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This Super Bleak New Board Game Is Based on an Episode of 'Black Mirror'

The anthology series' 'Nosedive' episode has been turned into a game, with players trying to amass maintain an impressive Social Score.
By Sarah Ward
November 17, 2018
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This Super Bleak New Board Game Is Based on an Episode of 'Black Mirror'

The anthology series' 'Nosedive' episode has been turned into a game, with players trying to amass maintain an impressive Social Score.
By Sarah Ward
November 17, 2018
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In Nosedive, the first episode of the third season of Black Mirror, life's ups and downs are dictated by social media. Everything Lacie (Bryce Dallas Howard) does is rated by those around her, and she rates them in turn. Those rankings contribute to an overall score, out of five, which influences where she can live, hang out, travel, shop and more. Being Black Mirror, it's both a bleak and creepy vision of the future, and an idea that's not all that far removed from reality.

If you watched the episode and thought "wouldn't that make a great game?", then you're not the only one. Five stars to you and to American game publisher Asmodee Group, we guess. The latter has turned Nosedive into a game that requires players to "create a 'perfect' life by collecting Lifestyle cards, while avoiding any dings to your Social Score that could cause everything you've worked for to come crashing down," according to its sale listing on the US version of Target's website.

The strategy game is designed to be played by three to six people, and also has an app component. Each person's Social Score is based on how much other players like the experiences you give them via the app, with more than 1000 available.

Nosedive will cost US$19.99, and whether it'll make the jump to Australia is yet to be seen. It's not the first off-screen chance that Black Mirror fans have had to feel like they're in one of the anthology series' episodes, thanks to an immersive London exhibition dedicated to the show last year.

Via The Wrap.

Published on November 17, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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