How Is BioShock Infinite Connected To Tears For Fears?

by Phil Kollar on Sep 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM

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 design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing 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.