Black Mirror Bandersnatch: origins

Black Mirror Bandersnatch: origins

Black Mirror’s choose-your-own-adventure style episode Bandersnatch presents the story of a game developer set in 1984.

However, what if I told you that the inspiration for this story was based on the real life Imagine and Ocean software in the UK. The 1984 UK documentary called “The Rise and Fall of Imagine Software” outlines the last days of those companies that is shockingly similar. The real life game being developed was even called Bandersnatch.

Check out these relevant parts in the actual documentary to see how close Black Mirror stuck to the source material. Even the interactions in some of the meetings.

Oh, and the real-life Megagame Bandersnatch? It was modified and released in 1986 by Psygnosis under the name Brataccas.

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