QA is the most basic entry level position in a game studio. It is the most menial of jobs possible. It is the definition of insanity: you do the same thing over and over and over to try to achieve different results. But it is a foot in the proverbial door. As such we get loads of different types of people applying for the position, and really there is no specific “qualification” for being QA other than the ability to stay awake while playing the same broken part of the same broken game for hours upon hours with little hope of tomorrow being significantly different than yesterday. Every once in a while we get a candidate who is so obviously over educated for a simple QA position you have to stop and shed a tear for the years and years of loan payments that stretch out before them. Or shed many.

 

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