[NetBehaviour] What Remains released! Comfy 8-bit NES game for the end time

Aymeric Mansoux am-lists at bleu255.com
Fri May 24 14:54:55 CEST 2019

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What Remains
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.




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