Bioshock Infinite and Racism - Part I
I wanna play this so bad
I don’t think I ever want to play this game. Especially with the first pic of what looks like a witch hunt and 2 black people about to be burned at the stake…
This left a bad taste in my mouth…I don’t want to play this shit.
Reblogging for BigBlackWolfe to see the racist fuckery in Bioshock Infinite.
Also, I’m seeing a whole lot of people calling individuals like myself who don’t want to buy this game for the blatant racism ‘stupid’
I have EVERY FUCKING RIGHT not to want to buy a goddamn video game because of this shit. EVERY RIGHT.
These same mothafuckers be on that ‘freedom of speech’ bullshit, but when POC use it to say “Nope, not here for this shit. It’s racist,” they want to shout us down.
I’ll spend my 70 dollars on something that is WORTH MY FUCKING TIME.
I GIVE NARY A FUCK ABOUT THE PRESHUZ STORYLINE
The racist imagery in this game was completely unnecessary and I bet they did it to be controversial on fucking purpose without any regard to how that would make people feel. Or with regard, but not for any concern more so than their own shits and giggles.
Like this game could have been just as good without the overblown racist imagery of Black people.
I mean I get they’re trying to show the whole “racism is bad look at this it’s bad” thing but come the fuck on, this is unnecessary
It wasn’t “unnecessary.” Racism isn’t something that needs to be explained subtly. The game is purposefully doing the opposite of what mass media today does: it’s not sugarcoating it. Columbia as a city is meant to represent the absolute worst of American history and American society, and that is exactly why it doesn’t hold back punches. A lot of our media likes to white wash history and dance around issues of racism in the very concepts of what it means to be American, but this game actually goes out of its way to show how unethical this ideology is.
The game actually does a great job of pointing out problems in our social foundations of racism, sexism, corporate capitalist abuse, religious zealotry. I often hear other P.O.C. on Tumblr complain that the media is skewed to avoid making American and white history in general look bad. If anything, people should play this game, because it doesn’t pretend like American society is perfect: it’s a game that takes the concepts that built this nation to show how morally depraved they really are.
Columbia isn’t there for the player to like, and its citizens aren’t there for the player to want to emulate. It’s actually there as an example of exactly what is wrong with white colonialism, racism, xenophobia, white supremacist attitudes, etc.
This game is actually being attacked by white supremacists because they think it’s “anti-white,” since the game doesn’t pander. It’s brutal about its portrayal, but for a reason. A good reason.
I was shocked reading the preceeding comments before the last because I thought it was very clear, in even just the screen captures, that the point was to show how lurid racism was at that time. That it was simply a cold, honest portrayal of a sick philosophy at a turning point when it was still bold— not showing something you should agree with and espouse. And… I’ve been under the impression that the Bioshock games tend to present awful communities like that as examples of terrible things people tend to do but shouldn’t? The hedonism and avarice of it, the absurd cruelty of it, etc. That people put happy faces on absolute barbarism. This is something that needs displayed in all its disgusting glory because, indeed as the person previous said, our media today tries to dance around it, sugar coat it, hide it and pretend this ugly chapter never ever happened.
Presenting ugly, disgusting behaviors and ideologies for what they are is a means of educating people against those behaviors. When we hide and sugar coat everything, people put such great distance between themselves and it that they end up doing it, but don’t consider themselves worse for it. If you really think that pointing out how horrible something is by example means you’re being told to go do that, you’re a fucking moron. I’m sorry— but seriously. You can’t hide from everything you don’t like and a prime motivator for preventing foul behavior is to show it, and to show how foul that is. You SHOULD feel uncomfortable to see those sorts of things. And why avoid that? Why avoid discomfort? You can’t learn and be a human like that. Pain teaches you to avoid shit. It’s upsetting? Fantastic, now you know better how/why to not treat another human being. Without these lessons people get stupid fucking ideas in their heads that they’re supposed to be granted control over others because they want it, or that their partners are their property, or so on. and so forth. I know full fucking grown adults who can’t understand that racism is a thing and it totally happens and how that all works because they’ve never been forced to confront it or fully understand it. Or if not racism, homophobia or transphobia or ethnocentrism and sexism and so on. Everything gets turned into blanket statements and literalism and semantics. if they don’t personally experience it or are otherwise given the understanding of what it’s like to experience it, they simply don’t believe it and don’t give a fuck. No one wants to think critically, especially when it might mean they’re actually doing something bad and instead of seeing an opportunity for self improvement, they only think they’re being personally attacked and that it’s necessary for them to prove they’re perfect. Which is totally asinine. Of course people make mistakes, and the matter is whether or not they learn from it. Which takes us back to the top— without knowing what mistakes to avoid or how, you can’t hope not to commit them.
^THIS. ALLLLLL OF THIS!
I don’t even play Bioshock, but doesn’t this game take place around the 1920s? If that’s the case, the makers of this game have every right to, oh I dunno, fucking make a period piece and be as historically accurate as possible.
^What that person said. It takes place in a very socially conservative town in 1912. It’s actually being fairly accurate.
> Game that’s supposed to point out how horrible racism is
>People call game racist
Hi, I’m a black person I approve of the second half of this post.
And I, as a person, approve of what has been said in the latter of this post as well. People seem to have forgotten, that Bioshock’s main aim as a story is to take ideas of utopias, and twist them. Just like how the first Bioshock was aimed at the Objectivist-esque, laissez-faire capitalist, amoral society (Ayn Rand = Andrew Ryan), I can clearly see that this is meant to be a sad, sad, satire on the particularly American brand of racism, one of the most infamous examples of such in the world, and as a society, it has been one of the worst.
Bioshock is only continuing to do what it has been doing for its last few games: present a pessimistic outlook on society, in a way that would be many times more philosophically enlightening than a tirade on the evils about society, including racism.
I just KNEW Tumblr sjw’s would get ahold of this game and bitch about it without actually understanding the fucking context… I saw it happen with Dishonored, and I knew it’d happen with this.
Yes, there is RACISM in this game. But at no point is it depicted as being GOOD. It is NOT glorified, it is the EXACT OPPOSITE. A big part of the game’s plot involves the outcry of how the minorities are tired of being treated like shit.
The whole fucking point is to depict the setting in this regard without sugarcoating it. Columbia is supposed to be a “utopia” but it falls prey to just the sort of evils of society that the world they are trying to escape does.
That first image? Within the ACTUAL CONTEXT OF THE GAME, you spend all this time taking in the beauty of Columbia. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful. It’s a technical marvel. Then Booker wins the raffle and his prize? Throw a baseball at a mixed race couple. It’s SUPPOSED to be shocking. It’s in that moment that you really realize that Columbia is not a utopia and it is not a good place. Plus if you’re anything like me, you’ll take your chance to try and chuck that ball at Fink’s dumbass face for hosting this raffle.
There are even scenes where Elizabeth scoffs at how inefficient segregation is to highlight how ridiculous the whole idea is, because being so sheltered she is completely clean to the ideas of racism.
So maybe next time, top half of pearl-clutching commenters, you could actually do some goddamn research and find out what this imagery is in the context of the actual game instead of just looking fucking ignorant.
God, this sort of thing literally pisses me off.