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Audio Diary Analysis

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Analysis of various Audio Diaries (and Radio Messages and even Kinetoscope thingees) :

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Bioshock Audio Diaries Often are not Factual About What They Mention: SO much about them is vague (to start with), usually there is no indication of date of when the statement was made (so what state of Rapture is it really referring to, and which events have happened to change that state and viewpoint it may be associated with). Someone saying someone was arrested by Ryan - it matters quite a bit of WHEN that happened, and it might even be useful to fill in a little more detail about what that person had done to answer the 'why' -- not simply imply that Ryan is an Evil Blue Meanie (the plot's twist-required bad guy) to make Players just assume based on their modern-day (public school) ignorance of history).

The person speaking (in the Audio Diaries) is making a statement from THAT person's point of view and bias. It can only be properly interpretted within that understanding, and it can often just be opinion. Any explanation/reasons mentioned can be based on the speakers possessing incomplete information, agenda'd bias, their own interpretation, or simply what the speaker 'thinks' is right. We don't neccessarily hear a complete story (all the facts/ontext, or other side of the issue with other peoples contrary declarations, or simply missing statements about the actual events being discussed).

There is NO actual authoritive narrative, as you usually could have in a narrated book.

Example- Grace says (in Audio Diary) that 'the Drop' was worse than the Hooverville in 32', but thats NOT what we actually see in Paupers Drop, which was originally a squatter's shantytown (was she takin about that ?), then was redeveloped into something resembling New York City style architechture (with a hotel and businesses and Limbo Room), and then was run down again into the state we see in the game (by the Civil War and Lamb's/Rapture Family's negligence/inadequacies). Grace seemed to have worked in the Limbo Room until the Kashmir Incident and Civil War spelled economic collapse for most of the city, but somehow THAT is Ryan's and them rich peoples fault? Penniless after being blacklisted ? When was that ? Didnt seem that way if she had got that Limbo Room job. Singin against Ryan... What exactly ? Demanding handouts for the poor ?? Something of Lamb's instigation ? (Lamb pamphlets being handed out between songs as Ryan mentions). Why did Grace come to Rapture after being told how it was to be run ? Grace wasn't sent to Persephone (might've been turned into a 'Tin Daddy' herself), but with that 'Evil Rich' Ryan it must've been just her luck, cuz he obviously had it in for her....

Doesn't it seem that Rapture (rather conveniently) let in an awful lot of people that just didn't seem to fit with Ryan's Philosophy ? This contrived Failtopia couldn't have happened otherwise. IF no Failtopia, then no shoot-em-up slaughter-fest for the Players. Ain't that the Truth.

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Devil is in the Details - Dates ON BaSx DLC Audio Diaries :

I thought the dates on the Audio Diaries made the different events' timings overly tight (same for events of the whole DLC -- in their story Timeline way-to-many things are said to have been done/happened in WAY-too-short-a-time interval to make sense). There actually were many contradictions because the dates on some didn't jibe with events even within the same game (errors). Previous games had NO dates specified for the Audio Diaries, so at least leaving them vague as to when things specifically happened.

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Privacy of Recordings :

Idea - if these 'Audio Diary things were sometimes wanted to stay private (in case they got lost or stolen), shouldn't they have the ability to have a 'keycode' to protect their secrets ?? A book diary you normally leave at home in a relatively secure location (but even they traditionally had 'a lock'). But these bulky devices seem to get strewn about higgledy-piggledy all the time, and contain terrible confessions which few people would record on paper, let alone make an audio recording of.

For the MMORPG, you might have to decode/break the security on some of the Audio Diary recordings you find.

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Poorly Explained Treason (All Those Audio Diaries)  :

All of these people in BS1 who have turned against Ryan (most evidence heard in 'Audio Diaries')- have they been taking ADAM ? Addictions ? How much is this rejection of Ryan really is the product of ADAM insanity ? Many Audio Diaries are recorded fairly normal sounding even when the person says they've been 'splicin'. So instead of the writers backhanded putdown of capitalism, and individuality, and a parasite-free society, using these contrived game incidents as their 'evidence', maybe if you consider the ADAM involvement ... It more plausibly would being MORE caused by the coked-up ADAM-addled brains of these unfortunate people, who more often than not have made very stupid decisions (like assuming everything will be OK when Ryan is dead and 'Atlas' is in charge...). Since so many wouldn't have been chosen to come to Rapture if they didn't believe in Ryan's Philosophy (and in the actions required to protect it) we really needed a better explanation for them suddenly doing such a reversal.


Diana McClintock : "They are rounding up people in Apollo Square" :

McClintock(Arcadia) : "I couldn't believe how much things had changed since I left Dr. Steinman's office. It's like I don't even recognize Rapture no more. I hear they've been rounding up people in 'Pollo Square... I asked Ryan how could he do such things to innocents. He said, "Innocents? If they haven't chosen to defend Rapture, they've chosen to side with Atlas and his bandits". So there are no innocents. There are heroes, and there are criminals."

Notice she doesn't mention WHY they are 'rounding' them up (these are "Memos to self" ... perhaps not the most informative of 'evidence' because of what's unsaid. Actually, the Diaries are rather an unplausable story medium, as most of the things said in them would never really be recorded).

HEY Diana, was it because Apollo Square was a hotbed of Atlas supporters ? - You Know - those terrorists who have been killing people all over Rapture (you must've missed all that ??), and threatening the SAFETY of everyone in Rapture ??? How many of those anarchists are stopping their neighbors from having their normal lives ? How many other people have these 'rounded up' 'Atlas' supporters actually harmed or even killed ? Silence from the Audio Diary. "Rounded UP" here doesn't constitute 'summarily shot' (or she would certainly say so).

