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Writing Columbia: Ken Levine on storytelling in Bioshock Infinite

EDGE - Columbia is a lot like Rapture, yet even the differences between the city under the sea and the fortress in the sky seem calculated. When Bioshock Infinite’s setting isn’t purposefully evoking memories of the briny utopia that launched the series, it’s deliberately contrasting itself against it. Where Rapture had an objectivist, Liberatarian ethos, Columbia is a temple of American Imperialism wrapped up in evangelical faith; where Rapture had bathyspheres transporting its citizens between its residential districts and amusements, Columbia has its vertigo-inducing skyrail system; and where Rapture had capitalist king Andrew Ryan as its unofficial overlord, Columbia’s populace is under the sway of its fire-and-brimstone-preaching leader, Father Comstock.

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