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The Tester 3 Episode 5: Blindfold Battle

Kevin Furuichi's Avatar + Posted by Kevin Furuichi on Mar 06, 2012 // Executive Producer, PlayStation Network

We’re now halfway through the third season of The Tester, and the battle to earn a Production Associate position at Santa Monica Studio is really heating up. Last week’s episode found the gamers reinventing themselves as fighting game characters in a competition themed around Street Fighter X Tekken. There was action, drama, fiery special effects and hilarious over-the-top performances by the remaining contenders. If you missed it, check it out right here.

This week, the gamers don togas and head to the beach for a God of War-inspired challenge. Like Poseidon blinded by Kratos in God of War III, the gamers will be blindfolded and put to task under the watchful eye of Santa Monica Studio creative director, Todd Papy. The winners will accompany Todd for a behind-the-scenes tour of Santa Monica Studio.

As always, you can also watch the entire episode on the What’s New section of the XMB, PlayStation Home’s Theater 2 (including limited edition ‘The Tester 3′ game over hoodies), or download in glorious HD from the PlayStation Store after today’s update. And, new this week, you can watch the entire episode on the PlayStation Blog!  (Please do not post spoilers!)


For those of you needing to catch up on the season, we’re holding a mid-season marathon in PlayStation Home where you can watch episodes 1-4 of The Tester 3 in Theater 6 starting today. If you missed a week of the ‘Superfan’ viewing quest, this is your chance to rejoin the journey to earn limited edition “The Tester 3” hoodies for your avatar, so don’t miss out!

Our fifth Twitter giveaway for The Tester 3 is next Monday, March 12. Follow @PlayStation to participate, and keep an eye out for a trivia question related to Episode 5. Congratulations to @PS3Gamer87 for winning yesterday’s Episode 4 prize package!

For next week, the prize package is all about God of War:

  • The Tester 3 t-shirt
  • 1 month PlayStation Plus voucher
  • Signed God of War Limited Edition Art Book autographed by Todd Papy and team
  • Toy Blade of Chaos

Please remember to allow fans the chance to enjoy the show by NOT posting any spoilers in the comments below, or in the PlayStation forums.

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+ WrekGar on March 6th, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

This season is definitely giving me some laughs good luck to the remaining contestants.

WrekGar AKA
PS Blog Stalker


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+ DMcgee627 on March 6th, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

Surprised anyone still watches this now that the fan favorite contestants have all been kicked out


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    + Kevin Furuichi on March 6th, 2012 at 1:11 pm said:

    There are still 6 very worthy gamers still in this competition in today’s episode:

    akilleez might
    kristi pryde
    kwajamonster
    RealityPalez
    SkyD1ddy
    Suzkaiden


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+ LilWayneSuckz on March 6th, 2012 at 12:18 pm said:

I’m a sucker for reality competition shows so I think the Tester is awesome


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+ swisstylez on March 6th, 2012 at 12:20 pm said:

finally was waiting for it


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+ kyosuke9999 on March 6th, 2012 at 12:20 pm said:

I’m enjoying the show this season. Also worth noting that you can watch this (and download from the store on) your vita. Nice touch!

Can’t wait for today’s update- motorstorm RC and Unit 13!


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    + Kevin Furuichi on March 6th, 2012 at 1:02 pm said:

    Thanks for reminding folks that The Tester 3 is available to watch on PS Vita. Looks pretty nice on that 5″ OLED.


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+ Kalysm on March 6th, 2012 at 12:27 pm said:

What a joke of a show. Puzzles, debates, and testing of actual games are all that could possibly indicate that someone deserves the job in the industry as a games tester. Stuffing one’s head in a box and dressing up like a clown on the first day of a job would just get someone fired. Meh.


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+ monyking on March 6th, 2012 at 12:28 pm said:

This is the second year of watching it and I love how Playstation takes care of this reality series. I hate watching them on regular TV…ABC, NBC and such…they aren’t that good at all. But, this is great…they get down to the point of watching this competition and the drama. Thank you Playstation…now this should be nominated for an award.


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+ M-Easy on March 6th, 2012 at 12:34 pm said:

Was wondering how long it was gonna take you guys to do this. This season is real fun BTW. I love the fact that the gothy white chick hates the loud Dominican mami.


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+ station3fever on March 6th, 2012 at 12:38 pm said:

I wish the show was longer, yes I love it that much :)


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+ themajestic-2 on March 6th, 2012 at 12:38 pm said:

yea so..when is journey gunna be up pn psn for ps plus?!?!?


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+ willywonka159 on March 6th, 2012 at 12:39 pm said:

Why did you decide to make this season shorter? You’ve had an extra “double-elimination” episode.


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    + Kevin Furuichi on March 6th, 2012 at 1:07 pm said:

    The season has the same number of competition episodes. The doubles just happened back-to-back this season.


