For someone who plays games day and night, to get paid for the same would be a dream job. Well, this is a fact yet many gamers are unaware of the vital role they can play in a gaming industry. In earlier times, when this industry was still running on low budgets and only one programmer would be solely responsible for developing and designing a game. We have a come a long way since then and the video game industry has reached a peak with multi billion dollars each year. The role of a tester has now evident and vital.
Game testers do have a great job of getting paid while they play games but keep in mind it is a difficult job and companies look out for gamers who would take it up professionally and have the right skill set for it. They start working on a project when the development is about 50% to 70% complete, until then the testing is done by the developers team. After the game is almost ready to for play, it has to be played repeatedly to ensure the functionality, find the bugs and the x-factor that will lure gamers to this game.
The idea of playing a game repeatedly might sound intriguing but in reality, it can be frustrating and tiresome. Over the time while playing the same sequences at the same level to fix or check bugs can bring in the boredom. Moreover, even in the middle of the game, you cannot simply concentrate on having fun but instead you will have to keep in mind that you have report the bugs to the developer. This is the reason not everyone can be a game tester though every individual who is a gamer is willing. The lump sum salary offers just attract many but it takes a certain amount of skills to notch the top in this career.
Being a game tester calls for skills at gaming and good communication skills to be able to convey their findings to the team of developers. Most of the testing is conducted during the last phase of development when the project is in a wrapping mode, so the testers have to put in a lot of effort during the late nights too. There are of course bonuses than just being paid; they get to have hands on before the public even knows about it. They get free games to play, hardware, consoles and most significantly, they get to step into the industry that can call for designing and development jobs as a future prospect.