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Okay I've been searching the Net for a while to find some lead to getting a job as a Home-Based game tester. I realise most companys have the In-House game testing only.. but I still have not given up. I'll admit this is my first time on this site. But I have heard a lot about this site from other sites. I have Currently signed up with many sites in search of a Job as a Game Tester (or QA Tester).

I just turned 18 a couple days ago (August 22nd) and have since been trying to find a job as a Home Based game tester. A couple weeks ago I moved From Ohio out to [NAS] Lemoore, California to live with my sister and brother in-law and hopefully get some kind of Home Based Game Tester Job.

I have been gaming since I was 3 or 4 owning a lot of Game systems:

-NES

-SNES

-N64

-NGC

-SEGA GENISIS

-SEGA DREAMCAST

-PS1

-PS2

-XBOX360

-GAMEBOY

-GAMEBOY ADVANCE

-NINTENDO DS

Gaming has been my life -- I currently am a High School Grad who has been playing Game Consoles for 14-15 years and learning a lot of computers for 10-11 years. I even took a 2 year Tech Prep class on computers in high school.

I may not have any degrees and have not previously tested any games but everyones got to start somewhere right? I have been looking into it but I havent found any Gaming Companies that have places for me to test nearby so I have been looking into Home-Based Testing.

If you guys could let me know if you do Home-Based Testing or send me in the Right Direction it would be much appreciated. (I have also made a Resume [any good tips on that would be appreciated as well])

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I would also like to throw this in. I have researched this Job quite a bit I have found in-house Jobs with EA and Square Enix that I just don't live near enough to do. I know how this job is tedious work and your Job is to actually Break the game --finding ways for it to crash -- finding bugs and reporting them -- and sometimes giving feedback on whether you think it will be fun for other gamers and what you like and don't like. -- I'm also aware that game testers site and play the same game every day for months on end. (Also that Entry Level Testers make low money). I'm really not as interested right now for testing for money (although it would be that extra cash to help pay for my sisters groceries and bills) but I know my first game testing Job will help me become more experianced in this field of work.

If you guys could help me as to how to go about finding a Home-Based Game Testing Job it would be very much appreciated because I have searched for hours on end and have mainly just found a bunch of spam about getting Jobs which have led me nowhere.

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(((( I Wasn't fully sure where to post this so I'm sorry if this is the wrong forum ))))

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Hello :)

Before I go on... why can't you move closer to the companies? I had to move to a whole different country when I wanted to work in the games industry!

From my experience, it's really unlikely that you'll get a home-based testing job for video games, especially if you have no prior experience. There's all kinds of stuff you need to know, like making test plans and doing standards checks... stuff that you'd have no idea about if you had never tested a game before.

Once, I was so ill that I had to take a week off work during crunch time, and I wasn't allowed test from home even THEN, in case I tried to steal the game and release it on the internet or something. Some security-related reason, anyway.

I knew a guy who was an experienced tester, he got some home-based stuff to do, but it was for web-based games... really, unbelievably, painfully bad web games. Also, it only took him one day to do it. I'm pretty sure, from your post, that's not what you want to end up doing... you're talking about actual real video games, right?

I think your best bet is to wait a little while until you can move to somewhere with a higher concentration of dev studios. As I said, I had to move to an entirely different country. Until then, though, you could check out some indie games websites etc, and perhaps offer to test some indie games for free?

:)

EDIT: Anybody else noticed how insincere the smiley emote looks??

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You can try to find some mmo games.. Maby you can get to test some closed betas.. Anyway, I think it's easy enough to find some Open beta for an mmo game. But I don't think you'll get paid.. =)

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Well thanks for the comment but I don't have the money to relocate closer right now.. I guess I will just continue my search and find out what my options are. I guess I wouldnt really mind if I was testing "Web Based Games" as it would atleast be a start. Do you know where I could find someone who might be hiring for that?

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Hmm yes, but my point is that even if you could find somebody who is hiring home-based testers for web games, they're not likely to hire you because you have no experience (yet!).

If you're really really determined, then you'll save up enough cash and make that move, even though it is scary. It is totally worth it.

What do you want to do in the long run, by the way? Do you want to stay in QA or work your way up in the industry...? If so, to what?

