Despite being railroaded by critics, Sony's own PlayStation reality series "The Tester" will be coming back for a second season, and an open casting call is underway.
Earlier this year, Sony aired the first season exclusively through digital PS3 distribution. You couldn't watch it online, and it was nowhere to be found on TV. It was an entire "season" of a "TV show" that could only be watched by downloading free episodes on the PS3 (or PSP).
It was a novel concept but even before the show started, critics lambasted the entire premise. A bunch of (mostly) unemployed gamers get together, compete in wacky stunts, and the winner gets a job as a game tester for Sony. Even though it has a dreamy glow to most gamers out there, those in the industry regard testers as one of the worst and most mundane jobs in gaming.
In an interview this month with Charlotte, NC's Charlotte Observer, the show's winner Will Powers, confirmed that his prize was in fact a basic entry-level position.
Regardless of how silly it may have seemed, the episodes were downloaded millions of times and Sony considered the show quite a success. So it's coming back for season 2 and here's what you need to know:
Contestant hopefuls can go to TheTester.com to create a profile, including a photo and video that describes themselves. In addition to the handful that Sony will pick to become contestants, users can also vote from all the online submissions and the one with the most votes will be an automatic contestant.
So get your game face on and prepare to watch all the drama yet again as a bunch of wide-eyed gamers put their hopes and dreams on the line for what will ultimately be, most likely, a disappointment.
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