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Black Mirror’s nightmarish social media episode is now a board game

Board game Nosedive will let you battle for social status with a companion digital app

Bryce Dallas Howard looks at her phone in an image from Black Mirror episode “Nosedive.” Endemol Shine Group/Netflix
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Black Mirror episode “Nosedive,” the harrowing tale of social media-fueled anxiety from the sci-fi show’s third season, is now a board game. It’s 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 board game has a companion mobile app for Android and iOS that features more than 1,000 “experiences” that help determine your social standing with other players. Games, designed for between three and six players, typically take about 45 minutes to play, the publisher says.

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Nosedive is published by Asmodee and will be available at Target on Nov. 25.

Black Mirror’s “Nosedive” episode debuted on Netflix in 2016. According to Vox’s review of the episode:

“Nosedive” would have you believe that it’s about what it might look like if Pinterest, Instagram, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site Goop took over the world. Phones firmly in hand, everyone rates the interactions they have with one another and the photos they post on their profiles — no matter how banal — on a scale from one to five stars.

Every rating affects a person’s overall standing. The higher your rating, the more perks you get; the lower your rating, the harder you have to work to keep yourself afloat.

And holy shit does Lacie (Bryce Dallas Howard) work for her stars. She practices her determined, manic grin in the mirror, then plasters it on before marching into her version of battle: being as pleasant to everyone as possible in exchange for precious points.

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