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Bioshock and Awe

posted on August 22nd, 2007 by christian

First of all, let me say that I hope that everyone who can play Bioshock is trying their best to do so. This is a big, important game that we need to discuss campfire style.

Second, I want to tell everyone to please, please, slow the hell down.

Thanks to Bioshock’s art deco style, mesmerizing visuals, and Randian plot and philosophy, there are already people declaring this an instant work of art. By the end of the year you will no longer hear chants of “Ico! Beyond Good and Evil! Shadow of the Colossus!”. Instead the only weapon many gamers will wield will be Bioshock.


Again, I say to this – slow down. Wait until everyone has played it. Wait until the initial excitement and hype has died down, as this has a huge inflating effect on our opinions of a game. If you still don’t believe me on that, just look at Halo 2 then and now. And most importantly, try to look at the game with a good critical eye, the same eye that folks like Roger Ebert may use if this game is thrown into the faces of film and literary notables. Already I’ve found some awkward things about the world of Rapture, and I’m not going to make a call on them until I see if they’re eventually resolved.

I’m so glad to see so many people interested in this game. But if we want to use this as a case for our hobby, we have to use it right. Anything less is a disservice to all the Shock games.

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  1. tony said on August 22, 2007:

    Got mine yesterday and already put about 3 or so hours into it. Fantastic so far, but I didn’t expect anything less from the Irrational Games folks. Their ability to create great tension without resorting to jump-scares and loud music is a thing of beauty.

  2. Matt said on August 22, 2007:

    I’m enjoying BioShock a lot right now. And I think just from the very premise of the game that it does deserve some recognition. Of course we need to see everything until we can determine if it can be associated with Shadow of the Colossus or ICO, but the basic idea and its presentation are leagues ahead of every other FPS that’s currently on the market.

  3. Tan said on August 23, 2007:

    Well hello DoomHalfLifePreyResidentEvil, haven’t seen you since last year. Ranked among the greatest games of all time according to most sites are we?

    You’ll be the fat pig that doesn’t look so hot the morning after all the fun we had last night when we had the goggles on.

  4. jay said on August 23, 2007:

    Christian, I’d accuse you of already vastly overhyping Bishock by saying it will replace the list of games you give as the weapon of choice for artistic game defenders…but I know you think those games are all overhyped. So carry on.

  5. christian said on August 23, 2007:

    Actually I only think one of them is overhyped. I’m a Ueda megafan.

  6. Matt said on August 23, 2007:

    I would say that Beyond Good and Evil is the overhyped one of those. Good game, but not as great as everyone made it out to be.

  7. prolan5 said on August 5, 2008:

    MuZIoS eeeerrrffddgggggggccccc

  8. SpyderMayhem said on August 5, 2008:

    I agree with Prolan5 on this one.

  9. Christian said on August 5, 2008:

    I might too if I knew what he was saying.

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