TV Club: Someone builds a better soldier on an unsettling Black Mirror

When I was a kid, I used to rent video games from the corner store every weekend. I was only allowed one game at a time, which meant I had to choose carefully; but when I picked a good one (Mega Man 2, maybe), I played the living hell out of it. I spent hours in front of the television, and at night when I tried to sleep, whenever I closed my eyes I’d just see the game in front of me, playing through certain blurry levels on an endless loop. That’s what I think of whenever someone brings up augmented reality—the fact that some goofy 8-bit fantasy could so easily sink into my synapses makes me terrified of what will happen when the folks doing the programming start making an effort to really fuck me up.

“Men Against Fire” isn’t about video games; it’s …

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