Actually, you look at that actual Apollo Square section and the see the barricades are facing outwards. Does that mean Ryan wasn't in control of that area to 'round them up' before that time ? And there are no huge piles of bodies evident, so I guess Ryan and the Rapture Authorities just contained them until the crisis was over (that's probably before the Pheromone Control thing calmed them down, and they were let out ...) So neither did Ryan starve them to death (food would have had to come in from the outside, thanks to Ryan, as Atlas really wasn't capable of feeding them all, was he ?? )

Letting these anarchists/terrorists out to disrupt other parts of Rapture ??? - that would have been negligence on Ryan's part upon the whole of Rapture's population. AND THAT population WOULD look to Ryan and agree with such actions (that's the part the writers DARE NOT utter in this game).

But No, Diana McClintock can't/won't see that part of it (and doesn't want to mention it) ? So again Ryan is made the 'Bad Guy' via vague incomplete evidence pushed at the Player.

This is followed by more in a chain of Audio Diaries showing how Diana believed the terrorist's lies, and turned terrorist herself -- even to the point of murdering children *HERSELF*.

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Alleged Evidence (for some) that There is a Sinclair Spirits in Paupers Drop  :

Sinclair(Paupers Drop) : "If a smart fella' wanted to talk some bankrupt fat cat into moving to a slum, he'd call the place a "hotel overnightly". The tenant dries his eyes and tells himself "It's only temporary," and the smart fellow shaves a dime a day off his drinking wage. Now, a smarter fella' might also bankroll the local gin joints, and take him for the rest."

Sinclair selling booze to take advantage of the 'down and out' ?? Using it to keep them 'down and out' ? Sorry, he'd be stealing from his own rent money (from himself) if they were that far gone.

This Audio Diary was actually a removed Asset -- not even included in the actual game play. So its hard to claim that it was Canon in the first place. And sorry, there is no 'intent' that that was the way it is in the storyline - they discarded it from their narrative.

First : It (there hidden somewhere we can't reach ... blocked portals) wouldn't be like any 'Sinclair Spirits' seen in Fort Frolic - that being a pretty decent venue, and not quite the clientel of Sinclair Station (Paupers Drop in its redeveloped low rent incarnation). You probably would have a Grocery Store (being something else needed in a residential neighborhood) which could sell low end consumer grade booze, which would be more than sufficient. SO maybe a Sinclair Stop-n-Shop.

Maybe the Limbo Room was situated to take that opportunity to "take him for the rest", but no sign/proof that Sinclair was this 'smarter operator' in that case either. If there already was competition for resident booze-hounds, would the small local population warrant a whole liquor store (it might, and take a big(?) bite out of the Limbo Room's potential customers - Uptown Slummers have their own upscale Liquor shops/bars elsewhere).

Would you really build a fancy bar/pub/Boozerium (something more than 'a dive') for the few 'Fat Cats' who are (un)likely to wind up in this low rent district ?. You can buy booze just about anywhere in Rapture, so WHY discount it any more than Sinclair's normal competitive pricing ? Convenience - again catering to the appropriate demographic quality.

This all comes down to just another crude attempt to label 'capitalism' as "da ebil", and to attack Sinclair - to manipulate you into making you wonder about why you are helping such a 'bad person', similar (but opposite) to when they force-fed/ misled/manipulated you about Atlas/Fontaine in the previous game.

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"Scoping the Gate" - Treason from Morons (Audio Diary Hephaestus) ?  :

Kyburz(Hephaestus) : "I spent the afternoon trying to get as close to Ryan's gate as possible without making a spectacle of myself... He's got it shielded six ways till Easter. There's no way into that place. All I got for my trouble was the hairy eyeball from Ryan's Splicer mates. That's the reward you get for trying to outsmart the best electrical engineer of our generation."

Yeah so does Kyburz think Atlas will run the place after they (the story fabricated traitors) kill Ryan ? How stupid this plot gets just to facilitate that lame "I am your surrender monkey father Luke" plot twist thing. No, your death is the reward you get for letting yourself be warped into a fricking idiot by game writers.

But then its a "shooter game", what do you expect (though they did endlessly tout themselves for BioShock having 'story').

Its not like writing it logically would have cost any more, or to have done with different text these recorded voice Assets - the things which are used to tell so much of "the story".

So when did this recording happen ? Splicer Mates ? After the Pheromone Control ? Low level security is all Ryan could really use these 'Splicers' for (because of their instability), while his 'sane' competent Security men were trying to track down Atlas.

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Genetic Arms Race : McDonagh(Hephaestus) : "I begged Mr. Ryan to hand Fontaine Futuristics over to Atlas' boys as a peace offering, but the stupid sod won't listen to reason. 'Stead he's just splicing his mob up, giving them more and tougher Plasmids. There's an arms race on here in Rapture, but it's not about who can build the best guns and the biggest bombs. It's about who can become less of a man and more of a monster..."

The REAL "stupid sod" is McDonagh for basically saying that he told Ryan to give terrorists more weapons as a 'peace offering' and Ryan didn't accept it. The illogic of that seems lost to McDonagh (and maybe the writers -- or do they really think you win-over ruthless people by surrendering/giving them weapons ??). Then he goes on about Ryan having to Splice his pwn men to deal with the threat against the City by 'Fontaines Boys'. The Novel author at least gave a plausible reason why McDonagh defected (his family and he was leaving).

