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I actually worked as a game tester myself... In Quake 4 (PC) and Call of Duty 3 (all platforms). It was nowhere near as bad as some of you describe it.
Sometimes, it was fun as hell.Very intense, lots of stress, competiton. But catered dinners were great when we had to stay late (at Treyarch).
Hours were insane, yes, and one of the reasons I left development. But testing taught me A LOT. It's all in the book.
Believe it or not, I can thank testing for my current job -- I currenly do PR for independent game developers. The firm I worked for launched the TurboGraphx-16 and the 3DO, among a bunch of famous games.
Here's my Gamasutra blog on Game PR -- http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/LuisLevy/20090603/1667/Game_PR_101.php
Come on, at least read the chapter I mention in the original post. I know the book is expensive, but that is because it's in full-color, glossy paper.
And it's a textbook! :)
Game Career Guide has posted a full chapter of "Game Development Essentials: Game QA & Testing."
The chapter focuses on how to break into the industry as a game tester. It also touches on different points of entry (Craigslist, developer forums, modding), resume building, interview tips and everything else in between.
You can read the chapter here:
If anyone has any questions, feel free to send them to me in PVT. I'll do my best to answer all of them :)
This guy posted the same review 3 times in a row. I guess he didn't understand they needed to be approved first.