The lights are on
Earlier this week, Irrational released a wonderful 10-minute video of BioShock Infinite gameplay. In addition to a first view of how this latest BioShock title will play, the video is packed full of secrets and hints at what's going on in the strange floating city of Columbia. One of the strangest secrets? The game's soundtrack apparently features a Tears For Fears song.
An anonymous tipster advised us to check out the audio in the portion of the video where protagonist Booker DeWitt enters a bar (at the 5:50 mark in the video). A record is playing a song with a female vocalist, but it's difficult to make out the words in the midst of the character dialogue and environmental noises happening at the same time. After numerous listens, we were able to comprehend enough words to figure out the song with the aid of Google.
The answer? It sounds like a cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears. Here are the lines that you can hear:
"It's my own designIt's my own remorseHelp me to decideHelp me make the mostOf freedom and of pleasureNothing ever lasts forever"
At this point, just before the the titular line that would've made it easy to recognize, the record player gets blown apart by a shotgun.
So what does a song from the '80s making its way into BioShock Infinite's 1912 setting mean? Is it a reference to the fall of the city of Columbia and a possible Andrew Ryan-esque figure behind it all? Or perhaps something even more?
Let us know your thoughts, and be sure to check out the official thread about the video on Irrational's website, where video game detectives are piecing together even more interesting clues from the video.
Nice timing, this come up on twitter just as my ipod plays shout.
It would be a shot in the dark to pinpoint how this song connects to the game; my take is how the protagonist contributed to Columbia and how it is now being stripped apart and literally crumbles in front of him from hunamity's habit to fearfully control no matter what their original intent may have been and how the protagonist just wants to be rid of it all and escape with his gal.
I would love to be able to hear their version of the song in full sometime during the game!
These lyrics are so intriguing when you add possibilities of what is to come in Bioshock into their meaning...
I LOVE this stuff.
Reminds me of how they used the Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" in Battlestar Galactica.
Personally, I'm more interested in the orchestral, lyric-free music that I'm sure will fill this game. The first two Bioshock games were high points in video game music.
Why WOULDN'T you add Tears For Fears? They are great! All the other weird things people have pointed out are really interesting. How pictures change right before your eyes into something totally different.
Love the song, love Tears for Fears, but when I saw the headline I was sooo hoping for Mad World (I liked Donnie Darko) but this is good too. Yet I'm not sure about getting away from the orchestral and putting a 80s song in the turn of the century (though they do have other futuristic stuff so I guess its all good)
haha thats weird, sounds awesome.
their name sounds like a heavy metal band
Wow somone over thinks way to much...
Maybe there is some sort of Assassin's Creed thing in this game.
Maybe the game game really takes place in the 80's!!! Talk about a crazy plot twist, lol.
Oh, and Tears for Fears is BEAST
One of my favorite songs of all time TT_TT.
That's pretty crazy. I doubt this would happen, but I think it could be kinda cool if the world below columbia has evolved to like the 80's. Okay who am I kidding that is not bioshock. Interesting though.
Some dev prolly just liked that song. :)