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GAME TEST LEAD, IN-DEPTH: Game Testing Is A Good Entry Into Game Development

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Kari, a test lead at a game design company, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Many people told her that she didn't have the skills to move up in the gaming industry because she lacked technical skills, but she decided to not listen to them and instead went to get those skills by going to school and taking classes outside of work.

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
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$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='12570'>and</span> <span m='12970'>I'm</span> <span m='13270'>excited</span> <span m='13650'>to</span> <span m='13750'>go</span> <span m='13860'>to</span> <span m='13940'>work.</span> <span m='14240'>And</span> <span m='14600'>I</span> <span m='14670'>realize</span> <span m='14935'>that</span> <span m='15200'>that</span> <span m='15370'>is</span> <span m='15570'>such</span> <span m='15870'>a</span> <span m='15950'>luxury</span> <span m='16490'>nowadays.</span> <span m='17830'>And</span> <span m='18050'>so</span> <span m='18280'>the</span> <span m='18450'>moment</span> <span m='18980'>that</span> <span m='19270'>I</span> <span m='19440'>stop</span> <span m='20370'>liking</span> <span m='20790'>getting</span> <span m='21110'>up</span> <span m='21220'>and</span> <span m='21590'>wanting</span> <span m='21860'>to</span> <span m='21940'>go</span> <span m='22030'>to</span> <span m='22100'>work</span> <span m='22410'>is</span> <span m='22610'>the</span> <span m='22690'>moment</span> <span m='22940'>I</span> <span m='23070'>leave,</span> <span m='23410'>but</span> <span m='23580'>I</span> <span m='23690'>don't</span> <span m='23950'>see</span> <span m='24070'>that</span> <span m='24230'>happening</span> <span m='24560'>any</span> <span m='24730'>time</span> <span m='24950'>soon.</span> <span m='25990'>Never</span> <span m='26170'>boring,</span> <span m='26500'>yeah.</span> </p><p><span m='26830'>What's</span> <span m='27360'>most</span> <span m='27650'>challenging</span> <span m='28270'>about</span> <span m='28520'>my</span> <span m='28650'>job</span> <span m='29180'>is</span> <span m='30980'>learning</span> <span m='31340'>new</span> <span m='31470'>skills.</span> <span m='32460'>It's</span> <span m='32920'>something</span> <span m='33220'>I</span> <span m='33270'>really</span> <span m='33520'>love</span> <span m='33760'>doing,</span> <span m='34060'>but</span> <span m='34920'>there's</span> <span m='35520'>a</span> <span m='35570'>lot</span> <span m='35740'>of</span> <span m='35820'>stuff</span> <span m='35990'>to</span> <span m='36090'>learn.</span> <span m='36440'>They're</span> <span m='36650'>in</span> <span m='36800'>multi-disciplines.</span> <span m='37355'>It's</span> <span m='37680'>like</span> <span m='37840'>working</span> <span m='38120'>in</span> <span m='38210'>film.</span> <span m='38550'>So</span> <span m='39230'>you</span> <span m='39410'>have</span> <span m='39580'>to</span> <span m='39660'>learn</span> <span m='39840'>about</span> <span m='40120'>what</span> <span m='40260'>an</span> <span m='40370'>artist</span> <span m='40690'>does</span> <span m='40910'>everyday.</span> <span m='41350'>You have</span> <span m='41520'>to</span> <span m='41620'>learn</span> <span m='41780'>about</span> <span m='42020'>what</span> <span m='42140'>an</span> <span m='42240'>engineer</span> <span m='42690'>does,</span> <span m='42960'>even</span> <span m='43150'>if</span> <span m='43250'>I</span> <span m='43330'>don't</span> <span m='43500'>know</span> <span m='43590'>how</span> <span m='43690'>to</span> <span m='43780'>code.</span> </p><p><span m='45190'>And</span> <span m='45350'>I</span> <span m='45430'>have</span> <span m='45610'>to</span> <span m='45720'>adapt</span> <span m='46110'>to</span> <span m='46260'>those</span> <span m='46540'>type</span> <span m='46580'>of</span> <span m='46680'>people.</span> <span m='47030'>Lots</span> <span m='47260'>of</span> <span m='47330'>engineers</span> <span m='47750'>are</span> <span m='47790'>very</span> <span m='47970'>logical,</span> <span m='48910'>and</span> <span m='50072'>I'm</span> <span m='50460'>not</span> <span m='50660'>very</span> <span m='50840'>logical.