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Much to the delight of Hal Sparks and unemployed Q-list celebrities across the globe, Sony's semi-reality show, The Tester, is returning for a third season. This year, contestants will vie for a production job at Santa Monica Studios. Rather than make snide comments from the shadows, your bu...

August 5th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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"I hope five years from now we'll be winning Emmys for quality shows," PlayStation Network director Susan Panico said to Joystiq, imagining programming on the level of HBO's Entourage or The Sopranos. She was speaking sincerely about the platform's vision for original content. PSN might be synonym...

November 1st 2010 at 6:25pm 0 Comments
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No, no, not Nancy Kerrigan-esque lead pipe handicapping (though we may wish we had that kind of power by the time all is said and done). No, we're laying down odds on The Tester's second season cast members, who will fight to continue the legacy of first season champ Will "Cyrus" Powers and take a...

September 14th 2010 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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Remember Will "Cyrus" Powers, winner of the PSN reality series, The Tester? He appeared at the E3 PlayStation.Blog meetup (in addition to surprise guest Hideo Kojima) and we talked about how life is as a video game tester. With realistic expectations of a not-so-glamorous job, Powers felt welcomed...

June 14th 2010 at 1:45am 0 Comments
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[Image: Kidperez] Forget Will "Cyrus" Powers. If you really want to know if your game has what it takes, you need to turn to an eight-year-old, according to TT Games production chief Jonathan Smith. "They are the most efficient quality filter," he said in the new issue of Official Nintendo Magazine...

April 26th 2010 at 9:37am 0 Comments
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Here's something you haven't seen on The Tester, Sony's PSN-exclusive reality series: winning contestant Will Powers (aka Cyrus) receiving a novelty $5,000 check. We had a chance to chat with the next PlayStation game tester, who talked about his aspirations and why he decided to pursue such a diff...

April 12th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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It's the season finale of The Tester! How excited are you? OMG, omg, omg, totally can't wait to watch that guy, that other guy and that girl compete to get ... the thing that they are trying to win. Yeah, it's going to be awesome. (If anyone watched the series, how was it?) PSP owners should go ah...

April 8th 2010 at 7:40pm 0 Comments
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Aside from a spot on Sony's The Tester, we can't imagine a contest in the game industry with a much more ominous prize than Direct2Drive's Vision Award winner. Aside from the $10,000 bounty, apparently the trophy will be presented onstage at the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival by IGN's one a...

February 28th 2010 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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It's time for Sony's big PSN series premiere. Yep, The Tester is now available to download for free on your PSP and PS3. We promised SCEA's Chris Morell not to make fun of it here, so let's move on to the good stuff. Notably, there are three PSone classics, in addition to downloadable demos of Yak...

February 18th 2010 at 6:45pm 0 Comments
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Ever since Sony first announced its game industry reality show for PSN named The Tester back in 2009, we've been a bit wary of the idea. Can you really blame us? The show pits various personalities against each other in a variety of challenges, all with the end goal of becoming an entry-level game...

February 13th 2010 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Sony's PlayStation Network-exclusive reality series "The Tester" will begin February 18th. The competition will have the above real gamers vying for a chance to win a glamorous testing job at PlayStation. Until April 8th, the PlayStation Store (for PSP and PS3) will update every Thursday with new -...

February 1st 2010 at 10:03am 0 Comments
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With a host that's "crazy for RPG" and a model, plus guest appearances by the "legendary" David Jaffe, upcoming PSN reality show, The Tester, has already locked up the celebs. But what about the unknowns -- those everyday, real folk -- vying for an entry-level job in the industry? Today, we're int...

January 21st 2010 at 7:20pm 0 Comments