I noticed over at Counter-Strike:_Source_Singleplayer that while it's a real struggle getting team members for mod production, there appears to be no shortage of people eager to volunteer to test new mods. Perhaps everyone already has people they can easily call on to test whatever they are working on, but you can never have too many testers (especially in a single-player context, where fresh eyes are invaluable), so this kind of list seemed like it would be a great resource for VDC users.
The success of this resource obviously depends on getting people to sign up though. Perhaps the phrase "build it and they will come" will prove true, or perhaps someone with a Steampowered Forums account should go over there and advertise it, or something?
Also, do we have an article on good playtesting practice yet? There's lots of really excellent material on the subject in Valve's GDC talks, if someone feels like writing it up and linking it in here and elsewhere. --Giles 05:35, 10 May 2006 (PDT)
- The referenced page doesn't mention GDC or game testing. Referencing the Current Events page may not be a good idea in any case. —BJ(talk) 06:21, 22 May 2006 (PDT)
Does anyone even look here?
Maybe we should add some more links to this page.. Hard to find. --dutchmega 01:48, 22 May 2006 (PDT)
Make it a category?
What about making this a category? And see my previous msg --dutchmega
- I made it a page rather than a category because if someone wants to email a bunch of testers and say "hi do you want to test my mod", it's much easier to read emails off one page than to click through to half a dozen user pages to get everyone's emails. Regarding your prev msg above, I did link to it from Community Portal, because I felt much the same way. I can't think of anywhere else appropriate, but I'm sure others can. :) --Giles 10:37, 29 Aug 2006 (PDT)
I think it would be best to list direct games and sort by those. I know if I was to be looking for testers I wouldn't care about their name but rather if they had the game for which the map was for. --Remmiz 10:47, 24 Nov 2007 (PST)
- Indeed. This should be result in an extra column which tells the developers which games thoses testers owns. But I think when we put some new colums (i.e. "Games owned") on this list, it won't be updated for more then 50% cause the inactivity of many of those testers... --Jurgen Knops 06:23, 18 Feb 2008 (PST)