Proving once again that Hollywood is out of ideas, Netflix released an FMV game last week under the guise of “interactive film,” in the form of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. It’s a by-the-books FMV adventure with forking paths and multiple endings, presented as though it were the ultimate culmination of storytelling technology, rather than a genre that’s been around for more than two decades.
But hey, since they’ve got the tech in place, why not turn some other shows into FMV games too?
Y’all already put Dragon’s Lair in Stranger Things, why not take it one step further and turn the whole show into an FMV game? Given the show’s time period, there’d be tons of opportunities for CRT filters, bad interlacing, tiny, hyper-compressed videos surrounded by enormous bitmap frames — it basically designs itself. As far as the story goes, make it about Eleven trying to get her learner’s permit, or maybe Will goes back to The Upside Down in search of his lucky d20.
If you haven’t seen it, Kim’s Convenience is a delightful comedy about the life of a Korean Canadian family that owns and operates a convenience store in Toronto. The daughter, Janet, tries to balance art school against her parents’ expectations, and the show does a great job of exploring the unique family structure that comes with being a second-generation child.
The dad, though, is the real comedic axis of the show, and the ideal Kim’s Convenience FMV game would put players in control of him for a full day of running the store. Honestly though, I just want more Kim’s Convenience. You should watch it.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
While the Netflix version of MST3k remains contentious, I hold that this most recent season was a vast improvement over the first — though I’m still not onboard with Tom Servo’s New Voice. With the power of Netflix’s choose your own adventure technology, I could keep New Tom Servo from ever telling a joke at all, and thereby craft a movie experience completely to my liking.
Of course, this would require the movie to pause every time the player had to choose a joke, and with how the new MST3k‘s riffs are paced, that works out to about 12 pauses every second. Lemme workshop this some, I’ll figure it out.
Netflix’s Castlevania animated series is legitimately fantastic, and I doubt anyone would argue with a Dragon’s Lair-esque animated FMV game set in this universe. That’s basically the whole idea. Just do Dragon’s Lair but with the animation from this show. Moving on!
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
For the uninitiated, Mario Kondo is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, a worldwide best selling book about exactly what it sounds like. Her new Netflix original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, applies her philosophy to real people’s actual homes, in what looks to be a much more hopeful version of Hoarders.
It might be easy, then, to assume that an FMV game based on the show would follow in the footsteps of something like House Flipper, but you would be mistaken. The way I see it, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo FMV is a lot closer to Night Trap, with Kondo observing people’s homes from some kind of closed-circuit control room. Any time someone adds clutter to their life, Kondo activates a devious contraption to reprimand them. They’re all non-lethal of course, but you can dump a lot of ants on someone before it’s lethal is all I’m saying.