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09/02/2003: "Video Game Testing?"

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WTF? Adam has a job now? Yeah, and it's about time too. I interviewed last Friday for a CQC Game Testing position at Electronic Arts in Redwood City, and they called me back later on that afternoon asking me to come back and work the day after Labor Day; that's today! So, my morning didn't start out too good since my alarm woke me up. I don't like alarms and I don't like mornings. As if waking up at 7:45 AM in order to leave by 8:30 and get to Redwood City wasn't enough, when I got to the 85 - 101 interchange, it was packed full-on bumper to bumper. But, once I got on 101 it was a little better.

You're probably thinking to yourself, "Come on, game testing? That's SO easy. I wish I could do that." Well, you can't. All the 7 positions are closed. And, no, it's not easy. Sure the job is as simple as playing video games for 8 hours, however, there's a lot more too it. You have to find playability issues. I find that if you don't find any, it makes you look bad. So there is some stress within. Sure it's fun and games, but it still is work.

Curse the new tech companies for making all the damn electronics with stupid cameras. Because of them I'm not allowed to bring in my cell phone AND my CLI?(Sony PDA). So, if you need to get a hold of me... too bad. I can have it, but it needs to be turned off while I'm on my floor. If need be, I can be reached between ~ 12:30 - 1:30. I don't have my own desk nor my own computer, but I will have email. However, that, too, is limited. Gosh I miss having my own office...

One of the coolest perks of having the job, other than the obvious playing video games 40+ hours a week, is the company store and the video library. The company store is a bunch of EA games at a nice discount. The library is a bunch of DVD/video rentals and tons o' video games, not just EA games mind you, that you can rent for free for a week. Oh, the discount? What have you done for me? HA!

You may still be thinking, "Oh, what a cool job. I wish I could do it." Well, apply. But, just be sure you can sit in front of a monitor/TV for like 8 hours straight. It's tougher than you think. Luckily, being unemployed for 2 and a half years now, I've gotten used to it.
Bitching by Adam @ 09:44 PM PST

Replies: 2 People Bitched

On Tuesday, September 9th @ 05:23 PM PST, RaYzoR said:
Hey there fellow TESTER! Yes, I agree with you about testing games. It's fun but still stressing. At least the boss ain't calling names like "superstar" already! He's gonna find out I suck at playing games sooner or later. =P Cool site man.
On Tuesday, September 9th @ 05:54 PM PST, Adam said:
Holy crap LOL, talk about small world. This guy, Ray, gets so much crap from one of the big guys just 'cuz the first day of our testing Ray said something like he had experience playing RTSes. Bossman took it as he's the sh*t at RTSes. How the hell did you manage to find me? Crazy, ha