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Bryan Preston

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April 2, 2013 - 11:48 am
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Taken out of context, it may look like video game Bioshock Infinite is an attack on American history, patriotism and the Tea Party. In fact, for the first few hours of play the game does feel like that. You play as Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton officer who has a massive debt he can only repay by fulfilling a mission to rescue a teenage girl from a tower prison. There its resemblance to fairy tales ends and its horror story begins.

The game is set in 1912, in a city called Columbia up in the sky. It’s a city of separatists who see themselves as true patriots and their leader as a true savior. A few hours into the game, and I’ll try not to spoil anything until page two, you run into these mechanized boss characters.

If this is an attack on the American founders, it isn’t subtle. Notice the sign behind the beast. Called a Motorized Patriot, it’s a combat robot George Washington wielding a crank gun against the protagonists while he spews phrases that sound vaguely Biblical. During chapter loads, the developers offer a helpful hint for killing them: You should shoot them in the back. How nice.

So is this game, then, an attack on patriotism?

I haven’t played it all the way to the end yet (but I’m very very close), but the answer has to be no. Bioshock Infinite is first and foremost a first-person shooter’s science fiction take on the multiverse theory, with some color taken from the mess that is American politics.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away to those who have not played it yet, so if you’re playing the game and don’t want anything spoiled, don’t click on the next page.

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What worries me is that a lot of people were never taught that America ISN'T like the floating city Columbia. If you don't actually apply thought to it, it simply reinforces democrat/media Narrative.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The title of the post scared me, but the body of the article proved my fears groundless. The game isn't taking shots at anyone other than those corrupted by power.

That said, I'm a loyal BioShock fan, and I've been very impressed by this installment. I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5.
1 year ago
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Interesting. My oldest son just finished playing through it and loved it! Even went out and bought up some of the "Special Edition" goodies. I never got too deep into the original edition, maybe I'll have to go back t it now!
1 year ago
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Still having afterthoughts about getting this one. Big fan of Bioshock and as much as I expected the new one, right now doesn't look too appealing. I keep buying games and never got around to play them, so little time.
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