What Remains

Door: Arnaud Guillon, Chun Lee, Dustin Long, Aymeric Mansoux, Marloes de Valk

“The virtual world of »What Remains« is based on the findings that de Valk published in »How to Escape Reality in 10 Simple Steps«. Together with Arnaud Guillon, Chun Lee, Dustin Long, and Aymeric Mansoux as artist group Iodine Dynamics, she developed the 8-bit game, blending visual novel and adventure elements. The story translates real events from the 1980s into an epic quest to save the world. The game lets you experience the fight against industry disinformation, showing you several ways to push back, and regain agency by joining forces with others. The 1980s was the decade in which many of the problems we face today became painfully apparent. The collateral damage of industrial capitalism – acid rain, the hole in the ozone layer, global warming – became visible at the same time as the rise of neoliberalism, with its push for deregulation. In those days, several industry disinformation campaigns have been successfully used in an attempt to delay regulation. The game is based on those campaigns, showing strategies that are still used today. The game is developed for the original NES hardware. In order to not generate more e-waste, the game is developed on reused and repurposed cartridges.”