Making Money by Testing Video Games at Home

***SUNDAY CALENDAR STORY FOR MARCH 9, 2014. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION*** VAN NUYS, CA – FEBRUARY 27, 2014 – QA testers, including Mark Grimenstein, front, testing the new video game “Titanfall” at Respawn Entertainment video game development studio, Thursday, February 27, 2014. The studio is launching the new video game on March 11, 2014. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times).

If you are a video game enthusiast, the there may be nothing that hits closer to being a dream job as getting paid to test new video games before they hit the market. New games are being developed so fast that new video game testers are being sought and hired on a daily basis. If you know where to look for these job opportunities, is it easier than you may think to land this type of job. You may be thinking about now that you don’t have the necessary skills, other than a love of video games, to be hired. The requirements are not as hard as you may think. You already have the number one thing these companies are looking for or you wouldn’t be reading this article.
If you really want to make some money while doing something you love, from your own home (and who doesn’t) then you will need to get a home computer or video game console at your own home. If not at your house, then you are going to need to be sure that you have access when you need it. If you already own one or both of these then you are well on your way to landing the job. You will be able to choose the format of the games you want to become a tester for, so having both isn’t necessary, but you’ll have to have one. Another choice you will have will be in the games platform. You will also need to have a working internet connection on hand. The producers want to be able to communicate with you to know what problems you’ve encountered and when you are ready for a new game to try out.

Along with the equipment, you are going to need the extra time to devote to this job. You are testing for every type of flaw, and some of these can be so small that you don’t identify them right away. Extra time may be needed to detect them all. Also, each game will be a different length, so you will need the time to finish the games you start. While you may not have to be a video gaming professional, you will need to know the basic moves to play action and adventure games. You will be able to choose the type of video games that you want to test, so once you master the moves for that genre, finding the faults within a game will be easier.

Being a video game tester and working from home is something that you can do. It may be the perfect solution if you are contemplating a second job or simply want or need a way to earn money from home. Take your love of video gaming to the next level, and get paid to play.

Video Game Rentals: Online Vs. Offline

If you rental video games on a regular basis, below is a comparision that may help you get more out of your rentals and save you money next time you decide to rent video games.
Offline

Some of the video stores I’ve rented games at charge anywhere from $5.95 and up for a rental period of usually 3 – 5 days. This is ok for someone that doesn’t rent too often. But if you like to play the game until you’ve finished it or you rent several games per month, this can get very expensive at a traditional video store.

Titles are limited in video rental stores. The video store may not have the specific game you are looking for or they only have one rental available. If it’s a popular game, you have to keep checking back to see if it has been returned. By the time you get it, its old news.

Late fees are another problem with traditional brick and mortar video stores. If can’t get to the video store on time, you get to pay their late fee. Some video stores don’t charge late fees and you can actually keep the game a little longer. However, if you keep the game beyond the date on your receipt your credit card is change for the full price of the game. If you decide to return it, you’ll get your money back and charged a re-stocking fee. Either way, they are getting a late fee out of you.

Get your games faster through a traditional brick and mortar video store. Simply drive to the store and get your games when you want them; if they’re available.

Online

If you are a big time gamer and rent games all the time, online renting may be right for you.

Different rental companies online have different rental plans you can choose from; but it’s usually one or two games out at a time and you only have to pay the monthly charge. You can rent as many as you want during the month. If you get one you don’t like, simply return it and they will send you the next game in your queue.

Depending on where you live, turn around time for mailing can be slow. I once waited a whole week before I received my game in the mail. When you send a game back, you have to wait for the company to receive it, then you have to wait for them to send you another game.

Online queue management is great because you can add the games you want to your list and when they become available they will send them to you.

Online video rental sometimes has the availability problems as the offline stores. If a title is not available they will send you the next title in your queue.

No late fees with online video rentals. Keep the game as long as you’d like and you don’t have to buy it or pay any late fees. You only have to pay your monthly fee.

Overall, you should look at your rental habits and how much you are spending right now per month, as well as how much you play video games. It may be worth it for you to start renting them online if you’re a hard core gamer. If you decide to give online renting a try, I would suggest going with 2 games out at a time, this way you still have something to play while waiting on the mail.

However, if you only rent and play video games once in awhile, you may want to stick with the traditional brick and mortar video stores instead of paying a monthly fee.