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Reality TV Jumps Onto Gaming Consoles

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 1, 2010

Alas, reality TV has just jumped from the TV and onto your gaming console. On Feb. 2, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced it will debut an original competition reality series, The Tester, on PlayStation Network for free download starting February 18, 2010.

In the series, 11 gamers from across the country will compete “in grueling physical and mental challenges to win a position as a game tester at SCEA and a $5,000 signing bonus, all under the scrutiny of a panel of judges, including actor/comedian and diehard gamer Hal Sparks,” according to Sony. The Tester, which was designed by some of the same people who gave us TV reality series Rock of Love and The Surreal Life, will be available for download on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

“The Tester will follow contestants over eight episodes as emotions run high, alliances form and they battle with brain and brawn,” according to Sony’s press release. “While donning giant slingshots, paintball guns, and human hamster balls, contestants will be put to the test in a series of elimination challenges shaped around the skills necessary to be a game tester, including dexterity, communication skills and mental prowess.” Cast members range in age from 22 to 36 years old and include a student, a paramedic and a used car salesman. Check out the trailer right here.

The move is a nod to the fact that many gamers play games rather than watch television nowadays. But, like the rest of us, they enjoy reality TV shows — particularly when those series follow their fellow gamers.

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