Jobs: Looking for Bugs

THE $11 BILLION VIDEO-GAME INDUSTRY RELIES ON TESTERS TO PRODUCE GLITCH-FREE SOFTWARE. IT'S NOT AS EASYAS IT SEEMS

Andy Hanson, 24, is on a mission to break the most popular arcade game in America, a simulated golf match called Golden Tee. Over the next few months, he will spend days swinging at trees, walking into water hazards and bashing the game buttons as hard as he can, really trying to give the console a good whack.

Esteemed employee that he is, Hanson hopes to make the game stall, crash or buzz like a bad toaster. And, yes, he wreaks this havoc for a living, working as many as seven days a week in a Chicago-area office the size of...