From Congressman Joe Baca (D) of California, to the Halo 3 Murder Trial of Daniel Petric, violence and video games seem to be intertwined, with or without the help of a congressman, parents, the media or very disturbed individuals, seriously.
From video game forums, blogs, articles and other media outlets, I’ve read many thoughts on violence in video games and how it effects, or better yet, how much it effects human behavior. Some gamers believe that violence adds realism to the game and is needed, and some enjoy it also, but wouldn’t kill their mom or shoot their dad in the head for taking away their Halo 3 game a la Daniel Petric.
Congressman Joe Baca of California would like to have Health Warnings on video games stating “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.” For real Joe? And for all the studies in the past, and those to come in the future of violent video games being the link to belligerent behavior, their has never been one unanimous agreement of this being so. And for every study you find saying there is a link between the two, you’ll another saying differently.
It’s the ultimate gamer’s dream- to find a way to make a living from playing video games. And the best part is- it’s actually possible!
Here are the top ways to turn your video game know-how into cold, hard cash:
1. Become a game tester. Beta testers work for game companies to help work out bugs before the game is released to the public. Companies like Nintendo hire game testers frequently, but the competition for these gigs is fierce. However, game testing can also get your foot in the door for other jobs within a game company.
The concept of video game retail chains selling used copies of games to consumers has been a controversial topic for quite some time. For many years, there have existed stores that purchase used titles from consumers who no longer wish to play those games for a significantly reduced price in order to turn around and re-sell that game back to the public for about $10 less than the new versions (though this variation in price may vary.) While stores such as GameStop do big business this way, an estimated $2 billion each year according to the Plugged In blog on Yahoo.com, developers and publishers of games despise these retail chains double-dipping on copies of games instead of continuing to push new stock.
Soon enough, those developers and publishers may have an even greater problem on their hands. GameStop is a highly popular store for gamers and is the most successful video game specific retail chain in the United States. But when you add in more generally known stores like Wal-Mart and Toys ‘R Us, the used video game market is guaranteed to vastly expand. And that is something the industry may very well need to deal with. Recently, those two previously mentioned stores decided to enter the used video game market.
Toys ‘R Us now accepts used games in exchange for gift cards for use on future purchases in their stores or on their Web site. Those who wish to participate in this program may either stop in to a trade-in center (normally at customer service) in their local store, or head online to toysrustradecenter.com for mail-in instructions. Toys ‘R Us does not actually intend to re-sell these used games. Instead, the store has collaborated with Gamers Factory and the games Toys ‘R Us brings in will be sold to them.
Millions of people around the world love to play video games. The term “Gamer” has become part of our vocabulary as more and more young and older segments of the population have spent their money to play games on several different platforms.
Now it seems that many of these “gamers” are earning significant amounts of money testing these games for the various companies who are more then happy to pay for this service.
Word is spreading about this opportunity thanks to online blogs where people are sharing their experiences with their fellow gamers. Many people are surprised that they can actually make money playing video games. The amount of money that can be made varies depending on how many gaming systems the user owns and the amount of time they are willing work.
If you are always playing video games, what would you say is the dream job? Could it be getting paid to play video games as an at home game tester? What could get better than that? You are qualified for the e job if you have quite a bit of experience playing various video games. Can you do this from home though? The commute to work is a breeze when you work from home.
Some gamers will tell you that you are dreaming the impossible dream about getting game testing jobs at home. There are even game testers working directly for gaming companies that will agree. They couldn’t be more wrong. Though the majority of game tester jobs do reside within the game companies themselves, it does not mean that the game testing jobs at home are nonexistent. It all depends on the game type and the size of the game company.
Detailed research is needed to find the right job, but with patience it can be found. There are more chances of getting in company jobs than work at home jobs for game testers. A good economy means high sales which means more videos which means more testers needed. They cannot house enough at the company office. This also means that a bad economy means less work for the home based game tester as companies are trying to cut costs and get as much profit as they can. Home game testing is always needed. There are just times when it is needed more. You need to be fully aware of how the companies are responding to the economic situation.