Rhizome Makes Pioneering ’90s Theresa Duncan Games Available Online

Still from the Theresa Duncan game Chop Suey.

Still from the Theresa Duncan game Chop Suey.

Starting today, a trio of interactive games created in the mid-’90s by the late American video game designer, blogger, filmmaker, and critic Theresa Duncan are available to play online via the digital arts organization Rhizome.

Spearheaded by Rhizome archivist Dragan Espenschied and the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the three CD-ROM games (Chop Suey, Smarty, and Zero Zero) were created for young girls during a time when that demographic was mostly ignored by the gaming industry.

Narrated by David Sedaris and featuring beautiful digital folk-art figuration and landscapes, they serve as both an aesthetic and political monument, one that has grown even more meaningful in light of recent developments in the gaming community.

Rhizome is streaming the games from their cloud servers, allowing for emulation of not just the program itself, but also the operating system within it. In turn, the user is fully transported into a different era of gaming altogether – another level of archival authenticity within an already poignant project.

Play the games on Rhizome’s website.

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