‘Stranger Things’ 8-Episode Series Inspires 8-Bit Video Game

Only weeks after its debut, Netflix original series, Stranger Things has creators hinting at an 8-bit video game based on the thriller’s first season.

According to data collector company Parrot Analytics, Stranger Things, a sci-fi tale about a young boy who goes inexplicably missing in a small rural town, recently hit number one most popular digital original series in the U.S. Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were knocked out of the top slots for highest viewed series as they’re both currently streamed only a third the amount of that of Stranger Things.

Set in 1983, the series revolves around three best friends (reminiscent of the ‘geeks’ in Freaks and Geeks) trying to locate their missing pal Will with the help of a seemingly fragile girl who quickly reveals having superpowers. Winona Ryder plays Will’s mother, where her character embarks on her own sci-fi adventures to discover the lost child. A show resembling E.T. and a wittier Teen Wolf, Stranger Things easily pulled viewers in and left them on an abrupt cliffhanger, leaving them in the dark, alone on their couches, hungry for more.

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer explain that season two-—given Netflix officially announces to renew the show—will take place some time in the future instead of being a direct sequel to season one. In order to combat the lack of time progression displayed in the series, the brothers decided that creating a video game in between the two seasons could appropriately bridge the time gap.

In an interview with IGN, Matt discusses that the time discrepancy could disclose a handful of opportunities regarding character development and plot change.

“These characters have changed and the audience has to sort of fill in those gaps of what went on in that year. To us, it’s exciting,” Matt said. “The fact that we have to make this jump, because of the kids, we’re trying to use that to our advantage.”

Other ideas to make sense of the gap, like mini graphic novels or creator-produced explanations between seasons, came floating to the surface. The brothers preferred to stick to the show’s authentic ‘80s theme.

“What I really want is a video game,” Ross said, as Matt added, “Like an 8-bit. These fans, a lot of them have done this 8-bit video game art that’s blowing my mind.”

This isn’t the first time fan fiction has allowed television producers to turn their original ideas into a reality. Years after Freaks and Geeks ended, costars Seth Rogen and James Franco published their own 8-bit interactive video game on YouTube to give viewers a peek into the characters’ stories post the show’s 18-episode lifespan.

It’s unclear which direction the Duffer brothers will take their proposed video game, if they do end up creating one at all. The 8-bit game would certainly be a fitting counterpart to the 8-bit synth tunes featured throughout the show as it pays homage to everything else 1980s. Whichever path the creators choose to venture down, impatient fans will be satisfied to discover anything more on their beloved Stranger Things characters and mysteries.

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Chloe Rehfield

A Manhattan-native, Chloe studies Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University & is a Contributing Writer for Monologue Blogger. When not crunching numbers or tweaking code, Chloe writes for her university's paper and works post-production for independent short films. In her free time, she enjoys playing ping pong with her twin brother and taking care of her two cats.