Its hard to believe that just a few years ago I was an excited young kid who was introduced to the possibility of working for a game company, testing their new video games.
Just like you, I love playing video games and can not think of a better job at that age.
Video game tester jobs do not suit everyone and this article talks about what you might experience as a game tester and to give you the plus points and the negatives advantages as well as the disadvantages.
When I was playing for fun, I didnt even know there were such jobs available, let alone being paid to do it. Heck, I probably would have done it for free.
Now I imagine the idea of becoming a game tester sounds too good to be true for you too.
As with most things in life, there are two sides to a coin and you need to check out both sides before spending a small part of your life looking to become a game tester.
The bad news is...
* You will be in competition with a ton of other wannabe video game testers. And many of them will have professional qualifications.
* The pay is not great. When first starting off as a game tester you will be on a fairly low hourly rate. It gets better when you complete more jobs and you gain experience, but it takes time.
* The working hours can be extensive and unsociable.
* You will not hop from one testing job to another. Quite often you will have to wait a period of time before your next project.
* You dont get to see much of the sun when you are working!
But here is the good news...
* You get paid to play (or rather test), the very latest video games, before they come on to the market and before anyone else sees them.
* You WILL be the envy of your friends by having such a cool job.
* You work and socialize with people similar to yourself, i.e. people who love playing video games.
* Once you start testing, there are other jobs that may become available within the company. Once your foot is in that door, other doors can easily open up for you.
* If you do not yet want to join the millions of other guys and girls working tedious 9 to 5 jobs, Monday to Friday then the lifestyle of a video game tester might be the answer.
These are a just a few advantages and disadvantages to video game tester jobs and what they entail.
It certainly is not a job that will suit everyone. It is also probably more suitable for people who are in the 18 to 30s age group. If the idea still appeals you, then why not go for it?
Pete Wotton was a game tester for a major game company. For more information on video game tester jobs and how to become a game tester yourself, visit his site for free help, articles and reviews at: http://www.progametester.com