Yup, that's right folks, yet another guide about how to become a game tester. I know you're probably wondering what is going on in my thick skull for me to bring to you yet another one of these things, but before you start lighting torches and preparing pitchforks, let me tell you a bit about the guide we're going to go over today.
Written by someone that any dedicated gamer has probably gotten to know pretty well in recent months, BetaGamingTesters.com is the newest in a long line of guides and websites that is supposed to help normal guys like you and me rise to the occasion and start testing professionally the big new games that hit the market every year. T Dub Sanders for those of you who don't know him is a popular and well respected writer of WoW guides – he knows a thing or two about gaming – and he's really outdone himself this time around with a guide that covers dozens of things that other game testing products skip over too easily.
So, what's missing from the other guys that T Dub does such a good job of covering. To start with, T Dub doesn't tell you that it's an easy job that you can do at home in your underwear and get rich off of. He tells you right up front that it's a normal job with normal hours (sometimes longer) and that you need to be well trained to do it.
But, he also shares with you all the ways that a game testing job is a good thing for your career including the route you can take to get a better job as a developer, artist, or programmer. He tells you what paths there are to a career in this field, how you can start training early and what your hiring managers will expect to see in you and your resume.
In the end, what T Dub does best is provide a complete outline of what a game testing career looks like. He doesn't just pretend that you're going to make it automatically because you read his book. And that makes him special and his guide much better than the other guides – the honesty and the truth in his path. This is information from someone who knows his games and who has been down that path before. It isn't a guide for those who aren't willing to work or for anyone that is going to cop out quickly. But if you're serious about being a tester, T Dub's guide will help get you there.