What if video game characters were on social networks? No, I don’t mean the Facebook profiles managed by game developers or fans. What would the actual characters share if they could?
Ever since discovering the joys of in-game photography, I’ve been reminding myself to stop, stare and print screen. For the sake of a richer game experience, I decided to give Bioshock Infinite another playthrough. After all, I don’t always linger to listen to what the NPCs are talking about, but I did scour every corner of Columbia. A good dystopian story is always my cup of tea, and the game does a great job combining a critique of American exceptionalism with theories of trans-dimensional travel.
For those unaware of the game’s setting, Columbia is an awe-inspiring utopian city amongst the clouds, founded by Father Comstock. This seemingly perfect society is soon revealed to suffer from deep-rooted issues of white supremacy, religious zeal and class divisions. Booker DeWitt is the protagonist who is sent to Columbia to find “the girl”, Elizabeth, and all hell breaks loose once he does. I don’t wanna spoil the plot twists for those who still haven’t played the game (you should!); and if you have, you’ll find it easy to understand the references in the Instagrams below.
Anyway, I kept taking screenshots of Bioshock and ended up with a pretty big folder. Once I stopped procrastinating, I finally put together 25 fake Instagram photos, supposedly uploaded by Booker himself. Yup, he’s definitely dumbed down in his captions; but that’s what many Instagramers are like, right? Feel free to suggest what the Luteces or Fitzroy would’ve commented on these!