Video game platforms are supposed to be visionary, but sometimes they're just silly. Case in point, it looks like Sony's hopping on the 'reality' series bandwagon with a competition show called The Tester for their PlayStation Network, this one involving 11 gamers battling indulgently for a spot on Sony's game design staff.
According to the press release, those 11 will have to compete in "mental and physical challenges" to land a job as a game tester for Sony Computer Entertainment in San Diego with a $5,000 signing bonus.
Pith hats and snake pits? Battles with barrel-rolling gorillas? Somersaulting along chute loop-de-loops at the speed of sound? Sadly, no.
Instead, the promotional trailer looks like b-roll from shows like Fear Factor or American Idol.
"Who wants to have beerios?" says someone tipping a blurred bottle of Corona over a bowl of Apple Jacks.
"I'm communicating through a bullhorn to people in bubbles," says another, directing competitors cased in plastic spheres.
"It's game over," says a third lying in bed, near tears.
And then the judges weigh in with predictably withering criticism, triggering sobs, sighs, and fellow contestant expressions of 'earnest' concern.
Oh yeah, bring the pathos Sony.
Judging will be Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk) and, strangely enough, David Jaffe (God of War), who'll no doubt serve as the show's Simon Cowell analogue. Hey, the guy speaks his mind, I'm just not sure why he's chosen to speak it here.
Debuting February 18, you'll be able to pull episodes down for free if you're a PS3 owner.
Survivor meets The Apprentice meets dumb? Or is "dumb" redundant?
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