Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2010

School

Center for Computer and Information Technology

Major

Computer Science

Primary Subject Area

Computer Science

Disciplines

Software Engineering

Abstract

Testing and maintenance are important when designing any type of software, especially video games. Since the gaming industry began, testing and maintenance techniques have evolved and changed. In order to understand how testing and maintenance techniques are practiced in the gaming industry, several key elements must be examined. First, specific testing and maintenance techniques that are most useful for video games must be analyzed to understand their effectiveness. Second, the processes used for testing and maintaining video games at the beginning of the industry must be reviewed in order to see how far testing and maintenance techniques have progressed. Third, the potential negative side effects of new testing and maintenance techniques need to be evaluated to serve as both a warning for future game developers and a way of improving the overall quality of current video games.

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