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BioShock 1 & 2… have you played ‘em??


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    Avatar of frogb0tter
    frogb0tter
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    …I have not! But the reason I ask is I went over to visit my brother, and he was playing BioShock on his PC. Now I’ve heard a lot of fanfare about this game, including many people putting it VERY high on their all time favorite lists. I watched him play for a while and it seemed pretty cool, but the more he played, the more I saw very bizarre and twisted biblical references.

    The game is not Christian per se (from what I saw), but it makes a LOT of Biblical references. My brother isn’t a Christian (…yet… muahaha :twisted: ), so he can’t exactly give me the Christian perspective. So I’m wondering if any of you guys have played BioShock 1 or 2, so you can tell me what the overall message, story, or twisting of the scripture the games give. I’m very interested because they’re pretty big titles, so they might have a lot of influence. I kept thinking while watching him play that for a non-Christian, their first mental associations with the terms “Adam,” “Eve,” “Rapture,” and other biblical terms would be BioShock the video game in it’s context, rather than the Holy Bible. Pretty wack if you ask me…

    So if you’ve played these games, get at me!

    #34913

    Rodimus
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    my brother in law gave me (legal) copy of bioshock 2 and I played it for about an hour and then stopped. its pretty twisted for sure and while im pretty liberal in the games i play this one didnt set well with me. it was pretty disgusting going around picking up needles and injecting yourself with different drugs etc…

    as for the biblical references i dont think it meant to be blasphemous but part of the story is that all these crazy people in a cult built and underweater city and went to live there. most cults have some biblical base or reference and that was were the terms came in. obvisouly in the end even in this story everyone who joined the cult got killed or was now some crazy monster so its not showing cults as a good thing…

    anyway the reason i dont play it is because its pretty gross…

    #34914
    Avatar of frogb0tter
    frogb0tter
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    Yeah that’s a pretty gross aspect of the game when you put it like that!

    #34915
    Avatar of DWORD
    DWORD
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    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 ;)

    #34916
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    frogb0tter
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    @DWORD wrote:

    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.

    Steampunk be mah favorite anachronistic fictional sub-genre, yo!

    (Okay not really, but seriously my aunt is a huge Steampunk buff. Goggles and everything. ‘.’ )

    @DWORD wrote:

    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

    Good word, DWORD! That’s exactly the type of insight I was hoping for as to the overarching themes in the game. Thanks a bunch my friend! Consider me chewing on that. Om nom nom. Proverbs 1, om-nom-nom.

    PS: Healthpack, om nom nommm

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