Re: BioShock 1 & 2… have you played ‘em??
LOL Gross??! This game (on an imaginary scale of gross games) rates about a 6/7 out of 10. The game fits its M rating just as it should. What I would be more concerned about is kids who convince their parents to buy games like this.
I own and have played them both. The style artwork and story in Bioshock is a truly creative and original IP. The original Bioshock blew ppl away because the environment they created was so immersive and detailed. The gameplay elements are what really make it stick. Levelling (buffing) of genetic skills, puzzle type mini-games, item collecting, plot twists, etc.
This game is full of anachronism. That’s a big word but basically it means that the technology and ideas are out of place with the time period the game is set it in. This is basically what defines the cultural genre of steampunk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk . So basically this game boils down to steampunk with a genetic twist. So I guess if you think steampunk is weird or gross (which most non sci-fi geeks will agree), this game will probably freak you out.
Bioshock is totally not for children by any means. The themes are things like.. utopic society, elevating man to God, genetics/gene therapy, socialism, drug abuse/addiction, greed, manipulation, pride, temptation, even slavery to a degree.
If I were to sum up what was morally inept in this game it would be that within this story, it is the lust for power through earthly wisdom that led to the disturbing end result.
Elevating people to a God-like status using things like genetics and a total cult like (utopia) fashion. Cults always use the auspicious guise of Christianity to lure ppl. It reminds me of the German story of Faust http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faustus
I know this is totally a fictional plot but as a Christian you have to frame a story or even a game in a biblical perspective. Its a perfect example of worldly good intentions and ‘Earthly’ wisdom being inevitably twisted by the sinful and inherently corrupt nature of man.
The first chapter of proverbs speaks succinctly about the danger of earthly wisdom.
Warning Against Enticement
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,
let’s waylay some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse”-
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it.
There’s somethin to chew on frogb0tter