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This Weeks Featured ArticleEdit

The Promenade Sign
…a leak in the primary drainage pipe line could flood this whole joint. Faulty pressure locks would seal in every sorry soul. One clumsy Big Daddy knocks open the wrong pipe and hey — presto! Lamb's little art show turns into fish city.
"Big Kate" O'Malley[src]

The Promenade is a large passageway and one of the central hubs of Dionysus Park. Subject Delta is required to pass through here during the events of BioShock 2.

Connecting many of the areas in Dionysus Park, The Promenade was an artfully decorated passageway. The Promenade boasted a piano bar that was a popular area among Park visitors. The facility suffered severe water damage following the flood, and the floors became covered in sand. (Read More...)

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ArchiveEdit

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Article 1Edit

Sinclair Deluxe Sign Elaborate
If a smart fella' wanted to talk some bankrupt fat cat into moving to a slum, he'd call the place a "hotel overnightly."
― Augustus Sinclair[src]

The Sinclair Deluxe was a hotel run by Augustus Sinclair in Pauper's Drop, providing affordable low-end housing, with matching quality.

Following the Rapture Bank Crash, some citizens were left in a very poor financial situation. Even when the people offering welfare charities, Sofia Lamb and Frank Fontaine, weren't yet in prison or dead, Rapture's ruined and unfortunate people had few options, and had to resort to cheap housing. The Sinclair Deluxe had been built by Augustus Sinclair for that exact purpose — an inexpensive hotel constructed to cater to the working poor and the likes left behind in Rapture's competitive society. The hotel was barely better than the rest of Pauper's Drop, although in Rapture's heyday, Sinclair himself called the place a "slum" and its rooms "ratholes." (Read More...)

Article 2Edit

BioShock challenge room

The entrance to Rapture's Grand Carnival in A Shocking Turn of Events.

The Challenge Rooms are a series of new areas that exist outside of the main BioShock narrative in Rapture and test the player's abilities at solving puzzles and combat. The challenge rooms were originally part of an exclusive downloadable content package for the PlayStation 3 version of the game in 2008, which cost $9.99. In January 2013, it became widely available in BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition. There are a total of three challenge rooms, each with their own separate trophies. Each Challenge Room starts off with the cover to a comic book by Sander Cohen that is done in the style of classic EC Comics from the 1950s. (Read More...)

Article 3Edit

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What is the STRANGE RED LIGHT that has been seen in coastal waters worldwide? LEARN THE FACTS! SEE THE PROOF!
― Advertisment for somethinginthesea.com

There's Something in the Sea (shortened as Something in the Sea) was a viral game launched on www.somethinginthesea.com on March 4th, 2009, and was part of the marketing campaign for BioShock 2. It details the investigation and related writings of Mark Meltzer, a father first interested in the abductions of young girls on coasts all around the Atlantic Ocean, and later looking for his own daughter who was kidnapped by a Big Sister. The events of "Something in the Sea" were divided up into three phases of Mark's investigation, each with a separate website page on which clues appeared regularly, which each updated being considered as "Days". The website was shut down in 2012, though almost all of its contents and updates were preserved at the Rapture Archives Center fan source website and displayed for fans since July 15, 2012. (Read More...)

Article 4Edit

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Gaynor Peaches tin
After exhaustive clinical trials, we have found what we can safely call the perfect food. It is a Gaynor peach; it's nutritional balance is beyond compare, naturally, and its flavor can't be beat. Take it from Rapture's foremost botanist.
Dr. Julie Langford; excerpt from scientific study commissioned by the Gaynor Produce Corporation[src]

Gaynor-brand Peaches are a variety of Canned Fruit found in Rapture. Eating this consumable item will restore a small amount of Health, and the Extra Nutrition Gene Tonic will increase the amount of health they restore. (Read More...)

Article 5Edit

BioShock box
A man has a choice, I chose the impossible. I built a city where the artists would not fear the censor, where the great would not be constrained by the small, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality. I chose to build Rapture. But my city was betrayed by the weak. So I ask you my friend, if your life were the prize, would you kill the innocent? Would you sacrifice your humanity?
Andrew Ryan

BioShock was released on August 21, 2007 in North America, and on August 24th in Europe and Australia, with a standard edition and a limited edition. The Mac OS X version of the game was published by Feral Interactive and released on October 22, 2009.

