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Ultimate Gamer Show – Reality, or Really Lame?

“This is the true story.. of seven strangers… picked to live in a house…work together and have their lives taped… to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real…”

The Real World, Gamer Edition?

Okay, so it’s not exactly like the MTV reality show called Real World, where 7 people randomly meet and pickle their livers while having gratuitous sex with each other for almost a year.

It’s a Sci-Fi channel reality show called WCG Ultimate Gamer, where 12 gamers pickle their livers and sing drunken Rock Band songs for a chance to win $100 big ones.

It’s not that similar, is it?..

Let’s ask the WCG Website, shall we?

In WCG ULTIMATE GAMER, 12 top gamers from around the country live together and battle one another in a series of competitions that take them “beyond the game.” From real-life challenges inspired by top-selling games to head-to-head elimination matches before hundreds of screaming spectators, the last gamer standing after eight grueling weeks will have survived gaming’s ultimate test and will be called the best all-around gamer in the United States.

The intensity of ignorance on reality TV inspires me, yet makes me want to poison their water supply all at the same time. Like WCG’s Ultimate Gamer – there is a specific catch-all formula to make any reality show a success.

1. Enlist a Group of Assorted Misfits
Or in this case, the eccentric type of gamer breed; some sexy, some popular, all unique, just so long as there’s not any stereotypical basement dwelling kinds. Eeew. They’re too realistic for reality TV.

Example – Meet “Hot Babe” Chelsea. She got accepted through this.. confident audition video:

2. Make them All Sleep in the Same Room

Here you have all the reality T.V staples. Communal kitchen, bathroom, hot tub and gaming area. Sleeping side-by-side with the enemy – who knows what could happen. After all, the last thing we gamers value is personal space.

3. Make them do “Challenges” Thinly Related to Main Topic
Mainstream audience members probably wouldn’t dig watching 12 people twiddle their gaming thumbs on controllers all day, so they decided to put a huge spin on things for the sake of television. However, I was totally floored when I saw that the contestants were playing a “real life challenge” of Virtua Fighter 5 where they have to run through an obstacle course smashing boards. If one team lost the initial challenge they had to go to their elimination round in the dreaded “isolation chamber,” a creepy white room that looked like it was straight out of Grandma’s Boy.

I don’t know about you guys but I had high hopes for the first reality gaming show on the Sci-Fi channel (soon to be SyFy). I have the whole episode below for your viewing pleasure. I suppose having a show like this truly marks the strides gaming has made in becoming more professional. At the same time, I’m not sure World Cyber Games did themselves any favors by making the show fit so perfectly into the mold of “reality” television monotony.