The Mystery of Game Testers

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The industry of game design has been concentrating more on the visual aspect of gaming. Technological developments of the gaming world have been concerned with the way the game appears to the players. Most technologies are concerned with the responses of the gaming characters and attempt to make them appear as realistic as possible. The visual technologies have always tried to generate the best when it comes to visual game design. Game development experts have been incorporating the technologies used in television industries such as high definition and 3D in their games such that when the consoles are connected to compatible screens, they can portray a picture perfect moment.

Before a game can be rolled out, it needs to be tested by individuals called game testers. To gamers this is a privilege that is rare to come by. The game tester is responsible for analyses of the performance of the game and the detection of problems in the gaming device that is being developed. There is a general desire in young gamers to start their careers as game testers, unfortunately not everyone knows what is needed to get into a successful track in game testing. There are several paths in game development that one can take to be a game developer or designer but all of these paths involve taking courses. This can be a little bit tricky.

The career of game testers is loved by many for its simplicity, especially to gamers. The work of a tester involves sitting down, playing a newly developed game for endless hours and being paid for it. The general idea is that game testing is a career in game development that has both the advantage of being fun and financially rewarding. However, the requirements of being a tester are far greater than being a hardcore gamer and thus some knowledge in the industry is required first for a successful career.

The skills that are needed in being a tester are: excellent gaming abilities, a keen eye for detail, and proper communication skills. These are the skills that are needed in game testing for the game design industry relies on the testers to notice the glitches in their games and to highlight them so the game developers can work on them. Without the help of game testers, the game development industry would fall to pieces since they may more than likely produce subpar games that will not be appreciated at all by the market.

Although the game testing career seems especially lucrative as one doesn’t have to be a college graduate to be hired, getting the job itself is a different question. One needs to be in the know about the companies that are hiring as they do not advertise for game testers opportunities in the classified sections. Another option is to be a member of game testing sites such as gametestingground and bagt in order to get the highlights of the gaming world and hear about the progress made in the industry.

Gina Kraft wrote the article for Game Shastra. Gina is a supporter of Game Shastra especially, their Game Development, Game Design, and Game Testers.

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