So McDonagh wants Atlas and his murderers to win instead ? He not only changes sides, but decides to murder Ryan to give victory to the terrorists ... I find this to be some of the most illogical and contrived stuff in the game. (McDonagh also wants to give Fontaine Futuristics to Atlas as well ??? Is he ADAM-addled by the time he records that ??? "Fontaine" is supposed to be dead (probably an error the designers/implementors missed as they adjusted the plot).

Ryan actually would have had the support of most of the population of Rapture, who came TO RAPTURE to get away from people like Atlas. It is a major hole in BioShock's laid out reality that little such support is shown for Ryan in the game, and only that bunch of betrayers, like McDonagh.

As mentioned elsewhere : Ryan probably wouldn't want to have his Security Men "Spliced" because of the mental instability it causes. Superior weapons and tactics and organization were already shown to be effective (Neptunes Bounty Shootout). Ryan doesn't NEED more crazy people to deal with.

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Stopping Ryan (More Illogical Turncoat McDonagh)  :

McDonagh(Hephaestus) : "I never killed a man, let alone a mate. But this is what things come to. I don't know if killing Mr. Ryan will stop the war, but I know it won't stop while that man breathes. I love Mr. Ryan. But I love Rapture. If I have to kill one to save the other, so be it."

More bullshit plot fartings. Why not "'war' will stop when Atlas is dead" ? When the murderous anarchists and their instigators are done away with ?? SO the insane anarchists will just fade away ?? So Rapture will be 'saved by destroying its priciple core of order (Ryan) ? How stupid did someone have to be to think this way ? (just look around at people in our current world ...) So easy to 'write' such testimony, without any consideration about reality being required. The term "Hack Writing" was coined for stuff like this.

Seriously, the 'twist' in the plot ("OMG its actually ATLAS who be de ebil one !!!!! ... Hurrr Hurrrr, Derrrrp !!!! ") wasn't worth all this illogical story garbage.

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Ryan Takes Fontaine Futuristics :

McDonagh(Hephaestus) : "Ryan nationalized Fontaine Futuristics -- he owns it now, lock, stock and barrel. For the good of the city, he says. He'll break it up in due time, he says. I've resigned from the Council and lodged me letter of protest, but that's just pissing in the wind. It'll be war, I say... unless somebody stops Ryan, and right fast."

Has McDonagh been sniffing plumbers glue again ?? This is sophomoric 'feeb' storytelling simply to vilify Ryan. SO this ADAM addiction is a Myth? (to McDonagh?) or Fontaines "heirs" stepped forward to take over and run that company ? He hasn't even waited to see if Ryan to do what he said he would do once things got stabilized (Note - Atlas is murdering people and imperilling Rapture right as McDonagh here runs away). That's just insulting from the writers for someone who was supposed to be intelligent/responsible to suddenly do a 180 (THERE IS ALOT OF THAT in this contrived storyline). SO instead of demanding that Ryan keep his word (giving him time to do so) McDonagh abandons Rapture, surrendering/abandoning it to what he doesn't beleive in.

Is it any wonder that Ryan was left alone to make decisions to save his City, when the lame-assed story has everyone so easily abandon him and Rapture ?

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"Assassin"  :

Anya Andersdotter(Hesphaestus) : "Me. An assassin... that's rich. I could have gone along, I suppose. Spliced up, forgot. I believed in this place. I believed in Ryan. But when it got hard, Ryan didn't believe in Rapture, didn't believe in the Great Chain. He believed in power. And now this place is busto. And my girl is... gone... worse than gone... one of those... things. So am I an assassin? ...Well, only one way to find out."

When is this recorded ? Blaming Ryan for what Fontaine(children turned into Little Sisters, the crimes) and Atlas (anarchist/terrorist) did ??? Is this Ryan's war measures again being whined about (no mention here of Atlas and the destruction and loss of life HE had done to the City to make them necessary).

So when do we get to hear what the majority of the Citizens thought ? THAT Didn't fit with their story warpage/contrivance/'twist', so it isn't there to inform you of what REALLY happened (and what REAL people of that time would have thought).

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Cohen-Culpepper Feud (Alternate Explanations Are Viable)  :

An emnity between competitors for Rapture's limited audiences, seems to escalate resulting in Culpeppers death. Even Sullivan comments about it in Audio Diary "Artists Feud".

Sullivan(Fort Frolic): "I worked the meatball beat in Little Italy, and even I'm shocked at the cold blood that oozes out of these artistic types. This broad Culpepper and that fruitjob Cohen are in some kind of feud, and Cohen's lookin' for MY security detail to pick sides. The next thing I know I'm called into Ryan's office to talk about the whole mess. Goddamn nutjob artists."

So this is a device employed (by the game writers) to later imply that Ryan had her killed over this issue (because of Sander Cohen's influence), in his 'obvious' tyranny. It is more likely, when things in Rapture started getting strange, that Cohen took the opportunity to 'Bump Off' the competition himself (which he WAS shown fully capable of doing directly), with a perfect opportunity when Culpepper started going against Ryan over the actions taken to fight the 'Civil War' (that is when Ryan had much more important things to deal with - like trying to stop Atlas's Splicers from slaughtering Rapture's Citizens).

Most of the game's subplot content (ex- evidence in the Culpepper saga) is quite vague, with the narrative never actually declaring what happened (or even as to how/when/in what exact context) -- only hinting Ryan allegedly had Sullivan kill Culpepper, when it is NOT being explicitly stated (and there are too many other things going on involved in the situation).

