Well this certainly sounds fun-slash-frustrating. On CBS Interactive’s upcoming show The Controller, six pro gamers will be competing against one another in Battlefield 3, but not in the way that you’d think. Rather than sitting down and demonstrating their skills in the game itself, the pros will be competing in real-world physical challenges, then training amateurs to compete against one another in the video game.
The pro gamers in question–Tsquared, MrsViolence, Bravo, Proofy, Mr X and neighbour according to the press release–will not be allowed to touch the controller at all, and instead will be forced to coach their assigned “N00bs” in the ways of war. I anticipate some suuuuuper-frustrated people here, especially considering that several of the n00bs in question are former cast members of “The Real World,” a show which I believe is contractually obligated to cast only jerkholes who don’t work well with others.
The Controller will be hosted by Jonny Moseley, and premieres on Gamespot this friday at 11:00 AM Eastern. Each episode will be around 10 minutes long, and they’ll air through December 9th, at which point a winner will be announced, and walk away with $US50,000. Not bad at all.
Side note: How much do I love that there is a pro gamer whose handle is “Neighbor?” So much.