If you like Charlie Brooker’s incredible series, Black Mirror, then you’re going to love this new board game.
It’s based on the anxiety-inducing episode, Nosedive.
Just in case you need a quick reminder of that episode, here’s the synopsis: “The episode is set in a world where people can rate each other from one to five stars for every interaction they have, which can impact their socioeconomic status. Lacie (Bryce Dallas Howard) is a young woman overly obsessed with her ratings; she finds an opportunity to elevate her ratings greatly and move into a more luxurious residence after being chosen by her popular childhood friend (Alice Eve) as the maid of honour for her wedding. Her obsession leads to several mishaps on her journey to the wedding that culminate in a rapid reduction in her ratings.”
The game is also called Nosedive, and challenges players “to create a ‘perfect’ life by collecting Lifestyle Cards, while avoiding any ‘dings’ to their Social Score.”
While that may sound like pure, waking hell, based on how things went in the board game’s namesake episode of the show, Nosedive’s official announcement promises “light social and strategic gameplay that is engaging, interactive and accessible for new players.”
The game is ‘integrated with the free NOSEDIVE smartphone app available on iOS and Android, the game includes over 1,000 unique experiences to impress players’ important friends and improve their social standing’.
It also ‘features light social and strategic gameplay that is engaging, interactive and accessible for new players’.
The game is published by Asmodee Group and distributed by Asmodee North America and launches at Target.com and Target stores nationwide November 25 for $19.99.
It’s designed for 3 to 6 players ages 13 and older. And the approximate gameplay is 45 minutes.
In an unexpected piece of news, it looks like Miley Cyrus might be the star of a new Black Mirror episode.
The internet is going wild with rumours.
.@MileyCyrus has powered up her acting skills as she was spotted in South Africa, filming for the upcoming new season of #BlackMirror. The fifth season of the show is expected to be released in December, according to @Bloomberg. pic.twitter.com/bEyPQqxPnP
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) 14 November 2018
Marriott Hotels’ Avukile Mabombo spoke to IOL, and claimed that Miley was in Cape Town, South Africa for the show. Mabombo said: “She’s been spotted at the V&A Waterfront but it’s certain that fans will be trying to figure out where she’s most likely to turn up next,
“Will it be at Shimmy Beach Club? Perhaps in an express queue at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Your guess is as good as mine.”
Filming for the new season started April in south London and, according to NME, letters were sent to local residents and business owners in Croydon by Ealing Studios (the production company) saying that they were planning to film in the St. George’s Walk area.
Speaking to the music magazine, Brooker recently said: “I can never confirm nor deny anything about season five,
“Season four was literally written around the time of the American election and the Brexit vote and that sort of stuff. I think there was a deliberate, ‘Okay, I don’t see how all of those things will pan out.’ Actually, though, I think you end up commenting on those sorts of things anyway, bleakly. It felt like what we shouldn’t do was go, ‘And here’s the Brexit episode!’, as we would probably get it wrong in the thick of it.
“Also, like anyone else at that time, I was like, ‘Fucking hell! I’m going to keep my head down and fucking write because the world’s about to explode! Let me see if I can type this before a f*cking meteoroid crashes. What’s going to happen next? An asteroid? I don’t know.
“Fucking mincemeat is going to become sentient and start crawling out of packaging and strolling away – I wouldn’t be surprised.”
He may not let on to anything, but he has dropped a clue or two. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Charlie Brooker revealed that there very well may be sequels to White Bear and San Junipero.
Brooker has recently launched a book, Inside Black Mirror, which features ideas for possible follow-ups to the two episodes.
For the ‘Return to White Bear’, the main character, Skillane, is being tortured every day as a punishment for her part in the killing of a child. However, her memory is wiped every evening and she’s tortured every day for entertainment purposes. Could a follow-up explore her start to become aware of the process?
Brooker explained: “That was something we discussed at the time, as a potential expansion of the story,”What if she becomes aware that this is going on, and starts rebelling against it?”
The follow-up to San Junipero would be slightly different. In the original episode, two women fall in love in a virtual reality where they are young women, but in reality they’re both old and dying. They choose to live in the virtual reality forever, transferring their consciousness into a computer and letting their real bodies die.
Brooker explained: “I wouldn’t necessarily want to revisit those characters, because we’re very happy with where they ended up and their story,
“But that’s not to say that we couldn’t revisit that world, if there was a compelling reason to do so.
“There’s certain stories we’ve done that lend themselves to either continuing on with the characters or, more often it tends to be, you could do another story with that world as a backdrop.”
Talking about his process, he continued: “Sometimes, I’ve got an idea for a story and it’s a hook… and it’s like 15 minutes of story and I can’t work out how to make that a bigger story
“‘Black Museum’, or ‘White Christmas’… I like to think of them as medleys.
“It’s like side two of Abbey Road. Not that I’m comparing us to the Beatles! But it’s like when the Beatles had these fragments that didn’t necessarily add up to a full song. You wouldn’t want to inflate [an idea] beyond its lifespan, but if there’s a way to link them together, they can become more than the sum of their parts.
“So if you look at an episode like ‘Black Museum’, that consists of three separate stories – they actually build on each other… so I’ve got quite a few ideas of that nature and I would like to, at some point, revisit the portmanteau format.”
While Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror isn’t exactly the My Little Pony of TV shows, the Netflix favourite is about to get a lot darker as viewers can pick their own ending.
Ditching its days of DVD delivery, the streaming giant wants to push the envelope further and introduce the idea of “choose your own ending” TV shows. What better place to start than the futuristic world of Black Mirror?
Black Mirror has already been at the forefront of dystopian horror, but keen to move with the times, Bloomberg reports that the anthology show will let audiences decide how the story ends for one of Season 5’s upcoming episodes.
Season 4 of Black Mirror was an award-winning spectacle that culminated in the Easter egg-packed “Black Museum”. Brooker has already teased that he could return to some episodes and maybe even a “USS Callister” spin-off, but even better, the site reports that Season 5 is coming in December this year.
Known for episodes like “White Bear”, and “USS Callister”, only time will tell if Black Mirror can top these in Season 5. That being said, the idea of choosing how the story ends is one sure to lure fans to Black Mirror out of pure curiosity.
Although Netflix already tried the idea of choosing your ending for kid’s show Puss In Book, the company wants to test it on a much bigger audience. Horror fans may remember how the clunky idea became ‘popular’ in the noughties and featured on the direct-to-DVD Return to House on Haunted Hill. Here’s hoping Netflix can do a better job.
If the idea is a success, Netflix plans on rolling it out into other shows. Who knows, we could soon see alternate endings to Orange is the New Black, The Good Place, and BoJack Horseman.
Later Black Mirror episodes like “San Junipero” have been accused of being a little too cheery, so it’s good news that us depressing Dereks can live out our miserable lives in peace.
The twisted mind of Charlie Brooker is dark enough as it is, but imagine a world where there’s any number of alternate endings. We’re looking at the future here, people!