Culpeper involved in the Jasmine Jolene embryo situation somehow ? ... Hmmm.

Part of the MMORPG will be clearing up many of these vagaries.

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"Watch Fontaine" (Audio Diary, BS1)  :

Ryan (Neptunes Bounty) : "This Fontaine fellow is somebody to watch. Once, he was just a menace, to be convicted and hung. But he always manages to be where the evidence isn't. He's the most dangerous type of hoodlum... the kind with vision."

Ryan appears to have more than enough knowledge that Fontaine is committing crimes, but doesn't have LEGAL evidence to have the city prosecute him for them (contrary to the whole 'Ryan the Tyrant' dumbeat throughout the game).

It also seems like that the Smuggling Law with a Death Penalty seems to have been WHILE Fontaine was alive (otherwise why that 'hung' verbage ?).

Yet "always seems to be where the evidence isn't" - must be more of Fontaine removing/eliminating the evidence, otherwise the City Authorities could have piecemeal taken apart Fontaine's smuggling operation by seizing/impounding any facilities/equipment found involved, and arresting the criminal underlings who WERE caught with prosecutible evidence. Tip-offs of the criminals ahead of time would thus be likely, but who knows how many of Fontaine's men were burnt/sunk/'disappeared' to prevent their providing 'evidence' ?

With the game's vague nature of Audio Diaries used for plot-filling, simply because something is not mentioned does not mean such things weren't happening. 'Reading between the lines' as to what was likely to have happened is still quite valid - if such things were typical for the 'Surface' society in that period (in America).

OMG OMG there a guy in the lower docks shown hooked up to a battery and he was *gasp* being tortured to try to get information to get Fontaine for the crimes he's committing. Well in those days, if criminals killed a cop or even tried to kill a cop (as is mentioned in the Novel) then various extra measures were usually taken. Sullivan knows that Fontaine is committing the crimes, but has ruthlessly managed to cover up exposing the evidence Ryan required for convictions. Yes, shocking to our modern society, where cops are frequently murdered now and not much is allowed to be done by the weak-kneed politicians, and even absolute proof is rejected for political reasons.

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"Fontaine Must Go"  :

Ryan (Neptunes Bounty) : "Something must be done about Fontaine. While I was buying buildings and fish futures, he was cornering the market on genotypes and nucleotide sequences. Rapture is transforming before my eyes. The Great Chain is pulling away from me. Perhaps it's time to give it a tug."

Does this imply there are MANY other businesses in Rapture dealing with genetics (medical would have been the early use) where there is speculation or patents on the gene sequences mentioned (assuming the game writers know what those terms mean in relation to genetic engineering) ?

"Something must be done" like Ryan getting into the Biz himself ? As a real major hitter with his life's experience in such markets Ryan would likely soon outclass/outdo Fontaine who had previously been little more than a small time thug.

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Filling in The Story :

Perhaps with Fontaine shown to be rather stupid in BaSx (as detailed elsewhere), then it might lend more credence to the idea that Ryan HAD fully figured out what Fontaine was upto with Jack (his men finding the Audio Diaries Fontaine made to himself -- found laying around in BS2 (and no doubt many others). Thus allowing Ryan to make his OWN plans to fake his own death too, to GET Fontaine in an appropriately poetic fashion.

"Falling_Into_Place" - Fontaine (Dionysus Park) : "New face. I have a new goddamn face -- who'da thought? Rapture... paradise of the confidence man. I gotta keep revising the Atlas voice. I figure the accent gives me an excuse to lock myself in a room with a bottle and count the cash. War's on in full now, boy... and I've got a hell of a surprise for Andrew Ryan. Long time comin'. And right about now, I expect the prodigal son is bookin' his flight... "

"Goodbye_to_Fontaine" - Fontaine (Fontaine Futuristics) : "Everytime Ryan turns up the heat, I know I'm a little bit closer to beatin' him at his own game. But now the game's changin' -- Ryan's boys are comin' in heavy -- lookin' to knock down my door and take what's mine. Like this is the first time I had to dodge a bullet. They're comin' to my house expectin' a show, but they're gonna get a disappearin' act. Say goodbye to Fontaine... (cocks shotgun and switches to a thick Irish accent) and hello to Atlas."

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Audio Diary of a Guy who Lost the Blue Fin Restaurant :

Morris Lauderman(Fontaine's) : "And before I knew it, Ryan had me bounced out of my own restaurant -- and that Korean had the run of the place. It was a good business, I tell you. I never shoulda told anyone about that light; about those weird buildings I saw, floatin' in the clouds. And most of all, I never should have told no one about that girl who showed up one day... in that old-timey blue dress."

"Pennies on the Dollar" usually means to be compelled to be bought out for next to nothing. (Actually WHY would Ryan buy the place? Just close it for Safety Hazard while he was having it investigated.)

Seems to go contrary to Ryan's Philosophy for him to force out a business (this is before Kashmir and the City Emergency). It might have more been because of the presence of the 'Tears' for the location to have been declared "unsafe", and Suchong (illogical as that is) was moved in for the 'Official' Investigation (could have just been 'temporary'). The Tears should have made the issue obvious to the owner. But we didn't get details of what specifically happened in all that situation (other than the recorder was complaining of losing his business, but no mention about it likely being only temporary or that his customers were 'put off' by the weirdness anyway (like brain-bleed it caused to him and his customers, or the weird sounds and smells that came out of the 'Tears').

