As a gamer, I always tend to read up on my favorite video games.
One of my favorites, so far this year is, BioShock Infinite. The word, the characters, the music, the game play, and the twisted story line for the game was just… Fantastic.
But can a game really kill you not to play the game for one, I think, minor thing? I found an article on Kotaku this morning about how a gamer thought BioShock crossed the line.
There is a part in the game where you are forced to get Baptized to “wipe away the sins” before you can go into Colombia to save the girl, Elizabeth. Which in fact is the main point of the game, “Save the Girl, Wipe away the Debt.”
One gamer thought this was too much. Which I find extreme bullshit because mindless killing isn’t bad at all but forced baptism are horrible… The gamer known as Malmberg sent a letter to Valve:
“I wish to return/exchange this game (Bioshock Infinite) for steam credit or refund on the grounds that I cannot play it.
I cannot play it because at the very beginning of the game there is a section of the game that is so offensive to my religious beliefs that I cannot proceed with it any further. I did not know this section of the game was there and had no way of knowing it was there before-hand as it was not shown in any trailers, previews, screenshots or other marketing material.
The player is forced to make a choice which amounts to extreme blasphemy in my religion (Christianity) in order to proceed any further – and am therefor forced (in good conscience) to quit playing and not able to experience approx. 99% of the content in the game.
There is no option to turn this particular content off or to bypass or skip it in any way. In Modern Warfare 2, they at least allowed you to skip a particularly offensive level (http://www.destructoid.com/modern-warfare…). This is the same sort of thing for me, but there is no way to skip it in this case.
Please issue a full refund or store credit in the amount of the price of the game (Bioshock Infinite) as I had no idea that I would not be able to play this game before I bought it.
If you need further convincing, I will use the analogy that if you were a muslem, it would be like forcing the player into an in-game action of “press x to spit on the face of allah” in order to proceed any further with the game and with no choice or way around doing so.
I apologize for the potentially misleading choice of category for this request, but you do not have a category I can choose that accurately fits my needs.
Really? One tiny little thing made you want to get a full refund on the game? If you enjoyed the other BioShocks then you would understand there are some crazy shit already afoot. Like splicing yourself to get magical powers, smoking cigs, getting drunk, having the choice to kill little girls, etc. Alright, you can pull the religion card… But are you the only who is seriously going to make a big deal of a little water (or drowning in the case of Infinite) to wash away your sins so you can enter the gates of Colombia? Then think that all the horrible killings that you do is not the work of the devil either…
I don’t know. I just call the bullshit card for a guy that wants attention.
What do you think. This is up for post is up for discussion, so comment away!