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GAME TEST LEAD: I Was One Of The Few Women Playing Halo 2

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Kari, a test lead at a game design company, creates test plans and makes sure that their games are up to standards. She got her start in the industry by being one of the few women in the gaming community to play Halo 2. She got in with the developers of Halo and worked her way up from the bottom. She tells us that though you do play games a lot, testing isn't all about playing video games. You also have to give feedback and write up documentation, but it is still a very fun job.

Job Title: Test Lead
Employer: PopCap Games

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='26510'>I</span> <span m='26770'>actually</span> <span m='27220'>came</span> <span m='27440'>in through</span> <span m='27620'>the</span> <span m='27700'>gaming</span> <span m='27990'>community.</span> <span m='28480'>I</span> <span m='28620'>loved</span> <span m='28980'>Halo 2</span> <span m='29850'>I</span> <span m='30110'>was</span> <span m='30230'>a</span> <span m='30260'>huge</span> <span m='30630'>fan.</span> <span m='31350'>There</span> <span m='31550'>weren't</span> <span m='31640'>very</span> <span m='31830'>many</span> <span m='32030'>women</span> <span m='32299'>playing</span> <span m='32520'>Halo 2</span> <span m='32950'>at</span> <span m='33020'>the</span> <span m='33100'>time--</span> <span m='33390'>or</span> <span m='33490'>if</span> <span m='33540'>they were,</span> <span m='33970'>they were</span> <span m='34180'>in</span> <span m='34250'>hiding.</span> </p><p><span m='35850'>I</span> <span m='36300'>got</span> <span m='36570'>in</span> <span m='36930'>big</span> <span m='37170'>with</span> <span m='37580'>the</span> <span m='37930'>Halo</span> <span m='38190'>community</span> <span m='38600'>at</span> <span m='38650'>Bungie,</span> <span m='39120'>and</span> <span m='39530'>I</span> <span m='39880'>submitted</span> <span m='40200'>my</span> <span m='40310'>resume</span> <span m='40670'>because</span> <span m='40850'>I</span> <span m='40900'>was</span> <span m='41130'>local.</span> <span m='42000'>Somebody</span> <span m='42480'>slammed</span> <span m='42980'>it</span> <span m='43070'>on</span> <span m='43380'>the</span> <span m='43760'>test</span> <span m='44070'>manager's</span> <span m='44990'>desk,</span> <span m='45900'>and</span> <span m='46330'>they</span> <span m='46520'>took</span> <span m='46730'>a</span> <span m='46780'>chance</span> <span m='47140'>on</span> <span m='47300'>me.</span> <span m='47720'>And</span> <span m='48260'>I</span> <span m='48480'>worked</span> <span m='48810'>my</span> <span m='48960'>way</span> <span 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</p><p><span m='61540'>What</span> <span m='62220'>I</span> <span m='62400'>know</span> <span m='62650'>now</span> <span m='62980'>about</span> <span m='63190'>this</span> <span m='63470'>field</span> <span m='63810'>that</span> <span m='63880'>I</span> <span m='64000'>didn't</span> <span m='64360'>know</span> <span m='64540'>when</span> <span m='64670'>I</span> <span m='64750'>first</span> <span m='65180'>started.</span> <span m='68960'>Testing</span> <span m='69380'>is</span> <span m='69530'>not</span> <span m='69760'>all</span> <span m='69970'>about</span> <span m='70240'>playing</span> <span m='70550'>games</span> <span m='70950'>every</span> <span m='71270'>day,</span> <span m='71760'>all</span> <span m='71980'>day.</span> <span m='73280'>But</span> <span m='73820'>you</span> <span m='74010'>play</span> <span m='74230'>games</span> <span m='74520'>all</span> <span m='74680'>the</span> <span m='74760'>time,</span> <span m='75160'>and</span> <span m='75330'>it's</span> <span 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