When the 'Prison' was activated (Soon ? or how much later after the Neptunes Bounty Incident + Fontaine criminal investigations and property seizures ?) EVERY OTHER business there in Fontaines was shutdown. Again, a bit of a Philosophical conflict (which you would think Ryan would avoid AT THAT POINT), and likely causing a firestorm amongst Rapture's businessmen (its not really elaborated upon, and you'd think it would be a BIG issue/story for the newsies - perhaps that 'Sunk' is more referring to the business disruption). The Audio Diary recording owner would have lost his restaurant at that time anyway. Were all the other owners paid "pennies on the dollar" also ? I doubt it made any of them happy, and Ryan absolutley wouldn't be happy at all the flack he would definitely get from the whole 'sunk' thing. The whole situation makes little sense, and ignores so much previous game Canon (did they even care ?).

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ADAM REALLY Explained (Tenenbaum Audio Diaries)  :

ADAM Explained : "ADAM acts like a benign cancer, destroying native cells and replacing them with unstable stem versions. While this very instability is what gives it its amazing properties, it is also what causes the cosmetic and mental damage. You need more and more ADAM just to keep back the tide. From a medical standpoint, this is catastrophic. From a business standpoint, well... Fontaine sees the possibilities."

Reversing ADAM Sickness : "I have begun testing a new approach to the Splicing Sickness problem. ADAM remembers, you see. The method uses the ADAM's own "recall" of past cell configurations to revert each of the patient's genetic changes -- with one final dose, we return the patient to his former self! It is only theory: the number of potential bonding sites for even a single test is innumerable, and I cannot calculate alone. But I have heard of an adding machine at the heart of the city, beyond the capability of any device the world has known. Perhaps... if I could harness its power...

A Possible Solution : I have begun testing a new approach to the Splicing Sickness problem. ADAM remembers, you see. The method uses the ADAM's own "recall" of past cell configurations to revert each of the patient's genetic changes -- with one final dose, we return the patient to his former self! It is only theory: the number of potential bonding sites for even a single test is innumerable, and I cannot calculate alone. But I have heard of an adding machine at the heart of the city, beyond the capability of any device the world has known. Perhaps... if I could harness its power...

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Real scientific understanding is constantly revised, and a statement can turn out to be specific to a particular context. The in-game Audio Diaries were from evidence observed AFTER negative effects are seen by her around the time of BS1 - ADAM abuse/overuse cases or long-term accumulation, or whatever. What we've seen her say is her hypothesis/theory, not a pronouncement from God.

"Stem Cells" (little understood in the Real World until the 1960s) turn into normal cells, and 'unstable' is one definition of what they are BEFORE they turn into normal tissue (not that the cells need continue to be 'unstable', just that they have the ability to form whatever tissue they are compelled to assume by their genetics and environment (which includes NEW added genetic patterns acting as triggers).

How complete/permanent/continuous the process is with ADAM involved ?? ADAM genetic manipulation effects seem to deteriorate with time (requiring boosters is mentioned). This is possibly an immunity system response (tissue rejection) which may attack the partial (foreign DNA/RNA) tissue changes (and the immune system probably grows more effective with time -- it is basic immunology/allergy involvement).

Overlapping Plasmids may interfere (different RNA/DNA each time). Tissue rejection blocking elements in the ADAM product which protects the modifications may deteriorate. Repeated use may leave breakdown byproducts in cells that impair new ADAM application (ie- oxidative toxin buildup) - requiring increased ADAM dosages to get the same effect. And Possibly other mechanisms ... More than one Plasmid/Tonic in use simultaneously could complicate things, and all effects can be varying with the user.

"May" May May May ... Science today hardly knows how so many of these (REAL) types of biological processes work, and Tenenbaum's theories can only be a rough guess at what she sees happening. The affects can be observed without understanding the underlying biochemical mechanisms (which in the real world has taken decades and hundreds/thousands of experts, and much experimentation and resources).

SO do we declare WE know exactly what is going on, -OR- can we really only reflect what the game shows happening (including simply how vague much of this evidence is, and the nature of Audio Diary evidence themselves all only being from the recorder's perspective and context).

I've mentioned many uncertainties and possible explanations. Perhaps the MMORPG can off a more cohesive explantion (including a revision from Tenebaum about new understandings for all of the above - as she is now specificly working in New Rapture on a solution dealing with this.)

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Protecting_Little_Ones (Audio Diary)  :

Suchong (Point Prometheus) : "War a terrible thing. Japanese kill every man in my city, except for Suchong. Suchong have opium. Very good opium. This war, terrible thing, too, but not for Suchong. Everyone scared now. Everyone need ADAM. More than Little Sisters can make. Good news is war makes lots of corpses. Suchong knows way to recycle ADAM from corpse. But can't send Little Sister out to street unprotected. Suchong must think on this."

Suchong sounds like the 'Civil War' is in full swing by the time he recorded this.

Those ADAM Production Increase projects would NOT be done in mere weeks (witness the extensive facilities at Point Prometheus - both for Big Daddies and Little Sisters, and all the Audio Diaries talking about Suchong's work there on these projects). SO the early death of Suchong is a major Contradiction.

