How many of you have a joystick hand and still remember every ninja turtle move? Well, maybe better forget about the thrilling part: video game creators take testing seriously and a video-games tester is a man of routine as most of us. But still, there’s an amazing volume of gadgets they collect and a warm working environment among their job’s benefits. Read article
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So you live in Malta, but not just because of the sunny beaches and the astonishing waves? Well, if you are also a worker there, employed or self-employed, we have good news for you! Read article
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How do family policies change through Europe? Who is entitled to them and for how long? Find out which countries are the best parental leave payers. Here we compare Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Belgium and Norway in a comprehensive overview of what local rules are and how they differ in our elderly dear Europe. Read article
Lots are moving to Spain for a year or two to work and travel, enjoying the country. But what happens when it’s time for a tax return? Here some helpful tips about Spanish fiscal system! Read article
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If you were there as a student or with a working holiday visa, hurry up to get your overpaid tax back! New Zealand tax year ended up on the 31st of March. From now until the 7th of July, be ready to apply for your tax refund! Read article
Every employee has already received his PAYE-P60 for 2017. In this document, you will find the summary of your earnings and the tax you paid last year. Unfortunately, many expats forget to claim their allowances before they apply for a tax refund. Find out what allowance you are entitled to and how you can apply for it! Read article
The tax year in the UK is finished on 5th April 2018. Starting from this date, you will receive your P60, a document that resumes your British income. It also lists the amount of tax your employer deducted from your salary for the whole tax year. Read article
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Your tax return and your tax refund may change.
Last year Luxembourg modified fiscal law bringing in many adjustments; primarily rising the ceiling applicable for certain deduction and adding new deductibles. Rules for non-resident married couples were changed as well.
But how may Luxembourg fiscal reform affect your next tax return? What are the relating implications your tax refund claim? Read article
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Here an interview to who was before a trainee plumber and now earning 3k a month in the video games’ industry. Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Tonnaro. He is 37 and been living in Amsterdam for 5 years.
A: Testing is extremely important when launching a video game so what exactly are the responsibilities of a video-game tester?
R: Video game testers find problems. Sometimes testers are assigned to test hardware or software, such as controllers. Testers could also work through various levels of a game like a typical customer, looking for bugs or pointing out observations on how the game looks like. In order to do that, they must test games in various ways, using different approaches. The tester's responsibility is to find and resolve any problem in any aspect of the game.
Most of the common problems might only show up in certain situations. For this reason, the game tester must try the same action in different ways to ensure the proper development in the operations. For example, a tester might enter a scene using different characters with different weapons. Everything is recorded to be analysed later.
A: So Rick, details are important in this job?
R: Yes, at the end of each test we should prepare and send a report which includes sharply detailed descriptions of what happened and when, as well as what other factors might be associated with the issue. This is where good communication skills come in. Only detailed reports could ease coding experts and others to fix the problems testers identify. Not less important, this could be a dull job as everyone else: Entry-level video game testers can be assigned with the most humdrum of hardware testing tasks. But for those who hang on, video game testing can be the first level into an utterly different career such in game development, designing and marketing. More qualified testers have higher salaries, with some making $100 per hour or more.
A: What kind of advice would you recommend to any new trainee?
R: Being able to keep you cool in a frustrating situation is key as every other job.
You also need to be an analytical and thorough person: if someone says something seems to work normally, check it anyway.
If you're enduring and serious about becoming a video game tester, there are several ways to move forward. First to do, try to get in touch with who is already in the industry checking out Linkedin for anything temporary since the temp jobs are usually for new people trying to break in. I started as game-tester working remotely as well, but all in once I was asked to move to Amsterdam because it seemed there was much more to do. From that, my career has been created on a daily base, spending time with my colleagues. My suggestion is to look at what you want to do in the industry now and take steps to get there. Want to be a creative? Make something. Want to be a designer? Make something.
Hope this interview may help to encourage those who are still doubtful about his/her future.
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