Found Floppy is an interactive fiction piece that takes the reader back to a not so distant past of Windows XP. This recent, but still ancient operating system was one of the last few to come with 3&1/2 floppy ports standard. The reader is presented with nothing more than an open window with the contents of the floppy that as presumably found (given the title).
This choice is interesting because it evokes a sort of feeling of nostalgia and familiarity for younger people that the other “period” Elit pieces don’t seem to be able to. That is to say that I remember Windows XP and floppy disks, while I could not say the same for the Commodore 64 or the larger floppys.
The text of the game is given to the reader in several different notepad files that appear to be slightly corrupted or unreadable by the version of notepad they are being read on, which suggests that these files are older still. The narrative describes around man who is complaining about his neighbor making noise as she is beaten by her boyfriend. The character seems cold and removed, but the narrative soon goes on to discuss abuse in general.
There are photos thrown in as well, that seem for the most part to be pixelated nonsense, but they do add a sense of creepiness and authenticity to the time period of this piece, as they seem like they are of the same quality of photos that would be taken on a webcam from the time.
The real wonder of this piece, though, is through the way it is presented. What I mean by this is that floppys present one of the last mediums, where someone could possibly find one out in a field and then go home and plug it in. It makes it feel like one is finding a relic from a past age, though it is most likely less than a decade old. There is an argument to be made here with thumb drives or hard drives acting the same way, but there is something about he floppy being loaded on to windows XP that gives it a kind of urgency. An urgency where if someone had found the floppy any later than the era of the XP, most people would not have had the means to read it.