Category Archives: Infinite

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, Episode 2 – Right in the Feels

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite and its DLC, Burial at Sea. If you didn’t watch/play, what are you doing here?burialatsea

We’re all rubes!

Okay, so this is going to be very general, all-encompassing, gut-reaction to the DLC. Given just how much Irrational stuffed into Episode 2 I can’t chew through everything, or anything very thoroughly in this one post. There will definitely be more posts later about the finer details. (Hello, Daisy.)

So let’s get our Little Sisters in order. What in the every-loving world just happened?

Plot Set Up (Quantum Superposition Me)

I see it like this: as I mentioned in my Booker-Elizabeth doppleganger post, part of Elizabeth’s ‘Fall’ was becoming like Booker. We are able to ‘become’ Elizabeth in this DLC because, in essence, she has become Booker in a skirt. (Girl, where did you go so wrong?)

The reason for this, as we find out in Episode 2, is because not only did she burn poor Sally, she kidnapped her and sold her so she would become a Little Sister.

Okay, I get vengeful, ball-busting, take-no-prisoners Elizabeth who, in the heat of the moment (I’m sorry, I had to) maybe turned up the boiler a little too far to get dear Sally out, but kidnapping and selling her so that she could be leashed and used for her powers? I feel a little compelled to cry foul, particularly since omnipotent Elizabeth could not have missed that parallel. Even so, according to BaS 2, she actually used the similarities to torment latent memories out of Comstock. Ugh. So much for intent mattering, huh, Elizabeth?

Continuing: so Elizabeth’s got a massive debt to pay as well as a massive headache. We become Elizabeth because she must see this through and save Sally. But – surprise! – Elizabeth from BaS 2 is not the same Elizabeth from BaS 1, who still manages to look pretty after being fatally thrown through a wall by a Big Daddy. Big reveal: playable Elizabeth has forgone her crazy omnipotence in order to save Sally.

But why does she have to?

Well, DLC logic has it coming down to a Lutece conversation (it always does, doesn’t it?) which is shown in a flashback after Elizabeth discovers her body.

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Luke, I Probably Am Your Father: Booker and Elizabeth (Doppleganger Series.)

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite and Burial at Sea: Episode 1. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ!bookliz3

Hi all! I hope everyone is blazing away at BaS: Episode 2. I’ll definitely blog about it in the upcoming weeks, but in celebration of more Elizabeth (and apparently Booker), here’s a Doppleganger post about their relationship:

One of the most interesting aspects of Infinite is the Booker-Elizabeth relationship. They (and we) start off with no idea about their relationship, and then we all get walloped over the head with it in the end.

I’m not going to lie: I pegged Booker as her father pretty early on. (And then I got blindsided by the Bookerstock revelation.) I had vaguely remembered being spoilered about it, and then the “AD” on his hand fit the names “Anna” and “DeWitt” together pretty nicely and I figured it out. Besides, there was definitely a Last of Us Joel-Ellie vibe between the two by the time we broke into dear old Lady Comstock’s tomb.

But there’s definitely more to it than the “Luke! I am your Father!” element. Booker and Elizabeth go on concurrent, opposite character arcs.

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The Evil Twin or The Prophetically Evil Twin? Comooker or Bookstalk (Doppleganger Series)

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ!bookstock copy

Another clear double in the Infinite universe is the Booker-Comstock dual: two men, the same man who made a different choice.

What’s interesting about these two is how unalike they are, in comparison to the Luteces. They both are, to a certain extent, evil: Comstock has the racist, religious zealotry with a dash of hypocritical violence in his corner, while Booker has the gave-up-my-infant-daughter-for-money and the repenting-racist-who-still-shoves-skyhooks-into-people’s-faces evil in his corner.

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Booker DeWitt is Not a Hero: Why Bioshock Infinite is So Violent

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ! booker copy

I’ve read a lot of controversy about the excessive violence in Bioshock Infinite – how it doesn’t make sense in the scope of what the game is about. It’s interesting, because I actually have the opposite opinion.

So first let’s get this out of the way: Bioshock Infinite is a violent game because it’s a first person shooter and that’s what people have come to expect. Half-Life 2, Metro 2033, Deadspace – even the first two Bioshocks, these games all have a certain level of violence in them, some give plot reasons for it, others do not.

But people have a gripe more with the level of violence in Infinite than the presence of it. To illustrate:

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About that Trailer… Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, Episode 2 (Speculation)

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite and its DLC, Burial at Sea. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ!

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I know, I know, I blog about Infinite constantly, but did you see that trailer?

If you’ve been living under a rock for a month, go see it NOW.

Okay, now you’re back, confused? Me too. Where the hell did Booker come from – and how did he get to Rapture?

