Bioshock has emerged as one of the most popular fire-person shooter series of games in recent years. It’s combining action, adventure and horror to immerse gamers has been well received. The first two games took place in the fictional underwater dystopia of Rapture but the third game entitled BioShock Infinite will be introducing gamers to a new setting and story while staying true to it’s roots.
The primary setting of BioShock Infinite is a city suspended in the air by giant blimps and balloons, called “Columbia”, named in homage of the ‘female personification’ of the United States. Unlike the secret development of the underwater city of Rapture, Columbia was built and launched in 1900 by the American government to much fanfare and publicity. The city was meant to symbolize the ideas of exceptionalism; the reveal trailer for the game alludes to the 1893 Worlds Fair which is historically considered to be the emergence of American exceptionalism. On the surface, Columbia appeared to be designed as a floating ‘Worlds Fair’ that could travel across the globe; however, some time after its launch but before the game’s events, the city was revealed to be a well-armed battleship, and became involved in an “international incident”. The city was disavowed by the United States government, and the location of the city was soon lost to everyone else. Trailer after the jump.
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