posted on Jul, 12 2006 @ 04:01 PM
Yes mate, i think you're basically talking about Beta testing which is usually opened up to the public mainly for online/multiplayer games.
Its all good.
I actually test games for a living which i pretty cool, but getting into Beta testing will help if you're actually planning for a full time job
Like razor1000 said, check out as many developer websites as you can and apply for beta testing when its available.
BTW, im in England as well and there are LOADS of companies all over the country. Best get a google search going mate.