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(In this part of the series, we'll go through how to score your first beta testing positions, and in the next part we will go through what you are expected to do as a beta tester and how you do it.)
This is mainly for the PC gaming world, and is a big part of MMORPG games. Beta testing is where players from all over the world sign up to participate in a special “closed to the public” testing of a new game – but you are not paid for this. Beta testing is a great way to get some video game testing experience to include on your resume. But, you have to be on the watch for games that are in the beta stages so that you can get in quickly. Normally, beta tests have a limited number of spots, so you have to get your information in to the gaming company fast so that you can get a spot before all of the vacancies are filled. My advice is to sign up for every beta test that you come across until you get into two or three. Once you have some beta testing experience under your belt, you will be better able to push your beta testing skills when you apply for other beta tests.
A great way to keep an eye out for games that are in, or about to be in, the beta testing phase is to join some of the gaming sites on the web that list this type of information. (I will list some of these sites in Chapter 6 for you.) These sites usually receive news feeds that will tell players about the upcoming beta testing phases for different games. Keep up with these sites by either checking them daily or by subscribing to their news feeds, or RSS feeds. The easiest way to get the up-to-the-minute news on beta testing is to subscribe to their feeds. When you do, you will have the latest information sent directly to your email and you will know about it right away. Now, these are usually online PC games, such as MMO and MMORPG games that do the vast majority of the online beta testing. So, if you are more interested in console game testing, you will probably have to start getting your feet wet online to get the free game testing experience you need.
Now that you know how to land some beta testing experience, the next part in this series will take you through what a beta tester does and how to do it.
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