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BioShock dev takes inspiration from OWS protests

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Nov 2011 6:23

BioShock dev takes inspiration from OWS protests Aiming for 99% of the market.
BioShock Infinite is due to be release next year. It is set in a floating city called Columbia in the year 1912, and is occupied by two political factions; the right wing Founders and the left wing Vox Populi.

The inspiration for the two factions comes from historical political groups such as the Baader-Meinhof left-wing militants in Germany, and the Know Nothings anti-immigration faction in the United States.

"It's been fascinating to watch the conflict in the game, which is based on historical conflicts, sort of become reincarnated in our times," said Ken Levine, creative director at Irrational Games.

When Levine watched the Occupy Wall Street protests spread, he decided to go and join the crowed and see such a political protest up close. "It's one thing to read about these movements by reading history books but another thing to see one of these things happening in real time and go there and breathe it in," Levine said.

He did not say exactly what about the OWS protest will spill over into the finished title, but he certainly hopes the protests would never imitate his art, as the fictional BioShock Infinite protests turn very radical and violent.

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