So there are a few stories I’ve mentioned on my blog which have concluded recently (but) I’ve been too busy to share. This week, though, I am intent on passing along these quirky little tidbits if it kills me. The fact that I went to bed last night at some ridiculous hour could very well contribute to my expiring while typing… so don’t think that last comment was a joke. Hence the segue into my first story (which is actually a very VERY recent conclusion to something):
Joey Snackpants turned me on to Gamefly earlier this year – and I’m happy to report that they are well worth the cash. I have zipped through a number of games recently including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves on the PS3 and Bioshock 2 for the XBox 360. Had I bought just those two games and solved them, I would have dropped somewhere to the tune of about $120. That’s more than 60% of what I pay for my annual Gamefly membership. In short: GREAT WAY TO SAY MONEY.
So why am I taking the time to write about Bioshock 2 and not Uncharted 2? Well, Uncharted 2 was a great game and I had a blast playing it. It was very pretty in hi-def on the 56 inch TV and my wife enjoyed watching it being played (because, as all the reviews have said, it feels like you are watching a movie.) It is a game truly worthy of your time if you have a PS3. Bioshock 2, though, has some very strong ties to a book I read this year: Atlas Shrugged.
Let’s get something out of the way: I never played the first Bioshock. I had it queued to ship before Bioshock 2, but Gamefly sent part two first so I just ran with it. I took the time to read the story online so that I could figure out what was going on, and it seems (much like Uncharted 2) like a very “cinematic” story.
I had heard about the links to Atlas Shrugged, but some of it was MUCH closer that I was expecting. Andrew Ryan is a failed John Galt – and the tour of his museum rings eerily identical to the famed radio speech that John makes in the book. There are other smaller nods, too, including the splicers constantly referring to the “dog eat dog” mentality, a business act that (in the book) sets up the proverbial beginning of the end to the machine of the world.
Recent world events prompted me to read Atlas Shrugged. If popular media is now also looking towards the book for source material, it makes you wonder how close our society is really getting to the “fictional” world that Ayn Rand shared back in the lated fifties.
(Insert creepy “something to think about” music here.)