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SCEA Announces Reality PSN Show: "The Tester"

Following in the ongoing tradition of reality TV, SCEA has partnered up with 51 Minds Entertainment ("Rock of Love," "The Surreal Life, "Flavor of Love") to offer gamers a reality show of their very own.

SCEA has announced "The Tester," a competitive reality series exclusively for the PlayStation Network. Once they have the cast nailed down, contestants will participate in elimination challenges that will "test their mental prowess, dexterity, and video game knowledge," and the winner will get a dream job in the eyes of most avid gamers: a position as an official PlayStation tester. The best news is that they're doing an open casting call for this show; head on over and fill out the pertinent online forms to enter your name (you also need to give them a short video). If you are selected, you and the other contestants will go at it for a total of eight episodes; the prize will take you to San Diego, CA where you will begin your new job as a tester in PlayStation's Quality Assurance department. This series will debut on the PSN this winter and it'll be available in high definition; you'll be able to purchase each episode individually or you can sign up to watch the whole thing, although we don't have pricing details just yet.

For more information, visit the post over at the PlayStation Blog and read up on the details. Think you've got what it takes? Want to know what it's like to test games for a living? Then nothing's stopping you...give it a shot!

9/3/2009 9:16:24 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (65 posts)

BIG_E
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:03:12 PM
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The show should be on tv also.

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kevinater321
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:09:49 PM
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I agree should be on tv. And CA means Canada, not california.

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mackid1993
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:12:40 PM

In the USA, CA means California. Like in England French Fries are called Chips. Regional differences, different names for things. Thats what happens in the internet age. This huge network of computers ties us all closer together.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:18:12 AM

Being a resident of CA, I can attest that CA does indeed stand for California. We use two letter abbreviations for our states over here in this country. You can keep Brian Boitano. ;)

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dlte
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 1:37:51 AM

Yeah, San Diego, Canada is a nice place....

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 1:42:39 AM

dlte by any chance did you go to OSU?

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Imagi
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 8:58:33 AM

You Americans not calling them freedom fries still?

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kevinater321
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:11:53 AM

I am not going into an argument about what one is better,that would be childish and offensive. But Canada is a country. Not a state. California is just a small segment of the U.S and should not take priority over a country.

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Orvisman
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:18:57 AM

Kevin, hush, you cannot win this one. Continuing to argue will only illustrate your ignorance on the subject.

Ben is an American. PSXExtreme is a U.S.-based site. Therefore, it is only natural Ben would use U.S. postal codes.

Where I work, however, we only use postal codes in headlines. In the text, we would use abbreviations, such as Calif.

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Imagi
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:30:00 AM

Sorry but CA is Canada, the world is round not america shaped

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fluffer nutter
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:44:56 AM

Blame Canada for these replies and sing the song with me.

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CH1N00K
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:52:44 AM

Wow, As a canadian (CDN), I'm kind of shocked to see people making an issue over this way off topic comment.

You know where San Diego is..and you damn well know it isn't in canada...drop it.

You know there once was a time that Canadians were only proud of the fact that they weren't proud (Like some americans can be, oh and proud of our beer too.) Now everywhere you look some canuck is getting their panties in a bunch over something that really doesn't matter. (Killzone 2 doesn't have canadian servers..canada is bigger then california..)

Here's something for you flag wavers to think about...California became a state in September 9, 1850. Canada became a country July 1st, 1867.

What does it all mean? Nothing. If you still have an issue over this..try the forums, this isn't the place for it.

Last edited by CH1N00K on 9/4/2009 9:54:23 AM

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kevinater321
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 10:04:33 AM

I agree, i am being immature. It's juts really annoying when trying to argue about geography with Americans.

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kevinater321
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 10:05:36 AM

No offence if anyone here is American. Sorry if that sounded like i was insulting you because i really am not doing that at all.

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laxpro2001
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 11:24:23 AM

actually you weren't arguing about geography and neither was anyone else. All you did was state that CA is a state and Canada is a country which is obviously true, however that doesn't mean Canada gets preference with abbreviations. Since this is a U.S. based site and we are talking about a city in the U.S. CA should and does most definitely refer to Canada.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 11:59:11 AM

Actually CA means Cash Allowance. What a dumb thing to argue.

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mackid1993
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:57:59 PM

http://www.ca.gov/
the official website for the STATE OF CALIFORNIA
nuff said

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Orvisman
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 1:21:11 PM

Canada, the 51st U.S. state.

;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:23:36 PM
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I already said this in the forums but I'll repeat myself, if I were a game tester I would blow my brains out or never play games in my free time again. Horrible job!

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mackid1993
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:24:53 PM

please don't blow your brains out, it would make a mess.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:13:52 AM

True, I got tons of brains :)

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 10:30:17 PM
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Sigh @ the age limit ._. I was about to finish the sign up process too..

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Highlander
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 11:09:22 PM

Isn't an age limit discrimination? In the USA? Don't we have laws about that or something?

