An internal documentary has appeared online from Sega showcasing the hard work of the games tester in the mid-nineties.
A half hour “trainumentary”, entitled “This is SEGA TEST”, created for the Sega Test Department in 1995/6 and directed by John Jansen has gone online.
This film which was obviously never intended for general public looks very much like a training film you’d watch when you start a new job. It covers the basics requirements of the position and the hard work it entails with many of the employees stating they regularly work sixty hours plus!
But there’s also a wonderful retro look at gaming from the nineties with some interesting tech including a Sega Pico which I never heard about until watching this film. Also, my favourite part is when the department receives a new “rev”, a new revision of a game they’re testing. You’ll see the game download via modem, and then flashed onto testing boards without an anti-static mat or strap in sight!
To top it off, the “trainumentary” really sets itself in the mid-nineties with an awesome soundtrack featuring several songs from Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden.