August 28th, 2007

Seeing how Bioshock is set in a the-individual-comes-first, collectivism sucks, Ayn Rand-y kind of universe, it makes total sense that capitalism would have such a strong presence in the game. Whether it’s the endless (ly ironic) ads that dot the Rapture walls, or the economic flow of cash/Adam that allows players to buy new powers, or the way that even machines can be bought out instead of hacked, this particular dystopia screams, “Express your power as a person through your purchasing power!”

Well, God damn it, I’m ready to buy things. First my review copy arrived free of charge. (I’m not actually complaining about that; my wallet thanks you muchly, 2K Games). Then the soundtrack was downloadable–legally!–online. Now the art book is free as well. Jesus, sell me something. There are so many possibilities. I would hang the poster version of any of those ads on my wall, and proudly. I would buy an adorable plush Big Daddy–named Mr. Bubbles, of course–and then I’d buy another. I’d even fork over cash for a creepy replica figurine of those Little Sister statues that flank Gatherers’ Gardens. They’re faces are so shiny…

For now I suppose we’ll have to settle for the sweet taste of “Nico-time” and “teeing off for flavor.” If nothing turns up to purchase soon though, we might all end up communists. How would like that, Ayn Rand? How would you like that?

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7 Responses to “I Demand More Bioshock Merchandise (Capitalism FTW!)”

  1. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I want it all. And I want it now.

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Now little Scott, don’t get greedy. I’d settle for some of it, and sometime soon. Like a Mr. Bubbles squeaky toy. For some reason that sound oddly appealing…

  3. Leigh Says:

    I want a cigarette lighter shaped like an Adam needle and a real Pep Bar and some Sander Cohen original sculpture. And a keychain that looks like Spider Splicer hooks, and a great big drill to wave at my enemies, and one of those dirty little button jumpers that the Little Sisters have got.

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Apparently there are Adam needle pens, complete with red, bloody goodness–but there’s something about needing to be a member on the Bioshock site and exert actual effort instead of just forking out cash. I’m hoping the first round of fan-based craft art starts soon so I can buy it up off Etsy. Little, hank-knit Little Sister dolls? Oh yeah.

  5. Kimberly Says:

    I reallllyyyy wish for a plushie big daddy too. I found a crochet pattern for a big daddy, but not very cuddly, neither are THOSE stupid baseball dolls. I want like the little plushies you can find on the ground in Bioshock 2. They are too cute, minus a part missing in some from a little ‘tampering’ XD

    crochet pattern: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338073.0

  6. Kimberly Says:

    Also this: http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=bioshock&search_type=handmade

    …but no REAL plushies =((((

  7. Kelly Says:

    Very interesting article, glad i found you by mistake :)

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