For those who were born in the late eighties and early nineties, you’ve probably dreamed of getting a job as a game tester, especially when you were younger. The birth of the computer during this era could have influenced that way of thinking. Also, the opportunity and privilege of playing video games to earn money doesn’t even seem like a hectic job at all. In fact, it’s like the perfect employment opportunity for most. Just think about it, don’t you want to earn while doing something you love?
Though, just like what they always say, not everything in the garden is rosy, and that applies on game tester jobs too.
So, if you’re here because you’re thinking of being a game tester, it’s important to be aware of the real deal– not personal fantasies, myths, and what you want to believe in. With that, here are some of the rarely discussed facts about game tester jobs:
1) Your experience in playing video games is just a small component.
In order to get through this field, it’s important to have a formal training and continuous experience related to game testing. If you’re thinking that the experience you’ve gained in playing video games will be more than enough and can help you become successful, you’re wrong.
The experience you get from playing has some value, but game testing is more than that. Thus, this is an introduction that will give you an idea on what you’re supposed to do.
2) Your ability will define you.
As a game tester, you should be capable of performing your job efficiently. Your long list of accomplishments way back in college, or being a programming whiz at the age of 15, would mean nothing to your superiors. Why? Even if you’re a programming genius at the age of 12, this doesn’t mean that you also have the skills needed to track down the bugs in a game.
In this situation, if you want to prove yourself, you must show your superiors that you are capable of pinpointing the bugs that may arise within a specific segment of the game.
Likewise, don’t expect that you’ll be assigned to the whole game. Instead, you’ll have to deal with a certain segment that you must work on and observe if there are any bugs on this segment. This is how you’re going to be scrutinized.
3) A certificate says a lot.
If you’re really determined to work as a game tester, then it’s advisable to take courses related to it– so that you’ll have something to support your ability once your apply. You cannot impress the employers by simply telling them that you’ve spent half of your life reading books about game testing. The harsh reality is that, no one will even pay attention to that, and even if it’s true that you really did, there’s still a high chance that you’ll go home feeling rejected and incapable.
So, as a precautionary measure, be prepared.
4) Being a professional is not enough.
Lastly, if you’re really determined in making your superiors impressed, here’s what you should do: Aside from being a professional game tester, you must also convince them that you have a true passion for video games. This will help you rise in ranks as a game tester.
Overall, being a game tester is not really a promising job, especially in video game production. For one, the supply in this position is quite high, that if someone resigns or gets fired, finding a replacement will not even take a week. So, if you’re really dreaming of standing above the rest, better show your everyone, especially your superiors, that you’re more than just an average game tester.