A long period has elapsed since my last posting; my job and my university demanding my attention and, of course, my considerable time. After returning, I obviously faced a dilemma. Of what topic do i make a tumblr entry on?
Then it occurred to me while i switched on my Playstation 3; I had experienced not long ago a creation of epic magnificence, story and presentation that it had completely overtaken my emotional state. This state occurred after I had completed a game and I remember that after the credits had rolled over and the after-credit scene had tattooed itself in my memory, I was just staring at the screen in awe; unable to organize my thoughts.
Bioshock: Infinite is a splendid creation that not just blends a story so complex and profound that it would leave most of Hollywood’s creations look like a child’s pop-up book, but a game play that is equally immersive.
A lot of people professed complaints about the game’s boldness in depicting a viewpoint against religion. But I found that it did not oppose religion, rather tried to portray society’s ability to blindly immerse itself into the beliefs of someone. It presented an interesting show on how religion can be manipulated into tricking people to follow a specific ideal; an ideal that doesn’t necessarily have to contribute towards the well-being of the society itself, rather feed a megalomaniac’s nefarious ambitions.
The intention of representing duality in humans, which is shown through many interpretations, like the Lutece twins, Booker DeWitt and Father Comstock, the flipping of the coin, the bird and the cage and so on and so forth all focus on the yin-yang aspect of a person, and of situations in general.
A person can fight for a purpose like Booker Dewitt or emerge as a tyrannical figure like Father Comstock. Situations can compel people to feel their life is “caged” and controlled, or give the notion to people that they control their destinies; that they choose where their life is supposed to proceed. That they are “free as a bird”. What I found truly amazing was when i discovered this forum and how people justified their reasons for choosing between the bird or cage pendant, when neither choices were presented as specifically right or wrong. This is one of the game’s ambitions; to make you ponder on its complexities.
In conclusion, it was one of the most amazing games I have played in a long time. And I mean really long. I do pray the franchise continues.