BioShock is a "genetically enhanced" action-adventure, horror-themed first-person shooter by Irrational Games. While exploring the underwater dystopia, Rapture, the player is urged to turn everything into a weapon: biologically modifying their own body with Plasmids, hacking devices and systems, upgrading their weapons, crafting new ammo variants, and experimenting with different battle techniques are all possible. The philosophy, architecture, and society of Rapture were strongly inspired by the works of Ayn Rand, especially the novel Atlas Shrugged. The game itself is described by the developers as a "spiritual successor" to their previous PC title System Shock 2. BioShock received high praise in critical reviews for its atmospheric audio and visual quality, absorbing and original plot, and its unique gaming experience. (Read More...)

Article 6Edit

Imago Fine Arts Sign
To wear a butterfly is to support Doctor Lamb and the Family. Before long, Rapture will split wide... and take wing. Imago is coming.
Gideon Wyborn[src]

Imago Fine Arts is an art gallery established in the eastern section of Dionysus Park.

The Imago Fine Arts gallery displayed works of art created by citizens of Rapture, especially those agreeing with the teachings of Sofia Lamb. Either during or shortly before the flooding of Dionysus Park, the temperature control for the gallery was broken, pipes burst, and the room froze over, sealing the entrance behind a thick wall of ice. Consequently, the entire gallery remained relatively untouched, as the frozen doors kept out the sea water. (Read More...)

Article 7Edit

Harold Darby
With this damn faulty memory of mine, I need to record a clue so I don't forget the keycode.
― Harold Darby[src]

Harold Darby was a forgetful man whose corpse and single audio diary can be found in Inner Persephone. He recorded a message to remind himself of a keycode to a locked room in the Recreational Therapy room of Persephone. Cleverly, he reminded himself not in numbers, but with clues that only he would understand. His clue to remember the code was "Brown Legs, Red Mouths, Blue Arms, and Green Eyes." This refers to the number of each of these objects depicted in the paintings on the wall across from his corpse.

While recording this message, Harold was hit with a metallic object which apparently killed him. His audio diary can be found on his corpse, which sits frozen and upright in the chair he used for recording. The most likely suspect is a nearby Splicer, who can be found painting a picture of his inert body. (Read More...)


Article 8Edit

Rapture radio

Advertisement for Rapture Radio.

…You're tuned to Radio Rapture, music for the discerning ear.
Broadcast

Rapture Radio is the primary radio station to play throughout Rapture, and the only one heard in the series. Its advertisements can be seen throughout the city. Even after the terrible Civil War in Rapture, licensed period tracks can still be heard from the many jukeboxes and record players around the city, serving an eerie reminder of what once was a beautiful utopia. Rapture Radio is a public service of Ryan Industries. This is perhaps the only service that Andrew Ryan did not charge his citizens to appreciate.

The PA system still occasionally broadcasts period tracks and songs that can be heard throughout Rapture, dating from the late 1920s to late 1950s. Interspliced are friendly PSAs and advertisements. (Read More...)

Article 9Edit

Seward
Lee Wilson Seward was an author who was influential in the Beat Generation of American literature. The Monthly Undergrounder listed several books he has written, including "Atomic Flesh", "The Bourgeois Bomb", "The Oblivion Hook", and "A Harvest of Broken Glass." Seward resides in the old-town district of Tangiers, Morocco.

Lee Wilson Seward was a contact of Orrin Oscar Lutwidge. Seward became a member of the "International Order of the Pawns" when he was researching "the Vanishing" in relation to the disappearance of his sister, Mimi Tabor, and his rumored lover, Elgar Vankin, in 1946. In correspondence with Lutwidge, he has referred to himself as "Gray Pawn 48˚." However, Seward distanced himself from the organization after Lutwidge began showing signs of increasing obsession and paranoia. Seward cut contact with the organization completely in 1958 when Lutwidge began using the Red Pawn to maliciously send Celeste Roget and others astray. (Read More...)


Article 10Edit

Infirmary Wing Sign
Infirmary. There's a pediatric ward back here somewhere.
― Eleanor Lamb[src]

Infirmary is one of the wings in Inner Persephone. Like any internment camp, Persephone needed a health center to tend to the numerous inmates housed within its walls. The political prsioners may not have been considered citizens of Rapture any longer, but Andrew Ryan wasn't about to just let them succumb to disease or injury. For Augustus Sinclair, these men and women were too valuable to the Sinclair Solutions Plasmid tests to be permitted to die. The patients couldn't be taken to the Medical Pavilion or else risk revealing the abominable secret of the detention center. Instead, the Infirmary Wing was built to treat the facility's sick or wounded.