Deployment of the Turrets and Security Cameras and Flybots shown in BaSx were supposed to be later (measures taken and developments/placements made necessary by the Civil War, which hadn't even started yet (in BaSx portrayal). They obviously were (likely being early versions) all ineffective in the 'Prison' because the inmates seem to have already hacked them all before Kashmir, and so WHY leave them (The Turrets) there ? And originally what were they to protect when the inmates apparently were allowed to run free anyway? (( Watch a few prison movies where inmates riot and the authorities come in and restore order immediately and usually don't care much how many inmates might get killed doing it. ))

The point was made in the previous games (and on High and Market Street) : that Rapture before the Kashmir Incident felt pretty secure -- which made what happened at the News Years Eve party such a shock. Those Kludged together machines wouldn't be likely products seen in 'normal' Rapture) - there was no emergency yet to justify them (those shown for earlier private security would be largely non-lethal, so some changes still would be needed for Anti-Splicer and 'War' units). Later in BS1/BS2 they are represented as patched together machines, because it was LONG after things fell apart in a major way. It is all too contradictory for so many of these things to happen this early (you can only blame the BaSxDLC-quality writing/expediency so much ...).

A proper prison arrangement would prevent escape, limit/restrict/control/regiment the inmate movements/activities, separate them from the guards, and provide facilities to feed/supply the inmates safely/securely. If it was all just to 'sink' them and kill them all (as the writers try to imply (???? OH THAT MEAN OLE RYAN!!! ...)) then why not just quickly flood the whole place or turn off the air ? All of it makes so little sense. (... DLC-quality writing ... AGAIN).

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Desperate Times :

Ryan (Farmers Market) : "Doctor Suchong, frankly, I'm shocked by your proposal. If we were to modify the structure of our commercial Plasmid line as you propose, to have them make the user vulnerable to mental suggestion through pheromones, would we not be able to effectively control the actions of the citizens of Rapture? Free will is the cornerstone of this city. The thought of sacrificing it is abhorrent. However... we are indeed in a time of war. If Atlas and his bandits have their way, will they not turn us into slaves? And what will become of free will then? Desperate times call for desperate measures."

Suchong apparently proposes this Pheromone Control solution to Ryan when the "Civil War" (the Rapture Law  Enforcement Action against the Terrorists led by a man named Atlas)  was already on, and not going  particularly well.  But how long did this 'solution' take to develop (Sorry, no Wave-of-the-Hand magic instancy you have in Infinite BS), and how effective did it ever turn  out to be ??    Ryan seems to control alot of Splicers in BS1, but how much of that can be attributed to an Pheromone Control is only vague.   

The measure also could be used in a limited way with the Gatherer's Garden machines only in the disrupted areas supplying the modified Plasmids/Tonics.

Ryan really doesn't need more crazy/maimed/sick people in his City, so the whole thing about 'Splicing' the whole population would be balderdash (and with limited ADAM supplies probably impossible). People NOT taking ADAM would NOT be affected by this 'Pheromone Control" and people who already were addicted had not so much "Free Will" anyway .

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Kill the Son of a Bitch (Radio Message) :

Atlas (Hephaestus) : "Now, Would You Kindly head to Ryan's office and kill the son of a bitch ? It's time to finish this."

You might as well Moo (you are on the cattle slaughterhouse ramps leading to the abattoir) for all the choice you have been given in the game. The lies stacked up, the willful bias of all evidence forced upon you. All paths lead to murdering Ryan. Unfortunately they saw no real need to offer a more conflicting story to the Player, who's real interest is largely the 'fun' of just slaughtering things and getting new toys to play with. You are ignorant, knowing only what they tell you, no matter how dishonest and contrived it all really is. It is merely window-dressing for a Slaughterfest game which really could have been much more.




Radio Msg - 'Termite at Versaille'

Ryan : "Imagine the will it took to create a place like this. And what have you built ? Nothing. You can only loot and break. You're not a man, you're just a termite at Versailles."

Going with the (my) Epic Twist, Ryan here is just testing Jack to see how he reacts. Unfortunately Jack never says anything -- perhaps never learned as he IS only 4 years old after all (and probably well ADAM-addled by then too), and other things had been more important for Fontaine to have him 'conditioned for' or rather 'programmed' (like shooting guns and slaughtering people).

!!! Another 'Flashback' (player activity) for the MMORPG would be the whole 'training the pawn' conditioning experience which Jack was put through (some by Suchong, perhaps more done 'on the surface'). --- --- ---

Radio Msg - Another man - "A miracle"

Ryan : "A man builds a city at the bottom of the sea. That's a marvel. Another man happens to be on a plane that crash lands on the same city in the middle of the ocean. Why, that sounds more like ... a miracle."

(More) Evidence that Ryan knew what was happening with Jack - Fontaine's plan in progress (how would Atlas know/arrange it all if he wasn't really Fontaine ...)

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"Need To Know" - BaSx Kinetoscopes (so Bizarre)  :

No logical reason to have these technological throwbacks in Rapture (its the Age of TV, morons !!!) - if they are supposedly to be considered some era-matching Propaganda campaign by Ryan (certainly as public Porno Theaters (private view Vending machines) they would be more logical). With REAL propaganda, the more people who see the message the better, so just show the presentation in a loop on a public TV Screen (if several messages, then cycle through them, along with useful News updates/the current time to keep peoples interest/attention) -- a mechanism which multiple people could watch simultaneously, and become informed (even at a distance).

This is just a Rotting Leftovers Infinite BS game mechanism (projecting it on a open in-game walkabout TV game object apparently was ineffective/undoable in the Game Engine ? Some simple Trigger/Rendering issue making it hard to implement ??). The in-game Kinetoscopes is Player activated (like an Audio Diary) in a easily controlled (programmed) interface, used to present some of the the usual game 'Backstory' material. Supposedly (somehow?) their existence as common Rapture 'devices' now justifies use of the subverted ones seen - like Atlas's propaganda, or custom ones like Cohen's 'art', or to enable that one with the (inevitable) 'Jump Scare' gimmick.

