As someone who has played many a video game, this episode really hit home for me. There is an eroticism to some video games and, on top of that, an intimacy between two people when they play head to head. As video games have been largely been targeted toward men, I've wondered if any of them had an inkling that there may be more than a slight homoerotic undertone to a number of these.
(When I was nine, I first played the game Final Fight, which featured many muscle bound men in tight t-shirts, no shirts at all, or in leather. On top of that, the continue screen featured the hero character of your choice tied up and put in a perilous situation. Seeing all this stirred something in my young mind but I didn't understand until much later what it was. All I knew is that I wanted to put more quarters in so my hero wouldn't get blown up - I wanted to save him.)
So, I'm glad Black Mirror has done this episode. Not just about the subconscious male eroticism in games, but of positing what might happen if two men who never really thought of themselves as gay ended up learning much about themselves if given a more immersive and intimate video game experience.
Say what you will about Anthony Mackie, but he brought his A game to this. He was stellar. He moved me. He and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have the most amazing chemistry together and I loved the scene of the two of them meeting and kissing to "make sure" and then subtly acting like they do have feelings for each other.
(Also, super mad props to Pom Klementieff for her acting. Having to express the conflicted feelings of a black man while at the same time having to be an anime character is no small feat. Also, it's great to see Nicole Beharie again. Love you, Nicole Beharie. Also, who was the hot guy playing Lance?)