Behind the bar at the Green Room is the heavily tattooed, raven-haired, 26-year-old Krysti Pryde. Standing at almost 6 feet tall with pale skin, Pryde looks as though she fell out of a graphic novel. When she's not serving cocktails, she leads the ultimate gamer life in the alternate universes of Legends of Zelda and various comic books.
"I'd like to drink with Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy XII," she told New Times. "But my favorite character is definitely Solid Snake [from Metal Gear]. He's a total badass."
In fact, Pryde is so dedicated to the world of videogames that she was selected to compete on the third season of The Tester, a Playstation Network online-only reality show. Over the course of eight weeks, 12 contestants will live together and compete in various challenges to win the ultimate goal: a job as a production associate on an upcoming game at Sony's Santa Monica studios. The winner also gets a 2012 Ford Focus Titanium, a $5,000 signing bonus, a 55-inch Bravia TV, and a PS3.
"It was a really crazy experience. And well the kitchen is stocked with liquor, and booze is all over the place. So, one night I invented video game character shots." she explains while mixing a sky blue shot and lights it on fire. "This is called the Hadouken! It's named for the game Street Fighter."
The Tester premieres tonight, and can be downloaded directly from the Playstation Network store, or viewed on TheTester.com.
Watch the Season 3 Trailer and Krysti Pryde's bio video below.
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