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Publisher's Summary

Considered a sign of the "coming of age" of video games as an artistic medium, the award-winning BioShock franchise covers vast philosophical ground. BioShock and Philosophy: Irrational Game, Rational Book presents expert reflections by philosophers (and BioShock connoisseurs) on this critically acclaimed and immersive fan favorite.

  • Reveals the philosophical questions raised through the artistic complexity, compelling characters, and absorbing plots of this groundbreaking first-person shooter (FPS)
  • Explores what BioShock teaches the gamer about gaming, and the aesthetics of video game storytelling
  • Addresses a wide array of topics including Marxism, propaganda, human enhancement technologies, political decision-making, free will, morality, feminism, transworld individuality, and vending machines in the dystopian society of Rapture
  • Considers visionary game developer Ken Levine's depiction of Ayn Rand's philosophy, as well as the theories of Aristotle, de Beauvoir, Dewey, Leibniz, Marx, Plato, and others from the Hall of Philosophical Heroes
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Deep dive into Bioshock

This book isn't what you think. Its a deep dive into the philosophical questions Bioshock gives the player.
very interesting read but can easily go in one ear and out the other if you aren't paying attention.

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Come for the Bioshock, stay for Alex's breathing

The subject matter and the breakdown of philosophy in this book are great, but (breathes in) the narrator constantly breathing in between sentences was pretty distracting.

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For anyone who wants to understand Bioshock

This book went beyond Rand's influence on the Bioshock series and touched on many forms of philosophy, government, and the charactere.

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  • 04-03-22

would you kindly give this a listen

An interesting listen from many different people into the philosophy of the bioshock series. I found myself rolling my eyes at a few of their conclusions/points but overall a very interesting listen with a lot to think about. The only thing that slightly disappointed me was that they didn't really look at bioshock 2 at all with it only really getting the occasional passing mention here and there, most of them tend to concentrate on bioshock 1 or infinite but still a fun listen regardless.

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