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[[OverlyNarrowSuperlative The first original live-action series distributed on a video game console]], ''The Tester'' is a serialized reality program created by Sony Computer Entertainment and produced by 51 Minds. ''The Tester'' features eleven or twelve contestants, [[BlatantLies selected from thousands of applicants]], competing in a variety of challenges to win a career at Sony Computer Entertainment as a game tester with a $5,000 signing bonus. The winner of the second season also received a PlayStation 3 video game console and a Sony BRAVIA 3D Television. In the third season, the prize includes a chance to work at [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Santa Monica Studio]] as a [[TheIntern "Production Associate"]] on an as-yet unannounced Sony blockbuster as well as a Ford Focus. The first season launched in North America on February 18, 2010 and new episodes were released weekly until the finale aired on April 8, 2010.

The program is available as a free download exclusively on the PlayStation Network. Meredith Molinari is the host, guiding the contestants through military-style, physical challenges supposedly based on skills required of game testers, such as an eye for detail and effective communication. Each week, with the exception of the finale, at least one contestant is eliminated by a panel of three judges: release manager for Sony first-party quality assurance Brent Gocke, actor and comedian Hal Sparks (model Adrianne Curry in seasons 2 and 3), and a special guest judge. Eliminations are based on performance in the weekly challenges. For the finale, the three remaining contestants race each other in a final challenge with multiple chapters with the first contestant to complete all chapters crowned "the tester."
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!!Tropes:
* ArtifactTitle: As of season 3, it was realized that a minimum-wage job sitting in an uncomfortable chair playing the same level for hours on end wouldn't cut it any more as the main prize, so they added the extremely vague honor of "Production Associate" at Santa Monica Studios, which greatly overshadows the tester position. Regardless, some of the contestants still interview with their potential employers, and it's not obvious that they have any of the qualities that someone working in game industry usually has, such as artistic talent, experience with the game design process, or basic technical knowledge of how a video game is made.
* AWizardDidIt: The likely explanation for how [=SkyD1ddy's=] ten-foot tall brick tower didn't collapse on itself, given the way it was constructed. Kristi Pryde even dubbed Sky a warlock for being able to pull it off (complete with DramaticThunder).
* BreakTheHaughty: Ego planned to treat his entire show as one big joke, but before the first day was done he had to give up due to how draining the show was.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/{{Egoraptor}} is one of the third season competitors. [[WhatWereYouThinking No, really]].
** JustHereForGodzilla: And he was the only reason many people were even aware of the third season.
** Before that, the only reason most people started watching Season 2 was to see [[TheGameHeroes 8-Bit Mickey]] compete. Incidentally, both of these contestants were the results of a fan-vote.
* InNameOnly: Several of the themed challenges have few, if any, connections to the game they're supposedly based on. In addition, there's very few actual connections to ''gaming itself,'' to the point where it's more like ''TheRealWorld'' with Sony ProductPlacement.
* {{Jerkass}}: In the second season, Big Fazeek is mostly just a blunt, loud guy, with a vitriolic relationship with Warprincess, but he tends to refrain from doing anything especially bad out of malice. Hell, he makes some good points every now and then (like the absolutely confusing "story" made by Scooter, Ches-ka and Triplethreat), but he's still a pain about it. When he actively tried to KickTheDog by planning to mock Warprincess for losing a game, he was stopped by Mo'Chocolate; he was ultimately eliminated for it.
** Given Brent Gocke's apparent prejudice towards Egoraptor, many fans of the latter see him as this. Egoraptor, however, mentioned in a live stream that he likes him because Gocke was the one who actually got rid of him.
* ManipulativeEditing: [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/random-awesomeness/tester-3-commentary-ep-3 This commentary]] by Egoraptor and ScrewAttack basically showcases that it's absolutely full of it.
* {{Otaku}}: In the third season, ninjanomyx is singled out for living with his mother and collecting ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' cards, and his ConfessionCam moments deliver such brilliantly awkward lines as "ready like Betty-spaghetti," "y'all jelly. Y'all jelly and you want this too" and [[CringeComedy "they wanted to overcharge. They wanted to-"]]. According to kwajaMonster, he is actually much more legit than portrayed, having grown up in the Bronx, and Ego confirmed that he's a really cool guy.
* OnlySaneMan: According to viewers, Egoraptor.
* ProductPlacement: ''Extremely''. The people who flatter and paint Sony products as great tend to receive more leniency from judges as well.
** This reaches SoBadItsGood levels when they show gameplay from yet unreleased video games and a giant ESRB rating covers half the screen.
* TheScrappy: Invoked, Egoraptor was pretty much disliked by the judges from day 1 and was kicked out in the third episode on basically having the bad luck to be on three losing teams in a row.
** Egoraptor mentioned that Sony's aim with the show was not to hire people for QA positions but rather to find someone who could represent the Playstation fan community, thus explaining their attitude towards Sony fanboys and their immediate dislike of Egoraptor, Arin had previously done [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10vdAZPxqU a cartoon]] mocking Sony's [[UnfortunateImplications infamous]] PSP Squirrels series of commercials and calling the PSP both 'a Peice[sic] of Shit' and 'Utter Shit'.
* StraightGay: Season 2's Gaymer.
* ShadowArchetype: Doc, for the most part, was a nice guy and cared about other people, and didn't have any delusions of perfection about himself. He did a couple jerky things once in a while, but most of it seemed to just be saying or doing the wrong thing rather than actual malice. Meanwhile, Big Fazeek is what happens when Doc has a chip on his shoulder.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Egoraptor in Season 3 is treated by pretty much everyone as the main threat and villain thus far, largely due to ManipulativeEditing. Anyone who's remotely familiar with Egoraptor knows this is ridiculous.
** Egoraptor himself said he was on good terms with most of the teammates, making this even worse. To drive the point home, Egoraptor gets kicked off... ''for actually trying to help the team.''[[note]]Ego left his team to go back and get more ammo for a catapult, because he realized it's not feasible to teach someone how to use a giant slingshot. One of the reasons he was kicked off was because Sony edited out him getting more ammo and trying to teach the catapult, making it look like he just walked away and left his team to struggle.[[/note]]
*** To add further insult to injury, Egoraptor asserts that his team actually finished before the other team, so the whole incident was just a pretence to kick Egoraptor off the show.
** According to Egoraptor as well, basically everyone was cool with each other and the conflict all derived from ManipulativeEditing.

