Sony Dishes About Season 2 of The Tester

Sony Dishes About Season 2 of The Tester

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The Tester is coming back to the PlayStation Network tonight. Why should you care? Because it's the first step towards Sony (hopefully) becoming an Emmy contender.

Today, Sony's returning to reality television with its second season of The Tester, the show that pits hopeful gamers against each other in a variety of competitions until only one is left to claim the prize of a job as a game tester at Sony's San Diego studio (along with a signing bonus and some other prizes). Those who were fans of the first season are probably going to enjoy themselves already, but Sony is trying to turn the dial up to 11 in order to make the show even more appealing.

The first season of The Tester didn't exactly garner a lot of love from the critics, but it proved to be a success amongst viewers. In an online survey that was conducted with a random sample of over 2000 PSN registrants last March, over 60% percent watched multiple episodes of The Tester and would like to see more, though they did indicate that they wanted more drama amongst the contestants.

"It was really the community and the viewers that showed what the true testament of the entertainment value was," said Susan Panico, Senior Director of the PlayStation Network, in a recent interview. "We did talk to our community about what was interesting to them ... the audience responded very positively, and that's what's really important."

Unsurprisingly, Sony and 51 Minds Entertainment are promising that this season will be even bigger and better than before. Panico promises that more drama will be on display (understandable, seeing as how this is a reality competition), and viewers can now participate thanks to the weekly "Download & Win" contest. Prizes available to win will include the Ultimate Edition of God of War II (signed, of course, by Stig Asmussen), a Sony HD HandyCam, and a PlayStation Move Bundle.

There's also a bigger cast of judges in the show than there was before. Brent Gocke, senior release manager for SCEA, and Meredith Molinari are returning as panelist and host, respectively, but the other regular panelist will be Adrianne Curry, the winner of the first season of America's Next Top Model and an avid gamer/cosplayer.

Meanwhile, guest panelists have been revealed as some pretty big names in the videogame industry: Stig Asmussen (Game Director for God of War III), Ted Price (founder and CEO of Insomniac Games), Greg Goodrich (Executive Producer of Medal of Honor, Michael McWhertor (Kotaku's Reviews Editor), Deborah Mars (Senior Producer of SCEA's Santa Monica Studio), and Travis Williams (Senior Producer of SCEA San Diego).

As it turns out, The Tester is just the start of Sony's plans for original programming. According to Panico, Sony wants to eventually be like HBO or Showtime by providing high-quality, original, content on the PlayStation Network ... though, we probably shouldn't expect Sony to create anything as epic in scale or cost as, say, Rome, Deadwood, or Dead Like Me.

"By no means am I comparing The Tester to The Sopranos," said Panico, "but I hope that five years from now, the Playstation Network will be an Emmy contender or an Emmy winner for really entertaining and compelling content."

For those critics of the show who have belittled the contestants' goal of becoming a game tester, Sony wants to point out that the end of the show is actually just the beginning of these winners' careers. For Will Powers, AKA "Cyrus," the winner of the first season, the show gave him a foot in the door of the videogame industry, but he's managed to proceed up the corporate chain on his own by recently joining Sony's PR team.

It'll probably be a while before we can judge how successful The Tester is at paving the way for Emmy-worthy programming. That said, it sounds like the second season is certainly going to be an entertaining distraction for a reality TV fan, and you can't really knock a show too much when the prize is to give someone a job in what is still a rough economy.

To learn more about The Tester, check out the show's official site.

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Haha... I can't wait for the results.

Who else is rooting for 8-bit Mickey?

An Oscar? With The Tester?

Really?

zHellas:
Haha... I can't wait for the results.

Who else is rooting for 8-bit Mickey?

first.....post.....

that was pretty fast, but yea, hopefully 8-bit mickey wins, he probably has the most gaming experience out of them all.

I'm going to be a jerk here and predict that 8-bit mickey(god love him) is going to be the first booted out because he is the most popular.

zHellas:
Haha... I can't wait for the results.

Who else is rooting for 8-bit Mickey?

8-bit mickey is on theis? *looks at image of contestants*
MUST---WATCH---

I don't think we get this over here. Shame.

And you just reminded me to go watch my Rome box set! That was awesome!

Tenmar:
I'm going to be a jerk here and predict that 8-bit mickey(god love him) is going to be the first booted out because he is the most popular.

oh that's not entirely true, Star from season 1 was most popular and she got to the final 4, she was really only surviving because even though she was probably the worst overall, every week someone else would have been SLIGHTLY worse than her.

Go 8-Bit Mickey! I might actually watch this season... I mostly avoided it last time because I shared Penny Arcade's opinion on how it would end for the "winner."

Kalezian:

zHellas:
Haha... I can't wait for the results.

Who else is rooting for 8-bit Mickey?

first.....post.....

that was pretty fast, but yea, hopefully 8-bit mickey wins, he probably has the most gaming experience out of them all.

'Cept that one guy who "owns every game ever made on every system", literally saying that "I have no life outside of gaming." I hope he gets kicked out very soon.

The Tester was a pretty interesting show, and it's nice to see a reality show that doesn't delve into "this guy is the bad guy!" and keep them on. It's based on skill and whatnot, but more importantly, it makes me feel smart for getting the answers right before they do and going "Oh, c'mon, how do you not know that?!"

It'll be interesting to see how the second season plays out.

vansau:
The Tester is coming back to the PlayStation Network tonight. Why should you care? Because it's the first step towards Sony (hopefully) becoming an Emmy contender.

And why should I care if Sony is an Emmy contender? All I see is them wasting time on more junk that the majority of PS3 owners don't want and ignoring the stuff that said people do want (as evidenced by the Playstation Share page of their blog).

WCG Ultimate Gamer is the better of the two gaming reality shows.

More drama, more action, and more gaming tbh.

I'm gonna go with 8-Bit Mickey as the winner here. He's got a vast knowledge of games and gaming accessories.

SnootyEnglishman:
I'm gonna go with 8-Bit Mickey as the winner here. He's got a vast knowledge of games and gaming accessories.

Not to mention he's got the crew at That Guy With The Glasses backing him.

That blond girl in the front is really pretty.

OT: I should probably start keeping up to date with this. I am now interested. Well done Sony!

lol well no fucking shit Cyrus joined the PR machine. Hes now a walking neon billboard.

but anyway

The show has the same flaws as any reality show (obvious "reshoots" are obvious") but remember, it INVOLVES VIDEOGAMES (kind of. I REALLLY hope theres some ACTUAL VIDEOGAMES in this season. I know they think its not entertaining to watch, but who else here has watched a Lets Play?), has NERDCORE, has Nerdrama (its a word NOW) and it beams free to your playstation, thus making you feel like part of the community. But most of all....

They are competing for a job. In this economy? They better be kicking eachothers SHINS out for a goddam JOB......

The only reason I will give a crap about this is 8-Bit Mickey.

The Great JT:
The only reason I will give a crap about this is 8-Bit Mickey.

Haha, same here. Hopefully he'll win or atleast go fairly far into it.

8-bit Mickey has quite some love in this thread, I see ;-P

Sorry for the n00b question, but... Who the hell is 8-bit Mickey?

Yossarian1507:
Sorry for the n00b question, but... Who the hell is 8-bit Mickey?

8-bit mickey is now a contributor of a gaming website affiliated with Doug Walker's website. Formerly he was a member of the website that euhm ... how do I say all this without blatant advertising? AH ... he was a former employee of the site that now has a gamestore in Dallas and has a Supercool Gaming Convention there.

 

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