Becoming a video game tester sounds fun, does it? Those that play and test games know that it's an excellent job or a great career choice. It's unfortunate that a lot of gamers think or somehow believe being paid to do this simply cannot happen. Just the opposite, there are many people that play games, just like us, doing this type of work as a full blown career with benefits.
Having a career as a video game tester can be really fun, but it's important to note that this is also a real job, with real money making opportunities. It may not be for everyone, but that's obviously up to each individual. At first glance, being a tester may sound like it's "all fun and games", which it can be, but it also requires more than just playing a game.
Some examples might be having to play the same levels many times over just to identify all the different bugs that are presented within the game. So there is "work" involved. That being said, the majority of people that are in this business do tend to be very happy with their jobs. Of course, they do get to play the hottest games on the market in addition to see what the future holds for the industry – in some cases, days, months, or even years before the general public does.
Many known designers, programmers, etc, in the industry actually started as a video game tester before getting the position that they have today. So it's also an excellent way for people to get their foot in the door for those interested in becoming a game designer, programmer, etc. Contacts are everything, so meeting the right people is very important, thus becoming a video game tester being a great way to do that.