WHY IS VIDEO GAME TESTING IMPORTANT?
If you are a hardcore gamer or even a casual one, you know how frustrating it is to encounter bugs. They ruin the experience and can even end in uninstalling the game or deciding not to buy games from the same publisher in the future.
From a customer’s point of view, encountering bugs, and of course depending on their severity, may be a sign that the publisher of the game was not concerned about the quality of the product they released and did not respect the customer enough. This situation may lead to losing customers and money. Thus, the need for game testers emerges.
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…