This wing housed the infirmary of the prison. The infirmary also included rooms for surgery and autopsy. Some time after Sofia Lamb seized control of the prison, portions the wing were converted into a pediatric ward to house the new Little Sisters. (Read More...)


Article 11Edit

Barbara Johnson diary
I'm not trying to 'keep up with the Joneses' here, I'm trying to stop them from killing us! I mean, I love Fred, I do, but if he won't wear the pants around here, I'll just have to pull them up over my pantyhose!
― Barbara Johnson[src]

Barbara Johnson (often referred to as the Housewife) is one of the selectable characters in BioShock 2 Multiplayer. She was the second character to be shown on the Cult of Rapture's Faces of Rapture's Civil War.

"Barbara Johnson is a dutiful housewife and an attentive mother. She arrived in Rapture hoping that the unique and exciting circumstances of life under the sea would dispel the sense of dissatisfaction that plagued her topside. And at first it did. But as the novelty of her new environment wore off, and her household duties again demanded her full attention, she found herself once again beset by the familiar and nagging sense that there must be something more." (Read More...)

Article 12Edit

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SKY-HOOK: Ride the rails of the sky for the fastest travel in Columbia!
Fink Manufacturing advertisement

The Sky-Hook is a melee weapon and means of transportation throughout Columbia on its Sky-Lines, in BioShock Infinite.

The Sky-Hook was originally inspired by adventurous teenagers using the Sky-Lines for joyriding; with makeshift tools which would later result in broken necks. Although citizens credit Jeremiah Fink for the Sky-Hook, it was actually created by R.J. Pickwick, through his company's sponsor, Fink Manufacturing. The Sky-Hook was used by workers to perform maintenance on Sky-Lines. It was later utilized by the Police as an essential tool for catching criminals, including the Vox Populi. Sky-Hooks are powerfully magnetized to the freight hooks and Sky-Lines in Columbia, allowing their users to make death-defying leaps from point-to-point with the knowledge that they will automatically latch on. Additionally, the Sky-Hook's bladed scoops and rotary motor allow it to be used as a lethal, if messy, melee weapon. (Read More...)

Article 13Edit

1999mode
This hardcore mode is for the best of the best.
― Description

1999 Mode is an unlockable mode of gameplay that is more difficult than the "Hard" setting. It can be unlocked by either beating BioShock Infinite for the first time or on consoles by entering the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B [cancel], A [confirm]) while in the game menu. The developers of BioShock warn players that the game will not "feel like BioShock" in this mode. (Read More...)

Article 14Edit

Eve Diffuse
EVE is a substance which powers the use of Plasmids. In its liquid form, it glows bright blue and can be seen in the dark. The player's current EVE level is shown by a bar meter with blue liquid; it decreases when the player uses a Plasmid, and refills when the player uses a means of replenishment. When EVE reaches zero, the use of Plasmids is unavailable to the player. The EVE meter has a hypodermic needle symbol on its left, as well as a number denoting the amount of EVE Hypos currently carried by the player. (Read More...)

Article 15Edit

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BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt is an e-book released on February 13th, 2013, for the Amazon Kindle and serves as a prequel story to the game, BioShock Infinite. Written by Irrational Games writer Joe Fielder, in collaboration with input from Ken Levine, this novel offers an insight story and background of Columbia, as well as motivations for key characters, such as Daisy Fitzroy.

A physical replica of the book titled The Psychology of Dissent: Interviews with the Anarchist Daisy Fitzroy was also released by the Irrational Games Store. It contains 42 pages with additional illustrations and graphics as if published by Comstock House and compiled from handwritten journal notes and typewritten Voxophone transcripts. (Read More...)

Article 16Edit

WASHINGTON FINAL

BioShock Infinite has launched!.

Article 17Edit

Phereoh&#039;s Fortune Casino Logo
We play for keeps.
― Pharaoh's Fortune Advertisement

The Pharaoh's Fortune Casino was once a popular entertainment center for gamblers who visited Poseidon Plaza in Fort Frolic. Its theme and style were inspired by ancient Pharaonic Egypt, and its advertisement posters bear the golden mask of Tutankhamun. The casino consisted of two floors, both complemented by several rows of Slot Machines and two to four pool tables. During the Rapture Civil War, the Pharaoh's Fortune was closed to the public by Sander Cohen, along with the rest of Fort Frolic due to the growing chaos in the city. Amazingly, most of the casino is still intact, with minimum vandalism due to it being under the watchful eye of Cohen. (Read More...)

Article 18Edit

BSISeasonPass-Bird right

The BioShock Infinite Season Pass is a package which includes the first three major pieces of downloadable content for BioShock Infinite. Along with these DLCs, it also includes the Early Bird Special Pack, which provides four exclusive Gears, Machine Gun and Pistol Damage Upgrades, gold skins for each weapon, and five Infusion bottles for the main campaign. BioShock-Themed Team Fortress 2 Items also comes with the Season Pass for Steam users, including a Pocket Mister Bubbles (aka a Big Daddy plush) and two Motorized Patriot masks: a Washington Mask and a Franklin Mask.

The Season Pass was released on March 26th, 2013, although it was available for pre-ordered beforehand. It is $19.99 USD for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, and 1,600 Microsoft Points for Xbox. The overall total of each DLC individually is $35.00 USD. All DLCs included in the Season Pass are also available individually as of March 2014. (Read More...)

Article 19Edit

Bioshock orchestral score front

Art cover.

I Am Rapture - Rapture is Me is the official score for BioShock composed by Garry Schyman. In conjunction with the many period tracks from the 50s, this original soundtrack contributed to the dark, tense, and tragic mood of the game bringing the fallen utopia Rapture to life. (Read More...)

Article 20Edit

Martin Finnegan
If you can't come in from the cold, then you gotta grow ice over your heart. And the iceman cometh, Sander baby. The iceman fucking cometh.
― Martin Finnegan[src]

Martin Finnegan is a potent Houdini Splicer held prisoner by Sander Cohen in the Frozen Tunnel to Poseidon Plaza. He is one of four men Cohen assigns Jack to kill and photograph to complete his "masterpiece" in Fort Frolic. When Finnegan met Cohen in Marseilles in 1937, he admired Cohen's paintings. Cohen, by comparison, claims to have simply "admired his… carriage." An artist in his own right, Finnegan quickly fell in with Cohen, even traveling with him to Rapture. In the underwater city, he held the much sought-after position of one of Cohen's disciples. (Read More...)

Article 21Edit

The Promenade Sign
…a leak in the primary drainage pipe line could flood this whole joint. Faulty pressure locks would seal in every sorry soul. One clumsy Big Daddy knocks open the wrong pipe and hey — presto! Lamb's little art show turns into fish city.
"Big Kate" O'Malley[src]

The Promenade is a large passageway and one of the central hubs of Dionysus Park. Subject Delta is required to pass through here during the events of BioShock 2.

Connecting many of the areas in Dionysus Park, The Promenade was an artfully decorated passageway. The Promenade boasted a piano bar that was a popular area among Park visitors. The facility suffered severe water damage following the flood, and the floors became covered in sand. (Read More...)

Article 22Edit

Surgery sign

Surgery was a major wing of the Medical Pavilion, located in a seperate building connected by glass tunnel. A number of different surgery based businesses operated here, though only two remain unlocked. Jack must travel through here in order to reach Dr. Steinman's Aesthetic Ideals.

The Surgery building was once home to a wide number of facilities to cater to whatever injury may befall the citizens of Rapture. When ADAM made healing injuries quick and simply, many of the businesses began focusing on cosmetic surgery to suite the needs of a population which now craved perfection. (Read More...)

Article 23Edit

Stanley Poole
I uh… met with Sinclair today, of 'Sinclair Solutions.' …And he's got work for me, right? I ask what, and he flashes me these thousand dollar Steinman teeth, sayin' this job'll quote 'change history' end quote.
― Stanley Poole[src]

Stanley Poole is a character in BioShock 2. A former reporter for the Rapture Tribune, Stanley was used by Andrew Ryan to infiltrate Sofia Lamb's Rapture Family prior to the Civil War. He was instrumental in the fall of Dionysus Park, after being put in charge of it for a time. Poole extorts the aid of Subject Delta to clean up evidence of his destructive misdeeds in the area. (Read More...)

Article 24Edit

BSI Weapons 12
The PADDYWHACKER: A revolver with immense stopping power.
Fink Manufacturing advertisement

The Paddywhacker, known in-game as the Hand Cannon, is a top-break revolver which is based on the 1851 Colt Navy revolver and can be used by Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite and Elizabeth in Burial at Sea - Episode 2. It is an accurate and rather powerful firearm, strong enough to kill certain enemies with a single shot and even decapitate them entirely.

