Bethesda opening playtest lab

Fallout, Elder Scrolls studio inviting gamers over 18 to id Software offices in Dallas, Texas to give feedback on unreleased games.

Fallout and Elder Scrolls company Bethesda will open a playtest lab at the id Software offices in Dallas, Texas, the publisher has announced. Gamers who apply and are accepted will get to play upcoming Bethesda titles and give feedback on their experiences.

"We are looking for people of all skill levels who enjoy playing games. We're interested in your feedback, whether you are a person that only plays games once in a while or the hardcore gamer that plays everything," Bethesda explained.

Those interested in participating can apply through the lab's website

Gamers must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Most play tests will last an hour or two and transportation will not be provided. In addition, fans cannot participate in Bethesda playtests if they work for a game developer or publisher, or if they are a journalist.

All gamers accepted into the Bethesda playtest lab must sign a non-disclosure agreement and display a government-issued photo identification. Participation is strictly voluntary and no compensation, outside of swag, will be provided.

All testing will take place in Dallas, Texas, though applications from anywhere in the United States will be accepted. No international applications will be considered.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Wings_008
Wings_008

''No international applications will be considered'' :(

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

It will be interesting to see what kinds of games they produce when they actually get tested.

vadagar1
vadagar1

also for a second the title sounds like Bethesda is doing an umbrella thing ... ehh ehhh


play TEST LAB ... yah next time on the news zombie outbreak from Beth. Lab XD

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

$35000 p.a. and I will take this job.

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

Come work for us...for free!

luniac
luniac

OH COME ON WHY NOT IN NEW YORK... dam this state!!!!

Link3301
Link3301

So Bethesda games won't be in beta when they're released?

yerg3
yerg3

You do know that Id Software is a completely different game studio from Bethesda Game Studio right? Id Software has never had anything to do with The Elder Scrolls or Fallout. Only thing they have in common is that they are both owned by ZeniMax Media and published by Bethesda Softworks. Am I the only one who notices every article written by Eddie Makuch the title applies something completely different than what the article is about?

gecko054
gecko054

Oh my god! I want to go to Dallas now and sign up for testing!

Nibbles37
Nibbles37

I signed up! I love the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. I've been playing since Morrowind so hopefully they will pick intelligent folks like myself who can give real input and not a bunch of kids who just want their next Call of World War 10 Duty.

Furwings
Furwings

The more testers the merrier when it comes to Bethesda's glitch-riddled games.

RebelLoyalist7
RebelLoyalist7

I just hope Bethesda fans get these positions, and not shooter fans. I like shooters, but please don't let them infect Bethesda.

vadagar1
vadagar1

man i would so own that job I have 26 years of gaming experience, starting from the old attari XD

b0sse
b0sse

Haha they need to enlist the help of gamers to betatest their games for them, that's how incompetent they are. gg wp.

Boddicker
Boddicker

I live in Dallas and my friend is doing this.  They asked him if he liked FPS and RPG's so my ass-umption is Fallout 4. 

Worst case scenario is a bunch of COD kids give their input to remove even more choice and consequences from the next Fallout (even less than the craptacular FO3).  They'll probably want cutscenes with plenty of explosions too. 

I foresee Fallout 3.5.  I'll still buy it, and I know that's all Bethesda cares about, but this may be the last installment I purchase in one of my most beloved franchises.

Hopefully after this they'll get Obsidian to make a west coast based follow up to New Vegas.

franky111
franky111

Hopefully this won't mean a bunch of COD-kiddies saying how boring The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are, and then Bethesda dumbing the two series down to cater to them...

That's how Overstrike became Fuse, folks. Playtesting to a bunch of COD kiddies.

Brotelho
Brotelho

Wow. I actually suggested they do this after Skyrim came out and was so buggy. Glad to see them actually stepping up and putting this into action.

deliman
deliman

Maybe the next Bethesda game will launch without game-breaking bugs!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oh, so this will be like when movie producers make a prescreening for a focus group? I don't know if that's a good idea, but game companies mostly seem like they aren't testing out the waters too much, which leads to many safe/uninteresting games.

mboettcher
mboettcher

Looks like I'm moving to Dallas.  Sigh, I was just getting comfortable here in Columbus.

hagens09
hagens09

Clarification for those who are confused.  This isn't beta testing or QA testing.  They have their own dedicated staff for that.  This is for consumers to try features they've added to get feedback.  I've done it multiple times and all they want is our opinion on new features.  We play it a specific way, then tell them our genuine thoughts on it.  We got to talk with the developers and producers about it.  I feel this is pivotal in creating the best experience possible.  

