The Tester is a reality TV show introduced by Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) in 2010. The show is produced by 51 Minds, and serves as an amazing platform for the talented people who look forward to having career with SCEA as a game tester. The show has been widely appreciated by gaming enthusiasts and has successfully completed two seasons. As per the concept of the show, eleven or twelve contestants chosen from a number of applicants participate in various challenges, and the one emerging as winner receives the title of The Tester. The winner gets the position of game tester in quality assurance of SCEA, with a bonus amount of $5,000. A panel of three judges, created to test the participants, eliminates once contestant after each challenge to get the eventual winner.
First season was aired in February 2010, where Will Powers emerged as the winner and successfully started his work in the Quality Assurance department of SCEA. Second season of The Tester was premiered in October 2010, with Matthew Brown emerging as a winner. PlayStation is now all set to launch the third season of The Tester on February 7, 2012. The auditions and voting lines for The Tester season 3 closed in September 2011, and the 12 contestants of the season-3 were declared in October 2011. The winner of The Tester season 3 will be hired as a Production Associate at Santa Monica Studio of PlayStation where some of the most famous PlayStation games like God of War III and upcoming Starhawk have been created.
Following is the list of contestants of The Tester season 3:
• Arin Hanson aka egoraptor, 24
• Ashphord Jacoway aka Ashichan, 23
• Charles Weichselbaum aka RealityPalez, 22
• Joel Alexander aka J-Tight, 23
• Kaila Nemoto aka kwajamonster, 25
• Krysti Pruden aka krystipryde, 26
• Lissarette Vazquez aka Suzkaiden, 22
• Nicole Dormer aka asuukaa, 26
• Richard Lugo aka ninjanomyx, 28
• Shaunette DeTie aka BurnNibelheim, 22
• Skyler Harper aka Skyd1ddy, 29
• Wilson Santiago aka akilleezmight, 27
In The Casting Call, where top 12 contestants were chosen from top 100, Arin Egoraptor Hanson was declared as the winner on October 20, 2011. The Tester series is also available as free download for the viewers exclusively on the PlayStation Network. The show is hosted by Meredith Molinari, who introduces the contestants to different challenges to test their skills. Besides the three judges, several guest judges are also invited to the show to test the contestants on different criteria. The Tester Season 3 Special Guests list is as follows:
• Dylan Jobe - President, LightBox Interactive
• Seth Killian - Special Combat Advisor, Capcom
• David Jaffe - Co-Director "Twisted Metal" and Co-Founder of Eat Sleep Play Greg Miller - PlayStation Executive Editor, IGN
• John Garvin - Game Director, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Director, Product Development, Sony Bend Studio
• Todd Papy - Design Director, God of War III
• Nolan North - Actor, Author, the Voice of Nathan Drake
I am eagerly waiting for this season to kick off. Tester 3 is all set to redefine entertainment by providing a platform to gaming fanatics to prove their skills!!!
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