;P

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fluffer nutter
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:21:00 AM

Age and appearance limitations can be applied by the employer if the restrictions are deemed appropriate to the job duties. You don't want a 98 year old man as your starting pitcher for your professional baseball team if you're the management. ;)

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Highlander
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:39:50 AM

You can set performance criteria that would be just as effective, but not discriminatory.

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dlte
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 1:39:30 AM

well that didn't stop the Vikings from hiring a 98 year old quarterback....

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 1:41:43 AM

Excuse me but he's MR. Football. Favre will always be my hero.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:10:16 AM

"Performance criteria" can still be interpreted as discrimination. ;)
And as for that 98 y.o. comment about Favre, you seriously got a chuckle out of me. Nice.
And as for being your hero, was it the Wrangler jeans commercials that won you over? :p

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:15:16 AM

YES

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kevinater321
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:19:28 AM

I think it's discrimination that i can't work for insomniac games when i'm older. You need to have a u.s degree or else your not hired. It doesn't make any sence!

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Highlander
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 10:25:22 AM

@Kev
I work for a major US company, and I have a degree from a Scottish Uni. The hardest thing would be if you're fresh out of school and have no track record, then they look at your qualifications more.

If you're applying to a US firm for work from outside the US and not a citizen, you have to understand that the company would have to sponsor you on an employment visa to make it all legal. There are immigration rules that they have to obey, and if there are US based candidates with equivalent qualifications, they are obliged to select those first. You have to have something the US candidates don't have.

I know that probably doesn't help much, but it is what it is. Anytime you deal with immigration, the rules are totally crap.

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Highlander
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 10:40:25 AM

Ugh! Favre retired three times so far, four if you count this year. Mark my words, he's going to leave the game this year with an injury, and that will be it. Someone who was once the most celebrated QB in NFL history, the toast of the town in Green bay, and a legend in his own lifetime will go out with such a whimper. I don't understand the motivation he has for signing with the Vikings. He was a Packer for so long, he almost became the Packers. But signing for the arch-rivals of the Packers? It seems this was what he wanted all along anyway. Why? Is he just trying to snub Green Bay?

There's a story about Green Bay that illustrates just how much that city loves it's team, and just how much of a rivalry exists with the hated Vikings. Nathan Poole, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals caught a pass for the winning score in an 18-17 victory over the Vikings. The standings that year were close, had the Vikings won the game, the Packers were out of the play offs. But with a Vikings loss, the Packers won their division, and went into the playoffs. So Pooles catch was a big deal. So big that the city of Green Bay invited him to Green Bay, gave him the key to the city and four tickets to the playoff game for his family.

So, Green Bay really takes this stuff to heart. Favre signing to the Vikings is a real stab to the heart of Green Bay. Why would a player with the legacy with the Packers that Favre has, throw it all away to come out of retirement for the fourth time and play for the arch rivals?

It's just plain odd.

Oh, here's a link for the story on Nathan Poole...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs03/news/story?id=1700369

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Deadman
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 6:03:20 PM

Leave Greybeard the Viking Warrior alone the Browns will take him.

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Toxin
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 11:27:00 PM
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"psychological evaluations" darn guess i can not try....

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Scarecrow
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 11:36:22 PM
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What is Sony thinking? -_-

Would be fine if it wasn't in that garbage of a channel

Seriously

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Kangasfwa
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 11:51:12 PM
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I wander if this show will be as trashy as their other 'productions.'

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mackid1993
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:52:48 AM

hope u aren't talking about qore. veronica belmont does good work. tekzilla and buzz out loud just to name a few.

tekzilla.com
bol.cnet.com

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DaNgerSteVe
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:02:24 AM
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i hate these dumb contest that you need to have a darn video

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Oyashiro
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:27:31 AM
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Why would anyone really want to win a job as a game tester? If anyone really knew how much grueling work it is, they would never speak of it again!

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:32:20 AM

You sound like a male pornstar complaining about all the hot chix he's "forced" to bang in a day, booo hoo!

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Oyashiro
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:51:42 AM

It's more like being offered a job in the porn industry, Sure it sounds awesome. Then you find out what you have to do is clean up the set after the gay porn scenes.

Its not what you think its going to be!!!

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:54:41 AM

If I sign a contract to bang chix I'm either banging those chix or leaving. Just like game testing, I'm either gaming to my hearts content or leaving, no writing papers, no sharpening pencils.

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___________
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:12:05 AM

what so you dont want the opportunity to play games months before their release?
seriously?
i dont know about you but i would kill to play uncharted 2 now instead of waiting another 6 weeks for its release.
n yea its so much hard work.......... try construction, or refrigeration work, lugging up a condensing unit up a ladder on your shoulder in the rain or wiring up one in the rain. ever been electrocuted on a tin roof in the rain? i can guarantee its not a pleasant experience.
thats hard work. you should see the bruise it left, bigger than when i went paintball.

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Oyashiro
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 3:04:52 AM

Says someone that obviously doesn't know what you do when your a game tester. You don't play games, if that's what you think they do. They give you a small section of playable area. usually no bigger then some room, in some building in the game. You then spend the next 8 or so hours(Depending on how long you actually are scheduled to work)for the next 2-3 days looking at a screen, of that same room. You then have to repeatedly follow a set of precedences to find any hiccup, bug, glitch you can then write a full report of where, you found it, What you did to make it occur, what the glitch was, and any other thing that happened because of the glitch. You then now have to spend time doing what you just wrote over and over again to try and make it repeat. It is one of the most mentally draining jobs I ever had the pleasure to have.