</span> <span m='51270'>So</span> <span m='51570'>learning</span> <span m='51790'>how</span> <span m='51870'>to</span> <span m='51970'>talk</span> <span m='52200'>to</span> <span m='52300'>people</span> <span m='53060'>and</span> <span m='53310'>learning</span> <span m='53580'>what</span> <span m='53690'>they</span> <span m='53800'>do</span> <span m='54020'>for</span> <span m='54180'>a</span> <span m='54240'>living</span> <span m='54910'>is</span> <span m='55050'>really</span> <span m='55230'>important</span> <span m='55580'>for a</span> <span m='55740'>tester.</span> <span m='56220'>So</span> <span m='56450'>that's a</span> <span m='56680'>challenge,</span> <span m='57070'>I</span> <span m='57513'>think,</span> <span m='57956'>yeah.</span> </p><p><span m='58400'>The key</span> <span m='58540'>decision</span> <span m='58970'>I</span> <span m='59040'>made</span> <span m='59630'>to</span> <span m='59780'>get</span> <span m='59940'>where</span> <span m='60090'>I</span> <span m='60140'>am</span> <span m='60320'>today,</span> <span m='61390'>oh</span> <span m='61812'>man,</span> <span m='63500'>is</span> <span m='63710'>to</span> <span m='63810'>never</span> <span m='64019'>give</span> <span m='64180'>up.</span> <span m='65230'>People</span> <span m='65720'>kept</span> <span m='65930'>telling</span> <span m='66200'>me</span> <span m='67250'>I</span> <span m='67380'>didn't</span> <span m='67580'>have</span> <span m='67720'>the</span> <span m='67800'>skills,</span> <span m='68240'>technical</span> <span m='68630'>skills,</span> <span m='69070'>or</span> <span m='69170'>knowledge</span> <span m='69650'>to</span> <span m='69970'>keep</span> <span m='70300'>doing</span> <span m='70510'>what</span> <span m='70630'>I'm</span> <span m='70720'>doing</span> <span m='71170'>and</span> <span m='71850'>get</span> <span m='71990'>promoted.</span> <span m='72770'>And</span> <span m='73000'>I</span> <span m='73100'>told</span> <span m='73360'>them</span> <span m='75470'>that's</span> <span m='75740'>not</span> <span m='75940'>acceptable.</span> <span m='77470'>And</span> <span m='77650'>how</span> <span m='77880'>can</span> <span m='78060'>I</span> <span m='78140'>actually</span> <span m='78460'>get</span> <span m='78620'>those</span> <span m='78790'>skills?</span> <span m='79350'>And</span> <span m='79510'>I</span> <span m='79970'>went</span> <span m='80100'>to</span> <span m='80180'>school.</span> <span m='80900'>I</span> <span m='80980'>took</span> <span m='81140'>some</span> <span m='81300'>classes</span> <span m='81800'>outside</span> <span m='82140'>of</span> <span m='82250'>work.</span> <span m='83320'>I</span> <span m='83470'>did</span> <span m='83650'>whatever</span> <span m='84110'>I</span> <span m='84160'>could.</span> <span m='84940'>I</span> <span m='85360'>asked</span> <span m='85650'>everybody</span> <span m='86310'>what</span> <span m='86510'>I</span> <span m='86600'>could</span> <span m='86780'>do</span> <span m='87040'>to</span> <span m='87180'>be</span> <span m='87410'>better,</span> <span m='87830'>and</span> <span m='90090'>I</span> <span m='90180'>didn't</span> <span m='90360'>accept</span> <span m='90600'>that</span> <span m='90700'>I</span> <span m='90750'>couldn't</span> <span m='91040'>do</span> <span m='91180'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='92490'>It's</span> <span m='92720'>not</span> <span m='93030'>hard</span> <span m='93240'>to</span> <span m='93320'>find</span> <span m='93630'>work</span> <span m='93840'>in</span> <span m='93930'>my</span> <span m='94060'>field</span> <span m='95030'>if</span> <span m='95180'>you</span> <span m='95340'>know</span> <span m='95570'>where</span> <span m='95770'>to</span> <span m='95900'>look.</span> <span m='96960'>People</span> <span m='97230'>are</span> <span m='97370'>always</span> <span m='98040'>hiring</span> <span m='98410'>testers,</span> <span m='98790'>and</span> <span m='98880'>they're</span> <span m='99160'>very</span> <span m='99410'>entry</span> <span m='99710'>level.</span> <span m='100310'>And</span> <span m='100580'>a</span> <span m='100670'>lot</span> <span m='100840'>of</span> <span m='101990'>test</span> <span m='102440'>positions</span> <span m='102830'>lead</span> <span m='103080'>to</span> <span m='103160'>other</span> <span m='103320'>things,</span> <span m='103540'>like</span> <span m='103660'>designers,</span> <span m='105030'>engineers,</span> <span m='105910'>artists.