“The Tester, which will debut on February 18th, will star 11 video game fanatics who will compete against each others to determine who’s got the best skills to become a game tester. The grand winner will be offered a job at SCEA San Diego plus $5000 as a signing bonus”
What an interesting idea. I have no idea how boring such a show would be to watch but if it’s testing games ok, I can see that. With all due respect to the MS Access product group I suspect watching those testers test would be quite boring to an outsider.
It’s also quite interesting to talk to testers from Microsoft. Yes, they test for the standard kind of stuff. But I’m told the best kind of tester is a truly twisted, warped person. Someone who takes great delight in tormenting the developer. Ok, that last sentence is an exaggeration. However I’ve learned that it’s impossible to make a user proof program. A user will always, always figure out something totally different than what you meant.
I’ve also learned that very few bugs get reported. I do my best to fix bugs as soon as I hear about them because I’ve come to the realization that some of my bugs must be affecting many people and yet I only get one or two complaints.
I think I’m going to do my best to actually phone each person who sends me an email mentioning a problem or bug. Especially a problem because this means I didn’t make the program smart enough or the documentation good enough. If they mention a bug well, I’ll just fix it ASAP.
BTW I also don’t PS3 console (or any gaming system) or a television.