So I was doing my daily search through gametab.com, as I am wont to do, and I came across this little gem:
Dave Jaffe liveblogged during a Focus test for Calling All Cars. It’s funny to me because I’ve been to a lot of focus tests, and it’s interesting to see how people react to Jaffe’s impressions.
I mean from what I read, it sounds like a pretty normal focus test to me.
All sorts of things going wrong — check.
Frantically scrambling to get everything to work — check.
Players who are very bad at your game — check.
The strings of profanity (though I wouldn’t personally say them out loud, at least not where anyone can hear), are definitely things that go through your head while you’re watching one of these. So this account was a laugh a minute for me. I can relate.
For those of you who’ve never been to one, focus tests are so valuable precisely for all these things. They give you a chance to work out all the rough stuff before it gets to the consumer. And, while they’re definitely as frustrating as they sound, the good part about them is that at the end of it all you come away with a nice list of things that you can do to make your game even better (and certainly more accessible).
That doesn’t stop them from being frustrating as hell at the time, though 😉