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Runs repeated tests on pre-release video games to ensure there are no glitches or problems with the software or game design.


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Testing is a vital part of producing a computer game. As well as finding and recording programming faults (bugs), you would also play the role of the game’s first public user. You would report on its playability and recommend improvements. As part of a team of quality assurance (QA) testers, you would:

  • play games in detail and in as many ways as possible
  • test different levels and versions of a game
  • check its performance against what the designer intended
  • compare the game against others on the market
  • note problems and suggest improvements
  • try to work out what is causing a problem
  • try to recreate the problem, recording the steps you took
  • check accessibility options
  • check for spelling mistakes and copyright issues such as logos
  • check the text on packaging and in instruction manuals
  • enter each 'bug report' into a quality management system
  • work to strict deadlines.

You would work closely with programmers, artists and designers before a game is released, and with customer support teams after it is on the market. Some jobs may involve checking and translating in-game instructions and manuals for overseas markets.


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To become a computer games tester you will need:

  • excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • a passion for playing computer games and an ability to play at high levels
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • an understanding of quality assurance processes
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • a tactful manner
  • good negotiation skills
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • patience and persistence, for repetitive work
  • a methodical and disciplined approach
  • excellent attention to detail
  • a good knowledge of the games market
  • a willingness to work flexibly
  • good office computer skills.

Foreign language skills are also useful for testing games aimed at overseas markets.


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