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Black Mirror Star Leaves Social Media Following Bandersnatch Reaction

“I am choosing to take a step back”

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Black Mirror’s venture into a choose-your-own storyline episode has generated a global conversation and blown the doors wide open for how we view our favourite shows.

Conversation surrounding the episode has dominated social media since its release. Viewers sharing and comparing their own outcomes and choices in a kind of bleak contest for the worst possible ending.

In the wake of the discussion Will Poulter who played gaming guru Colin Ritman has announced that he would be taking a break from social media in a lengthy Twitter post.

“In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter,” Poulter wrote.

“Before I do, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched ‘Bandersnatch’ and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created.

“I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce! As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media.

“There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It’s a balance that I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media.”

Poulter did add that he would be posting occasionally to discuss the various charities he works with. He also couldn’t help himself making a reference to Bandersnatch, ending his message by saying: “This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path.”

Black Mirror fans are already discovering hidden endings to the episode. One major one that has been picked up features after the end credits. Digital Spy broke down the whole thing.

It relates back to the scene where Stefan is sat on the bus, when in the initial feature you choose what tape you want the character to listen to. Only in this alternative sequence, Stefan pulls out a copy of his game, Bandersnatch.

You then hear some unusual noises, which fans somehow figured out was data for the ZX Spectrum. Run that through an emulator and convert it into a QR code and this is what you get…

Scanning that QR code takes you to a previously hidden website, a fictional page for the Tuckersoft gaming company.

The site’s description reads: “Tuckersoft was a gaming development company that took the world by storm in the 1980s. They were an absolute hit factory, with their owner famously referring to the firm as the “Motown of Gaming.” Their success was driven by industry superstar Colin Ritman (Metl Hedd, Nohzdyve).”

On the website is information on all of the fictional company’s games with a wide range of references to past Black Mirror episodes.

As if that’s not enough, you can even download the ‘Nohzdyve’ game that is referenced in Bandersnatch. Though this is a ZX Spectrum game, meaning you would need an emulator to play it.

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