RIP CombatTesting.com

On the 10th of march 2014 part of my digital life off 7 years came to an end.

CombatTesting was a company that specialised in community led alpha and beta testing of the highest caliber. It was also a community of gamers from all walks of life across the globe that were and still are passionate about gaming and doing there damnedest to make sure that the games that was tested were as bug free as possible.

I have made many friends and learnt  a lot during my time at Combat Testing.I have learned about the processes that goes on behind the scenes to make games and how even a small change can cascade down the line into a massive problem. Its a shame that the latest trend is for publishers and in some cases developers choosing to go for paid beta’s/alphas  and cutting costs in QA costs in general. For some it works and I cant deny that it does but for most it doesn’t and just leads to a far greater cost down the road. It is I’m sure in large, part of the reason that has led to this unique community shutting its doors.

As part of Combat Testing I personally have been involved in many different games, web apps and even gaming videos I am proud of the work that we have done although it could be frustrating at times due to circumstances beyond our control. Seeing bugs that we knew about and had reported early on in development still being there at launch or even the game being held back due to platform/time/cost constraints when we could see the potential that it had.

The sadest part for me is losing a group of dedicated and passionate bug hunters many like myself that were willing to spend hours a day to hunt out bugs or potential problem areas for free and not expecting any other reward than the satisfaction of a job well done.

I joined CombatTesting when they were working on the Northern Strike addon for Battlefield 2142 Im not sure of the circumstances but I found an advertisement for them somewhere and signed up and that was the start of what would turn out to be a 7 year journey. I made my way up the ranks over the next couple of years going from General tester, to Senior tester then Lead tester where I was in charge of Mantis the old bug tracking system we used until we changed to a diffrent system and finally to CT level. Each level added more responsibility and more of a challenge.

Here follows a list of some of the stuff that Combat Testing and In turn I had a hand in.

Combat Testing was a division of Combat Studios LLC. was responsible for the testing of:
*Medal of Honor Warfighter*

*Homefront*

*Crysis 2 XBox 360 Beta Support*

*Medal of Honor*
PC, PS3
and Xbox 360
Beta Support

*Outspark*
Download Installer
Fist of Fu
Divine Souls
Fiesta

*Battlefield: Bad Company 2*
PS3 and PC beta support

*Rock Band*
Alpha, Beta, and Load Balancing test support

*Rupture*

*Battlefield 2142*
Alpha1
Beta 1
Beta 2
Patch 1.05
Patch 1.10
Patch 1.2

Northern Strike Booster Pack
Patch 1.4
Patch 1.41
Patch 1.51

*Battlefield 2*
Patch 1.3
Patch 1.4

EA Downloader (EADM)
EA Web Sales

And many other titles you love to play!

There are many more that I have had a hand in this list is by no means all inclusive.
I hope that perhaps there is a chance that in the future CT will live again and if not then the possibility of something similar is possible. I’m sure that the current trend of paid beta’s will end up going away and there are signs already of change in that area. And I’m sure that recent events for certain games will mean that QA testing will once again become a very important part of the development process.

RIP COMBAT TESTING

2006 – 2014

Google +

Recently got invited to the beta of google+ google’s answer to Facebook.

I have been using it for a few days now and I like it. It’s very strange and takes a little while to get used to but the circles feature where you can group friends and family and others together is useful if you don’t want certain people to see certain posts. Much less chance of your boss seeing you call them an idiot if you were so inclined to post something like that.Assuming you don’t have your boss in your friend circle of course.

Theres also things called sparks which is sort of like a topic rss feed and Facebook’s pages/groups.  It does still need some work but im sure it will become very useful. i am already following a few topics and its giving me pretty accurate and interesting results.

Also much like Facebook’s “like” functionality Google plus has +1 which is already making its way onto many websites. apparently Google have made it so that it affects the search ranking a site gets so the more +1’s a topic receives the higher the page will be in a search result.

There’s a lot for google to do if they want to compete with Facebook but its a promising start at least. and i look forward to what they come up with next.

 

Have you got access? What do you make of it? Whats your favourite feature? Leave a comment:P

Combat Testing

Now some of you may or may not know that I am a member of a beta testing group called Combat Testing We are currently looking for Xbox 360 owners

Combat Testing, a division of Combat Studios LLC. is currently looking for you, the hard-core Xbox player, to help test and improve some upcoming Xbox 360 titles. If your interested in playing and working on the latest, before any public release, games and software titles please consider joining Combat Testing. We have some exciting new products coming soon. If you do not already know, we in the past, have been involved with such titles as BF2, BF2142, BF1943, BF|BC2 and are currently testing MoH for the Xbox 360. So if you would like to participate, AND are at least 18 years old (Required for NDA) please click here and submit an application. Combat Testing

We are currently testing MoH for the Xbox 360 If you are 18 or over and would like to sign up please visit the site by clicking the link Here