The revolver is seen in the Heavy Hitters Part 1: Motorized Patriots trailer when Booker encounters a Motorized Patriot. In the final game, the Hand Cannon can be first acquired when meeting up with Mr. Flambeau. (Read More...)

Article 25Edit

Kure-All logo.
When sickness has you blue, let us Kure all! Kure-All, for all your medical needs
― Slogan

The Kure-All was, as its name would imply, a facility in the Dental Services Area of the Medical Pavilion to treat many different kinds of ailments. There are advertisements for this business in Fort Frolic.

Kure-All was a small, though well respected business in the lower level of the Medical Pavilion. At some point the Kure-All facility began to allow or conduct Plasmid trials on people, the most infamous example being the Enrage Trial. (Read More...)

Article 26Edit

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One of the Vox Populi propaganda banners.

The Vox Populi (Latin for "Voice of the People") are a militant underground insurgency group led primarily by revolutionary Daisy Fitzroy. They are in open conflict with Zachary Hale Comstock and the Founders, rejecting their puritanical and xenophobic ideology. Though initially, the middle and upper classes of Columbia regard the Vox as simply a worrisome nuisance, referring to them derisively as "anarchists", as Booker DeWitt progresses through Columbia, it becomes apparent that the city is on the verge of revolution, which eventually breaks into an all-out destructive war. (Read More...)

Article 27Edit

Oscar Calraca diary
I've never known a problem can't be solved with the right kind of party.
― Oscar Calraca[src]

Oscar Calraca (often referred to as the Playboy) is a playable character in BioShock 2 Multiplayer available to those who purchased the Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack downloadable content with Louie McGraff, which was released Thursday, March 11, 2010. Oscar was the ninth character to be revealed in the Cult of Rapture's Faces of Rapture's Civil War.

"Oscar Calraca is both a lover and a fighter. As a younger man, his business savvy, dedicated work ethic, and discriminating tastes earned him a fortune in cosmetics. Now, his concerns are more sensual in nature, and his tastefully extravagant A-list parties make him a permanent fixture in Rapture's gossip pages."

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Article 28Edit

Aluctecemachine

The Lutece Device in prime condition.

The Lutece Device is a machine specifically designed to open portals, or Tears, to other dimensions. While it designed for use in studying quantum mechanics, it was also exploited for Comstock's "prophesies", Albert Fink's plagiarised melodies, his brother Jeremiah's obtaining anachronistic technologies and cross-dimensional travel. (Read More...)

Article 29Edit

Cor header

The Cult of Rapture (abbreviated CoR) is the official site set up for the BioShock series.

The Cult of Rapture was established in early 2007 and served as a hub of information for the BioShock fan community. Acting as a sort-of mouth piece for the developers at 2K Games, the Cult of Rapture delivers game news and information directly to fans in numerous articles and podcasts. The Cult of Rapture also includes a link to the 2K forums where the community can meet and discuss the game. Over time the forum grew from three standard boards (Off Topic, General Game Discussion and Questions for the Team) to include two more (In-Game and Technical Issues). The Cult of Rapture website is maintained by Elizabeth Tobey, the Community Manager for 2K Games. (Read More...)

Article 30Edit

Diary 15
I came to Columbia because I believed in God and because I believed in honor.
― Vivian Monroe[src]

Lance Corporal Vivian Monroe is a citizen and soldier of Columbia. Once a proud supporter of Zachary Hale Comstock, Monroe became disillusioned after seeing Comstock's mistreatment of Columbia's citizens.

Vivian's father Sgt. Monroe served under Cornelius Slate in the United States military during the Spanish–American War and the Boxer Rebellion as a devoted soldier. She followed in her father's footsteps in Columbia when she enlisted in the Columbian army. (Read More...)

Article 31Edit

Hestia Sign
I hand these mugs a cot and a bowl of soup, and they give me their lives. Who needs an army when I got Fontaine's Home for the Poor?
― Frank Fontaine[src]

Located in the southern portion of Apollo Square, Hestia Chambers is an area used by Frank Fontaine as a front for his multiple operations in Rapture. There is no requirement for the player to pass through this area, but for those interested in the complete story, as well as achievement-seekers, Hestia Chambers is essential to check out.

While many of the apartment buildings in Apollo Square were built to provide only the most basic necessities to Rapture's workers, the complex in Hestia Chambers was one of the most spartan. The apartments were smaller, multiple families were crammed into the same rooms, and the building felt more like a slum than a place to call home. (Read More...)