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[[OverlyNarrowSuperlative The first original live-action series distributed on a video game console]], ''The Tester'' is a serialized reality program created by Sony Computer Entertainment and produced by 51 Minds. ''The Tester'' features eleven or twelve contestants, [[BlatantLies selected from thousands of applicants]], competing in a variety of challenges to win a career at Sony Computer Entertainment as a game tester with a $5,000 signing bonus. The winner of the second season also received a PlayStation 3 video game console and a Sony BRAVIA 3D Television. In the third season, the prize includes a chance to work at [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Santa Monica Studio]] as a [[TheIntern "Production Associate"]] on an as-yet unannounced Sony blockbuster as well as a Ford Focus. The first season launched in North America on February 18, 2010 and new episodes were released weekly until the finale aired on April 8, 2010.

The program is available as a free download exclusively on the PlayStation Network. Meredith Molinari is the host, guiding the contestants through military-style, physical challenges supposedly based on skills required of game testers, such as an eye for detail and effective communication. Each week, with the exception of the finale, at least one contestant is eliminated by a panel of three judges: release manager for Sony first-party quality assurance Brent Gocke, actor and comedian Hal Sparks (model Adrianne Curry in seasons 2 and 3), and a special guest judge. Eliminations are based on performance in the weekly challenges. For the finale, the three remaining contestants race each other in a final challenge with multiple chapters with the first contestant to complete all chapters crowned "the tester."
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!!Tropes:
* ArtifactTitle: As of season 3, it was realized that a minimum-wage job sitting in an uncomfortable chair playing the same level for hours on end wouldn't cut it any more as the main prize, so they added the extremely vague honor of "Production Associate" at Santa Monica Studios, which greatly overshadows the tester position. Regardless, some of the contestants still interview with their potential employers, and it's not obvious that they have any of the qualities that someone working in game industry usually has, such as artistic talent, experience with the game design process, or basic technical knowledge of how a video game is made.
* AWizardDidIt: The likely explanation for how [=SkyD1ddy's=] ten-foot tall brick tower didn't collapse on itself, given the way it was constructed. Kristi Pryde even dubbed Sky a warlock for being able to pull it off (complete with DramaticThunder).
* BreakTheHaughty: Ego planned to treat his entire show as one big joke, but before the first day was done he had to give up due to how draining the show was.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/{{Egoraptor}} is one of the third season competitors. [[WhatWereYouThinking No, really]].
** JustHereForGodzilla: And he was the only reason many people were even aware of the third season.
** Before that, the only reason most people started watching Season 2 was to see [[TheGameHeroes 8-Bit Mickey]] compete. Incidentally, both of these contestants were the results of a fan-vote.
* InNameOnly: Several of the themed challenges have few, if any, connections to the game they're supposedly based on. In addition, there's very few actual connections to ''gaming itself,'' to the point where it's more like ''TheRealWorld'' with Sony ProductPlacement.
* {{Jerkass}}: In the second season, Big Fazeek is mostly just a blunt, loud guy, with a vitriolic relationship with Warprincess, but he tends to refrain from doing anything especially bad out of malice. Hell, he makes some good points every now and then (like the absolutely confusing "story" made by Scooter, Ches-ka and Triplethreat), but he's still a pain about it. When he actively tried to KickTheDog by planning to mock Warprincess for losing a game, he was stopped by Mo'Chocolate; he was ultimately eliminated for it.
** Given Brent Gocke's apparent prejudice towards Egoraptor, many fans of the latter see him as this. Egoraptor, however, mentioned in a live stream that he likes him because Gocke was the one who actually got rid of him.
* ManipulativeEditing: [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/random-awesomeness/tester-3-commentary-ep-3 This commentary]] by Egoraptor and ScrewAttack basically showcases that it's absolutely full of it.
