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Old 03-28-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Bioshock 2 Themes

This is probably an odd question, but I was discussing Bioshock 2 with a Clinical Psych. the other day, and she pointed out that the Little Sister/Adam mechanic could very easily be seen as a metaphor for abuse or pedophilia. You, the father figure, are "harvesting" them.

This had never occurred to me oddly enough.

Has anyone run across a literary or philosophical analysis of the game? Something beyond the blatant "Objectivism" and "Communism" of course. I've read No Gods or Kings but haven't seen anything on Bioshock 2.
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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Since I saved all of them instead of harvesting them, does that mean I'm not a Pedo Bear then?
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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Ha! Wasn't expecting a reference to that on AT! But the cutscene where she tells you about experiencing everything you did was absolutely horrifying if you harvested. For my part, I was really sucked in to the "paternal" element with her constantly calling you Father. Which is why it was so powerful for me.
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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Guess no one wants to admit to being the soul sucking leach that killed them. Personally I haven't played yet (finishing ME1), but I am going to eat their souls.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:12 AM   #7
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This is probably an odd question, but I was discussing
Has anyone run across a literary or philosophical analysis of the game? Something beyond the blatant "Objectivism" and "Communism" of course.
I wouldn't say that Bioshock or its sequel advocate communism. More like objectivism (Ayn Rand).
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I wouldn't say that Bioshock or its sequel advocate communism. More like objectivism (Ayn Rand).
I don't think he meant the game advocates communism - rather that it "concerns" communism in that objectivism is essentially a critique and antithesis of communism.
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:57 PM   #11
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I harvested them in the first game when I played it on the PC, but saved them in the second because of trophies
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