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If you’ve ever wanted to feel what it’s like to be in an episode of Black Mirror, now’s your chance.
A Black Mirror-inspired board game called Nosedive was revealed Thursday, taking the existentially frightening Season 3 episode of the same name and turning it into a supposedly fun game to play with your friends and family.
Nosedive, a self-described social game, is based on the 2016 Black Mirror episode “Nosedive,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard, in which people have the ability to give each other star ratings with their phones. These public star ratings determine people’s social status, entry to events, and purchasing option — a take on how classism creates division in society and severely impacts those who are less fortunate.
The game, by Asmodee, tasks players with making the right decisions to increase their social score and “create the ‘perfect’ life.” You increase your score by collecting Lifestyle cards and offering other players certain life experiences through a companion app. Your fellow players rate you based on what you offer them.
It seems like one of those games that can create some really stressful situation and potentially cause some schisms in your previously airtight relationships with other players. At the end of the day, Nosedive is a game so there has to be a winner and at least a couple of losers.
If the game is anything like the episode, getting a couple of low ratings in a row could have some devastating, snowball-like effects that end up with you covered in mud and unable to rent a decent car.
But sometimes you really shouldn’t be living your life trying to please everyone. You have to look out for numero uno — yourself. If you want to win Nosedive, though, prepare to do some ass kissing.