If you want some kind of experience now, you should check out some of the many amateur game design websites. There are loads, I can PM you a list if you like... You could find a small team of people that make games together, and offer to test their game or something like that? It's not really going to help you learn an awful lot about the way QA works and stuff, but the games industry (at least, in England) is super competitive, and anything at all that you can put on your CV or talk about in an interview, to show that you are eager and more dedicated than every other candidate... anything is helpful.

Maybe. I could be lying of course, so that I have less competition from people like you in the future. Ha ha!

(I'm not lying).

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going in QA and trying to "work your way up" is going to pretty much have you dropped like a pile of bricks, pals

honestly you have to fill your resume` and portfolio with kickassery. join mod teams. code fun and addictive crap. idunno.

staying in QA seems like the kind of thing kids are obsessed with and QA sucks soooo much so much so much i think you're looking for focus group and not QA because there is so much paperwork in QA it's ridiculous

and if i recall they toss you after a game or two anyway

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I started in QA, and I enjoyed it very much. And I worked my way up pretty quickly, too. Some of my friends have been in QA for many years, and are still in QA as QA managers and suchlike... and they love it too :) .

I guess it depends on what companies you've worked in. You seem pretty bitter Kingz ;) what's your story?

Hehe, my little brother was determined to become a game designer until I got him some work experience in the company I work for, doing testing... then he changed his mind and wanted to become a tester :)

Maybe I'm one of the new wave of ultra optimistic people to join the games industry or something :)

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see i don't know a guy who knows a guy, i know every guy, and whenever my friends go "Yeah well you know I don't make video games but I know a guy" and I go "julio?" and they feel like a jackass

regardless i hear all sorts of shit because EA and Midway or Acclaim or whatever are the only companies around here, thus bitterness

I actually have this awesome cool idea for a video game trilogy thang but I have nowhere within reach to go and no idea how to pitch it unless I have a business suit, awesome tie, briefcase with no real purpose and a slight goatee. And am like 8 years older so people don't go "CHEEZ WTF U TALKIN BOUT"

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Hmm okay, well... I'd be careful throwing second and third hand information around ;) it's usually not all that accurate!

I know a few people who have been disallusioned by QA, but far, far more who have enjoyed it immensely and used it to propel themselves into positions in the industry and stuff! :)

So I take it you want to be a game designer, KC? What about you, lengero?

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While we're on the topic, anyone looking to hire a 19 year old "game programmer" who's only experienced in making 2D games with C++ and allegro? :P

Can I work from home, plzthx?

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Ahhh, and now Cheez is here too. I saw Jimmy is as well. I think that's everyone from RD.

Anyways, I can only imagine how competitive it is in the game industry. Listen to what everybody siad here. Sounds like good advice. Maybe you should try to focus on one aspect of gaming that you like. Art, or programming maybe? Or maybe some related field like advertising? But, If you really have you heart set on testing, go for it man. Just research it and kow what you're getting into. Heck, even if you could test at home, would you really want to? Where's the fun in that? You could be doing it with like minded people in a cool environment if you worked someplace. Whatever you do, just make sure you enjoy it.

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I also have some experience in C# making 2D games (Just to throw that in there) Yeah I would like to save some money to relocate to a better place.. and no its not scarey to me. I just flew from Ohio to California first time flying and was alone. 3 stop flight and 1 of the flights was an old puddle jumper (SP).

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Thank you but I know all about game testing. I know its not fun. I am currently in 3 betas including warhammers online. I know about that site -- please stop telling me how horrible game testing is because I tend to ignore those comments.

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You misunderstood. I'm not trying to tell you it's horrible or anything. I just thought you would like some info on it.

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But then, do you have any knowledge of it, except for what you’ve been told by other people or read about on internet forums? Even if it isn't the kind of job that appeals to you… it’s not really helpful just to step in and say “I wouldn’t want to do it” without any explanation as to why… particularly as the original poster has just said he doesn’t find such comments helpful.

If some people aren’t interested in what this person is asking about, then there’s no need to post simply to tell him so :)

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Wuhu! I'm a game tester now :D . Or... I'm signed up.. I don't know when they'll need me :b

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see i don't know a guy who knows a guy, i know every guy, and whenever my friends go "Yeah well you know I don't make video games but I know a guy" and I go "julio?" and they feel like a jackass

regardless i hear all sorts of shit because EA and Midway or Acclaim or whatever are the only companies around here, thus bitterness

I actually have this awesome cool idea for a video game trilogy thang but I have nowhere within reach to go and no idea how to pitch it unless I have a business suit, awesome tie, briefcase with no real purpose and a slight goatee. And am like 8 years older so people don't go "CHEEZ WTF U TALKIN BOUT"

WTF ARE you talking about dude?