Well it IS DLC - Par for it to be mostly cheap dev programming/Asset Recyclings. Bioshock's Ghost Stories were innovative (we coulda had them again ...). Unfortunately, you are not likely to get much new in a DLC.


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Radio - Thinker-Porter (Minervas Den) : "You'll need to confirm your genetic identity to start the printing process" ...

WHY ? (Why should Sigma, some Alpha Big Daddy, have to do this, when the computer usually directly controls the printers ?) Seems a bit contrived to get YOU to the control stand just to do the 'twist' ID reveal. Not clear why Thinker-Porter couldn't just tell Sigma-Porter who he really is at any point (it is implied that's why The Thinker was doing all this crap all along wasn't it ?? The "familiar voice" stuff, etc...) If just telling him wouldn't work, why should this 'ding' ID system break through Sigma-Porter's conditioning/brain damage any better ? Maybe it might have been more logical for Tenenbaum to act (somehow) at that point, and inject some of her Whatzit-sauce into Sigma to do for him what she did to Jack (and maybe helped Eleanor do with Delta) ... "Sigma, go put a new box of printer paper in Printer #7." ... " Hello Herr Sigma. Here letz me injekt du vith zis... "

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Tenenbaum Warning that "Minervas Den is falling to pieces because The Thinker is shut down" ...

First - where is she (watching Delta somehow), and why hasn't she been any help sooner (or been assaulted by the numerous Splicers roaming Wahl's little kingdom)?? Second, if the place (Rapture or just RCC) will fall apart when one computer is down because it stupidly has been made so critical to everything - makes me think that they were insane -- making the people there pretty crazily inept even BEFORE they were ever Spliced). How exactly did the place stick together before the computers were even operational in Rapture ? I know it is all for 'suspense', but a little realistic creativity can go a long way to improve things (Wasn't Star Trek's Enterprise (pick any of the series) threatened with a computer failure every other episode - that would "blow up the ship" too ??? )

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Audio Diary : "Wrong Side of the Tracks"  :

Augustus Sinclair (BS2, Paupers Drop) - "Ol' Pauper's Drop's the worst neighborhood in Rapture -- but it's a hell of an opportunity to raise up some ah, affordable housin'. When Atlantic Express was constructin' their luxury passenger line, this place was hollowed out beneath as flophouses for the railway crew. Nobody was s'posed ta reside down here long-term -- but when you're broke in this town, you're not exactly swimmin' in alternatives. I don't favor spendin' more than an hour or so down here at a time. There ain't a side of the tracks more wrong than under 'em. "

Likely recorded before Sinclair redeveloped the area (even got Ryan to put in the Drugstore). What you see in BS2 is NOT what Sinclair was talking about ... its origins (when the AE was under construction). He later saw the opportunity for the site and built his affordable housing (see the Amended level maps Paupers Drop). If you actually look at The Sinclair Deluxe - to see what it was BEFORE it was run and wrecked by Lamb and Holloway (for ~ 7 years, and when Sinclair was long out of the picture), it is (originally) actually quite a bit better then any tenement I've seen. But then Lamb's Collectivism turned the place BACK into a Shanty Town by BS2 - a Lambville as destitute as any Rooseveltville during the Great Depression.

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Audio Diary : "Better Times with Lamb"  :

Grace Holloway (BS2, Pauper's Drop) - "My folks lived in the St. Louis Hooverville in '32... and the Drop is worse by a mile. Nobody's supposed to live down here, city pissing on us. 'Never dry'. Ryan doesn't care and Fontaine's a damn crook, but Doctor Lamb cares. We're still people to her. She's offering free mental counseling on Sundays. When I go, I get the feeling she's got a plan for Rapture... and for me."

SO this must be recorded before Sinclair redeveloped Maintenance Junction 47 (when all the fancy Art Deco stuff and stores, etc... were added). I put that around/after 1952 when the economic 'crash' happened due to the City Construction ending, and no new immigrants incoming to Rapture. Some people think that 'crash' is after the Civil War started (Closing_the_Limbo_Room, but its cannot be. EVERTHING turned to shit when the Kashmir Event blew up, and the visible redelopment done by Sinclair was something to happen (earlier) in 'normal' times.

Fontaine is a "damn crook"? Before ADAM Fontaine wasn't really "on anyone's Radar". MAYBE he was smuggling in Heroin into Rapture (being something compact and of high value) and a favorite of Jazz musicians at that time. So is Grace refering to high prices of drugs to the indigents ((It wasn't all that cheap on the surface with well known Jazz artist actually stealing from each other to pay for their Heroin habits)).

Of course Grace considers everything is Ryan's fault and Lamb is the Savior ... sounds a bit biased (or Lambs agenda speaking). If Holloway is there then her career as a entertainer seems to have gone 'out of fashion', it was along with the high living that went with that. She's supposedly running the renamed "Paupers Drop" place (by BS2), and its a real shithole (everything that was redeveloped has been trashed). I guess Grace (or Lamb) didn't much "care" either then. BTW, the St. Louis Hooverville was still around in 1936 (4 years AFTER 'The New Deal" started) and was one of the largest in the country, so I guess Roosevelt didn't much "care" either.

