The Validity and effectiveness of a business game beta test

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dc.contributor.author Gold, Steven
dc.contributor.author Wolfe, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-23T15:07:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-23T15:07:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Gold, Steven and Joseph Wolfe. "The Validity and effectiveness of a business game beta test," Simulation and Gaming (2011). Web. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/15053
dc.description.abstract New gaming software must undergo a series of tests before its general release. The objective of these tests is to ensure that the simulation is appropriate for its intended audience, plays well, possesses the requisite level of fidelity to the system being modeled, and is free from programming errors. This article first catalogs the design parameters associated with a good beta test. It then compares this ideal against the beta test created for a first-generation online business game released by a major online game publisher. It then examines the actual behaviors and results produced by the study’s beta testers to determine the degree the publisher and authors could be confident that the game met the criteria of targeted audience propriety, playability, model fidelity, and algorithmic accuracy. In this instance, this well-designed beta test could not guarantee the release of error-free software, and the likely reasons for this outcome are identified. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Algorithmic accuracy en_US
dc.subject Accuracy en_US
dc.subject Audience propriety en_US
dc.subject Beta testing en_US
dc.subject Beta-test procedure en_US
dc.subject Business simulation development en_US
dc.subject Business simulation testing en_US
dc.subject Defect analysis en_US
dc.subject Model fidelity en_US
dc.subject Playability en_US
dc.subject Release conditions en_US
dc.subject Software development en_US
dc.subject Software testing en_US
dc.subject Test design en_US
dc.title The Validity and effectiveness of a business game beta test en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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