Zero Zero Nicholson Associates 1997

This is the third in a series of cd-roms made by Theresa Duncan geared towards girl game players. It's New Year's Eve, 1899, in Paris. A little girl named Pinkée makes the rounds of the city, asking bakers, gardeners, and can-can dancers about what the future will hold. Their responses are strange and surreal, offering a poignant commentary on 20th-century history and technology. It's an interactive storybook designed for girls aged 7-12. There are many different activities to play. You can also interact with many of the game's background items, which provide funny animations or fantastical scenes. Theresa's partner Jeremy Blake (whose art may be familiar from the abstract hallucination scenes in the 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch-Drunk Love, and from artwork and video for Beck's album Sea Change) shifted visual style once again in this game. If Smarty was a summer idyll, Zero Zero was more of a period piece, and Blake used thick, crooked lines that sometimes seemed to suggest a woodcut drawing. In 2015, a Kickstarter was successfully supported to preserve "The Theresa Duncan CD-ROMs" and marks the first time server-side emulation has been used on a large scale to provide access to digital artwork.
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