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Tropes vs. Women in Video Games explores women as background decorations

The latest entry in the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series from media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian examines how female characters are used as objects or background decorations. Dubbed "Women as Background Decoration: Part 1," the video highlights games such as BioShock Infinite, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2 and Watch Dogs. According to Sarkeesian, the trope is defined by women who are used to "infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds." "These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male characters," the video's description reads. "Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture, but they are frequently programmed as minimally...

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Metal Gear Solid, BioShock Infinite and Skyrim, now with more Gilbert Gottfried

Your favorite video games would be very different if they featured the voice of Gilbert Gottfried, and we now know just how different they would be, thanks to Game Informer. Gottfried, 59, is a comedian and actor best known for his nails-on-a-chalkboard squawk of a voice, which you may be familiar with from memorable roles such as the parrot Iago in 1992's Aladdin and the duck in Aflac commercials. (He also did voice-over work for Iago in multiple Kingdom Hearts games.) Game Informer brought Gottfried into the studio to record lines in games from the 8-bit era to the present, including the original Metal Gear Solid, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and BioShock Infinite. If there's a more exuberant "fus ro dah" cry on the internet, we haven't heard it.

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The story of BioShock Infinite concludes today with Burial at Sea - Episode Two

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two is available today, concluding the story of Elizabeth in the undersea city from the first BioShock. 2K Games put out this trailer today to announce the chapter's availability and give an idea of what is in store. Burial at Sea - Episode Two ends the story of BioShock Infinite. It was preceded by Episode One and Clash in the Clouds, and all three are available with the season pass subscription offered by the game. Burial at Sea is the final work of Irrational Games, which founder Ken Levine unexpectedly closed down in February.

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BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea: Episode Two DLC promo comes with an Irrational message

Here's a new marketing approach from Irrational Games. Its new DLC for BioShock Infinite, called Burial at Sea: Episode Two arrives later this month. Irrational recently announced its own closure as founder Ken Levine sought a smaller, more focused new operation. And so this promo doubles as a straight-up declaration of the new content's benefits, as well as a resume for the many people who worked on the game's creation. Interviewees' contact details are presented as well as the specifics of the work they contributed. Burial at Sea: Episode Two puts players in the role of Elizabeth as she explores the world of Rapture during its fall.

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The closure of BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea - Episode Two

Warning: Those concerned with spoilers for BioShock or BioShock Infinite should read no further. This story and the video above are full of them. A cast of memorable characters is returning for BioShock Infinite's closing chapter, Burial at Sea - Episode Two, and a video released today shows who's coming back and hints at why. The upcoming downloadable content will bring back series characters and their original voice actors including BioShock's Andrew Ryan (Armin Shimerman) and Atlus (Karl Hanover) as well as BioShock Infinite's Booker DeWitt (Troy Baker), Daisy Fitzroy (Kimberly Brooks) and Elizabeth (Courtnee Draper). According to developer Irrational Games head Ken Levine, BioShock's connected universe will coalesce and add "completeness" to its stories. "Fans of both the...

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 trailer delivers a surprising twist

A gameplay trailer for the second DLC episode of BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea was uploaded to the official Irrational Games YouTube account and features an eyefull of spoilers, including the reveal of a number of major characters. The trailer confirms the return of the original BioShock's Frank Fontaine, along with an unexplained return of Booker DeWitt. The new episode concludes the story laid out in the last story-driven DLC and sees players take on the role of Elizabeth as she explores previously unseen areas of Rapture built almost entirely from scratch in the BioShock Infinite engine. The first episode received a 7 out of 10 review from Polygon, stating: "Burial at Sea is part one of two, and perhaps the forthcoming second half will throw the first half into such stark relief...

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PlayStation Plus offers BioShock Infinite, DmC, more in January

Sony is kicking off 2014 with a bang when it comes to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, with free downloads of some of 2013's best games. Throughout January, six games will be added to the library of free games for Plus subscribers. Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve will become the third free PlayStation 4 game on Plus, following November's offering of Resogun and Contrast at the console's launch. PlayStation 3 owners will be able to check out Ninja Theory's DmC: Devil May Cry, Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite and Starbreeze Studios' Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And two PlayStation Vita titles round out the lineup: Smart As... from Climax Studios and XDev Studio Europe, and Team17's Worms: Battle Islands. You can check out all the games in the PlayStation Plus video...

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Here's what the PS4, GTA 5 and grumpy cat have in common

Grand Theft Auto 5 and the PlayStation 4 both topped Google's most-searched list in 2013 in their respective video game and tech gadget categories. In the video games category, searches for Grand Theft Auto 5 were ahead of Cookie Clicker, Atari Breakout, Candy Crush Saga and BioShock Infinite. In tech gadgets, there were more Google searches for the PlayStation 4 than the Samsung Galaxy s4, the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c and the iPad Air. These top-rankings put both GTA 5 and the PS4 in the company of the Twerk GIF (most-searched GIF of 2013), Grumpy Cat (most-searched famous internet animals), Gangnam Style (most-searched dance moves) and Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (most-searched celebrity break-ups). The list of Google's top charts for 2013 can be viewed here. The above video is...

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Here's what you need to know for Friday, Oct. 11

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: The golden years, now with multiplayer Grand Theft Auto 5's online component is up and running, and we've updated our review to reflect the game's new multiplayer offerings. Ken Levine on his secret post-BioShock 'thought experiment' We spoke with Levine during a recent trip to Irrational Games where he told us that he's has been toying with a bit of a "thought experiment" inspired by BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth and Lego blocks. Saints Row 4's Enter the Dominatrix DLC launches Oct. 22 The DLC that pre-dated and inspired Saints Row 4 will arrive Oct. 22, and we've got the details on Enter the Dominatrix.

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Watch the first five minutes of BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea

2K Games shared the first five minutes of BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea add-on content this morning, giving viewers a first look at the versions of Elizabeth and Booker inhabiting Rapture before the underwater haven's collapse. Warning: there are heavy spoilers in this five-minute video! Booker, Rapture's most reputable detective, has a familiar job in front of him — locate a girl. He seems to think the case is closed, but Elizabeth, now a femme fatale alternate of the innocent girl Booker first picks up in Columbia, thinks otherwise. As viewers follow Elizabeth out of Booker's office and down a winding stair, all of pre-fall Rapture is laid out ahead — the streets are filled with music, bubbles float up the outsides of the glass walls and we even see a score of Little Sisters,...

BioShock Infinite Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 03/26/2013
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
    • Score 10.0
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/26/2013
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/26/2013
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
  • Mac
    • Released 08/27/2013
    • Publisher Aspyr Media
    • Developer Irrational Games
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