Currently going to school (albeit later on than most, I'm 24), and while I pursue my degree, I'm looking for a little more enjoyment out of my job.......basically, being a part of an industry I love (the game industry) would make me really happy, and I'd still make more money than I make now, despite QA paying really bad (which speaks volumes about how poorly my current job pays me). So it's win - win.
The problem, of course, is that the only jobs that truly seem to be "entry level" are for the companies with extremely large portfolios. Companies like EA, THQ, and Activision hire at a near constant rate.......for minimum wage, 12 hour days, 6 days a week, and 6 months a year. After that 6 month period, you're released, and jobless until another gig rolls around.
Is this the only way to start gaining experience in QA/software testing? I know the job requirements, regardless of the developer, are never very demanding. The main difference between working QA for an EA versus working for an ArenaNet or Bungie being that the ladder two require actual industry experience.......are all QA testers with actual contract positions with reputable developers people who started working half of each year for EA and THQ? Why is this field suddenly so hard to get a decent (honestly, still poor paying) position in?