May 27, 2015

5 Important Things You'd NOT Want to Miss While Testing Video Games

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Gaming, be it online games, mobile games, console games or PC games, is a multi-billion dollar industry and no child's play (pun intended)! Hence, expert-level game testing is of highest importance to any game’s success. Games that are built for mobile are totally different than the web-based games, which in turn are completely different than console or PC games. However, quality of the game is critical no matter which media platform you're testing for.

A high-quality game aims to meet and exceed the expectations of the players, remembering to throw in enough challenges to make the game-play interesting. It also is tested to pass the cross-platform performance criteria without compromising on the player's privacy and security.

If your game has glitches, lags while playing, doesn’t load characters and scenes, has rendering issues, kicks players out of their sessions in middle of game play, often crashes or fails to save a high score, then the players/users will walk away frustrated, will never come back and might even caution their friends not to bother. Here are a few common challenges faced by video game testers:

Testing Multiplayer Support


This can be a huge challenge especially when you are trying to emulate players who aren’t in the same room and rather playing from whole different geographies. Multiplayer games are a pain to test, hard to debug, can contain issues that are nearly impossible to reproduce and can break easily (flaky network connections, anyone?).
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Aug 18, 2014

Software Testing Complete Guide eBook (FREE Download)

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I'm glad to announce that we are giving away a FREE copy of the much awaited eBook "Software Testing Complete Guide" to our readers. The regular price of this testing book is $19.99USD but for a limited period we are giving away this book absolutely FREE to "Software Testing Tricks" readers.

This comprehensive book will help freshers and newbies in testing with how to get started in testing, understanding various testing concepts, QA methodologies, fundamentals and other day to day activities that a software tester must know when joining this field.

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Aug 14, 2014

Tips for Becoming an Expert Video Game Tester

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"Recently I came to know from a friend about career in video game testing and it sounds too good to be true; doing what I enjoy doing most (playing video games) and getting paid for the same sounds awesome. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that someone can actually get to play the latest video games all the time and get paid good salary for... uh... playing games! I think I already have the basic traits to become a good video game tester and I have love and passion for video games. What's the requirement for video game testers? What are a video game tester's main responsibilities? Can you please give me some instructions on becoming an expert game tester?"  --A Video Game Tester Wannabe

If you are also wondering if you should start a career in video game testing industry, this article is for you. The gaming industry itself has come a long way in the past decade and as the modern day games like the latest cutting edge games from EA are evolving and becoming more interactive, feature-rich, faster and complex the need for good gaming tester who can push the limits of these games also has increased.

What is Video Game Testing?



Like any other testing related activities, video game testing has an important role in the video game development. Testing begins while the game is still in development phase ("alpha" or early versions of the game) and when finished, the game testers go a final end-to-end testing to ensure that gamers have a good experience out of it. Like software testers, video game testers perform video game testing to find mistakes, defects, bugs and other issues that could frustrate or turn off the end user (gamers) if not fixed.
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Aug 1, 2014

Top 5 Software Testing Traps and How to Overcome Them

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If you are a software tester and have been in this field for a while then you might have run into situations (let me call them traps and hurdles) that limit your efficiency and effectiveness as a tester. It could be a common problem like lack of enough time and/or resources to finish testing or could be because you are surrounded by coworkers and colleagues who don't realize the importance of your work. But if you're like me who cannot work on projects and with people unless you have got credibility, respect and their confidence in the work you do, then you must be aware of these pitfalls, mistakes, traps and hurdles that any tester can face in their life.

I started writing this blog when I began my software testing career (exactly 9 years from today) and I don't know about you but I have run into plenty such software testing traps while working on various testing projects at various stages of my career. And every time I ran into them, it gave me a chance to look for magic spells, ways, methods, techniques, tricks, tips and anything and everything that could help me come out of such situations. And today's article is a compilation of some of those top 5 traps that I've ever run into in my software testing career and some of the ways that helped me overcome them, in my context. The following case points and suggested solutions can help you overcome many common real-life software testing problems.

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Aug 28, 2013

The Importance of Cost-effective Software Testing

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The digital world is becoming hugely popular around the world. Business houses are taking several steps to promote their business globally. However, in order to do that, one needs to go for effective software testing. The online industry has really helped businesses expand and promote their products on a large scale. To say the least, the importance of cost-effective software testing is immense. Before delving further into the topic, it is really essential to understand what software testing exactly is.  

Software testing is basically directed towards ensuring that the desired software meets its predefined objectives. For instance, an application crafted to view several pictures needs to carry out basic tasks like displaying the image properly. Software applications or tools have become a basic requirement of sorts for almost every company, irrespective of whether the firm is a large scale establishment or a small scale business. Many companies take advantage of these products in order to track viruses and other malware issues within their computing systems. Some other companies, on the other hand, seek the guidance of a professional developer in order to have a stern and safe program pre-installed. Software testing services will reassure whether the software is an apt one or not. This procedure is normally useful to recognize the safety, completeness, quality and correctness of the computer software.  
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