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How To Become a Professional Video Game Tester in 5 Simple Steps -- Part 2

Step 3: Practice Makes Perfect!
The best way to become a better video game tester is to practice. You've heard it before, "practice makes perfect". Well, that usually is the case for being a game tester.

You're probably thinking "how can I practice-test video games?" Honestly, the same way you would practice doing anything else; you just do it. While you are in between jobs, do what you always do, play video games. Except this time, play it like you are testing the game instead of simply having fun with it.

Just like with actual testing jobs, go over every game you play with a fine tooth comb and look for any bugs or glitches while you are playing. Obviously, there aren't going to be a significant amount of bugs/glitches due to the fact that the game has already been tested, fixed, & released. However, nobody is perfect and something was bound to be missed.

Will you find anything? Maybe, maybe not. The point is that you are looking, and in doing so you are testing the game as though you were being paid to. This type of mentality & practice will get you prepared for testing jobs. Not only that, but it will sharpen your awareness skills and allow you to spot bugs and glitches much more easily.

Should you practice 24 Hours a day, 7 Days a Week? Of course not. You should still take time out of your day to just play games and enjoy them with no strings attached. After all, if you just test & test & test, you might find yourself hating video games after awhile. With that being said, it's okay to test the games you play, but don't be afraid to take some time out and genuinely enjoy them.

Step 4: Make Contacts!
Networking is a vital part of any video game testers career. It's possible to be successful without a network of reliable contacts, but it's definitely not as easy. Therefore, you should try to get acquainted with as many people in the gaming industry as possible; testers, developers, programmers, graphics designers, artists, sound/audio specialists, and anyone else who is around games daily.

Your network of contacts can help your career drastically and allow you to land testing jobs a whole lot easier. Whether it be just putting in a good word for you or letting you know when new testing jobs have opened up, a network of contacts is something no game tester should be without.

Step 5: Never Give Up!
No matter what happens, don't give up on your dream of becoming a professional video game tester. You need to keep in mind that things will not always go your way. The job you were absolutely sure you'd get might go to someone else, and the check that you thought was going to be huge might not actually be so big.

There will be times when you have a lucky streak and get testing job after testing job. Then again, there will also be times when you hit a dry spell and get nothing-zippo-nadda for a couple of weeks. But still, no matter how big or small the speed bump happens to be, just do your best to get over it and keep on going.

Don't stress over not landing your first testing job either. The first one is always the hardest to bag. Some people get lucky and get one in their first week, others can go months before getting that first "You're Hired" notification. All in All, you just have to go with the flow and keep working on your video game tester career.

In conclusion, always remember that a professional video game tester has the blessing of having a genuinely fun job. Most people aren't excited about going to work and working a boring 9-5 shift. You, on the other hand, get to do what you love and get paid for it. So, have fun with your career and enjoy the video games you are testing. After all, it really doesn't get much better than getting paid to play video games!


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