An 8-bit, Choose Your Own Adventure Mad Men game appears on YouTube

Mad Men The YouTube Game

A long, long time ago in the era of the Nintendo Game Boy, whenever things got culturally popular, the way you declared that it’s officially awesome is if it had its own video game adaptation. Since the introduction of third generation gaming consoles, this idea no long applied. Pop culture games usually ended up on Facebook, but not a lot of people liked to play them because of the annoying permission settings that Facebook wants to automatically post game updates on your wall.

But thanks to YouTube, pop culture-inspired games are relevant again. Such is the case with this retro, 8-bit version of AMC’s Mad Men, a Choose Your Own Adventure type game that takes place entirely on YouTube. Users get an introduction of a scene regarding the ever-so-sauve Don Draper (who still manages to look great in less megapixels) feeling a little down on his confidence, creative, and inner peace levels. At the end of the short clip, users have the option of selecting choices that takes them to another video to indicate how their picks pan out. Your goal is to boost as many of the three criteria as possible to make Don feel secure about being the successful advertising director we all know and love.

There are three alternate endings for Mad Men: The Game that involve a total of 40 videos. And no, you cannot cheat by looking at all the user’s uploaded videos; They are hidden so players have to get linked out from each scene to uncover what happens when you make different decisions as Don.

Mad Men YouTube Game ChoicesThe dialogues on during the game are also quite hilarious. Clearly the makers of this game, The Fine Brothers, were trying to poke fun at some of the ludicrous things that go on in this show. In the intro scene, the older character of Roger Sterling comes in for a chat with Don, encourages and congratulates him on drinking more, worries about their livers now that the 21st century society looks down upon alcoholism, and comments about how he still gets the hottest ladies in bed even though he’s “old and gray.”

The 8-bit introduction sequence is rather amazing as well. Even the opening music, RJD2’s “A Beautiful Mine,” got translated to a retro, chiptune edition which makes the song cooler than it already was. We’ve seen other Choose Your Own Adventure YouTube games from The Fine Bros in the past, including a parody of Lindsay Lohan when she was about to get sentenced to jail, but this Mad Men edition truly takes the cake for being well made, original, and really entertaining. It’s also in great timing, since Mad Men is slated to return to AMC this Sunday, March 25 after a huge hiatus.

Though still, even if we make it as Don Draper in this era of advertisement, it still kind of sucks we will never get to be surrounded by beautiful people and look as good as Don does feeling insecure.

Movies & TV

Stay inside this fall with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Castle Rock'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we've put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Nissan turmoil, product designer Jae Yoo of Nerf, and more

For today's episode of Digital Trends Live, we turn our attention to the L.A. Auto Show and Lamborghini's race-ready version of the Urus. We also speak with Jae Yoo of Nerf and MLS defender Zarek Valentin about their origins, modern tech…
Gaming

The best Gamestop Black Friday deals in 2018

Gamestop is hosting one heck of a Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion period, highlighted by excellent deals on games, gaming consoles, and gaming accessories. We combed through everything and have all the best Gamestop Black Friday…
Gaming

Playing ‘Battlefield V’ on an $800 Nvidia card is stunning. And disappointing

‘Battlefield V’ is the first game to use Nvidia’s ray tracing support, now available with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The feature can, in an ideal scenario, make the game look better, but the performance hit may not be…
Deals

The best cheap-but-awesome PlayStation 4 game deals under $20

The PlayStation 4 has hit its stride in recent years and is now more affordable than ever. If you have a PS4 or are thinking of buying one, we’ve collected some must-have games. The best part? Each of these is just $20 or less.
Gaming

Valve responds after ‘Artifact’ slammed for taking microtransactions too far

Streamers and gamers heavily criticized the monetization model of Artifact, as the digital card game may have taken microtransactions too far. Valve quickly responded to the feedback, with planned changes to the game's public beta.
Gaming

‘Darksiders III’ gets its own Fury-led ASMR series, and it’s weird

Darksiders III is out in less than a week, and to celebrate the game's impending release, publisher THQ Nordic has released an ASMR video starring Fury. The video focuses on her fire abilities.
Deals

Check out the best Xbox One deals and bundles for November 2018

Microsoft's consoles are just as capable of streaming movies as they are of playing the latest games. Check out our top Xbox One deals and bundles, which include new and upcoming triple-A games like Battlefield V and Fallout 76.
Gaming

Play cowboy in the new limited-time ‘Fortnite’ Wild West mode

Epic Games has added a new limited-time Wild West mode to Fortnite: Battle Royale. The mode limits players to weapons from the time period, including revolves, hunting rifles, and shotguns.
Gaming

'Pokémon: Let's Go' is a different kind of Pokémon game. Here's how to master it

Pokémon: Let's Go is a mashup of traditional Pokémon RPGs and Pokémon Go. Still, new mechanics will make it feel somewhat new for even seasoned trainers. To help you on your journey to Victory Road, check out these tips and tricks in our…
Deals

The best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…