Theories!

1) Booker has become “unstuck” like the Luteces and Elizabeth. Probably the most straightforward theory, but a little strange. I’ll admit, I didn’t think of it first, maybe because Booker doesn’t strike me as the omnipotent helper type. The remote stoicism was weirding me out.

That said, it’s entirely possible. Something about Booker’s death unstuck him from time. My hunch would be the fact that he was drowned before he became Comstock or remained Booker, but retained his memories of being Booker post-choice. The Elizabeths created a paradox where in order to drown Booker and erase Comstock they needed post-choice Booker but if they drown post-choice Booker to destroy the chance of Comstock they also destroy any chance of post-choice Booker which means that there is no Booker to drown. Time paradox! So maybe Booker exists on some omnipotent, time-traveling level with the Luteces.

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I Am You And You Are Me: The Luteces (Doppleganger Series)

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ!

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So let’s start off with the most obvious doubling in Infinite: the Luteces. They are our first and most blatant example of alternate versions of the same person, even though Rosalind likes to call Robert her ‘brother.’

The Luteces also act as the most obvious twin archetype in Infinite. They have Twin Telepathy and Coordinated Clothes; they are Creepy Twins and to a certain extent the Single-Minded Twins.

Robert: “Odd, isn’t it?”

Rosalind: “What’s odd?”

Robert: “The fact that we sometimes–”

Rosalind: “–finish each other’s sentences?”

Robert: “Exactly.”

Rosalind: “It would be odder if we didn’t.”

They are the Siamese twins in Lady and the Tramp, Desna and Eska from Legend of Korra, those creepy sisters from The Shining, the Weasley twins from Harry Potter, and childhood Jaime and Cersei from Game of Thrones.

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Dopplegangers and Doubling in Bioshock Infinite: Where the Hell Did That Beard Come From?

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There is a system of doubles in Bioshock Infinite. Heads or tails, alive or dead, Comstock or Booker, Robert or Rosalind. As the Luteces like/liked/will like to say: “The same coin, a different perspective.”

I’m going to post a series of blog posts talking about the various dopplegangers in Infinite. From the obvious, ye old Comstock and Mister DeWitt, to the not-so obvious. Daisy versus Elizabeth? We’ll see! Expect posts to be interspersed with other games. Maybe I’ll look into the first Bioshock characters too…. hm.

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Ballbuster Elizabeth: Why Burial at Sea makes sense

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite and its DLC, Burial at Sea. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ! Disclaimer: I am basing this off what is in the game/DLC – nothing more. If the Infinite developers have come forth with more concrete information, please let me know in the comments!

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Burial at Sea’s Elizabeth is a stone-cold fox. There has been some criticism that this doesn’t seem quite like her – the detached, frosty woman we meet in BaS is different than the warm-hearted teenager of Infinite – but I never thought that BaS Elizabeth was out of character. In fact, I would argue it’s the most in-character thing for her to do.

My evidence/reasoning:

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Booker, Are You Afraid of God? No, I’m Afraid of the Multiple-Worlds Theory

Major spoilers for Bioshock Infinite. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ! Disclaimer: I am basing this off what is in the game/DLC – nothing more. If the Infinite developers have come forth with more concrete information, please let me know in the comments!

Bioshock Infinite… I mean, where do you begin? I’m not going to lie: I love this game. Love it. But it also makes my head hurt.

Infinite has one of those plots where if you don’t think too hard about it, it all makes sense. Once you start really thinking about the world-construction, your head spins in circles. This post is about the ‘rules’ of Infinite’s multiple worlds. I’ll outline the facts, suggest theories and pose some questions.

When it comes to the semantics of time and space in Infinite, one thing is clear: this is not multiple-worlds theory. For all ye uninformed: in a vastly reductive, sparknotes-version, multiple worlds theory is the idea that every decision every person ever makes spawns another universe where you choose the other choice(s).  As a physics theory, it’s obviously way more complicated than that, but for our purposes, it’s a sufficient explanation. (If you want, check out the interesting/disturbing thought experiment that the theory produced.)

Back to the topic: so Bioshock Infinite is not about multiple worlds theory as we know it. There are several universes within the game, all of which have ‘different outcomes’ (Chen Lin is alive, Chen Lin is dead; Booker is alive, Booker is dead) but: “There’s always a lighthouse, there’s always a man, there’s always a city.”

This means that there are fixtures in every, single universe – constants that never change. The Infinite world is some form of limited multiple worlds theory, which is smart when you think about it from a plot/narrative perspective. The ability to warp time has presented all sorts of plot-holes for even the best of authors (Rowling’s Prisoner of Azkaban, anyone?).

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