I job description has come my way that I meet or exceed all of the qualifications for. My experience at Soyokaze (and to a lesser extent Falstaff) has set me up quite well for the ins and outs of testing of test cases and bug reporting and I even have team leadership experience (thanks, Willard!).
There’s only one qualification I lack. The first one:
- Passion for video games and gaming
I don’t own a Wii. Or an XBox 360. Or a Gamecube or old school XBox. Or an N64. I do have a Playstation 2 with four games on it. One was given to me by a former landlord because it was left behind by a former tenant. Two are different releases of the same EA Sports NCAA Football game and the last is EA Sports NCAA Basketball. When I play those games I literally set everything up, create teams, draft players, and then… let it simulate against itself and watch. I bought the Playstation 2 because I needed a DVD player and wanted to play Bushido Blade II, the only non-Nintendo game I’ve ever loved. Never got around to buying the actual game, though. When I thought that the Playstation was lost in a move, I couldn’t for the life of me justify buying a new one… even used.
Sometimes I do play N64, NES, and SNES games on my computer. During the move I was playing the Zelda game for the SNES, which I’ve conquered four times with the help of of Save State, the ability to freeze a game at any moment so that if I get killed I can go back to that point instead of the beginning of the level. I also use walkthrough guides and cheats. Recently I managed to win the second round of N64 game F-Zero… but my reward was that the game started locking up. Periodically I play Quake II… but always in God mode as it’s mostly an outlet for my male aggressive tendencies. That’s the exception. Mostly I just play these games as a means of relaxation, which means play easier games and cheat, cheat, cheat rather than deal with the stress of losing.
When I was a kid I used to play Tecmo Super Bowl for the NES, one of the best games ever made. The problem is that I couldn’t cheat and that darn game could and did. There was one point where it had decided that I needed to lose so eight of my QB’s nine passes were intercepted and most of those went directly into the other teams’ arms rather than my downfield receiver. I would yell and scream at that game until Dad would come in and threaten to take the game system away from me unless I calmed down. I was sixteen at the time. Ever since then it’s been cheat, cheat, cheat. And for the most part stop playing video games.
I don’t have anything against them in theory. I just (a) stink at them, (b) get frustrated at them and (c) see them as one of the few instruments of timesuck that I can actually avoid.
But… you know… if I was getting paid for it, that might change things. I may stink, but I could be representative of the Novice User! Winning them wouldn’t be a big deal because that wouldn’t be the point. Timesuck isn’t so bad when you’re getting paid for it. Surely I can fake liking these irritating, impossible timesucking devices, can’t I? It’s not like when I was up for a job testing software for a casino where I had moral reservations. I might feel bad about taking the job (if I were to get it) from someone that actually likes games, but then again there is no surer way to stop liking something than to have to actually work with it. So I’d be doing them a favor!
So… uhhh… game on?
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