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Final ROM 1.0
It is 1986. You just came home from a skate session when a video game
cartridge falls into your hands. Excited to find out what it contains,
you visit your friend who just got a Nintendo for Christmas. You quickly
insert the cartridge and a strange list of encrypted files appears...
What Remains is an 8-bit interactive fiction and adventure video game
about environmental issues, the manipulation of public opinion, and
whistleblowing. It is distributed on recycled video game cartridges for
the original 1985 NES. The game story is based on a two year long
research seeking to identify several strategies used to delay industry
regulation and manipulate public opinion during the 80s. More
specifically, we explored ways to show the strategies used by a.o. the
oil and tobacco industry to spread false information and doubt,
influencing public opinion in order to delay new regulations to protect
the public and the environment. These same strategies are still used
today, by industries and governments, creating a huge obstacle to
effectively act on the threat of global warming.
The development of What remains was supported by Creative Industries
Fund NL, Democracy & Media Foundation, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Akademie
Schloss Solitude, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, V2_ Lab for
the Unstable Media, WORM Pirate Bay, FoAM Kernow, Varia, ESC Medien
Kunst Labor, Hotel Mariakapel, and Servus.
The game is developed for the original NES hardware. The ROM is
available on itch.io as pay what you want/can (including gratis), and is
fully playable in most NES emulators and NES flashcards. The source code
and the tools created for the development of the game will be published
soon after the game release. A limited run of 80 recycled cartridges is
being produced by reusing and repurposing original components, in line
with the project’s concept and scope.