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Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Geneforge Beta Testers Needed
8:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The old-school RPG making experts at Spiderweb Software have recently put out a call for beta testers. The title they plan on testing is their upcoming creature-making RPG Geneforge, which will allow players to make and use various creatures during the course of gameplay.

Here's what the beta testing involves:

  • Having a good cross section of people and computers. We need about 15 testers per platform. Diversity is very important; our games are not meant for just young men running the latest system operating system on the best machine. All we ask is that you have some familiarity with your computer and have played games on it before.
  • Signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement. This form legally binds you not to be evil. An example of being evil would be distributing beta versions to your friends.We will email you the form if and when you get accepted as a tester. You will have to print out the form, sign it and return it to us.
  • Spending several hours every week testing the game.
  • Reinstalling new versions of the game frequently.
  • Helping track down bugs and incompatibilities. This usually involves detailed descriptions of bugs and providing save files and/or screen shots when necessary.
  • Commenting on the User Interface and the features of the game.
  • Keeping up with the email regarding the testing.

More general requirements are that the tester has a reliable, speedy internet account capable of E-mail and large downloads, be able to communicate in English, and to be able to spend copious amounts of time on both testing and submitting reports.

Just as a friendly reminder, in case the above requirements don't scare anyone - beta testing is hard work. Beta testers spend hours a day playing games that more often than not crash repeatedly, display excess bugs that render them unplayable, crash repeatedly, mess up their systems, crash repeatedly, etc. However, the work itself can be rewarding. Besides the usual benefits of getting to play the game first, racking up the experience for doing so, and getting recognition in the game's credits, Spiderweb is also offering a free copy of the final full version of Geneforge to anyone who becomes a beta tester.

For all those that are interested, Spiderweb has an online application form ready to go. Good luck to all applicants!

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