Article 32Edit

BillBoard Short Officers DIFF
Got a tip there were contraband guns hidden in the Fellow Traveller. Didn't find 'em, but -- funny thing -- we found some old uniforms under the floorboards from the war.
Leander Manley[src]

The Fellow Traveller is a bar in Columbia's Soldier's Field. It was used as a front for hiding contraband weapons for Cornelius Slate and the Vox Populi. However, it was later taken over during a police raid.

While the children of Columbia enjoyed the fun of a Dimwit & Duke show or a ride on the carousel, their parents could enjoy a stiff drink or a bite to eat at The Fellow Traveller. The tavern became a popular hang out for members of the Vox Populi as well. They used the bar for running contraband weapons while Slate stashed old uniforms until he could get them to his compatriots. (Read More...)

Article 33Edit

Ice Princess

A door to an Ice Princess Brand cold storage unit.

Premium Cold Storage
― Seen on Ice Princess brand doors

Ice Princess Brand is a cold storage unit designed to keep products fresh for as long as needed. Because fish tends to go bad quickly, most -- if not all -- storage units are situated in Neptune's Bounty. Due to its size, Fontaine Fisheries has a large amount of the cold storage units, and due to the general collapse of maintenance in Rapture, all of the storage entrances have frozen shut. (Read More...)

Article 34Edit

BaS2 SilverFin Entrance
And before I knew it, Ryan had me bounced out of my own restaurant — and that Korean had the run of the place
― Morris Lauderman[src]

The Silver Fin was once a restaurant in Fontaine's Department Store, owned by Morris Lauderman. Before Fontaine's was converted to a prison, the restaurant was passed into the hands of Yi Suchong to research Tears, and it now houses his version of the Lutece Device, research notes, and multiple images of Columbia. (Read More...)

Article 35Edit

Leo Hartwig
Survival of the fittest. That's the rule in the Drop, the only rule. These numbskulls can't see the potential in leftover traces of Sports Boost, Armored Shell, the tonics for increasing muscle mass and density... but I see the king of the jungle.
― Leo Hartwig[src]

Leo Hartwig is a citizen of Rapture and one of the scientists who worked on the Plasmid program for Sinclair Solutions.

Hartwig sought to create a new Gene Tonic formula, both as a means of self-defense and with the intention of selling his product. His formula consisted of Sports Boost and Armored Shell mixed together along with several other Tonics designed to increase muscle mass. He performed his first test on himself, and it turned him into one of the first Brute Splicers, roaming in Pauper's Drop. (Read More...)

Article 36Edit

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BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia is a tabletop board game from Plaid Hat Games designed by Isaac Vega. Inspired by the video game BioShock Infinite, players can play (either as a single player or in a two of two players teams) as either the Founders or the Vox Populi, as they must build up an army to defeat their opposing faction, while persuading their own influences to sway various events that arise, in reclaiming Columbia to win. However, it doesn't follow the storyline of the video game, but rather, it allows for players to create their own scenarios for different storytelling moments. The game features 52 '25mm resin miniatures, where 11 of those miniatures are different unique sculpts, cards, dice, and a board drawn by John Ariosa. The game was released around August 2013. (Read More...)

Article 37Edit

KenLevine

Ken Levine is the creative director and co-founder of Irrational Games. He led the creation of BioShock, and is known for his work on Thief: The Dark Project and System Shock 2. He was named one of the "Storytellers of the Decade" by Game Informer and was the 1UP Network's 2007 person of the year.

Born in Flushing, New York in 1966, he grew up in New Jersey in the '70's. Growing up a recluse, he called his early childhood very rough, due to not being popular and also citing a stammer. He also grew up an avid Dungeons and Dragons fanatic, thinking there wouldn't be other kids like him to play with, he trained himself to play on his own. (Read More...)

Article 38Edit

Kinetoscope

Columbian Kinetoscopes in the The Blue Ribbon.

The Kinetoscope is a silent movie device found throughout Columbia that was created by Fink Manufacturing. Each provides a roughly 30-second silent film accompanied by music. Kinetoscopes largely promote Columbian propaganda.

They are considered a collectible in BioShock Infinite, Clash in the Clouds and Burial at Sea - Episode 2. Along with Telescopes, finding and using them all is required to unlock the "Sightseer" achievement/trophy.

