Graffiti is a really strange look into what people believe, because if you graffiti something, it’s something that you believe is important enough to not just be written down, but shown to everyone forcibly. So when there’s graffiti in games, I try to pay attention, because while sometimes it’s just “random” stylized names, sometimes it’s important lore making or narrative affirming information.
In the case of Remember Me, it seems to be the latter. The graffiti is definitely a key supporter of the narrative and not just window dressing (though there is a fair amount of “pretty” graffiti). And I’ve found that, so far, there’s about eleven main kinds (with a few variants on the longer ones, where just a fragment will appear instead).
I’ve seen this or a fragment (the face or one of the twin quotes) fifteen times by the beginning of episode three.
I’ve only seen this one twice, in Slum 404.
This was taken in Episode two, in the city. These are on the rooftops.
This is on the way to Slum 404 and both are repeated a lot; I stopped counted indivuals because there were too many instances. I’ve seen”C’est mal / J’ai mal” (or a fragment) on seven walls and “Have pain / Am pain” on another seven. They are often near each other, leading to the assumption that the Leapers write them in packs or as it occurs to them, moving along the path.
I found this piece of graffiti especially interesting. I’ve seen it in full in two places, only in Slum 404, and there was one other instance where there was only the drawing of the Leaper. But the premise of it is interesting as it speaks of the redeemable monster, the horror that reminds us that we are all human, which is a fascinating aspect of games.
There are a few more pieces that I couldn’t get a decent picture of, so I’ll just list what they said and how often they repeated (as far as I could tell). These are all in Slum 404.
“Brain Pain” – three times.
“Tram brain / Tram Pain” – thirteen times.
“Sans moi / en moi” (“Without me / in me”) – five times.
“???” – Nine times. A note: there were a lot of instances I missed because there was a chase scene involved and I panicked.
“Tous les Jours / Je lave mon cerveau / avec Memorize” (the translation of this is strange. “All your days / I wash my brain / with Memorize”) – two times. I’ve thought about this one, and I believe it refers to Memorize cleaning out the days from your brain, but I’m really iffy on that one. I’ll see if I can doubleback and see if I wrote it incorrectly.
That’s all of the ones I have written down, but I thought it was important to have a record of the graffiti.