Black Mirror Season 3 - PlayTest - Introducing Saito Gemu

Publication Title
Black Mirror
Publication/Creation Date
October 21 2016
Charlie Brooker (creator)
Media Type
Television Show
Persuasive Intent
In Black Mirror's Season 3 episode 'Playtest', a traveller accepts a job as a tester for a new technology at a video game company called 'Saito Gemu'. In this scene, he is asked to sign a waiver form and is informed that there is a small medical procedure involved ("no more invasive than getting your ears pierced"). 

The company is working on an "interactive augmented reality system", which is described as "layers on top of reality". He is implanted with a 'mushroom' in the back of his neck. Once the system is initialized, he is able to see a cartoon-looking gopher in front of him and play an AR version of 'whack-a-mole' (without glasses or any kind of external hardware). What he sees is not real, but rather "a sort of mental projection" that no one else can see. 
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Objects Of Allusions
Location on Body
Brain, Eye, Neck
Marketing Keywords
Black Mirror, Netflix

Date archived
June 24 2019
Last edited
June 24 2019
How to cite this entry
Charlie Brooker. (October 21 2016). "Black Mirror Season 3 - PlayTest - Introducing Saito Gemu". Black Mirror. Netflix. Fabric of Digital Life.