</span> <span m='107630'>So</span> <span m='108060'>it's</span> <span m='108450'>a</span> <span m='108480'>good</span> <span m='108960'>entry</span> <span m='110126'>into</span> <span m='110510'>game</span> <span m='110700'>development.</span> </p><p><span m='111740'>My</span> <span m='111860'>work/life</span> <span m='112220'>balance.</span> <span m='113555'>Work/life</span> <span m='114100'>balance</span> <span m='114570'>is</span> <span m='115010'>rough.</span> <span m='115440'>So</span> <span m='115830'>if</span> <span m='116060'>we're</span> <span m='116320'>coming</span> <span m='116560'>up</span> <span m='116660'>on</span> <span m='116800'>a</span> <span m='116860'>deadline,</span> <span m='117280'>if we're</span> <span m='117370'>about</span> <span m='117600'>to</span> <span m='117650'>ship</span> <span m='117820'>a</span> <span m='117890'>game,</span> <span m='120060'>it</span> <span m='120240'>gets</span> <span m='120430'>really</span> <span m='120640'>intense.</span> <span m='121370'>I</span> <span m='121470'>will</span> <span m='121700'>say,</span> <span m='122060'>though,</span> <span m='122260'>that</span> <span m='122800'>during</span> <span m='123050'>that</span> <span m='123260'>time</span> <span m='123550'>at</span> <span m='123620'>the</span> <span m='123690'>very</span> <span m='123980'>end,</span> <span m='124180'>when everyone's</span> <span m='124650'>working</span> <span m='124940'>really</span> <span m='125120'>hard</span> <span m='125480'>to</span> <span m='125560'>get</span> <span m='125700'>to</span> <span m='125780'>the</span> <span m='125930'>end</span> <span m='126140'>goal,</span> <span m='126720'>that</span> <span m='126850'>is</span> <span m='126950'>my</span> <span m='127080'>favorite</span> <span m='127480'>time</span> <span m='127760'>about</span> <span m='127980'>working.</span> <span m='128340'>So</span> <span m='128509'>work/life</span> <span m='128949'>balance</span> <span m='129400'>is</span> <span m='129580'>kind</span> <span m='129800'>of</span> <span m='129889'>weird</span> <span m='130250'>because</span> <span m='130990'>I'm</span> <span m='131190'>working</span> <span m='131490'>a</span> <span m='131550'>lot</span> <span m='131720'>of</span> <span m='131810'>hours,</span> <span m='132300'>but</span> <span m='132420'>I</span> <span m='132470'>really</span> <span m='132930'>love</span> <span m='133360'>doing</span> <span m='133660'>what</span> <span m='133790'>I'm</span> <span m='133900'>doing.</span> </p><p><span m='134530'>So</span> <span m='136546'>I have</span> <span m='136890'>to</span> <span m='136980'>make</span> <span m='137180'>sure</span> <span m='137490'>that</span> <span m='138050'>once</span> <span m='138300'>that</span> <span m='138530'>part</span> <span m='138720'>is</span> <span m='138870'>over,</span> <span m='139250'>I</span> <span m='139300'>take</span> <span m='139490'>a</span> <span m='139540'>break,</span> <span m='140425'>let</span> <span m='140730'>myself</span> <span m='141050'>breathe,</span> <span m='141900'>try</span> <span m='142080'>not</span> <span m='142240'>to</span> <span m='142310'>jump</span> <span m='142540'>into</span> <span m='142720'>something.</span> <span m='144330'>But</span> <span m='144550'>I</span> <span m='144670'>have</span> <span m='144880'>worked</span> <span m='145130'>many</span> <span m='145470'>hours.</span> <span m='145880'>In</span> <span m='146000'>fact,</span> <span m='146260'>after</span> <span m='146560'>GDC</span> <span m='147020'>I</span> <span m='147100'>have</span> <span m='147250'>to</span> <span m='147330'>go</span> <span m='147460'>back</span> <span m='147630'>to</span> <span m='147730'>work</span> <span m='148410'>and</span> <span m='148650'>work</span> <span m='148880'>in my</span> <span m='148980'>hotel</span> <span m='149360'>room.</span> <span m='150000'>But</span> <span m='150440'>I</span> <span m='150780'>really</span> <span m='150980'>love</span> <span m='151150'>being</span> <span m='151480'>here, and</span> <span m='151840'>I love</span> <span m='151870'>doing</span> <span m='152030'>my</span> <span m='152150'>job.</span> <span m='152450'>So it's worth</span> <span m='152750'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":380892,"video_id":"3396693119001","name":"2379-Kari-GameTestLead2 In-depth","duration":153856,"thumbnail_url":null}});