Student, game developer, freelance game marketing and PR, founder, producer and creative director of a student run development team - Play Nimbus located in Worcester, MA.
Lover of Boston.
Website: Play Nimbus
I’ve been playing it on and off. It’s a very relaxing and enjoyable game. Probably my favorite among the launch lineup.
I think people here don’t understand. These sessions are not for full on bug testing, like a normal QA position would be.
Instead, they are for Bethesda to analyze how a new player to a game understands and plays the game. They can see what things people are missing, not understanding, how various small changes like GUI colors, etc affect a player’s decisions. They also get to see what parts of a game frustrate a player and what parts they enjoy.
This isn’t QA where you are hunting for bugs.
The reason it’s unpaid is … well … because you’re only doing it for a few hours. It’s not a long term position that bites out of your typical life.
As a small game developer, I have brought my game around and have had people come over to try my games, since they are fresh eyes. Over the summer I had a new person every two-three days come try out the game.
Now, if you think you’re not going to get compensated think about this:
How often do you get an invitation to visit a game developer’s studio? For the average joe, not very often. On top of that, I know many people who have participated in these studies and usually walk out the door with a ton of swag and goodies from the studio they were visiting.
Don’t forget, you’re most likely going to be one of the first people in the world (out side of the studio at least) to get your eyes on their brand new game. I would do anything to get my hands and eyes on Bethesda’s new game.
Also, this stuff happens all the time. Gearbox (if I remember right) has a page setup for playtesters. Bungie was doing it for a while. Microsoft is ALWAYS doing it.
This isn’t anything new, just a way of creating a great game.
I’m pretty sure things like themes and skins will probably be coming in a later update. At least you can change the icon colors though.
It’s pretty easy to ignore them if your not going to use em.
I remember Xbox Connect. I used it pretty frequently for Halo 1 “online” matches. Was extremely fun (although usually buggy/laggy). I think I even used it a few times after they shut down XBL for the original console, just for a little bit more Halo 2 and Halo 1 online.
Was still very awesome though!