Unlike Voxophones, Kinetoscopes are not stored in the player's inventory and must be physically visited for a repeated viewing. However, several Kinetoscopes appear in more than one level during the course of the game. (Read More...)


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Clash in the clouds standard cover

Cover art for Clash in the Clouds.

Engage in challenging encounters in Columbia. Compete for leaderboard high scores. Earn money to buy weapons, vigors, and upgrades. Unlock never before seen concepts and behind the scenes videos.
― "Welcome to Clash in the Clouds Introduction

BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds is the first downloadable content pack for BioShock Infinite. It is included with the BioShock Infinite Season Pass and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, although it can also be purchased individually for $4.99 on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The player must complete sixty challenges across four maps, fifteen waves to each, with each wave progressively more difficult. (Read More...)

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Telekinesis Slide 3
Pick up big stuff with your mind. Throw them at your enemies. What else do you need to know?
― Plasmid advertisement for Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a Plasmid that appears in BioShock, BioShock 2, and the BioShock 2 Multiplayer. Telekinesis is an active Plasmid that instantly picks up, draws in, and steadily levitates a movable object. Object held by Telekinesis can be thrown with great force and distance at the cost of EVE. Objects thrown at enemies will cause heavy physical damage. In addition to its combat capabilities, Telekinesis allows the player to collect items, search containers, and loot corpses that are unreachable by normal means. (Read More...)


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The Chase Carousel Sign
Go Wild!
― Advertisement

The Chase Carousel (also known as the "Folly of Dionysus") was the centerpiece of the Chase, the main atrium in Dionysus Park. It was a major attraction where children and even adults could enjoy a fun ride among the art galleries. The ride features a herd of gazelle being chased by lions, all of which are adorned in circus attire, and presumably played a jingle while it was operating. Billy Parson was fascinated by a "yellow eyed girl" he saw there in Rapture's happier days. (Read More...)


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Mark
I can't sleep anymore. I lie awake, haunted by the watchful eyes of those poor lost girls... waiting for us to find them.
― Mark Meltzer[src]

Mark G. Meltzer is the man behind the ongoing investigation in There's Something in the Sea. He embarks on a journey in search of his kidnapped daughter, Cindy Meltzer, which eventually leads him to the city of Rapture. He was born in 1922, making him 46 years old at the time of the search. As a result of the kidnappings, Mark is forced to abandon his life and search tirelessly for the underwater city. Mark must follow a dangerous trail of clues and riddles that will serve as the only possible entryway into Rapture. (Read More...)

Article 43Edit

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Plasmids are special serums made from processed ADAM that introduce modified stem cells into the body, allowing for genetic modification and mutation, giving the user what some might call "super powers". Active Plasmids require EVE for use, while passive Plasmids, called Gene Tonics, provide an effect merely by being equipped. Plasmids are powerful, but excessive use of them leads to physical and mental addiction and instability. This was a major factor in the eventual downfall of Rapture society. (Read More...)


Article 44Edit

Little Sister Tunnel

Throughout Rapture there are numerous holes in the wall surrounded by metallic fixtures. These vents allow Little Sisters access to all areas of the city so they can collect valuable ADAM from corpses. The Little Sisters are the only thing small enough to fit into these vents and crawl through them, therefore they can use them as a means to safely move around the city without a Big Daddy.

Big Daddies are always awake and vigilant. When they do not have a Little Sister with them, they roam to the nearest vent and pound on its rim. The noise summons a Little Sister out. When the Little Sister is tired of or finished gathering ADAM, she goes back to the vent and the Big Daddy usually helps her up into it. (Read More...)


Article 45Edit

Diary 23
That man has never seen the savage face of war. But he will.
― Cornelius Slate, referring to Comstock.

Captain Cornelius Slate is a citizen and soldier of Columbia, whose view on the military is based on both elaborate expectations and his real experiences. Once a proud supporter of Zachary Hale Comstock, Slate became disillusioned due to Comstock's falsified war past, and was expelled from the Columbian military for calling it such. During the events of BioShock Infinite, Slate leads a rabble of "true" soldiers, who have taken over the Hall of Heroes in Soldier's Field. (Read More...)


Article 46Edit

Thuggish Splicer

The first Splicer type the player fights in the game, Thuggish Splicers are the bread and butter of BioShock combat, attacking the player with a battered melee weapon. Although easily dispatchable, they make up for this by being fast movers. There are two types of Thuggish Splicers; an ordinary variety (which also appears in BioShock 2) and an electrified variety that appears in later levels and is invulnerable to electrical attacks. The electrified variant also take a lot more ammo to kill, since Electro Bolt will no longer have any effect on them. In BioShock 2, Thuggish Splicers only appear in the first few levels. (Read More...)

