Playstation has a Reality Show


On February 18th, Sony released its reality show ‘The Tester’ on the PlayStation store. Since I on’t currently own a PS3, I had to scrounge the internet, where I was only able to find a video of the first eleven minutes of episode one. The show is basically about eleven gamers competing to become a game tester for PlayStation. The prize in itself is already a fail.

Although I personally don’t have any experience being a tester, one of my family member used to be a tester for PlayStation, and the stories he told me about his experience weren’t really glamorous at all. He described the long hours, the crucial deadlines, and the monotony of it. Being a tester doesn’t mean you get to play the game as you would at home, because you’re looking for bugs and errors, so you would be playing the same level many a several times to find them. I suppose if you are the type who likes to find glitches, you’re perfect for the job.

In the first episode, I was able to watch a challenge where the contestants had to play a “spot the difference between two pictures” game. Okay, that makes sense. I mean, being a tester means having a critical eye, after all. But then, I watched the preview for the second episode.

Why are they running around a field inside a ball? How can that possibly be related to game testing?!

At one point in the show, a contestant surveys the room to see who is his competition and how he will strategize. Okay, first off, what is there to strategize?! If the objective of the show is to outshine the other contestants through playing of games, there is no need to create a complex tactic. Just beat them in the game! But I suppose if the challenges themselves do not involve games, rule out what I just said. Yet, since this reality show is a gaming show, playing games should be its main challenges.

As for the prize itself, aside from being an official tester for PlayStation, the winner will get a $5,000 bonus. Er, that’s it? A measly 5k?

I’m still interested in watching the show, however, just to see how much worse it can get. Anyone know where I can watch it online?

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    • Christopoulos
    • March 5th, 2010

    Just wow…

    It’s like a competition to see who can have the job of mopping the floors at McDonalds. And that miniscule prize money after taxes probably won’t even cover the month they missed of work by appearing on the show. I don’t know, maybe these contestants are hoping the show will launch their “acting” career.

    Truth be told though, a lot of these type of reality shows are a complete farce. The people who won Apprentice (which also had silly challenges) didn’t really get to run one of Trump’s companies. They were just cut a 250k check and did promotional events.

    Even with Hell’s Kitchen which gets high ratings and good praise, the winners rarely end up actually getting the job prize for whatever reason. Check out what happened to Danni from season 5 (just last year): http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/food/2009/07/26/2009-07-26_hells_kitchen_winner_danny_veltri_cooks_up_storm_at_the_borgata.html

    It seems with these reality shows, the “job prize” is just one big advertisement for whatever company and it provides a storyline anchor for the show. Because when it comes down to it, not many actually want a reality show contestant running their company or restaurant. So while the game tester position isn’t all that glamorous, it might actually be something realistic for these reality show contestants.

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