The lights are on
Desperately clinging to power in the face of a populist uprising and struggling to win the ideological war over the identity of Columbia, the ultranationalists have created an aggressive propaganda campaign to sway citizens to its cause and warn those who stand against them. The messages boldly villianize citizens from less than Aryan backgrounds, call for citizens to question the purity of their neighbors, and even encourage children to take up arms for their cause. These antagonistic advertisements will be found throughout the city in the sky.
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Would you kindly hurry up and release this game already!
I wonder if Levine, anyone at 2k games, irrational games or Game Informer see the irony in calling these posters a "smear campaign." It's like art imitating reality with "patriots" in the game smearing foreign hordes with their poster while liberals in reality are smearing the majority of America with this game. Hmmph, irony.
Hey, maybe if this game is filled with leftist propaganda it will move Roger Ebert to finally declare games as art.
Remind anyone else of Bill "The Butcher" Cutting's gang from Gangs of New York?
The xenophobia definitely adds a sense of originality, it's willing to offend, but at the same time doesn't make it too tasteless, and puts you into the mind frame of the residents of Columbia.
Being of Mexican descent, I like the guy with mustache and the sombrero :]
What are people missing about this game? It's not offensive in the least. What it's saying is that people (stand in's for Tea Party people, surely) who want to shape Columbia to their wishes are evil and must be killed. It's not promoting xenophobia. It's promoting the idea that those who support limited government as the founders intended are xenophobic racists who need to be destroyed. The whole point of the game is to break down Columbia, just like the whole point of the anti-objectivism Bioshock was to break down Rapture. Columbia standing in for America, Rapture standing in for Galt's Gulch from Atlas Shrugged. Where did you think the art-deco theme come from? It was obviously ripped almost entirely from the most recognized cover of the novel.
Just like the original Bioshock was mocking Randian sensibilities, this is mocking Tea Party sensibilities. Seriously, it's neither politically incorrect nor offensive, well, except to Tea Party people. But that doesn't much concern people.
As a huge fan of Normal Rockwell, I must say, Irrational Games is showing some serious class in there promotional materials for Bioshock Infinite. Good show!
Really excited for this game and regret I didn't play the first Bioshock. Maybe when I have time.
I think it's a mistake to compare this game too closely with modern politics (that's why I objected to one editor doing just that in a different post on this game). "Liberal" and "conservative" meant something entirely different in 1912 than they do today.
I think (and hope) that the good people at Irrational understand that difference. At least, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. They may be trying to comment on our current political climate, but I doubt they're trying to say the current American political right is a bunch of Columbia reactionaries.
But if I'm wrong, well . . . I guess I won't be spending money on a game designed to insult me based on a middle school understanding of politics, no matter how awesome that game is otherwise.
But I really hope that's not the case.
I find it funny that so many of the Musicians, Hollywood people, Game Makers and other entertainers have socialist / communist leanings but make their money from a capitalist system. If things were the way they believe they should be, there would be no property / intellectual property rights and they should give their music, movies, video games, and other media away for free or the proceeds should be divided evenly between all the citizens. Is that not the communist way? Everything is owned by and for the good of the whole community. They are all communists / socialists until it cuts into their finances. And to the others that have commented earlier -- AMERICA IS GREAT!
Can't wait for the game, but the propaganda is a little disturbing.
I have definitely seen 1, 2 and 5 before in their "original" forms. Never seen 3, 4 or 6; I'm guessing 6 is totally fabricated.
Absolutely awesome either way. I love how they're bringing the "What did you do?" theme back.
I saw the real-life version of the poster on page 5 on Auction Kings!