Bioshock rocked my world
January 18, 2008
Not much of a games person, but since life and death seems to be a game in this country, I decided to play some games myself.
Bioshock – a terribly cliche name – is a fair enough first person shooter. Good graphics. Good sound effects. Plenty of walking dead running about asking for a bullet in the head… or two. Sometimes they ask for three and maybe a heat seeking rocket launcher in between.
But the game’s real strength comes from it’s philsophically rich storyline.
Some crazy guy called Andrew Ryan (supposedly the best Electrical Engineer of our time) builds a perfect city in the middle of the ocean. This utopian society is governed by nothing. Free markets and free will maybe. But nothing else. No tax, no regulation, no religion, no morality, no ethics. Just complete capitalism in it’s full beauty.
In one of his most acclaimed speeches this Ryan guy says something like this…
” Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? ‘No!’ says the man in Washington, ‘It belongs to the poor.’ ‘No!’ says the man in the Vatican, ‘It belongs to God.’ ‘No!’ says the man in Moscow, ‘It belongs to everyone.’ I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose… Rapture, a city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, Where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well. “
Well unfortunately, the game starts off where the city is utterly devastated. Ironically pessimistic, but it so happens there was a parasite living among the super-men who founded the society. Just goes to show that there’s always some messed up bloke trying to ruin everything out of personal interest. Even in a computer generated game world.
And as the story unfolds it touches a side of humanity that is never sung, and probably will never be sung in traditional media like TV or film.
One of Ryan’s other famous saying is that “A man chooses, a slave obeys.”
One little phrase that now rings in my head everytime that I do something.
Bioshock was awesome. The violence was gruesome, but it heightened the effect of the philosophy that the creators of the game intended to unveil.
10 out of 10!