I'm Infinitestrike and I'm from the UK. My gaming history basically started with a Sega Mega Drive, followed by the PS1, PS2, Gamecube, GBA SP, DS, Wii and XBox 360. I guess my favourite games are the Metal Gear series, Devil May Cry series, Bioshock, Crash Bandicoot series (PS1), Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Gears of War and Halo.
My favourite boss fights are The End, Psycho Mantis and General RAM. My favourite levels to explore would probably be any of the planets in Mario Galaxy.
Well somethinginthesea.com has recently updated to Mark Meltzer’s study. Normal enough you might think, except for a pretty weird, evil-loooking lunchbox near the side of his desk. In case you haven’t looked at the site recently, Mark Meltzer is the bloke who’s investigating these abductions of little girls around the world.
When we last left him, he had taken a very blurry picture of the Big Sister, which might been exciting in itself if it weren’t for Game Informer plastering a great big picture of her literally days before the reveal on the site.
Anyway, after that, a year has passed (1968) and his own daughter got kidnapped by the Big Sister. His wife divorces him, blaming Mark and his crazy research. He’s then sent to a mental facility. When Mark gets out he goes to track the Big Sister down for REVENGE and because he wants his daughter back. He tracks her to Hudson River in New York and traps her in a net. Which clearly isn’t effective because she slices through it and then smashes his leg, breaks his ribs and leaves 16 stitches on his neck.
Now, the Big Sister has broken into his office and left the weirdo lunchbox there. Meltzer thinks it’s a BOMB, though why he doesn’t get rid of it is anyone guess. It’s up to you to unlock this strange box/BOMB thing.
Which is something I have been trying to do, for about 2 hours now, gnashing my teeth in frustration and wasting loads of paper in the process. Mind you, I could just wait for someone else to post the correct combination on the net, but then that’s cheating isn’t it?
In any case I think it could make a great Collector’s Edition Box for Bioshock 2. And I personally think it’s a bit more intriguing then whatever heck Kojima’s doing.
EDIT: According to people clearly much more used to code cracking over at 2K forums, the message on the back of the box is (it repeats over and over again):
I can't rember my birthday do you remember my birthday I have a new birthday
Except no-one really knows what Big Sister's birthday is.
However, the single unmarked X in the middle is not Rapture. If you remember, the co-ordinates of Rapture
were given in the first game (the flashbacks during the would you kindly reveal): 63° 2' N, 29° 55' W. Putting
the co-ordinates into Google map shows this:
What the X actually seems to mark, is the hypothetical location of Atlantis:
Also, the latest updates reveal that that the kidnapper can leap out of a 3rd storey building. At first I thought
the kidnapper was a lonely Big Daddy, but I really can’t imagine a Big Daddy leaping, can you?
Thatâ€™s right. Hiding underneath all the accolades and slick marketing lies something much more sinister within â€” misogyny. Unlike most nefarious games, Bioshock starts off relatively benign. Only when your character acquires new weapons; called â€śplasmidsâ€ť, does the misogynistic world of Rapture become embarrassingly obvious. You see, every plasmid comes with a tutorial demonstrating its abilities. In each video, players are treated to watching a poor innocent woman being eviscerated by a patriarchal, plasmid-wielding woman-hater.
References alluding to male privilege are laced throughout; the victim is always dressed as a housewife (misogynists love their women subservient) and overtly feminine, the male assailant is always seen with a smug grin of satisfaction as he overpowers the â€śuppityâ€ť woman. Even the presentation is done in a stylized 1940â€™s manner, referring to an era in which women were seen as property.
Well, that's because Rapture was opened in 1942. So what the hell were you expecting? You're even saying that it's typical of the era!
Later on in the game, youâ€™ll cross paths with Bridgette Tenenbaum, the only female character in the game.
Well done on completing the first 15 mintues. Now go off, finish the whole game and then then tell me how me how many female characters there are. 'Cause if you're including the Audio Diaries and the splicers then it's a hell of a lot.
Sheâ€™s given very little screen time and is quickly relinquished as a babysitter for the children of Rapture, dubbed as â€śLittle Sistersâ€ť. Itâ€™s disappointing to see a strong woman reduced to servitude but not surprisingly unexpected.
You know, as shocking as this may sound, there ARE women out there who enjoy looking after kids and are happy being a housewife. Tenenbaum chose to do it, she wasn't forced to. And why do you make the idea of looking after kids sound demeaning, anyway?
After playing Bioshock, I can only ask what kind of depraved individual could come up with such trash in todayâ€™s modern, gender-blind society? Kev Levine, Bioshockâ€™s designer has often cited the philosophy of Objectivism as a major influence in his life and from this confession, Iâ€™ve been given the explanation for Bioshockâ€™s sexism.
Except it's not sexist - most of the male characters are portrayed in a negative light.
You're just bashing a game so you can promote your little feminist agenda. The ability of people to act like total morons on the net never fails to astound me.
According to the ever reliable Daily Mail, the video game classification system used in the UK is getting a complete overhaul. The current European one, PEGI (Pan European Game Information) is apparently, too confusing.
Yes, it really is.
Instead, they're going to use cinema style warnings instead. Hang on...
Now, seeing as I own a Wii and XBox 360, it seems as though the Wii uses the European system, while Xbox uses the cinema/DVD style ones. I don't know what the PS3 uses, so can anyone tell me?
Now this is because, and I quote : "Youngsters are using online auction sites such as eBay to buy games intended for adults, including Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto, Godfather and Hitman, which are all rated 18. Dr Byron found that many children outwit their parents about confusing and badly-signalled information on games packaging. She warned the Government that allowing children to play on computers unsupervised is as dangerous as letting them play outside on their own."
I'm sorry, did you find both packaging confusing and badly signalled? Is playing Halo 3 unsupervised really as dangerous as crossing the busy main road and swinging on a tyre swing in my park?
But the real reason that this annoys me is because of this : "The world's largest games developer, Electronic Arts, said the new scheme would be confusing for parents and would lead to games being released later in Britain than in the rest of the world."
Argh! Not only is it annoying for gamers in the UK, but surely this is saying that parents are as blind as bats or numerically illiterate or something that is unable to decipher age ratings on a box!