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+ ItaChu on March 6th, 2012 at 12:53 pm said:

@11 willywonka CUZ THERE WAS MORE PEOPLE THAN THE OTHER SEASON!!! lol sheesh dude lol my god what show are you watching? all the seasons are 8 episodes…. lol

And Sony guys seriously why are you showing Christie in so much trouble in the trailer for the next episode lol you basically said shes getting eliminated


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+ kivi95 on March 6th, 2012 at 1:04 pm said:

2# Yeah because he was in Season 1 and 2(sarcasm). People still watch and enjoy ths show. Egoraptor was not even fun to watch, he’s best on youtube but on Tester all he wants is more viewiers for his channel.


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+ lisatsunami on March 6th, 2012 at 1:27 pm said:

@Kevin, I’m not mad at you all anymore. Episodes 2 – 4 were great & completely on point. The StreetfightrerXTekken skits were hilarious & very creative.

For those few of you who have been shilling for Ego “no chin” Raptor, I’m thinking you all are the chinless one pretending to be actual PS gamers. I wouldn’t put that past that shameless self-promoter.

My money is on Reality Palez, he’s got actual skills & can do the job.


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+ DA_SHREDDER on March 6th, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

I’m eating my own words. This is the best cast out of the 3 season of The Tester, I really like everyone on the show, but I have to say Reality Pales doesn’t seem mature enough for a producer position for the studios. I feel like he has done his homework, but when it comes down to it, the gamer in him doesn’t have enough game. BTW, watching this episode made me wish I was in that interview


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+ Busca-Cabezas on March 6th, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

Ohhhhhhhhhhh Ohhhhhhhh!!!! Sometimes!!! I get a good feeling… Yeah… *stuck in my head song* I know,totally irrelevant… But that’s how much I enjoy The Tester series and the PSBlog! Woot! Woot! I luv it!! GO TESTERS GO!!! :D


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+ fathead170 on March 6th, 2012 at 2:03 pm said:

in my opinion i rather be blind and deaf then watch this show


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+ WastelandDan on March 6th, 2012 at 2:05 pm said:

Probably my favorite season yet, I love getting into Home and watching this when it comes out. Good job on this seasons GameOver shirts too btw.


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    + Kevin Furuichi on March 6th, 2012 at 2:27 pm said:

    That would be courtesy of the PlayStation Home team. They’re actually stylish hoodies this year. I hope you’re taking the Superfan viewing quest this season as well.


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+ M-Easy on March 6th, 2012 at 2:15 pm said:

@17
Yet EVERY week you find yourself trolling the update. Sad really smh.


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+ fathead170 on March 6th, 2012 at 2:17 pm said:

i check this website regularrly an hate this show an like to voice it get over it faerie your even sadder for watching this garbage


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+ kingotnw on March 6th, 2012 at 2:26 pm said:

First off… I like this show and have been looking forward to this episode since last week.

Secondly… Can we please have today’s PSN update?!


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+ fathead170 on March 6th, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:

psn update!


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+ Trieloth on March 6th, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

Last episode had some great surprises, and iam looking forwad to this weeks episode!! I will be in PS home to check it out tonight for sure!
Man o man, trolls these days sure do know how to waste time and energy.


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+ Jimmy_Cosmos on March 6th, 2012 at 3:07 pm said:

PS Store update plz


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+ brownkidd on March 6th, 2012 at 3:09 pm said:

What time do the PSN updates usually happen? It’s already 6pm on the east coast and I want games!!!


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+ DazeOfWar on March 6th, 2012 at 3:22 pm said:

Love the show. I was almost pissed last week with the elimination until you eliminated the person I thought was the worst. One of my favorites is Suzkaiden. She does get crazy but I think she could be a danger to the other contestants and that’s why they don’t like her. I have a feeling though that RealityPalez will win it all. Can’t wait to watch the new episode tonight.

Of course last but definitely not the least is Meredith is looking as beautiful as ever.


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+ starkweatherTD on March 6th, 2012 at 3:29 pm said:

Don’t even listen to the haters, Kevin. There are plenty of people who love The Tester, and I’m definitely one of them. I’ve enjoyed all three seasons and definitely hope you guys keep it going with more.


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+ WoundedUnderwear on March 6th, 2012 at 3:34 pm said:

Here we go again. Is this going to be those another LATE PSN UPDATES. I would love to squeeze in couple of hours of DUST 514 before I head to bed early 2night. Have to work early 2morrow. Playing Reckoning while waiting for PSN STORE UPDATE, hope it soon.

This is why I get so upset with SONY. I work for a living and all I like is to play some games thats coming out on PSN before I head to bead or work. But I guess they can careless about us. This is why I only buy exclusives games on PSN now. I get the rest on my 360, at least MS can UPDATE their store on time ever freaking week.

