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An Alternate View

I’ve read all of the stories that have been posted here and I wanted to offer a contrasting perspective. I’ve had all sorts of jobs. In one, I sold homemade sodas at Renn Faires. I built stages for major concerts. I aided Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Finally, I was in civil service for several years. Just as I thought I’d finally found my niche, dull as it was, I got laid off in the state budget crisis. I was out of work for a year before a friend helped me get on at a testing center.

That was two years ago. I’m still here. During my first year, I completely fell in love with the industry. My love for games grew instead of being diminished. One of the games I tested won a 2011 VGA.

I go to work with a smile on my face and leave with one, too.

It’s not all grinding employee abuse, guys. Sometimes, testing is a fun, rewarding, satisfying job.