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___________
Saturday, September 05, 2009 @ 9:27:20 AM

sure beats carting condensing units up ladders.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:31:25 AM
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51 Minds...hmmm same people behind Megan Wants a Millionaire. Same people that failed to screen correctly a person with a felony abuse on their record. Same people that now are under investigation after that person ended up killing his Wife and hanging himself a week later, hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sign me up!

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:19:22 AM

Who ever gave me a thumbs down, show yourself!

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King James
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:43:15 AM
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Wow! Too bad I don't have a camcorder or webcam.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:54:56 AM

Um ya you do............ ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:16:37 AM

Vertigo are you watching James on his webcam at night?

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:17:59 AM

Insert Tuesday night and the answer is YES.

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King James
Saturday, September 05, 2009 @ 2:10:41 AM

chill wit the gay ish, Vert.

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___________
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:14:38 AM
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why are people complaining about this?
seriously?
how can this be a bad job YOU GET PAID TO PLAY GAMES FOR FLAMING OUT LOUD.
not only do you get paid to do something you love, you get to play games that wont be out for months.
what you dont want to play uncharted 2 or GOW3 or heavy rain or GT5 or R&C ACIT months before the community and your friends do?
if the answers no than your not a true gamer and i have nothing to say to you.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:17:20 AM

People are being realistic. Yes you may get a chance to test out the games you listed but there are just as many if not more games that will suck and you will be forced to play them. It's one thing to play a game in the comfort of your home at your own pace, it's another to play a bug filled unfinished game for the purpose of reporting things.

That isn't the intended way games are meant to be played for maximum enjoyment so while the thought off playing games may sound like a blast it might turn out to be not so much playing and more working.

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bearbobby
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 8:50:41 AM

Well the complaints are warrented actually. Though it would be fantastic to play an upcoming blockbuster of a game months before the public, that's not really the case.

First off you'll most likely be playing some lower budget game, perhaps in a genre you don't care for at all.

Secondly imagine sitting in a little cubicle staring at the small tv for 8 hours a day, jumping at a corner of a room 500 times to see if you fall through it. Listening to make sure the correct sound is played for the jumping and landing, the sound is played at the correct time, at the correct volume. Imagine opening a door 500 times to make sure it works each time. Or going into your inventory over and over, or even going through the same dialogue trees just to make sure every piece is played correctly and in the correct order. Now imagine you're doing this in a game you absolutely hate, like some Hannah Montanna crap ware.

Thirdly, you're not trying to play the game so much as trying to break it. See the difference? It's monotonous and could kill your enjoyment of said game's final product.

Oh, and lastly, from people I've talked to, the pay sucks!

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:21:41 AM
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Oh dear god!

I hate our generation.

Anyone that enters this has no dignity, Fact!

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 2:53:30 AM

So do you want nude pics of me or not?

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NiteKrawler
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 12:04:19 PM

I agree Ultima. Reality TV ftl.

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CH1N00K
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 8:16:05 AM
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What's up with you today Limited? You've got a snappy comeback for everyone's posts..lol, have an extra helping of Wheaties this morning? Or too much to drink?

As for my opinion on the article? Please no more reality TV, for anything, Go back to intriguing stories and trained actors! Next thing you know there will be a reality online video game There is probably a reason this isn't on TV...no one would watch it. I'm sure they'll do their best to spice it up with a few off color remarks and a couple gratuitous nudity shots and a guest appearance by a washed up celebrity..but just reading the description on this on? Yeah, I'm definitely not paying to see this one.

But in a way Sony is being smart about this...this show will be so horrible that instead of us paying to watch it, we'll go buy a new game and play that instead.



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LimitedVertigo
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 10:19:40 AM

Aren't I always like that? I think a majority of my comments pertain to the topic at hand, just a little spicier.


I love reality TV, I'm a VH1 whore on Sunday nights. Such fond memories of RockofLove,IloveNewYork,FlavorofLove,IloveMoney, and Daisy of Love. Give me more!!!! If that idiot hadn't killed his wife I'd still be able to watch Megan want's a millionaire.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 3:07:20 PM

I enjoy the back and forth with Vertigo, its just too bad it isn't in person. He reminds me of this guy I useda know that ripped on and snapped at everyone. I don't even remember what I said but one time I ripped on him so bad he actually laughed until he threw up.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 8:34:52 PM
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I'm already working tword my second "dream job" Video Game Design and Development. Nerdology I know. TV doesn't need more saptastic reality rubbish. The super creeps will come out for this one.

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Jed
Friday, September 04, 2009 @ 9:35:47 PM
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who the hell is going to watch this?

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Subtracterall
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 8:47:34 PM
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i wish i was 21...

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Subtracterall
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 8:51:50 PM
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for the CA argument: California has a larger population than Canada!

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