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The process of testing the game by having a live person play it (or a portion of it).

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Testing Multiplayer Browser Game on Single Computer

I am writing a multiplay browser based game and am running into an issue with playtesting simple interactions. When a browser window loses focus is stops running requestAnimationFrame calls. This ...
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Unity, weird error appearing after playing in editor

got a bit of a weird error, hopefully someone here can help. So I have created a custom class (does not derive from Monobehavior). Then I have a variable for the class, in the Start() method I set ...
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What is a good strategy to recruit test players for a chess app?

We developed a chess app for iMessage and we would like to have people try it out and tell us their opinions. Do you know a good strategy to give away free promo codes for the pro version of our new ...
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How can I protect beta test versions of my game from piracy?

I want to open my game for public feedback and testing quite early as such certain features like steams coming soon might not be available. How could I protect my game against being pirated around ...
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How to test if a level is passable?

I am making an classic 2D arcade ball game. There will be 100 levels in this game. And after the 80th level passing the level by doing some arcade stuff will be very difficult. For example level 100 ...
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At what stage of game development is it a good time to ask for feedback?

I'm making a 2D top-down fantasy "Nuclear Throne"-like game. I'm at the point where a player can walk around, pick up weapons and kill some enemies. I'm not an artist, so it looks pretty rough and its ...
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How can I know if my puzzle game is always possible?

I've made a sort of a puzzle game where the goal is to get rid of all of the white tiles. You can try it at the end of the question. Each time, the board is randomly generated with white tiles in ...
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strategies for detecting regressions [closed]

I know writing tests would be a good way to catch regressions. But what are some other strategies? TDD and game dev don't suit, but catching regressions is obviously something desirable. I would love ...
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How to convey that a cutscene is about to end?

I'm currently developing a 3rd person game with dynamic cutscenes (using in-game objects instead of a pre-rendered video). During some playtesting of my game I noticed that some of my playtesters ...
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How do I create a closed beta on Google Play?

As per suggestion I'm splitting How do I create a closed beta on the App Store? up. Can I upload the game I'm developing to Google Play as a closed beta, so I could generate a couple of keys/tokens ...
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How do I create a closed beta on Steam?

As per suggestion I'm splitting How do I create a closed beta on the App Store? up. Can I upload the game I'm developing to Steam as a closed beta, so I could generate a couple of keys/tokens for my ...
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How do I create a closed beta on the App Store?

After months of hard work, much to my surprise I'm about to unlock the "feature complete" and "production ready" achievements with the game I'm working on, so it's time to ask my colleagues and ...
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Are mathematical models a good way to test strategy games?

I am currently working on a simple strategy game. The game is a space exploration game where the player has to try to keep the game going for as long as possible to score as many points as possible. ...
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Does the age of test users matter?

Does the age of test users matter? Should I get users that are around my intended age level, knowing that some games are played by younger or older people than were originally intended? Should I have ...
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How to make it clear that a game is in Beta?

I develop games on ROBLOX which is a site full of user-generated games that are typically free for other users to enjoy. Many users have studios in which they have a consistent set of playtesters, but ...
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Testers for multiplayer game? Where to find them?

I am indie game developer and we created multiplayer and realtime game IQ Wars (www.iqwars.net). We made Windows/Mac/Linux Beta version of our game public and were hoping to find some beta testers to ...
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Advice on playtester recruiting strategy for closed beta? [duplicate]

I am the lead programmer for a small game company working on our first release. A top down turn based historical WWII strategy game. Because our game appeals to WWII buffs and players who enjoy ‘...
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Should I post a playable demo on Kickstarter? [closed]

I am asking this question way in advance of my progress, but I am still curious and would like if to know in case I ever make it this far. So I'll phrase this hypothetically in the future. The game I ...
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How do I design very difficult games? [closed]

I would like to design games with very high difficulty levels. I have read these questions: How is game difficulty tested/balanced? What is an optimum failure rate that will keep people coming back ...
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How do I start the process of looking for playtesters for an iOS game? [duplicate]

How does an independent developer typically go about finding a group of people to playtest their iOS game in 2013? Is it through Reddit? College campuses? Steam Forums? For example my game is ...
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Betatesting an android game. Best practices? [duplicate]

Our game is in our final stage prior to be released. I would like at this stage to add some beta testers to let them hunt bugs, etc... Is there any good platform/site to achieve this? I have noticed ...
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How many testers should I get for my game?

I made a game for my bachelor final project. How many testers should I get to play-test my game? Is there any theory about that? Would be really helpful if you can give any citation or source, since ...
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How can I use remote playtesters?

I'm working on a website for asynchronous two-player games (mostly board games); as part of the site's development I'm hoping to use it to playtest new games I design. The good news is that this ...
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Some theory questions about classic endless arcade games

I had read in the book "A theory of fun for game design" that once the player realizes that he cannot overpower the computer in anyway (or) the AI is unbeatable (badly designed/coded) he will leave ...
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What is balance needed between testing the game mechanic (play testing) and testing the code

I do not work in the industry and I wondered very broadly what percentage is given over to play testing versus getting the bugs out. Or does no-one really work it like this?
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Game testing on Android - emulator or real devices?

I am working at a localization agency and we have been approached by a client about testing their games on iOS as well as Android. Testing on iOS seems fairly easy as we can just buy a couple of ...
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Playtesting Own Game - How To Be Objective?

I am currently working on an iPhone game and am having trouble playtesting to find out which parts of the game are fun and which need to be reworked. As I sit down to play the various iterations, my ...
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Where can I get people to test my game?

I've just finished making the core aspects of my HTML5 game. I have a server and all that, but is there a site where I can find people that would test my game? I figured that getting my friends to do ...
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What is a good way to test demand for a new game platform?

I'm working on a game platform that turns your iPhone, android or iPad into a steering wheel, for racing games (like need for speed and dirt 3) and flight simulators for example. I'd love to figure ...
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How can I automate high-level user interactions to test correctness of my game?

I am trying to automatically simulate the game experience in my programming game. I think Expect is the way to do it because it creates its own tty for the process, becoming independent process of the ...
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What should I expect from volunteer playtesting?

I have recently been invited to do some volunteer playtesting for a pretty well known developer. They made it very clear that it was on a volunteer basis only. It's not a job and I won't be getting ...
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Factors to consider when building an algorithm for gun recoil

What would be a good algorithm for calculating the recoil of a shooting guns cross-hairs? What I've got now, is something like this: Define min/max recoil based on weapon size Generate random ...
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How do you get useful data from playtesters? [closed]

There are a few types of feedback you can get from playtesters, and I wonder how to best gather data for each of them... Crash Reports. When my C++ game crashes while someone is playing it, how do I ...