Video Game Beta Testing – How to Make Money Testing Beta Versions of Video Games

How would you like to avoid the cubicle-ridden, depressing, 8 to 5 life that has become so synonymous with career success? Getting a video game beta testing job is the obvious solution – work for an industry that caters to the market of people who need something fun to do when they get home from yet another boring day at work.Video game beta testing is a legitimate job opportunity in which you can work as many or as few hours weekly as you desire. The pay starts out at around $12 an hour, and will rise slowly over time to over $80 hourly as you gain experience. You can work from your own home, or wherever there is a modern gaming console to test the games you are sent.Here are some tips to get into the video game beta testing industry. Remember, though this is definitely a  job opportunity that thousands of people do instead of a “normal” job, there are scams out there, so you need to learn how to apply for these testing jobs the correct way.
Create a resume. It does not need to be professionally-designed or anything, and you won’t need to submit it with every job application, but include every console and PC game you have played thoroughly, and list all current consoles you have access to for the beta testing, so that you never forget anything when you are applying to jobs.
Take this job opportunity seriously. The number one complaint of game manufacturers is that they are inundated with job applications from 16-year-old boys who just want the chance to get free games, and aren’t eager to do any real work for the company. You will need to be able to write down the issues you have with the game you are beta testing in a comprehensible way, so that the company knows exactly what they need to fix.
Don’t apply for video game genres you don’t enjoy. Once you accept the video game tester jobs offer, you will be expected to play the game all the way through, and fulfil your side of the bargain. If it’s a pre-school age video game, you still need to complete your video game beta testing job, no matter how boring you may find it.

Classic Board Games Vs Other Forms of Modern Entertainment | Board Games

Ever since humans could stand upright, they have sought to entertain themselves through gaming. These games served as a diversion from life’s hardships, whether they were war, famine or just day-to-day living.Man’s love for games continues even today. But unlike the ancients, they have a choice. Do they play modern-day video games, conventional board games, or classic board games? All of these choices are available at most department stores, but which one offers the most amount of fun?Well, for many people, video games are often their first choice for entertainment. Unlike modern board games or classic board games, video games contain fancy graphics, music and a storyline. It allows the player to interact in a completely different world.And yet, if video games are so popular, why do these games still prevail? In fact, thanks to video games, board games get exposed to a new audience. Consider chess, a time tested board game that has dozens of video games associated with it. The same goes for Sudoku, backgammon and others.Traditional board games such as Clue and Monopoly have also been produced in video game form. And, unlike others they tend to reflect more modern ideologies.Yet, in comparison to classic board games, traditional board games have not been around for thousands of years. So, while they are a lot of fun to play, they have not met one important criterion… the test of time. Sure, many of them have been around for decades or even centuries, but have they been around for over millennia?Believe it or not, there are a few classic board games that have achieved this distinction. Consider the African game Mancala. This game, (which was originally played in the dirt with rocks or seeds), has been around for over 1,300 years. Chess, Mahjong and Backgammon are few more examples of entertainment for the ancients.Of course, this is not to say that these modern choices won’t also pass this test a millennium from now. However, classic board games will still have a lead, because it’s unlikely they will ever die down. Sure, they might be simple, but that’s what makes them so wonderful. Ultimately, you don’t need electricity, batteries or a $300 console to play Chess or Mahjong. And with Mancala, you don’t even need a gaming board, especially if you’re outside where there are rocks and dirt. Can the same be said for video games? Until that is the case, classic board games will always remain an option for people in need of entertainment.

Curing Video Game Addiction | Video Games

Are you a Video Game Addict?Do you find yourself lounging in your comfy chair and playing your favorite video game for hours? But you think it is not really that bad, as long as your Human Paladin levels up. Then you realize you haven’t taken a bath for quite a few days and your clothes started to stink. But then again, you think that an Orc Berserker smells worse than you. Then you stole a quick glimpse around your pad and noticed how messy and littered it has been. Again you shrugged it off and think there can still be worst places like the dreaded Frozen Undead Realms. Finally, your friends dumped you for not spending time with them. With this final straw of annoyance, you proudly yell, “I don’t need friends, I have my Undead Legions!”Surely this might be an exaggerated sign of Video Game Addiction, but sadly some video game addicts do exhibit such exaggerated reactions, to some extent that some commits suicide when something happens untoward to their game.Video game addiction is simply defined as an excessive or compulsive use of computers and video games that interferes with daily life. Despite displaying symptoms that are characteristic of other addictions, video game addiction has not been given a diagnostic status by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). These behaviors include failure to stop playing games, difficulties in work and school, lying to loved ones, decreased attention to personal hygiene, decreased attention to family and friends, and disturbances in the sleep cycle.But, hey, let’s be hopeful. Having a video game addiction doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. There’s still a way out of it but it would need a large amount of work and willpower.Steps in “Curing” Video Gaming AddictionSince there is no formal diagnosis for video gaming addiction, there is still no approved therapy or method of curing video gaming addiction. But there are some ways a video game addict can do to help in alleviating video game addiction. Here are some of those suggested means:Limit your GAME TIME.Set a specific time and duration for playing on your gaming system. Limit your game time to at most 1-2 hours per day. It will be hard at first, but when your body has adapted to it, it will be easy as a normal daily activity. In other for you too easily adapt to it, try thinking about your game time as a reward for doing your other activities.Make sure that you tell your friends, parents, or siblings about your plan to limit your gaming time. Provide them with a specific timetable of the gaming schedule you have in mind. In that way they can easily check-up on you and monitor if you are following your desired gaming time schedules.Limiting your game time not only frees a large amount of time for you to pursue other activities besides playing games, it also corrects your biological clock (which is attuned to gaming over long period of hours) slowly.Dispose of your GAME MACHINES.If you are really so determined to cure your video game addiction and would do anything to achieve such a feat, then there’s only one thing to do-dispose your GAME MACHINES. These game machines can range from video game consoles, mobile game machines, PCs, among others. But whatever it may be if you have really decided to dispose of them then do it, as soon as possible so that you won’t be tempted to use it.You can sell these game consoles for a price at your local stores or to your friends who have been eyeing it for ages. You can try to hide it in the attic or somewhere which is not easily accessible to you. You can also try to give it away as presents to your friends or family members, like your nieces and nephews. If you are giving it away, try to give it to someone who is far from you.Dispose only game machines that you own. Ask or explain to your parents and friends that you are disposing your game machines and started to turn a new leaf.Try other activities.Whether you try the first or second suggestion, you will observe that you will now have an activity vacuum with the result of limiting you gaming time or disposing your gaming consoles. Lots of spare times to try new activities like the ones before:Study – Now you have enough time to catch up with your failing grades and unattended studies. You can start reviewing over your notes or prepare for your big quizzes and tests. Start opening those school books and don’t let the bookworms get the most out of it. A good education is better than a good game.Read – As long as it is not an FAQ or strategy guide to your favorite game, then reading could be another great and fun way to pursue. Try reading the latest news on the newspaper; you will be shock at how much happenings you have missed. You can also try reading books in the library, you might know more about the Greek Gods than the game narrator in your game console.Hang-out – Hang-out with your friends and family members. I guess it’s about time you patched up with them after a long time of isolating yourself with your game console. Engage and chat with them, ask them how they have been and what they are up to now. Finally, be humble enough to ask forgiveness for taking them for granted.No matter what the suggestions or methods are of riding or curing video gaming addiction, it will never work unless the person is dedicated to change himself/herself. DEDICATION and MOTIVATION are the key for these suggestions to be successful.As one saying goes, “The power to overcome addiction lies in the belief that it is possible combined with a consistent strength of spirit.”