Netflix brings us a new setting for kids called, “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The videos entertain young children while they spark nostalgia in adults from the olden days of laying on the bed and reading the books as a child. Netflix remains true to its personality with their first go at “Puss-in-Boots.” The poor kitty cat gets trapped inside a book. We love to imagine, but Netflix has said we shouldn’t get our hopes up for a “Choose Your Own Adventure” series like, “House of Cards” or “Orange is the New Black.” Still, we wistfully dream about what this might look like.
This is somewhat of a big change for them. On Youtube, you can do time stamps, and you have to be active, so this idea is not entirely original, but they picked it up and started to do even more with it. The interaction in the videos turn it into something even more interesting. Netflix made a smart business move transitioning into this style of videos for kids to start out. Anyone who’s ever tried to choose their own path in a story will understand how these videos work. For example, Goosebumps’ books did an interactive series where you choose your own path and flipped to a page based on your choices, and there are consequences to your decisions.
Want to hear something crazy? Like Batman and the Joker, Uber and Lyft have teamed up for a surprising and unlikely relationship as frenemies against the state of Texas. Still, they remain bite-at-your-throat enemies on the road, but they have chosen to unite and lobby against one common enemy—the government and its regulations. Austin recently tried to require fingerprints for drivers, and because they’re both against the government’s new limitations, they joined forces. This happened before too in 2015 in New York when they tried to set regulations in place. With the two lobbying, they can keep limitations out of driving for this shared driving service to ensure the business remains profitable for years to come.
Back to Netflix, according to the company, they will support these interactive stories with most TVs and iOS devices. They have, however, stayed tight-lipped about whether they will offer this to other series outside the most logical place like children’s movies. Outside “Puss in Boots,” another one of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” titles will be Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Netflix plans to release this for Netflix on July 14th. They also have planned to follow this up with a movie called Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, but they don’t have plans for release until 2018. With interactive episodes, they unfold a lot like how a normal video does, but during set point, the action will stop, and you have a set of choices placed in front of you. You can choose what you want to happen either with a TV remote or game controller.