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

Why would they recruit idiots to beta test ANYTHING? Do you know what happens, nothing, people younger than 23 years, are idiots, and they can't judge properly, so in the end, we get a broken down game!

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

If i get to try out the next fallout game or Rage 2 i'm there.

Nef_The_Great
Nef_The_Great

@yerg3  agreed . Bunch of people signed up and will be greatly dissapointed when if chosen, they find out there will be no fallout 4 or elder scrolls to play test.  Eddie Makuch needs to stop doing this shit. its annoying and sneaky. no respect for him when it comes to this

WitIsWisdom
WitIsWisdom

@Nibbles37 

Just make sure to tell them we do not want Super Heroes for our main character in the next Elder Scrolls game!!! screw Skyrim.  I hope you feel the same... but I have a feeling most the people who are going to test the series are going to turn it even more "Skyrim" and even less "Elder Scrolls."  Don't let the longtime fans down!

sammoth
sammoth

@b0sse Most companies enlists gamers to play test. Moron.

Void_Kross
Void_Kross

@Boddicker I personally hope Obsidian never touches Fallout again and that Bethesda can make their Fallout games actually make sense with the lore of the original series.

WitIsWisdom
WitIsWisdom

@franky111

You must mean like they did with Skyrim right?  Worst ES game in the series... generic crap. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@MaximumPorkchop Oh, so THAT'S why it isn't in Bethesda, Maryland!  Jesus insisted that the testing be done in his home state.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@deliman Maybe the world economy will get back on track again as well, but who am i kidding? :P

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

@hagens09 Thanks...this is more logical.  (I actually needed to look at the hours entailed again, before I wrote a post about backwards-levels and puke.)

OdinssonThor
OdinssonThor

@Ryuuken27 it's not that the youngsters are idiots it's just that average gamer has low IQ and sadly games are being generalized so that more people can play even if they're ''retarded'' idiots. Because it's simple More people = More money = shitty product. You disagree? You must be one of them...

MrNWatson
MrNWatson

@Ryuuken27 Assuming that everyone under 23 is an idiot is an awfully foolish assumption for someone who's argument relies on being able to show that he isn't also an idiot.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Ryuuken27 Written by someone who is undoubtedly 24. Gamers have valid input for beta testing when you get them face to face in an actual test environment. I used to work market research and we did testing for many games, such as the new Tomb Raider. I sat in on the sessions and everything they said was legitimate. If you like Tomb Raider, new one, you should see what it looked like 2 years ago in alpha stage.

They have even more input for playtesting a game that is for all intents and purposes compiled for good.

hagens09
hagens09

@Ryuuken27 This isn't a beta test.  This is a playtest.  Huge difference.  I was a playtester for a major company for a while.  All they want is our feedback on features they're adding.  Not helping to fix bugs and whatnot.  What does being an 'idiot' have to do with that?  These idiots are the ones buying the game.  This feedback is invaluable.  Nice effort on your pseudo-rant, though. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Ranma_X_basic I'll move my ass to Dallas if one of the games is Fallout 4. The IT market is better there than in Cincinnati anyway.

starwiz221
starwiz221

@Nef_The_Great @yerg3 Bethesda Games Studio is opening up a playtest lab for actual Bethesda titles and since their sister company, Id Software, is already set up here, they're just rooming up with them. This is for fallout/elder scrolls titles and possibly new IPs, not doom 4.

Nibbles37
Nibbles37

@WitIsWisdom @Nibbles37 I want another Morrowind. They have slowly been chopping away at your freedom and the nuttyness in each submission.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

@MrNWatson @Ryuuken27 Yeah. Just like religious people won't disagree with the bible or the Qur'an. But you know, most Muslims aren't terrorists, but you know, they are.