Testing or Quality Assurance Engineering?

Special Guest post by Aaron Wilson, Quality Engineering Manager for Big Fish Games and featured speaker at the 2019 GameBench Open.



If you’ve been in software for a minute, you’ve seen teams ship bugs. Big, breaking, and even super obvious bugs sometimes go out the door risking your reputation and revenue. You’d be forgiven if you’re confused about how this could happen. I mean, look at all the folks who have touched the product in the last two weeks! And of course, all the testing. But maybe it wasn’t enough.

Now, here comes the big bad decision. More testing. And why not? Clearly there wasn’t enough testing. Maybe.

The trap is set, baited, and ready to grab us by the ankle.

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realme 3 Pro gaming benchmarks reveal class-leading performance

Now that mobile gaming has become truly mainstream, it's only right that high-quality gaming experiences should be possible on affordable, mainstream smartphones. But are they? This is a question we've just had a chance to explore, thanks to realme sending its latest 3 Pro handset to GameBench Labs and commissioning us to test it out across a range of games. Please read on to see how the realme 3 Pro fares against other phones in the same class, including the Samsung Galaxy M30, Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro.

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Fortnite's 60fps mode looks great but comes at a cost

Epic Games has finally got Fortnite running at 60 frames per second (fps) on some high-spec Android phones, as well as on the latest iPhones. This is a major technical feat which brings mobile Fortnite much closer to the quality of the console version.  However, high-fidelity gaming on passively-cooled smartphones often requires some compromise. In this article, we'll look at objective performance and image quality comparisons to help gamers figure out whether the 60fps mode is worth it. 

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HONOR View 20 game benchmarks: frame rates for PUBG, Arena of Valor and Modern Combat 5

The brand new Honor View 20 is a mid-tier smartphone that promises top-tier gaming performance, due to the fact that it shares the same chipset (Kirin 980) as flagship phones. As a consumer, it's easy to accept this type of marketing logic ("fast chip = fast phone"), especially when other manufacturers like OnePlus and Xiaomi have repeated it so often. But real-world testing shows that it's not always so simple: thermals, drivers, APIs, game engines and various software optimisations can be at least as important as the chipset when it comes to gaming, so real game benchmarks are essential. Read on to see what they reveal about the Honor View 20...

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Huawei Mate 20 X gaming benchmarks: GameBench Labs reveals frame rates for top games

Huawei launched the Mate 20 X today with a simple marketing claim: this is a smartphone dedicated to the needs of gamers. But such claims need evidence and that's why Huawei (a GameBench client) sent a pre-release device over to our new testing department, GameBench Labs. We tested the phone's graphical performance across three popular and computationally demanding mobile titles that Huawei nominated: NBA 2K18 by 2K, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang by Moonton, and PUBG Mobile by Tencent Games. Read on to see how the Mate 20 X fared compared to the Apple iPhone Xs Max and Samsung Galaxy Note9.

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