* {{Otaku}}: In the third season, ninjanomyx is singled out for living with his mother and collecting ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' cards, and his ConfessionCam moments deliver such brilliantly awkward lines as "ready like Betty-spaghetti," "y'all jelly. Y'all jelly and you want this too" and [[CringeComedy "they wanted to overcharge. They wanted to-"]]. According to kwajaMonster, he is actually much more legit than portrayed, having grown up in the Bronx, and Ego confirmed that he's a really cool guy.
* OnlySaneMan: According to viewers, Egoraptor.
* ProductPlacement: ''Extremely''. The people who flatter and paint Sony products as great tend to receive more leniency from judges as well.
** This reaches SoBadItsGood levels when they show gameplay from yet unreleased video games and a giant ESRB rating covers half the screen.
* TheScrappy: Invoked, Egoraptor was pretty much disliked by the judges from day 1 and was kicked out in the third episode on basically having the bad luck to be on three losing teams in a row.
** Egoraptor mentioned that Sony's aim with the show was not to hire people for QA positions but rather to find someone who could represent the Playstation fan community, thus explaining their attitude towards Sony fanboys and their immediate dislike of Egoraptor, Arin had previously done [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10vdAZPxqU a cartoon]] mocking Sony's [[UnfortunateImplications infamous]] PSP Squirrels series of commercials and calling the PSP both 'a Peice[sic] of Shit' and 'Utter Shit'.
* StraightGay: Season 2's Gaymer.
* ShadowArchetype: Doc, for the most part, was a nice guy and cared about other people, and didn't have any delusions of perfection about himself. He did a couple jerky things once in a while, but most of it seemed to just be saying or doing the wrong thing rather than actual malice. Meanwhile, Big Fazeek is what happens when Doc has a chip on his shoulder.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Egoraptor in Season 3 is treated by pretty much everyone as the main threat and villain thus far, largely due to ManipulativeEditing. Anyone who's remotely familiar with Egoraptor knows this is ridiculous.
** Egoraptor himself said he was on good terms with most of the teammates, making this even worse. To drive the point home, Egoraptor gets kicked off... ''for actually trying to help the team.''[[note]]Ego left his team to go back and get more ammo for a catapult, because he realized it's not feasible to teach someone how to use a giant slingshot. One of the reasons he was kicked off was because Sony edited out him getting more ammo and trying to teach the catapult, making it look like he just walked away and left his team to struggle.[[/note]]
*** To add further insult to injury, Egoraptor asserts that his team actually finished before the other team, so the whole incident was just a pretence to kick Egoraptor off the show.
** According to Egoraptor as well, basically everyone was cool with each other and the conflict all derived from ManipulativeEditing.
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15th Apr '13 1:03:57 AM ZeronoKamen
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** Egoraptor mentioned that Sony's aim with the show was not to hire people for QA positions but rather to find someone who could represent the Playstation fan community, thus explaining their attitude towards Sony fanboys and their immediate dislike of Egoraptor, Arin had previously done [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10vdAZPxqU a cartoon]] mocking Sony's [[UnfortunateImplications infamous]] PSP Squirrels series of commercials and calling the PSP both 'a Peice[sic] of Shit' and 'Utter Shit'.
13th Feb '13 2:36:55 AM ZeronoKamen
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*** To add further insult to injury, Egoraptor asserts that his team actually finished before the other team, so the whole incident was just a pretence to kick Egoraptor off the show.
7th Feb '13 2:19:37 AM ZeronoKamen
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* InNameOnly: Several of the themed challenges have few, if any, connections to the game they're supposedly based on. In addition, there's very few actual connections to ''gaming itself,'' to the point where it's more like ''TheRealWorld'' with Sony ProductPlacement.



