Netflix might make a choose-your-own-adventure 'Black Mirror'

Netflix might make a choose-your-own-adventure 'Black Mirror'

Netflix is said to be developing several programs, both in episodic television and film, that will allow viewers to choose how pivotal moments play out and affect storylines, according to Bloomberg.

The idea of an interactive Black Mirror episode is a compelling one, especially considering that the series itself explores the intersection of technology and society as well as its implications, many of which reveal the dark, nightmarish side of the conveniences of our modern world.

Soon you'll allegedly be able to choose whether an episode of Black Mirror has a bleak ending or an even bleaker ending. Prepare to feel not just hollow and gut-punched at the end of that episode, as usual with Black Mirror, but complicit in the likely disturbing outcomes of your actions.

Streaming giant Netflix Inc will now allow users to choose how a TV episode or movie will end as it pushes further into Interactive TV, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The streaming platform has experimented with the interactive format with its children's programming, and is looking to expand upon that idea. In addition, the new season will feature an interactive episode, an extension of both the show's experimentation in different genres and Netflix's initiative to turn viewers into active participants.

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"Choose Your Own Adventure" movies are nothing new. Though, considering we're talking about Netflix and 'Black Mirror, ' it seems it would be impossible for the experience to not be as thrilling and exciting as we are expecting it to be. However, Netflix is using the upcoming fifth season of the acclaimed anthology series as part of a planned slate of interactive programming. By blending elements of video games with traditional television, the company could create a formula that can be applied to any number of series.

The choose-your-own-adventure dynamic that inspired this kind of interactive TV stems back to a genre of youth-aimed short novels that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, which gave readers the ability to choose the course of the story amongst multiple options.

You've heard of Netflix and chill; now it's time to Netflix and choose your own adventure.

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