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Is Bioshock Infinite Anti-Conservative?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 29, 2013, 2:23 PM
www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/…

I actually downloaded the game last night but haven't had a chance to play it yet (I'm still trying to finish up Final Fantasy XIII-2 anyway), so I haven't exactly seen any of the supposed anti-American material first hand.  Though, I feel I must criticize Ken Levine (the game's creator) for one thing he said:

"The American Exceptionalism, theocracy-based power structure has been around the edges of American culture for a long time. BioShock Infinite gives it its full day in court."

You can't really have an honest, fair "day in court" if the "evidence" is nothing short of opinion and no real facts.

However, as a Conservative, and even with all the Tea Party stereotypes of "angry, old, white, anti(illegal)immigration, racist, Christian men", should we really be offended, considering they did the same thing to Ayn Rand and Collectivism in the first game.  The sequel was also based on a religious cult which involved a pastor, though I wasn't offended by this because it's all too often the case that, if you want to convince people that what you're doing is right, and they are religious, then you just have to brainwash them with their religious leaders as your pawns.

What do you guys think?  Personally, I paid my $59.99, so I'm going to still play it and (try) to get my money's worth, but do give your opinion.  Is the game really, in your opinion, anti-Conservative/Anti-American?


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demongirl99 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've notice that it actually takes jabs at Mormons more than anything within the game along with the other stuff mentioned in the other comments
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Having finished the game, it seems to me that it's what America would be like if it were run by the WBC, minus the racism since I'm unsure if the WBC actually has racist tendencies.
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demongirl99 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And if the WBC further mutated into a polytheistic cult that worships the Founding Fathers like the Greek Gods

Basically yeah, the way that cult treats people at funerals and shit I wouldn't be surprised if they were racist
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Well, I never thought of them as "worshiping" the Founders. It seemed more like they were praying to them the same way Catholics pray to saints, since they were all still (a very corrupt form of) Christian, unless this was somehow trying to portray an actual polytheistic version of Christianity.
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demongirl99 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To me it looked like everyone in Colombia abandoned the Faith just like how they abandoned the U.S. and decided to follow Zachary Hale Comstock in his own twisted new religion he made with little to no resemblance to Christianity at all
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
True. God Himself is barely mentioned (I think He is only mentioned once, and that's after the first time Zachary and Booker speak face to face, and other than that the only other reference to the divine is the supposed archangel that spoke to Zachary. So, yeah, I guess it more or less seems like he's more the god than anything.
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demongirl99 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly, I mean I'm currently watching the walkthrough for BioShock Infinite and so far theres little Christian imagery or mentioning that was shown other than the Founding Fathers and Zachary Hal Comstock
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I find it funny how the guy who lead the game stated he wanted to give the idea of a theocracy in America "it's full day in court", yet he basically portrayed the Democrat party perfectly.

- Zachary is looked upon as a god. Barack Obama is given halos like he's a saint/god.
- Both have a history of racism/supporting Jim Crow laws
- Both use religion to manipulate the masses (Hell, just recently, Biden told priests, nuns, etc to tell their flocks that gun control was a moral issue. The same thing was done during the Obamacare and Global Warming fiascos)
- Both of their followers (Zachary's and Obama's) act like either complete nutjobs and or blindly follow everything without question. Anything that goes outside the prophet's/anointed one's teachings, opinions, policy is met with extreme retaliation (the raffle scene in the beginning of the game, for instance.)

Something tells me if someone sees this, I'm going to get some extreme hate for pointing that out. XD;;
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irathegreek Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
It is, but it's still a great game. I'm about halfway through the game now, and the game-play is amazing. yes, the game is a jingoistic parody of America, but politics shouldn't get in the way of your enjoyment. (Or at least I should hope not!) It's a great game, so I think you'll get your money's worth.
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Actually, the concept (the anti-Christian aspects) seems to be more a jab at WBC than anything, considering their fanaticism closely matches the "Christians" in the game.

Yeah, I'm not letting it bug me. I more or less was curious as to how other people thought outside the Blaze website.
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