Book Review: Bioshock Rapture by John Shirley

Having recently replayed all of the Bioshock games (including the DLCs I never played before), Amazon recommended me this – an official novelisation of the early years of the city where the first two games (and both DLCs) are based. I’ve generally been mistrusting of this type of book, feeling they often lack the depth […]

Great Story Telling in Video Games: Assassin’s Creed Part 2

“Requiescat in Pace” This is the second part of my my Assassin’s Creed summary. Part 1 is here; I recommend you read that first for a summary of the ongoing story. As you can see, the story is pretty complex, covering some important and slightly obscure eras of history. On top of that, we deal […]

Great Story Telling in Video Games: Assassin’s Creed Part 1

Dr. Vidic: What if I told you the human body not only housed the individual’s memory, but the memory of his ancestors as well? Genetic memory, if you will. Migration, hibernation, reproduction. How do animals know when and where to go, what to do? Desmond: That’s just animal instinct. Dr. Vidic: Now you’re arguing semantics, Mr. […]

Good Writing in Video Games: A Deeper Look at Bioshock 1&2

Warning: Some of the below videos have scenes of violence not suitable for a younger readership Bioshock and its immediate sequel Bioshock 2 has really got under my skin. Every so often I feel the need to return to that impossible underwater city and explore the hidden depths (pardon the pun) of the many intricacies […]