AND ……. THE TESTER SUCK !!!! What a waste of time and money.


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+ issa3032 on March 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm said:

What the heck, I just noticed that you guys are using the larger HD videos on the Vita now. I don’t want to download 2.5GB video files on my vita in HD. the regular 480p videos WERE perfect…300 mb or so.


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+ DazeOfWar on March 6th, 2012 at 3:46 pm said:

@Wounded: Where did you hear that Dust was coming out today? Everything I’ve read on it still hasn’t put an actual release date.


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+ twistedvivid on March 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm said:

Do me these three favors Sony

1.Cancel The Tester
2.Get a good looking woman for the pulse, like a blond woman with big breasts.
3.Update the store at same time you would of added a new tester episode.


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+ ItaChu on March 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm said:

update the store please :(


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+ ItaChu on March 6th, 2012 at 3:51 pm said:

HOW DARE YOU #31!!!! Christina Lee is hot man :) shes a cute asian gamer girl :)


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+ CynicalNerd on March 6th, 2012 at 3:54 pm said:

Oh god shutup about updating the store. You idiots do this every week.

Besides, there is nothing on the store this week worth playing. You should be playing Mass Effect 3.


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+ D-Squad3 on March 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

Why is the store updating so late now?

@CynicalNerd

Journey is coming out so yeah. And I get Sly for FREE.


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+ jimmyfoxhound on March 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm said:

Did I miss the PSN update????????? Where is Journey???


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+ WoundedUnderwear on March 6th, 2012 at 4:17 pm said:

@DazeOfWar

It was posted on PS BLOG on March 5th and it said it was releasing this week, which I took it as today update.

here the link ….. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/03/05/dust-514-will-be-free-to-play-on-playstation-3/


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+ CynicalNerd on March 6th, 2012 at 4:35 pm said:

Journey..yeah but we are in video game season phase 1 right now. Excellent games from all genres. Journey will be good but also will be very short. Most of you guys will finish it in less time it took to download. =/


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+ WastelandDan on March 6th, 2012 at 4:51 pm said:

Oh yea! Almost time for the Wed. Upadate!

Comon wed!


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+ jimmyfoxhound on March 6th, 2012 at 5:00 pm said:

lol


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+ PrimeroIncognito on March 6th, 2012 at 5:04 pm said:

What I don’t understand is why you whiners are saying things like, “Where’s the update? I need games to play!!!”

Don’t you already have games to play? What about the games from last week’s update that you were crying for? Did you finish those already? And when you finally get today’s new releases, are you going to be done with them by this time next week and be needing new games to play?

Games don’t get old that fast. I know because I still play the old NES games that I played when I was a kid and they’re still just as fun today. Blocky graphics, no online play, a basic controller with 2 buttons… and it’s still fun.

I don’t understand you whiners. I really don’t. Which is probably a good thing, actually…


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+ PrimeroIncognito on March 6th, 2012 at 5:06 pm said:

@ jimmyfoxhound:

Yes, you missed the update. The whole thing was up. Journey was there too. But then Sony saw you approaching and they took it down real quick so that you couldn’t have it.


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+ TUSTIN1 on March 6th, 2012 at 5:07 pm said:

Where’s the update? I need games to play!!!


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+ PrimeroIncognito on March 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm said:

Ehhh…. heh heh heh…


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+ WastelandDan on March 6th, 2012 at 5:16 pm said:

@40 its about that new game smell ya idiot!

Leave us waiters alone ya bully! LoL


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+ omega_alpha-619 on March 6th, 2012 at 5:22 pm said:

So Sony we looking at another midnight release for the PS Store Update this week, Not that I mind staying up till late in the A.M. on a weekday… but i’m sure other people here have jobs to get up for in the morning..


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+ Sponge-worthy on March 6th, 2012 at 5:22 pm said:

I think this Tester show, in its current format, has pretty much run its course. The back-to-back eliminations were appropriate considering that the overall pecking order among the cast seemed pretty well established from the outset. So, we just have to watch the fat be trimmed until we’re down to the 3-4 candidates that someone might actually want to hire.

In a future series, perhaps consider casting people who work, or supplement their incomes, as game testers already. Then, give them the opportunity to compete for a production-level position. The goofball appeal of the show’s current iteration is feeling pretty tired at this point.


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+ PrimeroIncognito on March 6th, 2012 at 5:30 pm said:

@ WastelandDan:

New game smell doesn’t die down that quickly either. Back in the NES and SNES days, my brother and I loved the smell of new game boxes. We used to open the flap, stick our noses in and take a big whiff… ahhh… yes…

It lasted for months, actually.


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+ omega_alpha-619 on March 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm said:

@ PrimeroIncognito:

You and your brother weren’t the only ones. +1 =)


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+ cyberkill1255 on March 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

why are you posting the Playstation store updates so late now. I want the update now


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