A seamless gaming experience is essential to stay competitive in the gaming industry. Bugs and glitches in a game build can not only become a hurdle to achieve superior game functionality and controls of the game but also lead to serious issues and data compromise.
Game testing especially for new age games with advanced technology require more sophisticated testing to enable a smooth gaming experience.
What is Game Testing?
Game testing is the process of identifying bugs and issues in a video game. It helps ensure the game is fun and playable for everyone. The only disadvantage is that it can be time-consuming and expensive. However, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, hence game testing should not be overlooked.
Game Testing Techniques
There are many types of testing techniques we can implement while we try to improve game functionality game testing, some of which are as below:
Functional testing is when a game is tested to see if it works as intended. The advantage of functional testing is that it can identify any issues with the game’s mechanics and gameplay. For example ,a functional test might check if the sports racing game’s collision detection is working correctly.
Compatibility testing ensures that that game can function in different devices and operating systems. For example, a compatibility test might check if a game can be played on an iPhone and an Android phone.
Performance testing is essential to guarantee that the game can run on a low-end computer without any issues including testing load conditions and speed.
Usability testing is when a game is tested for its ease of use and if the game is easy to navigate.
Localization testing is a process where QA testers ensure that the localized and translated releases of the game are consistent, clear and free of errors and mistakes. They also ensure that the game’s translation is consistent to the original version. Localization testing ensures that gamers experience similarity in tone and feel with other players globally and game versions in other languages.
Soak testing, as it applies to video games, entails running the game for extended periods of time in a variety of modes, such as idle, paused, and at the title screen. This type of tests are one of the compliance requirements. This testing does not require any user interaction beyond initial setup and the load testers will handle the load tests. Testers may use automated tools to simulate repetitive user activities like mouse clicks, scrolling etc.,
Performing soak testing may reveal memory leaks or rounding errors that only arise over time which can help in achieving superior game functionality.
Regression testing is done after the developers have fixed a bug or when a new functionality has been developed. Testers perform regression tests to see whether the problem has remained (regression) and then run similar tests to verify that the solution did not break anything else. Halo testing involves testing around a bug for further bugs.
Load testing simulates a system’s capacity to cope with strain, such as the maximum number of players on an MMO server, the number of sprites visible on-screen, or the number of threads executing in a given program. The capability of an application to function correctly under pressure is also determined by load testing.
As the name suggests, Multiplayer testing is when we test the game’s multiplayer functionality. Usually, developers or a small group test the game. The advantage of multiplayer testing is that it can identify issues with the game’s multiplayer mode.
Benefits Of Game Testing Partnership
Getting a fully managed QA testing partner for game testing has several benefits:
Access to expert testers
When you have a dedicated QA partner, you have access to a team of expert testers who are gaming domain experts. This can be beneficial as they provide insights and guidance on improving the game.
Fully managed QA allows for more flexibility as you can choose the type of tests, tools and the testing process that can fully integrate with your internal processes. This can be beneficial if you only require to test certain aspects of the game.
By on-boarding a QA partner, you can focus on other aspects of game development, such as design and coding. This can lead to increased efficiency and a better overall product.
You can ensure that experts will carry out the testing process and this can lead to achieve superior game functionality and overall quality of the game
Faster turnaround time
Q A partnership can lead to a faster turnaround time as the testers can carry out the testing process in parallel with other aspects of game development.
Game testing is a vital part of the game development process. It helps ensure that the game is playable and does not crash—QA tests for bugs and issues with the game’s performance, stability, and compatibility.
In addition, QA may also test for localization issues and soak test the game. On-boarding a dedicated QA partner for game testing has several benefits, such as saving time and money for the development team, ensuring that experienced people test the game, and helping speed up the process of releasing a game.
QAonCloud is a one-stop solution for all game testing needs. We have a team of experienced testers who can test games for bugs, compatibility, performance, and stability. In addition, we can also test for localization issues and soak test the game.