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Sony PlayStation Joins Reality TV Game

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 12th 2010 1:00PM
PlayStation 3The video game industry wants to try its hand at playing something else: reality TV programming.

Sony Computer Entertainment America has partnered with producer 51 Minds to launch a reality TV series, Variety reports. The program, titled 'The Tester,' will be available only to PlayStation 3 owners, running exclusively on the PlayStation Network.

This is the industry's first foray into original programming modeled on the broadcast network format. PS3 has previously offered an original anime series, coverage of upcoming games and a behind-the-scenes look at the video game industry. PlayStation 3 The video game industry wants to try its hand at playing something else: reality TV programming.

Sony Computer Entertainment America has partnered with producer 51 Minds to launch a reality TV series, Variety reports. The program, titled 'The Tester,' will be available only to PlayStation 3 owners, running exclusively on the PlayStation Network.

This is the industry's first foray into original programming modeled on the broadcast network format. PS3 has previously offered an original anime series, coverage of upcoming games and a behind-the-scenes look at the video game industry.

The series doesn't stray from the gaming demographic: Contestants are vying for a job as a video game tester; and some of the reality competition's recruits were chosen from PlayStation gamers' submissions.

'The Tester' will be accessible to 28 million homes in the US and Canada, including those with PSP hand-held gaming systems. The free, eight-episode, 15-20 minute program can be downloaded every Thursday starting Feb. 18.

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The game testing conventions allow these professionals to work on many testing software available in the market. Some companies also rely heavily on the process of manual testing. The games tester should have enormous patience levels and an eye for intricate details so as to spot hidden bugs. They are the professionals whose focus is on reporting the critical program errors to the programming team. Finally the testers are asked to re- run the software and check for any further misses. This cycle is repeated on number of occasions to the satisfaction of the games tester. Once he is done, the final version of the game is ready to be launched in the commercial market.

May 10 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Game testing might appear boring at times as it requires long sitting hours in front of the system with eyes continuously glued to the screen. It does bring in boredom for professionals who are continuously testing and retesting the same piece of code. Though there may be "cons" to being a games tester, the "pros" by and large outweigh them. These professionals are the lucky few who combine their passion for video games and successfully convert it into their bread and butter by getting paid for it.

May 08 2010 at 6:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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