Friday, February 26, 2016

A Flip of a Coin, Fatalism or Existentialism?

In the game Bioshock Infinite there are many correlations between Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a play/film about a pair of characters from Hamlet who are doomed to die in Shakespeare’s text. In the story there is a coin toss that reflects the same theme of fatalism that Bioshock tries to show the player.
Robert: Heads?
Rosalind: Or Tails?

"Heads!"
In the video game BioShock Infinite addresses the notion of choice in videogames. Resistance is futile. It is your destiny. The very reason why they call it infinite is because before you even start the game. *Spoilers* For the whole game you ,as Booker Dewitt, you are told "Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt" but it turns out that this has been a endless cycle because no matter what you do in the game nothing will change the next time play it again, no different ending, no changes on the characters, nothing.

 The game is making fun of the "Illusion of Choice" that a lot of games give you now the point being there are no branching paths in the game you only 'think' you did something different in the story.

So what does this have to do with Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead? Well a lot actually. This play/film has a lot to do with Existentialism and how it doesn't matter what they do or even if they saw their death a "head" of time they still were powerless to stop it from ineligibly happening. Bioshock Infinite is a game all about Fatalism and at the end of the game, no matter what Booker dies just like Rozencrantz and Guildenstern. The marks on the twins board is every time Booker has came through. 

In the beginning of the you find your way to the floating city and get baptized before going and exploring the city this is also a connect with the recurring Fatalism. I suppose the ultimate act of fatalism performed by the game is that the absolutely key choice of Booker’s baptism, one of two choices upon which the whole of BioShock Infinite hinges, is a choice which has already been made (and not made) for you before the title even begins. Your main goal, it turns out, is to prevent a choice from ever happening.

Even though I’m not completely satisfied with how Infinite ends up being a video game about choice that’s also linear, it does get an awful lot right. I have a love for titles which play around with the idea of “what it means (maaan)” to be a game, and there’s plenty of that on show here.

       As much as I could dig up about this game and its connection themes to the play I talked about earlier this is all I could really bring up with out just going on a rant about the two beliefs being very connected but I'll leave with some examples of the twins from Bioshock Infinite and all their high-jinx.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fandoms are the worst?

Fandoms are not only a problem for movies and books, they now even effect the video game culture. Recently I came across a article from TheTopTens of the top ten worst fandoms/groups. Three of them were from video games that I have played or seen, I have seen bad things been made about books and movies but now I started to see there was a lot with games all this stuff comes from people who don't just like these games they have philias.

Of course not everyone in a fandom is as sick and twisted enough to have so much feeling for a media that they make pornography and slash fictions about it ,but, there are a lot of them that do...
^"Wasn't actually porn"^

One major accident happen with Undertale a recent Adventure/RPG that gained popularity with its excellent story telling with very little graphics. The creator Toby Fox was outraged at how the fandom started making these images and stories with his beloved characters.

I myself do not feel "that" strongly about any game I play and its very creepy to see things I love get turned into something disgusting Tumblr being one the worst offenders with its users. But like I said before, sometimes there are cute things, sometimes awesome things, then there is the gross stuff and this is with EVERY FANDOM. This is more inline with the "Rule 34" on the internet, the rule states that if it exist there can be made into porn. So just remember that something you like could be made into something very vulgar and erotic and it doesn't matter what it is.