Reality TV has explored deserted islands, crowded cohabitation, romance, travel and primal fear. So why not video games?
Uncharted 3 (Sony)Spike TV and Sony are teaming up to create a reality show centered on the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
Dubbed "Uncharted 3: Race to the Ring," the show will be filmed this October and air before the end of the year on Spike. And while many of the details are being kept under wraps, the producers say they're looking for people who are "fans of adventure, video game enthusiasts, puzzle solvers and risk takers." The paperwork that accompanies the application to be on the show offers a few hints as well.
For instance, the application asks you how long it took you to complete Uncharted and Uncharted 2, indicating participants will be playing parts of the game competitively. And the last, curious question raises the possibility of some "Fear Factor" influence as well: "Nathan Drake mentions a fear of clowns... What's one odd 'secret' about you (fears, habits, etc.) Please explain."
Sony has done game-oriented reality TV before. "The Tester," a show in which gaming fans compete in a series of sometimes humiliating events for a job as a game tester at Sony, is about to enter its third season on the PlayStation Network. The game show has been ridiculed by those in the gaming community for offering a prize that, while certainly a foot in the door, is one that's often low-paying and comes with long hours and tremendous amounts of stress.
"The Tester," though, never made it to commercial television. "Race to the Ring" is being overseen by Spike's GameTrailers TV and will air to a national audience on the cable network.
If you want to take part in the show, you'll need to be 21 or older, have a valid driver's license and be able to travel the week of Oct. 3.