How to Sign Up to be an XBox Game Tester
- 1). Start doing research on the company and keep tabs on any Microsoft XBox news you hear. They will often put out a call for beta testers in the release versions of other games. Decide if you want to be an at home part-time tester or actually get into the studio and help the programming staff work out the kinks in new games. Either way you can start off as an unpaid tester to gain experience (Reference 1).
- 2). Train yourself to see the game like a programmer instead of a consumer. Take an XBox-exclusive video game and spend a day intentionally trying to accomplish things that seem like they are off-limits, then write down any bugs you have found. Dedicate yourself to doing this for a single level, then a full game to get the feel for what testing is like on the XBox 360 (Reference 3).
- 3). Learn about major concepts that programmers talk about, such as collision detection, polygon count, broken geometry and others, that you will have to succinctly relay to XBox game programmers in your reports (Reference 2). A lot of information is available online, or you can enroll in a video game design course at a local college or university.
- 4). Get noticed in the industry as a person who knows games. Set up your own blog or website dedicated to video games. Make contacts by doing interviews with designers, programmers and other contacts who can you introduce to Microsoft's hiring staff. Finally, apply to Microsoft as a game tester (Resource 1).