You clearly know absolutely nothing about anything at all, I'd love to hear your game concept though, I bet you could be the next Will Wright if only your head wasn't stuck up your own ass.

You know a guy who knows a guy? Brilliant, you're clearly the number one resource of all information on the planet, man, delete Wikipedia, let's all just install Cheez on a throne and ask him questions all day.

and wait a second, EA and Midway or Acclaim are the only companies near you but yet you have no where within reach to go pitch? dude do us all a favour and stfu.

Oh and what do we have here? xbob42 again with this entirely useful comment

I enjoy playing finished video games.

No shit really? Xbob42: winner of this year's captain obvious contest for dribbling spastics.

*sigh*

OK so, to Lengero, you have a pretty good idea of what testing is about. Qualifications for it are generally proof that you can communicate the bug effectively (good writing skills, good communication in general), and a solid understanding of gaming helps a lot too ;) Yes it can be boring as hell, but it is also really fun sometimes. Testing from home is very, very rare as companies don' t like their builds leaving the studios. Public beta testing will look good on your resume though, but if you really want a job testing, moving is the only real way, unless you get very lucky. :) Wages are generally low, and testers are often treated like crap, but not always, and depending on the company you might have a good chance of moving up from inside.

feel free to pm me if you have any queries about games testing, although I appear to be an arrogant bastard shitting on everyone in this forum, It's actually only a handful of people pushing me over the edge, and I can potentially offer some advice about CVs and skills you should start perfecting!

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I work in video game QA. I'm a full time standards tester.

Does it suck? IMO, it really depends. You could work for the best company in the world, but if the people you work with are complete assholes, then of course it's gonna suck. Conversely, if you work for crap money, but the people you work with are awesome, then it's really well worth it. I'm lucky that I really love the people I work with, and that although it's tiring to work 12-26 hour days during crunchtime, it's absolutely a blast if you're spending it with people who can take it all in stride.

You're also pretty much on call all the time, once crunch settles in. Once a build is there, it's time to head on over to work, even if it's at 3am.

I was really lucky in that I was hired on immediately as full time. Most people in QA start out as temp testers, meaning that the company will hire you on for a few weeks, work you to the bone, and then let you go once the project is finished. It sucks, yeah, but we need to hire a ton of people to get as much coverage as possible...once the project is over, there's really nothing left for you to do, and we can't keep paying for you to stay. The good news is that if you do a good job, you'll be asked back for the next project...to start crunch all over again.

The pay is definitely not that great, don't expect to earn more than 30-35k a year...if you're lucky AND if you're full time.

It's a good foot in the door for the industry, but there are plenty of people who get fed up with the hours and pay and become disillusioned and leave the industry altogether. I love video games still, but when you're on a console all day, when you come home, the last thing you really wanna do is start up another video game (that's just me; I have plenty of coworkers that go home and play games all night).

In short, if you're young, if you don't have kids, it's a great fun job. If you're married or have kids, I can see how it can really effect your family relationships. I definitely don't see myself staying in QA forever; I want a family and a social life, I'd like to, y'know, own a house or something.

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I used to really want to be a tester when I was growing up. Other kids dreamed of being astronauts, porn-stars, or G.I.-Joe--all I wanted to do was test games. I'm not sure what happened between then and now, but I've lost that lust for hunting bugs and breaking games--I think it might have been art that finally pushed me in a different direction...

Anyway, as others have said, it is a really good way to break into the industry. Some people enjoy it so much that they stay in Q&A;. I wouldn't want to be a tester now, but I would jump at the chance to do it, if only to help get into an art department at a game studio.

Just grab your passion and run with it.

Wuhu! I'm a game tester now :D . Or... I'm signed up.. I don't know when they'll need me :b

Congratulations!

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Yeah, I've been a beta tester for years now and I quite enjoy it. It's not exactly the same things as QA cuz its not nearly as structured but it's still fun. The only downside is that you don't get paid, instead your reward is basically to be able to play the game sometimes even a year or so before it's released. However it looks pretty good on a resumé when you're going to apply for a job in QA. I have a friend who has already been hired by EA in montreal to work QA next summer and I might try to get a job there as well. Should be fun

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