The Tester Archive

  • The Tester Season 3 Finale Recap: Three’s Company

    The Tester Season 3 Finale Recap: Three’s Company

    On Monday night, the Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA basketball tournament, nailing a conclusion that 99 percent of America—at least the part that doesn’t live in Lawrence, Kansas—had already penciled in as foregone. On Tuesday night, The Tester Season Three nailed a conclusion that 99 […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 8 Recap: Filler Up

    The Tester 3 – Episode 8 Recap: Filler Up

    Some people click and download episodes of Sony’s The Tester to watch a bunch of gamers who may or may not be anything like them (in the case of Ninjanomyx, we’re very much hoping for the latter) compete in challenges both pixelated and physical. Others […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 7 Recap: Dunkin’ Donuts

    The Tester 3 – Episode 7 Recap: Dunkin’ Donuts

    When March Madness finally anoints its Final Four in a few weeks, you’ll hear the never-ending panel of analysts say that any of the remaining teams would make a worthy winner. Well, unless you’re listening to Charles Barkley, in which case you’ll hear that in […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 6 Recap: Survey Sez Suzkaiden

    The Tester 3 – Episode 6 Recap: Survey Sez Suzkaiden

    In the weekly maelstrom of goofball challenges, melodramatic post-production interviews and piles of free PlayStation stuff, it’s easy to forget the key difference between The Tester and the other more mainstream reality-TV shows it sometimes strives to ape. Unlike the producers of The Bachelor, The […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 5 Recap: Kwaja Has a Stick

    The Tester 3 – Episode 5 Recap: Kwaja Has a Stick

    We’ve talked before about the ways in which Brent Gocke, head Tester judge and Sony first-party quality assurance release manager, exudes likability and professionalism the way Emma Stone exudes comic timing. But if Gocke is the personable Everyboss, Todd Papy, the creative director at Santa […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 4 Recap: Baby Tooth Bites It

    The Tester 3 – Episode 4 Recap: Baby Tooth Bites It

    It’s safe to say that the producers of The Tester watch a fair amount of reality television—how else to explain the sometimes devious, sometimes dopey challenges that have carried us through 20 episodes and counting? It’s also safe to say that some of the contestants […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 3 Recap: Melon Ballin’

    The Tester 3 – Episode 3 Recap: Melon Ballin’

    Don’t know about you, but I could swear that George Santayana and Albert Einstein were camped alongside Brent Gocke and Adrianne Curry at this week’s judges’ panel. The former was mumbling about those who forget the past being doomed to repeat it—even though the past […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 2 Recap: Clown Show

    The Tester 3 – Episode 2 Recap: Clown Show

    Synopsis: After RealityPalez and krystipryde, two of this season’s most level-headed (read: employable) contestants, face off in an epic Twisted Metal boss battle, the contestants must split up and endure the bane of every corporate retreat since 1981—out-of-the-box team building! Dressed up like refugees from […]

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  • The Tester 3 – Episode 1 Recap: Electric Boogaloo

    The Tester 3 – Episode 1 Recap: Electric Boogaloo

    For awhile there, it was starting to look as though season two of The Tester, Sony’s reality-TV series, was going to be its last. The bombastic and confrontational competition to see which of 12 contestants would earn the right to clutch their Doritos-stained fingers onto […]

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