“Quick tips” to remember when you start working as a game tester.

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“Quick tips” to remember when you start working as a game tester.

1. There are many sites online that offer mini-games to help increase your eye for detail, critical thinking, and focus. Do them.
2. Listen to directions. I repeat. LISTEN TO DIRECTIONS. Developers want testers who will follow directions EXACTLY. Something as simple as exploring a part of a level you weren’t supposed to is enough to get you fired.
3. Don’t google “game tester” when searching for jobs, search for QA tester.
4. You must be able to tolerate monotony…even in your games. You will play the same game or part of game over and over for days on end. You will typically play the same game for the entire development cycle, and this can get very boring.
5. Develop your writing skills and verbal communication skills. You could start a gaming blog, take a few free courses online, or write for fun. Get as much practice as you can.
6. Don’t pay anyone who claims to be able to help you get a job as a game tester. It may take knowhow and savvy people skills, but you can get the job for free. Don’t get scammed.
7. Present yourself professionally, but don’t be afraid to brag about your gaming accomplishments. Believe it or not, they will help you get hired! Developers want capable testers.
8. Be persistent and network yourself as much as you can. Feel free to use networking sites to introduce yourself to potential employers. Be visible without being annoying.

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