I love board games, and if you are reading this, I’ll bet you do too. And if you are anything like me, you are the most enthusiastic board gamer in your circle of friends. In fact, I would say that most of my friends merely play games as a social distraction. I on the other hand specifically seek out the opportunity to experience new rulesets, mechanisms, and themes. So it can be frustrating when my friends’ enthusiasm about games doesn’t match mine.
Luckily, there are tons of people just outside of my social circle who DO love board games as much as I do. So I scratch my gaming itch by frequenting a meetup of these enthusiastic board gamers. In this article, I’ll share my observations about what has worked well, and what problems I’ve run into, so that you too can find people as psyched to play that latest deck builder as you are. I live in a small town, so all of these tips should apply to you too, no matter where you live.
Many students dream of being a beta tester or game tester, someone who plays games for a living. It sounds like the ultimate job, right? You’re someone who enjoys playing games, and so what could possibly be better than sitting in a comfy chair, sipping on sodas, and playing games while getting paid for it? There are hundreds of websites and advertisements out there trying to lure unsuspecting students into programs and schools to become a game tester, and there’s even a TV centered around it Arkadium Games . It’s such easy bait that many students buy into the dream, hoping to end up in what sounds like a perfect job.
Unfortunately, as many game developers will tell you, pro beta testing or game testing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Quality Assurance, or QA as it’s called in the industry, comes with a lot of negatives that students aren’t aware of as they pursue the rosy picture in their minds. I’ve worked with a lot of great people who are game testers, and while it may be a good career for some, for most of my students that I advise it’s not a wise choice. These are a few reasons for this, and there are some better options that I tend to steer students towards instead.
The first main drawback is that the work is actually not nearly as fun as you would think; on the contrary, it’s quite tedious. Students who imagine game testing imagine it being similar to when they have their friends over to play some games – sitting around, playing a few matches here and there, and trying out the newest games when they come out. Working in QA isn’t anything like this. The primary purpose of quality assurance is to find bugs and problems in the game, such as the game crashing, glitches in the images, or incorrect behavior. In order to find these bugs, QA has to play the game over and over and over again. For example, if you were working on Call of Duty, then when the first level was ready to play, then you would play through it. Then you would play through it again. And again. You’d try to do something slightly different each time, waiting for the game to crash. You will probably end up playing the same level literally hundreds of times. This is a far cry from the rosy picture most people have of testers and has a feeling much closer to assembly line work.
The second main drawback of being in QA is low pay. Of all the careers in games covered by the Game Developer Magazine industry salary survey done every year, QA consistently ranks the lowest, at over $26,000 lower than the next lowest discipline. Even leads and experienced QA personnel aren’t paid very much. While money isn’t everything, this is a huge drawback when considering which path in games.
The final drawback is that a career in QA has limited upward mobility. Some QA testers manage to move into other career paths like design or production, but most QA testers are stuck in QA the length of their career, no matter how skilled they become. It makes it very difficult to move into another discipline, and since everyone wants to be a QA tester, there isn’t much negotiating power to move to other companies as well.
One of the most loved type of video games today is the bike game. There are countless reasons why people like this type of game. Some might not understand the attraction initially but the minute one plays them, they’ll surely be hooked. Bike games have everything – action, adventure, unbelievable stunts and even some critical thinking. Plus, you can experience all these in the luxury of your own home.
With the gaming industry growing by leaps and bounds, the style of bike games also evolved and became a favorite of all ages. The look of bike games have also progressed; undoubtedly influenced by the changes in design and improvements of real motorbikes. These days, motorbikes are no longer viewed as dangerous but as vehicles that can provide hours of fun.
The Challenge of Bike Games
The attraction of bike games is that it’s designed for the gamer to go against other racers. You’re pitted against various runs and tracks which are often littered with obstacles that one has to navigate around. The goal is to finish the course in the shortest time possible. With bike games, you can work on your stunts and relish excitement of riding a motorbike, even when you’re inside the house.
The first couple of courses on a motorbike game are designed to let you learn various maneuvers and build your confidence. As the game progress, the runs become harder, the barriers more difficult and your opponents become tougher. At this point, you’ll need to hone your skills so you can race with courage and pluck.
The terrain also changes as you go through the different levels. Gamers sometimes have to race on mud, rocks, sand and snow. It becomes more challenging and you’re sometimes forced to decide your next course of action in a matter of seconds. The rush is very similar to riding a real motorbike and is the reason why countless gamers enjoy this genre.