capture and video capture software to allow us to graphically document "difficult" bugs • We have a wide variety of computers for testing - most computers are state-of-the-art, but we also maintain a set of computers for "low end" performance testing Because of these and other reasons, we are more efficient and we have minimal downtime between tests -we are able to increase the amount of testing we can accomplish in a day" Enjoy!
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
23 Apr 07
I don't think there's much chance of me moving to Colorado any time soon, plus I don't wanna make it my profession, I have other dreams too, I just wanted to try out this one as well. Thanks for those points though, "ibeta" huh?
@honeyangel (1992)
23 Apr 07
sorry i have no idea but i would like to say if ant jobs like that in the uk going give me a shout hubbie would love to becume a game tester
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
23 Apr 07
Well sure, if I come across anything here, then I would definitely let you know, but you guys live in the UK, it might be easier for your hubby to find a game testing job unlike me, boohoo.
• Denmark
12 Jan 14
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