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Posts tagged “Irrational”

I Ain’t Afraid Of No God: BioShock Infinite’s Liz Unbound

As we all know full well and is entirely obvious, BioShock: Elizabeth is a straightforward damsel in distress with a pretty face and a nice dress, and there's nothing more to her than that. There definitely isn't anything surprising or sinister about her: she will be rescued by the big man with the big gun, the mean nasty boss will fall to his doom and…

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Warble Face: Bioshock Infinite’s Songbird

The investigative documentary style of Bioshock: Infinite's Modern Day Icarus videos tickles my pleasure-nodes. The earlier reveals of the clockwork catastrophes and mechanical malignancies that roam Columbia are failures of imagination in contrast, and anyone fortunate enough to have instigated some form of media blackout regarding the game last year would be well-advised to continue that policy, with a glimmering exception for these informative and…

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Feature: The Unreliable Narrator

Bioshock’s Ken Levine Talks Stories, Systems & Science

As if we hadn't already heard enough from the man who steers the Irrational Zeppelin through developmental waters, Jim also had a long chat with Ken Levine, the creator of Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. Read on for thoughts that span the sadness of cholera, the mystery of condiments, the joy of turn-based historical war, and some stuff about a game set in a flying city.…

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Patriotic: Bioshock Infinite’s City In The Sky (Trailer)

Trailers are like dreams. You can't really touch them or play with them in a way that is actually of any use, but they happen anyway, and when they're over you're left with a lingering feeling that they were trying to tell you something. I don't know why I dreamed about eating marshmallows that morning when my pillows had disappeared, but I do know that…

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Today’s Best Video: Bioshock – Infinite’s Documentary

I've seen enough of Bioshock: Infinite for now. The next time I see Columbia, I want to be playing the game rather than watching somebody else falling out of the sky or presenting fast-cuts of footage. The latest video doesn't show the game at all and, remarkably, that isn't a problem. Presented as a fragment of documentary footage, a teaser for a fictional element of…

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Feature: And Relax

Ken Levine: The Conversation, Part Two

"This is like your nightmare interview here, huh?" Nah. This might not be going too well, but I've had worse. Much worse. (The most terrible was probably with an executive at one of the industry's biggest PC game developers a couple of years back, where I had the distinct impression I was interviewing a robot who'd much rather murder me than talk to me). This…

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Feature: BioShock: Infinite, changing dresses, awkwardness and Jaws

Ken Levine: The Conversation, Part One

Some interviews with prominent figures, as in Polygon's widely-circulated one with BioShock: Infinite lead designer Ken Levine, are held on top of skyscraping Californian hotels. While it's not something I've experienced myself, I can entirely appreciate why this often leads their eventual write-ups to be somewhat defined by awe, be it overt or subtle: a famous figure is encountered in a dramatic setting, the trappings…

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Feature: Like Tears in the rain

4 Hours With BioShock Infinite, Part 2: War In Heaven

I've talked a lot about the setting of BioShock: Infinite, but let's not lose sight of what the game really exists for. To (Booker De)whit, shooting people in the face and magicking them to death. (Actually I'm also going to talk a whole lot more about the setting too, because I can). The combat aspect of the game is broadly in keeping with BioShocks 1…

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The First Five Minutes Of BioShock Infinite, If You Want

Do you want to see the first five minutes of BioShock: Infinite? I don't. I want to play them at the time! However, should you be of a more curious mind, or simply incapable of waiting now you know it exists, desperately trying to, but horribly aware that like the beginnings of a sneeze it's inevitable that you're going to have to press play eventually,…

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Feature: You truly belong here with us among the clouds

4 Hours With BioShock Infinite, Part 1: Columbia

Earlier this week, I played around four hours of BioShock: Infinite, which is due for release next March. While this was at a publisher-held event (disclaimer - I ate some free salt and vinegar flavoured Hula Hoops and a small bowl of Moroccan tagine. Alas, I hate aubergine) and I was part of a gaggle of journalists, I was not guided or observed during my…

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To 3 Mins 29 Secs And Beyond: Bioshock: Infinite In Action

We've seen sad news that the next Bioshock will NO LONGER BE RELEASED ON MY BIRTHDAY GODDAMNIT WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WORLD AM I BEING PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING I AM NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ANYTHING NICE IT'S SO UNFAIR I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU and we've seen Uncle Ken chatting about the game, but what we haven't seen for a while…

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Cognition: Bioshock Infinite’s Industrial Revolution

The Dishonored pre-order 'incentives' incited my blood to boil by appearing to chop parts of the game off and deliver them piecemeal, but when I played the game I was so content that my blood remained at a comfortable, non-volatile temperature throughout. I don't think any of the preposterous packages can have done very much at all. Bioshock: Infinite is now offering a means to…

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Bioshock Infinite And The Beast of America

Bioshock Infinite has seen a few high-profile members of the team leave of late, but that doesn't seem to have caused it to waver from its February 26th release date. The latest trailer shows off happenings of light and fury, with lots of combat. The skyline, Elizabeth, and the Handyman baddy feature heavily. If the original Bioshock was a colourful and visually offbeat shooter, then…

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Techno-Logic: ir/rational Redux

A man is trapped in a room with a machine playing a browser game about a man trapped in a room with a machine. The first man, the one who actually exists, then notices that another man wrote about the same game, ir/rational, nearly three years ago. He continues to write about it anyway because it contains nifty logic puzzles, darkly amusing writing from Penumbra…

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BioShock Infinite Out Oct 16th US, 19th Internationally

In the RPS "When is BioShock Infinite Out?" sweepstakes, Jim Chose Oct 17th, John Oct 18th, Alec Oct 20th, Adam Oct 21st, and I swung in with September 19th 7019. It turns out none of us have particularly well-defined psychic powers, and I was WAY off: mark October 19th down on your calendar as "National BioShock Infinite release day". That sweet trailer from December is…

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Feature: "Maybe I have a weird fetish for tennis I never thought about…"

Levine On… Bias, Trust, SWAT & Tennis

Yesterday, we brought you Ken Levine's explanation of BioShock: Infinite's 1999 mode. The response was, perhaps inevitably, divided. Here's the second part of my chat with him, in which he anticipates that, as well as addressing the fact he can only offer a biased opinion of his game, the problem with out of context headlines, tennis in BioShock, why SWAT 4 would have been a…

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Feature: Why BioShock: Infinite is for you

You’re Going To Suffer: Levine On 1999 Mode

Late last week, Irrational announced 1999 mode for BioShock: Infinite - an attempt to recapture the sense of binding decisions, permanent consequences and hard-as-nails challenge that we perhaps associate with a lost era of gaming. In this first of a two-part interview, I nattered to avuncular Irrational bossman Ken Levine about why they came up with 1999 Mode, what it entails, why it's a very…

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BioShock: Infinite – I Find It Kind Of Sad

Straight from the Gears of War / Mad World school of ironic juxtaposition-based maudlin marketing, this new vidotrail for BioShock: Infinite features EXPLOSIVE ACTION set against someone singing unhappily. It's quite affecting, I'll give it that, but I think we'll need someone to do the excruciatingly dedicated frame-by-frame analysis thing to identify exactly what new stuff we're seeing.

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Rational Discourse: Levine And Del Toro

Do you enjoy conversation between passionate individuals? If so, the recent Irrational Interview featuring Ken Levine and Guillermo Del Toro is a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an hour of your day. The Mexican author/director is working on a horror game and the first part of this audio was posted on Halloween so I expected a focus on spooky happenings but the conversation is much…

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