Tuesday, 26 February 2008

"No gods or kings. Only man."

nogodsorkings-thumb Don't be surprised if your video-game playing teenager starts to pick up Ayn Rand books: the makers of popular video game 'Bioshock' have made Rand's Objectivism -- or at least, the makers' version thereof -- into a "central theme" of the game.

Story here at a gaming site, including a largely sympathetic interview with the Ayn Rand Institute's Yaron Brook.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you even played part of the game??
it's a dystopia!

26 Feb 2008, 12:57:00  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Maybe you should play it pc, or remove this post in a hurry :-)

It's a good game, but not if you want them to start to appreciate objectivity.

26 Feb 2008, 13:25:00  
Anonymous DenMT said...

The game is very, very unsympathetic towards Randian objectivism PC - it is centred around an underwater dystopia created in an 'Atlas Shrugged' type manoeuvre by a John Galt-analogue.

Awesome game from the snippets I've managed to play though - a friend of mine has it and the visuals, sound, and gameplay are all top notch.


26 Feb 2008, 13:40:00  
Blogger PC said...

I assure don't intend to play the thing -- I'm hardly the target market, although it's evidently more popular than I'd realised -- but perhaps you've overlooked those four important words: "the makers' version thereof."

Read the linked article to see what that means, including Yaron's comments, which are less dismissive than you might think.

26 Feb 2008, 13:46:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"maker's version thereof..."
since there's no authoritative magisterium of Rand-thought 2K Games version is as valid as anyones, maybe better because it made them a profit.

Seriously though, you concluded that teenagers would be 'picking up Rand' on merit of the game which means you think the 'version' is attractive. As berend says: "play it".

if you think little girls running around the game sucking stem cell material ("Adam") from deceased citizens is a positive ad then...well
...moreover the disposition of the surviving citizens is "narcissistic cannibal".
Well, I guess any publicity is is good publicity.

spooky cool game nonetheless.
they won't be picking up Rand, they'll be picking up Call of Duty 4.

26 Feb 2008, 15:57:00  

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