Article 47Edit

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A Common Tear.

For I have looked into the future and one path is filled with amity and gold, and the other is fraught with the perils of a hostile and alien world.
Saltonstall's speech, referring to a Tear

A Tear is a rip in dimensional time and space, revealing an alternate universe, which does not exist in the current world of Columbia. Every inhabitant of Columbia is able to see Tears, but Elizabeth and the Lutece twins are the only ones able to create and interact with them. When tapping into these Tears, she is able to transport objects from the other side to the current world. However, she does so with the possibility of losing her concentration and causing the Tear to widen, producing unpredictable results. (Read More...)


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Blanche diary
Oh, how I love this war! The aromas! The sweet roasting of flesh, and the exquisite nasal burn of sulfur. The air ripe with the moans of defeat, the bellowings of victory! Such drama, and all so real. This, this is what the theater can never be, this is life!
― Mlle Blanche de Glace[src]

Mlle (Mademoiselle) Blanche de Glace (often referred to as the Actress) is one of the playable characters in BioShock 2 Multiplayer. She speaks with a French accent. Blanche was the eighth character to be revealed in the Cult of Rapture's Faces of Rapture's Civil War, and is a bonus unlockable character.

"Mlle Blanche de Glace is an internationally acclaimed actress of rich emotional depth. She arrived in Rapture eager to captivate a new audience. A passionate woman with a history of torrid love affairs, she searches for a partner who can match her intensity and satisfy her appetites, but has yet to find one. She oscillates between periods of extreme reclusion, shunning all personal interaction, and times of exceptional sociability, when her hunger for contact seems insatiable."

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Circus of Values is the name given to the general vending machines found throughout Rapture. The machines contain many items, ranging from food to ammunition. Hacking a vending machine lowers the prices and sometimes provides items that are not otherwise available. Circus of Values machines often have an El Ammo Bandito machine or Gatherer's Garden nearby.

The President of the Circus of Values franchise was Lloyd Webster. Previously, these vending machines likely sold more appropriate items for the public until the Civil War hit Rapture. Then, the inclusion of ammunition and healing materials would make them very convenient. They were heavily reinforced and armored, purposely making them highly resistant to damage and pilfering. (Read More...)

Article 50Edit

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Take a look, what's in the bookstore.

The one thing I did like about Rapture: lots of new books to read.
― Elizabeth

The Bookstore is a business found in the Housewares department of Fontaine's in Rapture. This two story bookshop sells all sorts of literature. The most notable piece is the heavily advertised Don't Let the Bastards See You Sweat

The Housewares building's Book department catered to everyone from the upscale Rapture literati to the average Joe looking to pass some time with a good book. The store was another excellent way for Frank Fontaine to promote his various business interests; in this case, his publishing company, the Fontaine Press. (Read More...)


Article 51Edit

Julie Langford
Ryan's woman in Arcadia is an old betty named Langford. An okay sort, but not above doing a dirty job for a dollar.
Atlas[src]

Professor Julie Langford, Ph.D., was the scientist responsible for creating and governing Arcadia, a garden and arboretum that supplied oxygen to Rapture. Unlike most residents of Rapture, she does not seem to be spliced or have an affliction from ADAM abuse, and seems relatively normal, despite her dangerous environment.

Before her descent to the underwater city, Langford was a renowned botanist and professor at the University of California Berkeley, where she had worked since the 1920s. Her research attracted both praise for its groundbreaking findings, and controversy for her "radical theories". For a time she worked for the United States government, offering assistance with various defoliation projects during the Second World War, including use against the Japanese on Iwo Jima. An audio diary entry indicates that she has a daughter named Becky; what became of her child is unknown. (Read More...)


Article 52Edit

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This is an emergency message from Ryan Industries, There has been an incident at the Kashmir Restaurant, please return to the safety of your homes until further notice. Thank you.
― Emergency Announcement signifying the start of the Civil War.

The Kashmir Restaurant was a well known, high class establishment located at the Welcome Center, where the rich and famous could go to enjoy fine dining in a relaxing environment. The restaurant was the first of the target locations of murderous attacks led by Atlas to take control of Rapture on New Year's Eve of 1958. (Read More...)

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