MEET #QLOCDRAGONS – Piotr Piotrowski

Meet Piotr Piotrowski, who is our Senior QA Tester.

We asked Piotr some questions about his work at QLOC and more!

Check out his answers below.

 

What’s your job at QLOC?

Testing games, of course :D. However, I do a few other things besides crashing games, such as fighting with Excel files to prepare useful resources. Also, I believe I helped many people get on board in the company, as well as getting familiarized with the projects we were working on.

 

What do you like most about your job?

Definitely the people that I work with. But, also as far as I remember, I was always wondering “How do games work? How is it possible to make such beautiful virtual environments? And why is a floating tree there?” so, I treat bugs like riddles – “Why is something not working as intended? What exactly causes the game to crash?”. That makes my job fun and brings me so much joy and it makes me happy when I find the answers.

 

What was the most captivating task you had in QLOC?

Trying to figure out what causes crashes. Sometimes they seem to happen because the game tries to divide by 0, but sometimes the game crashes after stepping on a specific lamp post while trying to crouch. Finding the cause not only makes me feel good but also makes me learn how the game works.

 

How many games have you worked on?

Five. Four great projects and one that wasn’t so great, but working on all of them with wonderful teammates was a great time.

 

What have you learned from working in QLOC?

I was able to observe how the biggest games are built and how the work looks like from the inside. Besides, I met so many different people, with such different hobbies – I heard stories about acting in the theatre, being a pilot and plane mechanic, cosplaying, writing books and many more, so the things I learnt are not limited to game related topics.

 

What would you advise people who think about working in QLOC?

Do it.

 

Which game from the ones you’ve worked on is your favorite?

Prison Architect – I really enjoyed testing this game. I was able to find a lot of funny bugs and the game helped me get rid of stress by allowing me to build unethical prisons where being alive is optional…

 

Do you have any special powers?

I understand nuclear physics 😀 I study at the Faculty of Physics at UW (University of Warsaw) and am writing a thesis where I analyze data from a high-energy particle collider. Hopefully, I will be writing a serious physics paper sometime soon.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

Playing games and listening to music (mostly metal and please do not ask me about my favorite songs, I have a playlist of over 2000 songs that I like). I also spend a lot of time solving riddles and learning how the world works (of course with some music in background).

 

Are you #PCMasterRace or #TeamConsole? 🙂

#PCMasterRace.

 

Enter the title of your favorite game, movie/series and book.

Far Cry 3 and Forza Horizon 4.

 

What game would you take with you to a desert island?

It’s not a game but it fits. Unreal Engine 4, to make my own forest and remember how green nature looks like.

 

Are there any work-related anecdotes you could tell?

Oh… there are so many of them, but they are top secret. If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.

 

Would you like to nominate one of your teammates?

Grzegorz Maj – My team leader who loves anime. Also, I was in shock when I found out that he plays bass in Leśne Licho – a band that I knew and have loved for a long time.