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If you love playing video games and are looking to become a tester for Quality Assurance of other players, there are a couple of things that are of the utmost importance. Below is some advice from one of our very.
i. Can you critically analyze what makes a game “good” or “bad” and why? You need to be able to articulate communicate exactly why certain mechanics are troublesome or provide a user with a bad experience – simply stating “It stinks” does not cut it.
ii. Can you remember details and specifics about a situation and use that to recreate it? A big portion of the job is being able to observe something occur, note all the events leading up to that occurrence, and try to recreate it. This is the problem-solving portion of the job. If you are able to remember a sequence of events and dissect it to uncover the problem, you are on your way to being a great beta tester!
iii. How is your writing ability? Can you encapsulate a complex idea or thought into a few sentences that can be universally understood? This is a key element to becoming a tester as you will need to communicate numerous problems out daily to either a lead or member of the development team. Accuracy is critical as this will ensure that there is no need for rework and the bug gets squashed in the first attempt!
iv. Do you know the ins and outs of your console? How about your PC? Having a well-rounded technical knowledge base is going to be of tremendous help if you aspire to become a Quality Assurance. Sometimes there is troubleshooting that must occur before you are even capable of booting up the game and testing it. Knowing typical hardware issues and knowing how to navigate both a console and PC OS to check settings is a big plus to becoming a good tester.