* ProductPlacement: ''Extremely''. The people who flatter and paint Sony products as great tend to receive more leniency from judges as well.
** This reaches SoBadItsGood levels when they show gameplay from yet unreleased video games and a giant ESRB rating covers half the screen.



* InNameOnly: Several of the themed challenges have few, if any, connections to the game they're supposedly based on. In addition, there's very few actual connections to ''gaming itself,'' to the point where it's more like ''TheRealWorld'' with Sony ProductPlacement.


Added DiffLines:

* OnlySaneMan: According to viewers, Egoraptor.
* ProductPlacement: ''Extremely''. The people who flatter and paint Sony products as great tend to receive more leniency from judges as well.
** This reaches SoBadItsGood levels when they show gameplay from yet unreleased video games and a giant ESRB rating covers half the screen.
7th Jan '13 5:37:49 PM EarlOfSandvich
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** Before that, the only reason most people started watching Season 2 was to see [[ThatGuyWithTheGlasses 8-Bit Mickey]] compete. Incidentally, both of these contestants were the results of a fan-vote.

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** Before that, the only reason most people started watching Season 2 was to see [[ThatGuyWithTheGlasses [[TheGameHeroes 8-Bit Mickey]] compete. Incidentally, both of these contestants were the results of a fan-vote.
5th Dec '12 11:57:08 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Egoraptor}} is one of the third season competitors. [[WhatWereYouThinking No, really]].

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* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Egoraptor}} Creator/{{Egoraptor}} is one of the third season competitors. [[WhatWereYouThinking No, really]].
28th Nov '12 7:27:02 AM Quarma
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* BreakTheHaughty: Ego planned to treat his entire show as one big joke, but before the first day was done he had to give up due to how draining the show was.
23rd Nov '12 8:00:50 PM Quarma
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** Egoraptor himself said he was on good terms with most of the teammates, making this even worse. To drive the point home, Egoraptor gets kicked off... ''for actually trying to help the team.''

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** Egoraptor himself said he was on good terms with most of the teammates, making this even worse. To drive the point home, Egoraptor gets kicked off... ''for actually trying to help the team.''''[[note]]Ego left his team to go back and get more ammo for a catapult, because he realized it's not feasible to teach someone how to use a giant slingshot. One of the reasons he was kicked off was because Sony edited out him getting more ammo and trying to teach the catapult, making it look like he just walked away and left his team to struggle.[[/note]]
14th Oct '12 11:33:47 PM ZeronoKamen
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** Given Brent Gocke's apparent prejudice towards Egoraptor, many fans of the latter see him as this.

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** Given Brent Gocke's apparent prejudice towards Egoraptor, many fans of the latter see him as this. Egoraptor, however, mentioned in a live stream that he likes him because Gocke was the one who actually got rid of him.
14th Oct '12 11:05:14 PM nombretomado
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* {{Otaku}}: In the third season, ninjanomyx is singled out for living with his mother and collecting {{Yu-Gi-Oh}} cards, and his ConfessionCam moments deliver such brilliantly awkward lines as "ready like Betty-spaghetti," "y'all jelly. Y'all jelly and you want this too" and [[CringeComedy "they wanted to overcharge. They wanted to-"]]. According to kwajaMonster, he is actually much more legit than portrayed, having grown up in the Bronx, and Ego confirmed that he's a really cool guy.

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* {{Otaku}}: In the third season, ninjanomyx is singled out for living with his mother and collecting {{Yu-Gi-Oh}} ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' cards, and his ConfessionCam moments deliver such brilliantly awkward lines as "ready like Betty-spaghetti," "y'all jelly. Y'all jelly and you want this too" and [[CringeComedy "they wanted to overcharge. They wanted to-"]]. According to kwajaMonster, he is actually much more legit than portrayed, having grown up in the Bronx, and Ego confirmed that he's a really cool guy.
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