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'Aliens: Colonial Marines' Developer Offers Bug Hunting Job After Slip-Up

'Aliens: Colonial Marines' Developer Offers Bug Hunting Job After Slip-Up

The team behind Alien: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, have taken their recent bad press in the best possible way - they've opened up a position in the company for reviewing code and 'just that'.

The developers came under fire recently for a simple fault found in the code of their 2013 game Alien: Colonial Marines, based on the Aliens movie franchise, which made the enemies slow, unresponsive and not at all threatening.

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The error was the result of a simple coding mistake - a misspelling of the word 'tether' which a fan found and corrected, vastly improving the game's AI.

The job listing is a simple and straight to the point indictment of their failure to double check these important codes.

Credit: Gearbox
Credit: Gearbox

It reads as follows:

Gearbox Software is looking for a capable and driven full-time engineer to review all code for typos. Responsibilities:
Review all code for typos. Just that.
Desired Skills and Experience:
Enjoys finding typos.
Required Skills and Experience:
Click apply and pass the rigorous questionnaire located on the application.




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The questionnaire asks for your personal details, as well as the answer to the following question: "Please respond with the correct spelling: tether or teather."

The light-hearted response to the game resurfacing in the headlines is sure to make fans smile. Whoever manages to get the job has a pretty simple task ahead of them, but it should be a fun job that will hopefully save Gearbox from future embarrassments like this slip.

You can apply for the job here.

It seems to be a totally legit job role, too. After applying, you receive an email thanking you for interest and stating they are 'looking forward to reviewing it'.

Words by Will Stevenson

Featured Image Credit: Gearbox

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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