8 Bit Pro - A gamer's guide to testing

45-minute Keynote

Join me in a journey of learning and exploration, through the exciting world of gaming.

Virtual Pass session


1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Wednesday 11th


This should be of interest to all


  • Discover how aspects of gaming assist in developing core testing skills, such as exploring and modelling
  • Begin to understand the approaches that gamers use to beat both the game, and their opponents, and how these can apply to testing.
  • How encouraging new skill acquisition such as coding and other tech skills, can be achieved by exploring the world of gaming.

Greetings Programs!

Let me take you back in time to the 1980s and tell you a story. A story of an 8-year-old boy, seaside arcades, chunky cartridges, tape drives, floppy discs, pokes, cheats, and magazines full of code!

This is the start of how I became a tester.

Gaming is often written off as a wasteful pastime. Hours of time are sunk into playing the latest games, just to get kudos amongst other fellow gamers. Some do take it to extremes and ignore all other aspects of their lives.

I would argue that gaming is a productive activity. Gamers test all the time. Gamers explore, model, tweak, mod, exploit and play to win! In this talk, we will discover how gaming can be a route to learning and better testing!

Together we will explore vast open worlds, side quests, secret rooms and special upgrades. What does it take to succeed in a clan? What is glitching? Do you risk downloading the latest DLC? What strategy do you take? Do you save now, take the stealthy route or go in all guns blazing!?

So, don’t be a camper. Don’t get pwned. Let’s discover together how gaming can really add huge XP to your testing!

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