Career outlook for games tester
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would play console or online games many times to spot any bugs and mistakes that need to be fixed before the game goes on sale to the public.
Testing is a vital part of producing any game. You’d re-play the game over and over again, being persistent and disciplined in choosing all the options to test it from every possible perspective.You’d find and record the programming faults (bugs).
You would also play the role of the game’s first public user. You’d report on its playability and recommend improvements.
- Play games in detail and in as many ways as possible
- Test different levels and versions of a game
- Check its performance against what the designer intended
- Compare the game against others on the market
- Note problems and suggest improvements
- Try to work out what is causing a problem
- Try to recreate the problem, recording the steps you took
- Check accessibility options required to enable people with disabilities to play the game
- Check for spelling mistakes and copyright issues such as logos
- Check the text on packaging and in instruction manuals
- Enter each 'bug report' into a quality management system
You would have strict deadlines to meet. You’d work closely with a team of testers, programmers, artists and designers before a game is released and with customer support teams once it is on sale.
In some jobs you might also check and translate in-game instructions and manuals for overseas markets.
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