Saturday, April 28, 2012
Y is for "You think you're some kind of hero?"
BioShock spoilers ahead.
The BioShock quote in this post's title isn't as famous as "Would you kindly? or " A man chooses, a slave obeys." Fontaine says it to Jack right after he learns the horrible truth about his history. Can you really imagine how it feels to learn you're nothing but a mind controlled back-up plan? Your whole life is a lie. There's no farm house, no mom and dad. Your plane crash was no accident. You're a grown man who's really only three years old. Wrap your head around that, would you kindly?
However, as Jack, it's hard not to see yourself as something of a hero, especially if you're saving the Little Sisters. After you swim to the lighthouse, you get your first awe inspiring glimpse of Rapture. Awe turns to horror as you experience what the city is actually like. Crazed, deformed splicers who try to kill you at every turn. Big metal monsters protecting their little girls while she takes ADAM out of an "angel's" corpse. Little do you know at the time that you're one of the grotesque things the city produced.
You're stuck here, in a leaky, dark city sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Just trying to figure out how to escape. Or so you think. One of the best things about BioShock is how it takes everything you know about your character's situation and discards it. There have been few video game moments like shock you that.
It's while you're being insulted that quote is used, but Jack can be a hero. The" good" ending proves that. Of course, you could also become a monster. The choice is yours.