Q&A

What is the message behind BioShock?

What is the message behind BioShock?

In short, it’s the idea that society flourishes if each of its members focuses on their own self-interests over the interests of others, and without heavy-handed intervention from the state. In doing so, the theory runs that each person creates a personal situation where they feel accomplished and happy.

What is BioShock story about?

Overview. BioShock takes place in 1960, where Jack, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, discovers the entrance to the recluse underwater city of Rapture, at the end of a civil war which left most of it in disrepair.

What is the moral of BioShock Infinite?

There are no moral choices in the game. The illusion of choice and the immutability of fate are a few of the major themes of the game – you are given choices, but later on you understand (implicitly) that it has no effect on the result whatsoever.

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Is Jack Andrew Ryan’s son?

Jack experiences strange visions of his family while traveling, but eventually discovers that he is the illegitimate son of Andrew Ryan and singer Jasmine Jolene, “Andrew Ryan’s Favorite Girl.” After becoming pregnant, Jasmine sold her fertilized egg to Brigid Tenenbaum, an employee of businessman Frank Fontaine.

Does Ryan know Atlas is Fontaine?

When Andrew Ryan apparently kills Atlas’s family, you and Atlas begin a new path of vengeance. However, this is all an act. After you kill Ryan and upload Atlas’s device, Atlas reveals his true identity: he is actually Frank Fontaine, an evil New Yorker who’s fought against Ryan for years.

Why does Jack have chain tattoos?

In Bioshock, Jack has chain tattoos on his wrists representing his DNA and in a metaphorical sense represents how he is a slave to his DNA. Yet, throughout the game his genetic code is constantly being rewritten whenever he splices.

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What does BioShock mean to you?

Bioshock questions the ability of those seeking power to serve their own interests, let alone the interests of those they have power over. Objectivism states that you should work towards personal happiness first, and the happiness of others second.

What is the tone of BioShock?

It’s a mighty ambitious tone too. Objectivism—a controversial political philosophy created by the Russian-American philosopher Ayn Rand in the mid-20th century—is what stands between Bioshock having a hokey sci-fi plot, and one that gives it worth well beyond its now-waning technical offerings. What is objectivism?

Is BioShock an attack on the idea of Objectivism?

Again, Bioshock should be read not so much as an attack on the idea of objectivism as as an attack on the way that the power and control required to build something like Rapture invariably corrupts the individual that wields it.

Is BioShock a spiritual successor to System Shock?

The game is considered a spiritual successor to the System Shock series, on which many of Irrational’s team, including Levine, had worked previously. BioShock is set in 1960.