WHAT ARE THE KEY QUALITIES OF A VIDEOGAMES TESTER?
First of all, a videogames tester must have a passion for games. Having knowledge of other games and playing them can give him a more precise overview of how the competition handled their projects and where improvement is needed. It also offers a great understanding of games general features, controls and even genre specific mechanisms.
Secondly, attention to detail is also a requirement, since testers spot and report even the smallest glitches. Moreover, analytical and methodical minds help understand procedures and find the root cause of issues. Persistency and patience are also some of the qualities the ideal tester has.
But not all testers present these qualities. Some of them are good team players, others can communicate better and find themselves the team’s problem solvers. Some testers have a good understanding of game development procedures and sprints, others know how all the elements of a title can contribute to the final gaming experience.
QA companies do not look for people that have all the qualities. They look for persons who can fill in the blanks and together, as a team, can gather all the beforementioned characteristics.
A game tester is someone who works for video games production companies. Passion about games, attention to details, and orientation towards QUALITY are some traits a good game tester must have. The perks of this domain are that you get to be among the first to play many games, use various new gadgets, combine passion for gaming with an actual job, start a career in a really interesting domain and work in a great environment, alongside people that share your interests.
Even though testing video games may seem easy at a first glance, it is in fact a complex process, that can start from a Pre-Alpha stage, dealing with a lot of crashes, where cinematics are sketches, low FPS, basically a lot of bugs that are logged using a Bug Management tool.
Bugs are Fixed from version to version, stage by stage until the game reaches the Final Stage and everything is implemented and works as designed.
Without testers, bugs and glitches would abound in games, possibly making them unplayable and destroying the reputation of the development studio and/or the publisher.
Testers are needed for every platform: PC, Consoles (Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo), Mobile and any genre: role playing games, massively multiplayer online games, action games, etc…