Sony plans PS3 reality show

Sony plans PS3 reality show

Sony's new reality show will air on the PlayStation Network and offer you the chance to be a games tester.

Sony has announced it is planning a new reality show that will air exclusively on the PlayStation 3, with casting already underway for the PSN-only series.

Called 'The Tester', the show will be based around a group of everyday gamers who have to compete in a series of gaming challenges that are "designed to test their mental prowess, dexterity, and video game knowledge". So, that'd be a quiz about the history of Final Fantasy and speedruns of Drake's Fortune then.

The winner will apparently get the chance to work as a games tester for Sony, which is often held to be one of the most depressing and thankless jobs in the industry but which Sony labels "every gamer's ultimate dream job".

Set to air before the end of the year, the official website is already online and accepting applications, should you want to compete for a chance to work for Sony.

Will you be applying to the star in the show, hopeful that you can win a chance of correcting mistakes in Sony games at the end of it all? Let us know in the forums.


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cjoyce1980 4th September 2009, 11:58 Quote
take the hint, channel 4 did after 10 years......
[PUNK] crompers 4th September 2009, 12:00 Quote
haha thats priceless, its like having a pub quiz to find a new data entry clerk
Bauul 4th September 2009, 12:04 Quote
Ignore your friends! Abandon your family! Have millions of PS owners watch you make a tit of yourself all across the world! Proove beyond all reasonable doubt just how much of a sad, lonely nerd you really are! Your prize? One of the worst jobs in the world! Yup, Sony's BACK!
CustomPCMAX 4th September 2009, 12:17 Quote
All I can say is - We are talking about Sony... and so will everyone else.

Their plan seems to be working.
AshT 4th September 2009, 13:00 Quote
Good call.
dicobalt 4th September 2009, 13:48 Quote
Yes testing games is so much fun, you get to do the same thing over and over and over and over and over and... for 9 hours a day.

This quote from the article is pretty funny though:
Every few minutes, someone else yells "Hard lock!" as a Microsoft executive and a few leads come running over to assess the situation.
Another thing that's hard telling people? Sometimes you won't be playing a game at all; you'll just be—brace yourself—turning a machine off and on.
"It's really hard telling people, nine times out of 10, you're going to hate the ****ing game you're working on because it's going to be busted 90 percent of the time."

This reminds me of a callceter I used to work in, cellphones are the devil:
a cell phone rings. The tester takes the call and steps outside. An uneasy silence descends upon the room. "That's probably the last time he'll ever work here," says one of the leads.

Soon, someone collects his hoodie and takes it outside; he never comes back.

Wow big pimpin in the testing business
Many people I meet at Volt are intelligent enough to get jobs that have more security and pay more than $8.25 an hour. "Keeping the good ones there," admits Volt's Theuret, is "one of the greatest challenges. Turnover is huge."
After a game ships, people lose their jobs. That's just how it is.
D3s3rt_F0x 4th September 2009, 14:37 Quote
Could work out ok, I quite liked the show where they got GT players to compete to run in the real Dubai 24 hours including having to get all the licenses etc.

But then again this won't invovle motor racing.
SpeedLegion 4th September 2009, 21:18 Quote
I found the linked article about testing games very interesting :D
SNIPERMikeUK 5th September 2009, 11:46 Quote
If sony thinks I am gonna turn my ps3 on to watch this, then they are wrong, I use it for games oddly enough....
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