I have to be very careful about this one to avoid myself from getting into trouble. So I will just put all the general stuff here.
If you always wonder if there is a way to “cheat” the poker machines in order to win, you will be very disappointed because the answer is NO.
The software is governed by the game’s rules and is purely based on random numbers.
Basically, you can look at a poker machine software in the following aspects:
(1) Base software – Software that governs the the hardware, for example insertion of $10 notes will increase the credits
(2) Game software – Software that determines the game’s rules, for example 3 Aces will pay 10 credits
The exciting bit about base software testing is that it involves hardware testing. This is probably the most different aspect from other software testing.
As the game is governed by the game rules run by random numbers, the way to attack this piece of code is to replace the random number with your own test parameter and verify the expected output. This will include hacking the code, and reinstall your modified software into the hardware.
Gaming software is fully regulated by the government. BMM acts as an independent party between the gaming manufacturers and government to protect players.
Therefore, do not worry if you will be cheated by the machine, because what it says in the game rules is true.
Besides the software bit, we also need to ensure that the artwork (game rules, images) does not confuse players, does what it meant to, and clearly explains what it meant to do.
In Australia, every state and even every gaming venue has its own rules and regulations. Therefore, besides ensuring that the software works as it expected, we also need to do compliance testing according the different rules and regulations.
I would say 70% of your time will be spent in front of the poker machine. The rest of the time will be doing source code evaluation and mathematical evaluation via computer.
As a summary, the job is really very different and interesting, because you feel that having fun all the time!
IT market was pretty bad back in 2003, when I first graduated. I was offered 2 jobs after I graduated, 1st is a programmer role at a superannuation company, and 2nd a software testing role at BMM International. I have chosen BMM merely I desperately needed money at that time and the salary that BMM offered was 10k more than the programmer’s role.
So there, I started my software testing career by coincidence….