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Re: postmortem - Beta testers
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Chibi



Joined: 01 Oct 2003
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Location: Denver, CO, United States



PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 3:58 pm    Post subject: Re: postmortem - Beta testers Reply with quote

Poo Bear wrote:
2. Online community of beta testers
Although the community was a great resource for new ideas and tweaks the lack of formal structure reduced its effectiveness in identifying bugs. In the end we had to hire a dedicated tester and put a strict test plan in place to help with the final push through beta. With hindsight we should have done that much earlier, volunteer tester's just don't want to play through 3 hours of game 5 times in a row to nail a particular elusive bug.


Demonstrating the need for 'game trainers'. Developing a small applet which allows dynamic customization of in-game variables (Such as 'current level', 'infinite purple crystals', and so on) would prove invaluable to track down certain bugs. Of course, you could never leak it to the public. It'd ruin the fun! Razz Again, however, this could fall under 'poor in-house tools', and might be called nothing more than the 'beta testers whining', but then again, I guess you guys DID get by. It just cost you more than you planned. Crying or Very sad

-Chibi
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