So I just finished Bioshock Infinite…and…well you read the title, that says it all.
I’m still trying to figure out what I experienced. I played the original Bioshock, and while I applauded its philosophical storyline, I felt it was lacking in certain areas. It was good, but not fantastic.
Bioshock Infinite though…is fucking fantastic.
Yes, I don’t drop F-bombs lightly, but this one totally deserves it. I wasn’t expecting the game to have such a complex and mature storyline, nor did I expect such compelling characters or mind-bending themes. While I have some minor issues with the finale of the game, overall I was incredibly impressed and I think this might be my second favorite video game story ever (it’ll take a lot to knock Spec Ops: The Line off the top of my list though). Originally when you all requested that I review the game, I told you you could expect a write up sometime today or tomorrow. Apparently I lied, I didn’t know I was lying at the time though. This game’s narrative is so dense that I’ll need a few days just to sort through it all, and I’ll probably do a second playthrough to make sure I didn’t miss any of the more subtle story elements. So you can expect it sometime next week.
While I’m here though, I’d like to ask for some help. As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m not really making much money as a freelance writer and my attempts at finding other employment have also been unsuccessful (and have been for quite some years). Paying for the games and movies I’ve been asked to review has been a bit taxing on my bank account, I’m not out on the streets or anything, but the more I spend on games the less money I have to pay off student loan and credit-card debts.
Don’t misunderstand, I’m not trying to sound like Scrooge complaining how you’re costing me money, and this isn’t an attempt at content blackmail; I’ll continue reviewing movies and games that you guys request regardless of how this goes. Really, all I’m asking is that if you can spare a few dollars to help off-set the costs of buying those games and movies, then that would be great. To that end I’ve set up a GoFundMe account which you can find here:
$200.00 is the optimal amount, enough to buy about three video games with some money left over for movie tickets, but even just $5.00 to help blunt the cost would be great. And if I get 5.00 from all 100 or so of my faithful readers, I’ll be set for almost three years. I need to buy a new gaming computer, since my rig recently died; I got it back in 2007 so I’m not really surprised, but it means that PC game reviews won’t be able to be completed unfortunately. I’m not expecting to get that much money, but I thought I’d throw that out there.
And to any of my readers that are filthy stinking rich, if I get enough money I can just give up my attempts at finding a day job all together and dedicate myself entirely to writing.
I really hope no one feels obligated to give money, if everyone out there is just as poor as I am then it’s all good. Even if I never make a cent off this blog, I’ll be so much richer for having written it and incredibly grateful to you all for reading it.
I’ll see you all next week with my story review of Bioshock Infinite and a look back at the Alien-prequel Prometheus.