Mackerelmedia Fish: A Video Game About the Loss of Digital History #ArtTuesday
Nathalie Lawhead’s new free browser game is called Macromedia Flash. Strike that. It’s called Mackerelmedia Fish and it’s a wonderfully creative and fun ode to websites that have gone on to that wayback machine in the greaty beyond. Here’s more from The Verge:
A relic of an era where social media hadn’t eaten the internet, amateurish weirdness was the norm, and visiting a website might involve clicking through an endless series of arcane installation screens. The website is still online, but if you click the wrong link, you may be eaten by a grue.
Rather than purely simulating software in the vein of old-internet game Hypnospace Outlaw, Mackerelmedia Fish is framed by fourth-wall-breaking prose and a story that blends a “real” desktop with adventure game conventions. You will play part of the game in a page directory and befriend a link-eating rodent. “The point really is about exploring a short story that’s about the loss of digital history,” writes Lawhead.
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