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あらすじ・解説

Working as a quality-assurance grunt in the gaming industry sounds like fun, right? You get to play the coolest new games before anyone else. And all you have to do is to find, reproduce, and report bugs before the last pixel is locked in and the games are launched to an eager public. Sure, there’s the unpaid overtime, the office politics, and the ever-present threat of layoffs. But you get to game!

But when a small third-party testing team is assigned to work on Blade Skill Online - a highly anticipated virtual reality MMORPG - they quickly find that some bugs are more serious than others, and some truly insidious features are "working as intended".  

If our intrepid QA team wants to survive the launch cycle, they're going to have to break this game. Hard.

©2021 Andrew Rowe (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022/03/22

So much fun!

I loved the pop culture references, and really enjoyed the voice acting. I have really enjoyed all of your books so far, even my kids like your "...Demon King..." book. (Hoping to get more of those for them or at least some hard cover print ones to read to the midgets)
I have always loved your character's and diversity, and the message just toward the end of this book really made me smile.
From one Andrew to another, thank you.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Izzy
  • 2022/03/17

Amazing

Absolutely loved it. This one is going to be a fun relisten. Rowe's works are ALWAYS a treat. Fantastic voice acting as well!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jonathan
  • 2022/03/24

Funny and entertaining

Really loved this one, Mythic Quest vibes with Andrew Rowe’s great character building and storyline, big win :)

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles
  • 2022/03/22

Hilarious

amazing, possibly as good as How to defeat a demon king. thanks for your talent Rowe

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew W.
  • 2022/03/18

Quick story with quirky humor

I loved this story with my background as an avid gamer and absolute nerd. If you have worked in game development, programming, or similar spaces then you will be laughing out loud throughout the work. Fans of Sword Art Online will enjoy this especially.

The voice actors did an amazing job bringing out the dialog with dripping sarcasm and had great chemistry with each other. The voice actor for Prometheus crushed it in particular, but I loved all the characters and related to their personalities.

Highly recommended for a short and enjoyable listen. Wish there was more!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • chris kemph
  • 2022/03/17

A Fantastic Quick Read

Loved the characters and the dynamic of the group. Everyone is very interesting in a real sort of way. This feels like reading a real life QA Chat and interactions, which I have been a part of at times. Turns common tropes on their heads, and uses them in new and hilarious ways. More joyful projects like these please. Is Selys in the Orchestra?

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • DinoBoy
  • 2022/03/17

QA at its finest

Peak QA humor. Amazing SAO parody. Amazing characters with stunning performances by an amazing cast.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chriss B.
  • 2022/03/17

Incredible work by Rowe!

Once again, I find myself totally captivated by the characters Rowe has written! With such a short book, his skill with dialog and characterization is even more apperant.

The conversation in this book took place over a chat log and was performed by many different narrators. I've listened to books where each character is a different voice talent, and typically, they feel a bit disjointed or off. But this story completely reversed that and felt so natural! The voice actors did an incredible job in taking these characters the extra mile!

On top of that, the story itself was super incredible. There were a number of references to all kinds of pop culture, in specific things like Sword Art Online, Ready Player One, and those are just the major ones I caught! There are plenty of smaller references too, direct and indirect, that are sure to please!

But even if those are unfamiliar or not your cup of tea, this story has some really fun insights into quality assurance and game development and is generally just a lot of fun! I highly recommend it for anyone interested or looking for a light read.

And of course, check out Rowe's other amazing work! He's a great author, and the talent shown in this work is not a one-off thing! (Especially if you liked this but want some more serious moments, his other books have a great mix of levity and seriousness.)

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022/03/17

SAO from a QA perspective

This is an excellent and quick listen. The story is primarily told through chat logs and issue reports. If you've ever had an interest in game design or the game industry this is a hilarious and excellent read. This is such a fun listen.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel Baxter
  • 2022/03/28

Great Listen for Non gamers Too!

The only game I've ever played is Mario Kart, and I still loved this quick listen. there is enough context for non gamers to enjoy the plot of the story. Also the dialogue has me laughing out loud at multiple times. I would recommend this to anyone who likes quick, nerdy banter and is open to learning about how gaming QA works.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Olipie
  • 2022/03/17

Short, sweet and absolutely hilarious.

Much like How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps, Rowe has crafted an extremely fun story that both pokes fun of and embraces the source material he is parodying. I'm a huge Sword Art Online fan despite the many problems and it's deeply fun to see them made fun of in such a way whilst still managing to tell a complete story. It's not the only series parodied here but it is clearly the major one and it's done in a great way where it never feels meanspirited, I just love the scenario of believable QA testers actually analysing some of the bizarre game design that works great in the story but realistically would never fly!

The cast are all great, and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments as well as just enjoyable conversations and dynamics between the characters. I usually don't go for sound effects in my audiobooks but they never felt too annoying here and there was one in particular toward the end that definitely got me good with how unexpected but funny it ended up being. As with Demon King this book is chock full of great references and jokes that I'm sure I'll end up catching even more of on a second listen.

Rowe really puts his background in the game industry to use with some interesting insights and detailed descriptions of what QA is actually like compared to what people think it is. I'm not that knowledgeable about the industry but I'm sure those who are will get some great enjoyment out of some of the lines. The line about someone being in QA despite knowing how to code and the requirement of multiple years experience for even basic positions definitely hit home.

It's honestly very impressive to me that despite referencing the SAO series and game industry so much you could easily enjoy this book with no knowledge of either. A lot of the bugs/features the characters mention are taken straight from SAO, but used in some original fun ways and John is a great portal into the world for newcomers.

Can't recommend this audiobook enough, especially if you're familiar with SAO. It's great that this has come out just as the Sword Art Online books have started hitting audible too. I hope Rowe continues writing great witty stories like this one alongside his other works.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • BenHawkes
  • 2022/04/07

Seems like a knockoff...

Very short sword art online vibes, and the end was awful... Would not recommend

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • D. B. Hubert
  • 2022/03/26

Too many tropes to be truly enjoyable

While the cast did a good job on narration, the story is overflowing with stereotypes and unrealistically flippant and one dimensional characters. Doesn't have any (good) vibes of a lit RPG either.

Was really looking forward to this but was let down by sheer mediocrity.

Even as a free title (with plus), this unfortunately wasn't worth the listen.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jessika H.
  • 2022/03/22

fun but no masterpiece

I really liked the feeling of this one. the characters where likeable and felt like a gang of goofs. and all the references made the read so much fun! for a 2 hour story I hade a fun time

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Hogan
  • 2022/03/18

Much Fun!

Such a fun story, and such amazing performances. If you're a fun of the LITRPG genre and want to have some tongue in cheek fun at the expense of the major clichés... then this is the story for you!

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Paul walker
  • 2022/04/17

what nonsense

thank goodness this was under three hours long or it would have not been listened to I like to give every audio book a chance but wow

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mike Borg
  • 2022/04/07

Excellent performance

Got me grinning at all the nerdy references, and very much enjoyed listening to the likeable characters. The short duration of the book works well as this was short and punchy. Highly recommended for any fantasy and IT fan. Totally better than Ready Player One.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Leonie
  • 2022/04/01

Is this going anywhere?

Sorry I can't finish this, it's just dragging on and I'm sick of hearing all the bug details. I'm a gamer but the characters were too childish for me

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ender
  • 2022/03/19

A Comedy Of Errors

A fantastic parody of an SAO-esque evil plot... as told "from the trenches" of the outsourced external Quality Assurance team!