Making a Villain: Bioshock Infinite

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Bioshock Infinite is one of my favorite games on Steam and I have yet to talk about it on my blog! This was actually inspired by Hiram Lodge from Riverdale. I have been watching the series recently and I really like how they portrayed Hiram Lodge as a villainous figure and wanted to focus on a villain in video games. There will be spoilers in this post so please do not read unless you have finished the game or do not mind spoilers!

I chose Comstock as the villain because he is an iconic one for me. He was the first villain I remember really angering me when I was playing the game. So here is my post about why Comstock is a complex and interesting villain

Utopia and Bigotry

Comstock built Columbia in the sky and at first it comes off as breath taking. You see these huge clouds everywhere you go and the sun is shining. Everyone seems happy and content. You just want to stay in this world forever. Then you see how ugly it is.

The utopia fades when you win the lottery and your prize is to be the first to hit an interracial couple with a baseball. The town is clearly racist. From there the Columbia quickly turns into a nightmare with guards chasing you claiming you are the False Prophet. The city is in the sky because Comstock wants to be free to rule Columbia without outside influence.

Before you even meet him, you already are angry to see him making such a hateful world where he is worshiped like he is a God because he claims he is The Prophet of God. He builds this world just so his ideas can be practiced and so he could be seen as this great religious ruler of Columbia.

Personality

Comstock comes across as being a megalomaniac. He acts like he is this chosen God.  I believe that he is convinced that he is this holy person, this chosen Prophet. He is so lost in the idea of being a Prophet that he will even use his daughter to get his wishes to control both Columbia and the world. Columbia is distorted by him using faith to corrupt others into following him and his ideas.

The Mistreatment of Elizabeth

He is so focused on his delusions that he does not see the harm he is doing to his daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is locked in a tower because she can tear through time and he wants to use her powers to create his perfect world. She is also later captured and in an alternative timeline where she is tortured and forced to destroy the United States.

When she is locked in the tower, she is so desperate to escape and live a normal life. She is trapped and she is never allowed to socialize so she only sees the world through books or her paintings. When you first free her, she is in awe of everything because she has never seen the outside world before.

Comstock’s Death

This is an interesting scene. Normally when you have a villain like Comstock, you expect a huge showdown. You expect a long boss fight. Here it is all done in a cutscene. Comstock deliberately pushes Booker by grabbing Elizabeth and keeps yelling at her to ask Booker about her finger. Booker looses his temper and drowns Comstock for torturing and locking Elizabeth in a tower all her life.

Comstock expected this to happen which is why he labeled Booker as a False Shepard and tried to get the people of Columbia to kill Booker. He believes that his role was to end with Booker killing him because he does not fight Booker. He also was able to convince Elizabeth that Booker was hiding something from her and also himself

The Twist Ending

Elizabeth reveals to Booker the truth at the end of the game. The truth is that he and Comstock are the same. Booker gave Elizabeth to Comstock to get rid of his debt through a tear and she lost her finger when he tried to grab her back. It turns out that you were playing the villain all along. This explains why Booker sometimes gets nosebleeds during the game because he was taken out of his timeline as Booker and went to Comstock’s world to basically fight an alternative version of himself.

This also leads to one of my favorite endings in video games. What separates Comstock from Booker is a baptism. When Booker is baptized he becomes Comstock, when he refuses the baptism he stays as Booker. So all versions of Elizabeth drown Booker so he will not become Comstock which means that Comstock, Booker, and Elizabeth are all no more.

I remember being so shocked by the revelation and I just stared at the screen and cried at the ending watching all the Elizabeths disappear and the credits roll.

Will the Circle be Unbroken?

This song plays as soon as you enter Columbia and I love this song! But, it also has a different meaning the second time you play. Comstock, Booker, Elizabeth. They are all on a never ending circle. Elizabeth broke it at the ending of the game.

It was surprising to know that I was fighting Booker’s alternative future. That this villain went mad because of a baptism causing him to become a overzealous Prophet that made Columbia. The game truly shows how just one small event can transform a person’s life.

What did you think of Bioshock Infinite? What is your memorable video game villain?

 

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Borderlands 3 Hype

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I am so excited that Borderlands 3 is coming out in September so I decided to do a Sunday mini hype post! I played Borderlands  on the PC a couple of years ago and loved it! I enjoy the fun story, the bosses, and the side quests in this game.

There is some current controversy surrounding Borderlands 3 being exclusive to the Epic Store for 6 months. This is resulting in the games getting negative reviews on Steam. This is unfortunate because it is causing the Borderlands series to have negative attention. I think Borderlands is a fun series even though I only played Borderlands 2 so I do encourage everyone to give the games a try if you haven’t played them yet regardless of the current controversy.

I am really excited for Borderlands 3 and I cannot wait to know more about the villains and the plot of the game! I am also looking forward to the humor and the fun side quests!

Are you excited for Borderlands 3? What games are you excited for this year?

 

Borderlands 2 and Games That Make You Laugh

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Borderlands 2 is a game that was recommended to me by Steam a few years ago. The game looked fun and seemed to not take itself seriously so I decided to get the game. It turned out to be one of my favorite games to play on my computer.

Picking a Character and Starting the Game

The game starts out by giving you various characters to choose from. I decided to choose Maya because she was a Siren which seemed to be a more magical based class which I thought that would be fun to play. I also loved her blue hair and how confident she looked.

The game starts with a train crash and I woke up to see a robot named Claptrap. Claptrap is known for being annoying. He is also very timid so he was not helpful at all when enemies would attack me because he would just run around and panic. So basically, he is the embodiment of my brain when it’s anxious!

He also got his eye taken by the first boss of the game, Knuckledragger. I love how all bosses are introduced by a big cutscene because the game wants you to know it is a “badass” game. He would throw ice and snow at me while Claptrap just ran around and ran into walls as I tried to get his eye back. After I got Claptrap’s eye back, I was introduced to the first open area of the game.

First World Area

I was first introduced to the voice of the main antagonist called Handsome Jack.  Handsome Jack made me laugh because he was so ridiculous. He buys a horse that is made out of diamonds? If that’s not weird enough, for some weird reason he names it Butt Stallion! Seriously?!

Next I meant Sir Hammerlock. He is a stereotypical gentleman hunter (think Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys show). He made me laugh because he purposefully shocked Claptrap because he wanted Claptrap to shut up.

Later on, I meant bosses which I had to just stop and laugh at: Boom and Bewm. Yes that’s their names. They loved using explosions and I had to stop them while Claptrap did his usual helping of running around in sporadic circles. It was just funny seeing this two enemies running around finding every excuse to say “boom”. There’s great boss music that plays while you fight them so I enjoyed the ridiculous bosses with the battle music.

Enjoying the Game Further

The first open area in the game happens after you beat another ridiculous boss named Captain Flynt and go on a ship. I headed to the next open area to go to a place called Sanctuary.  I met other characters there such as Moxie and had to do more ridiculous quests with Sir Hammerlock. One of my quests involved him wanting to name a creature, but he could not come up with a name so she just started calling the creature childish names.

This game is full of humor and is a good game to play if you need a good laugh. Another part of the game I enjoyed was walking Tiny Tina’s dog which was an angry fire creature who I ended up taming and became my pet. I also enjoyed the bonus DLC where Tiny Tina basically turns Borderlands 2 into D&D.

My question for this week is what games do you play when you need a good laugh?