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About Me

In 1986, a man was born with the skills and attention to detail needed to methodically test video games and search out bugs which could otherwise make your game unplayable. Today, still wanted by many companies, he lives as a contract video game tester. If you have a game, if no one else can test it, and if I'm available, maybe you can hire... Me.

What I'm Playing
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4)
    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4)

    Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag begins in 1715, when pirates established a lawless republic in the Caribbean and ruled the land and seas. These outlaws paralyzed navies, halted international trade, and plundered vast fortunes. They threatened the power structures that ruled Europe, inspired the imaginations of millions, and left a legacy that still endures.

  • The LEGO Movie: Videogame (PS4)
    The LEGO Movie: Videogame (PS4)
    Warner Bros Entertainment Limited

    In a scenario drawn from the film, The LEGO Movie Videogame puts you into the role of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person--and the key to saving the world. Guide him as he is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

    In The LEGO Movie Videogame you will be able to collect and use LEGO instruction pages to build construction sets or harness the awesome power of the Master Builders to virtually build extraordinary LEGO creations along the way. With more than 90 characters inspired by the film and 15 exciting levels, you can build and adventure like never before.

Gaming Jobs: Game Test Technician

Video Game Tester. The job title alone conjures up images in most people of the perfect job where people sit in a room (that looks just like their living room), eating junk food, and bad-mouthing people over Xbox LIVE all day (alternatively, the facebook ads would lead you to believe that all game testers are twenty-something females). In reality that's the life of someone who actually does play video games all day which, despite what people may say to me when I tell them what I do for a living, is not the life of an actual video game tester. What it really entails is hours and hours of loading, playing (often for a very short amount of time, depending how far along the development cycle the game you're testing is) and crashing, loading the game up again and trying to reproduce the bug so that a series of concise steps and a general bug report can be written.

While that may sound a little tedious, all that is balanced out with the fact that you'll be given the opportunity to help shape the games of the future. If you're working on a game early enough in the development you may even be able to suggest a feature that will make it into the game. You never know, the opportunity is there though. If you're reaching for that first difficulty step onto the ladder that is the games industry, you would do well to read on.

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Making Your Own Fun: The Meta Game

Games. Ever since the dawn of time people have played games, sometimes as a form of competition, sometimes as a display of dominance, or sometimes just to simply pass the time. What happens if you don't enjoy the game you're playing, though? Do you continue anyway, hoping that something will "just click?"

Maybe you should stop playing altogether and find something else to do?


Or... you could be cool. You could just stick two fingers up to the authorities, tell them you're not glued to the predetermined ruleset of their game, and that you're going to make your own game from within the overarching constraints of theirs. That's how we got Rugby League, that's how we got Pool, it's even, to use a more modern analogy, how we got Counter-Strike (Half Life Mod), Team Fortress (Quake Mod), Defense of the Ancients (Warcraft III / StarCraft Mod), and many others.

So where's the fun in that?

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New Year's Resolution #1 - Post Here More Often

You wouldn't believe how tempted I was to write a screen resolution here the moment I started typing "New Years Resolution", I resisted the urge though. Which is a good thing. Perhaps I've actually grown as a person...

No, that's too scary.

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The Only Way Video Games Will Ever Be Dangerous

One of the major things that annoys me about the general news media is how it blows things way out of proportion. Blaming movies, music and video games for violence in youths. While any violence at all can bring out the violence in another person they must have latent anger within them in order to express it at all. A video game can't turn a person that's never had violent tendencies into a murderer. It's not just not possible.

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APB Beta Key Giveaway!

Updated on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 12:23PM by Registered CommenterMartin J Baker

As some of you may, or may not, know. I'm a beta tester for Realtime Worlds' upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online game APB (All Point Bulletin). The game is a classic 'Cops and Robbers' style game where you pick your side and complete missions for your given faction. A lot of the fun, as with any MMO, comes with the player interaction which Realtime Worlds have got down to a tee in APB.

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