About 68 percent of American households played video or computer games, according to a 2009 survey by Entertainment Software Association, or ESA. To ensure that the video games you buy aren’t flawed, video game developers hire game testers to find any bugs in the game during the development stage. Though there are no major requirements to be a game tester—besides the ability to play video games for long hours and spot flaws—many employers expect testers to meet certain educational requirements.
Good writing skills are important. High school English and writing courses are enough for some employers, but more elite video game developers may require testers to have college-level writing courses under their belt. A proficient grasp of writing is essential because video game testers are required to write down any bugs they find in the game. Sloppy writing and poor spelling or grammar may make it more difficult for developers to read and understand game flaws.
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Video game testers play a vital role in the creation and design of video games. Testers constantly communicate with designers and developers. They present game flaws or make suggestions to improve games. Courses in public speaking or speech communication provide the necessary skills to communicate clearly and effectively.
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Video game testers must be able to perform a variety of computer procedures, from researching the Internet to networking and programming. Testers must also have experience in creating and maintaining databases of information, and have some knowledge of graphic design, according to Northern Iowa Area Community College. Though such tasks can be self taught, taking computer classes at a local college or university can only help your chances of landing a job as a game tester.
Though there is no formal degree in video game testing, employers may look for testers with a degree in computer science, computer programming or graphic design. Having a degree in these subjects may give some testers the edge over testers who don’t have an educational background in computers or design, according to Stateuniversity.com.