How to Become a Video Game Tester in the Capital Region

by Sandra Foyt on December 10, 2010

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video_game_testing_1st_playDid you know that you could sign up to be a video game tester? A couple of video game developers in the Capital Region actively recruit the “professionals” –  kids who like to play video games.

My son has been called up to serve a couple of times at 1st Playable, and each time he has learned a little more about the process of video game making. He has met with artists and engineers and learned as much from them, as they learned from him.

On this post, I have included links to two local game testing programs, as well as a few other resources for kids who are into playing or making video games. Am I missing any? Please share!

Game Testing Programs

Register your child to be a video game tester at any of these locations:

Game Events

  • Global Game Jam: The Global Game Jam is a networked worldwide event where new computer and board games are created by enthusiasts, gamers, artists, designers, developers and anyone else who wants to learn something—beginners, students, amateurs, and professionals. First, a surprise theme is announced (each time zone has different parameters). The participants then form themselves into ad hoc teams that each create a theme-related game, on-site in the next 48 hours. For more information, or to register go to Albany IGDA.
  • GameFest: Held in May at RPI, it’s a symposium and exhibition of student games (from Rensselaer and beyond.) For more details, see the RPI website.

Computer Clubs

Go See It!

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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