The video game industry has become much different from the one we were familiar with as kids as we grew up playing our Nintendo Entertainment Systems, Super Nintendos, Sega Genesis, etc. The game industry is thriving like never seen before, and is now a multi-BILLION dollar industry. No longer is it predominantly children and teenagers that compose the majority of the consumers for the industry as grown adults and even senior citizens get involved in gaming nowadays thanks to the presence of Nintendo's DS and Wii systems and their casual gamer friendly atmosphere.
As the industry grows so does the demand for employees at publisher and developer headquarters, of course. In fact, demand is higher than you could ever imagine. One position that is highly needed is game testers. Video game testers basically play a title hours on end running through it with a fine tooth comb to make sure there are no bugs or errors present in the game's design. It's a highly desirable job, and the pay is surprisingly very, very good at times. Hard to believe people get paid to test games, right? Even more so that they're getting paid handsomely to do so. But believe it, because this is big business nowadays and I'm sure all of the fine men and women who paid for and fueled their children's ability to play games as they were growing up buying console after console will be glad to see all of their hard earned money ended up being quite useful in the end, helping their children prepare for a great career in the end.
Many companies are currently hiring game testers, in fact. EA, Rockstar, THQ, Blizzard, and even Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are all constantly looking to build to their testing teams. The best part? You don't even have to know someone to get involved with the industry anymore! There are tons of guides and books that can show you how to become a video game tester out there and give you all of the contact information you need to be getting in touch with these companies ASAP and help you start playing video games for money quick! And they can be had at a very reasonable price. So what are you waiting for? Kiss your nine to fiver goodbye and start doing what you love for a living, people!
You can read some good information on getting started as a tester in the video game industry HERE and HERE .