What does a computer games tester do?
Computer games testers are part of the quality assurance (QA) team. You will play games to find and report development faults (bugs), as well as reporting on the playability of a game. After playing a game through, you’ll recommend improvements to the development team before a game is launched publicly. You’ll play games in detail and in as many ways as possible. Your responsibilities could include:
- testing different levels and versions of a game
- checking its performance against what the designer intended
- comparing the game against others on the market
- noting problems and suggesting improvements
- working out what is causing a problem
- trying to recreate the problem, recording the steps you took
- checking accessibility options (how easy the game is to play if you have a disability)
- checking for spelling mistakes and copyright issues, such as logos
- checking the text on packaging and in instruction manuals
- entering each 'bug report' in a quality management system
You may be working directly for a computer games company or you could be self-employed.
What do I need to do to become a computer games tester?
You do not need any specific qualifications to become a computer games tester, but good IT and analytical skills combined with a passion for games is a must.
There are no specific subjects required, although programming A levels in computing, maths and physics would all be useful.
Vocational courses in computer science would also provide useful background knowledge.
- Computer science course
- A level IT (or equivalent)
- A level computing
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