paidgames.JPG We spotted one of the regular Google text ads to appear alongside GSW was advertising 'game testing for fun and profit', essentially ("Get Paid $9-$80 An Hour To Play Games, Only $34.95 Money Back Grnt"), so we clicked through to find the Game Tester Guide website, with some startling revelations.

The site is run by one 'Alex Lum', who states confidently in the intro: "I am a full-time video game tester. I have been a video game tester for various Game Developers for 4 Years now and I love it. I know that it can be difficult to find a video game testing job, because I have been there. How does a guaranteed video game testing job sound?"

It appears that, in Alex's world, developers mail out pre-release copies of their game to random people, who play it for 4 hours, return it (without pirating it all over the Interweb) and get $260.

Well, the concept of broad, brief focus testing, but when Alex claims: "You can Make anywhere around $9 to $80 an Hour, right now I make about $75 an Hour", we tend to exhibit a little - skepticism. Most full-time game testers we know make $10-15 per hour, and that's for hard 8-hour per day slogs through broken, possibly not fun software that they have to play for weeks at a time. It's a great way up the ladder, and it can be fun under certain circumstances, but.. as a get rich quick scheme? Not so much. Still, we reserve judgement until someone pays the $34.95 and tells us what the hell they get in exchange.