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Audio Diary : "Closing the Limbo Room"  :

Grace Holloway (BS2, Paupers Drop) - "That's it -- we have to close down the Limbo. Bomb goes off in that fancy place uptown, and everybody panics... pulls their money out of the banks... a whole city tuggin' on the same dollar bill. So the banks fold, and maybe one in ten got their savings out... who's going to come hear me nightingalin' about how broke they are? How am I going to provide for little Eleanor?"

Of course Grace is telling a general story and not necessarily factual (as in Banks closing or most people losing ALL their money). Perhaps she is delusionally remembering what happened in the 1929 "Crash" ??? (( Big point is here : These Audio Diaries are NOT necessarily factual and can have HEAPs of bias and misinformation embedded in them. They can only be taken as a "Point of View" of what someone at one point in time THOUGHT ))

Before this (at the time of Kashmir Incident), apparently Grace was NOT yet (was rescinded ?) '"Blacklisted" for singing against the Ryan Administration' (She had a job IN the Limbo Room ...) . Or her job in the 'Limbo Room' was the only place left that would take her and may have been a center of sedition. (( Or did she only think she was "Blacklisted" (told by Lamb?), and again is blaming Ryan for her decline in popularity with the audiences in Rapture ??? ))

So does that ALSO mean that (this alleged Blacklisting) may have happened afterwards (Post Kashmir), when she was aiding and abetting the 'rebels' - doing that when Atlas's terrorists were attacking citizens and blowing up things and wrecking the economy ? Something Sofia put her upto (for Sofia, the faster Rapture is brought down, the sooner Sofia could try to seize power ??) Sounds like something MOST Citizens of Rapture wouldn't "cotton to" .

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Maybe there was a money shortage (most banks have limited cash reserves) right at that point (Kashmir Bomb Explosion), but the banks would still have the security for the mortgages they had loaned out for. After the Great Depression, safeguards were put into place at American banks to INSURE depositors in Savings Accounts DIDN'T lose out when this kind of thing happened (one was that banks weren't allowed to speculate with the saver's money, and required security for its loans on things that COULD NOT lose their value. Of course Rapture would also still allow Investment Funds that invested in various (potentially risky) ventures - but thoise conditions would be written into the contract and enforced by law.

BUT If things in Rapture went downhill fast (ie- the Terrorism Mayhem after the Kashmir Incident), THEN it wouldn't matter about money much anymore (and makes what Grace Hollway here is saying odd) because money wouldn't be relevant anymore or buy you much of anything (in the game we find it in the trash, don't we ?) ...

POSSIBLY (despite the impression the game writers are trying to make) there still remained ALOT more order than what the game setting implies (outside the areas YOU go through). After all, so much of what Atlas relates is later found to be lies (and you only go through a very small part of Rapture - guided by him).

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Suchong: "Break that puppy's neck — Would you kindly..." Jack Playing the Audio Diary  :

At this point (in Rapture Central Control and Ryans WYK room), you (Jack) are forced to start looking around the room for a Puppy you have just been ordered, via your Control Phrase, to kill ("Break that puppy's neck"...). SO you wander around, like ordered, for about an hour until the command's strength weakens with time, and then you are confused.

You then wonder a bit, and then since you forgot what it said -- You play that Audio Diary again . Repeat.

Eventually maybe Atlas gives you a call wondering whats taking you so long, OR Ryan does the same wanting to get on with HIS faked death....

And another thing happens -- you see that phrase ("Would You Kindly") scrawled up on the wall in that same room. Since you also respond to your control phrase in TEXT form (as Jack did when he opened the box on the plane), you (Jack) start wondering what the command is -- that the WYK makes you go into slave-mode to carry out (notice it works as Suchong used it FOLLOWING the command, and when Fontaine uses it many times he says the command phrase FIRST). In this situation you say 'uh, what was the command??' and maybe stand there for an extended period WAITING for the command that is expected... But nothing happens unless its up on that chart?? SO you look anxiously on that board looking for the command which you are getting rather anxious about, and maybe take an hour doing that ?? Then you, while searching, spot the control phrase as text again (scrawled with emphasis) and you get stuck in a loop.

Perhaps at this point blood and green glowing liquid start dripping out of your ears, and you collapse and start having a fit on the floor, and then go unconscious. So Ryan never gets killed, and instead just drops the "15 ton weight" on Atlas/Fontaine using a battalion of Splicers and Security Bots (even hyped up Atlas can't handle that many). End of Fontaine/Atlas, and Ryan can now rebuild his city, finds The Cure and everyone lives happily ever after.

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Audio Diary Cohen "Critics"  :

(BaS Cohen ) - "Of my first play, the Herald said: "A dead whale has washed up at the Shubert Theater, and stinks a little more with each passing night." The Tribune called my first opera as "having the effect of canceling out all of Mozart's classics in a single caterwaul." And now, critics take me to task for my humanitarian work. If I were not there to find a home for these orphans, would these bellyachers take my place? An artist once said, "All critics should be assassinated." I just might take him up on that."

His First Play IN Rapture? or is he talking about before on the Surface?

It Sounds a bit like his recent 'artistic' attempts and critic's judgements - 'whale' comment sounds kinda sea related... (and Cohen had been in Rapture for many years already (since the late 40's?) -- maybe coming and thinking he would not run into similar critics, as he had previously faced on the Surface -- a more Open audience not so ready to regurgitate what 'Critics' told them).

Rapture has a 'Tribune', so why not a "Herald" too - a common enough newspaper name (how many newspapers could 20000 Rapturites afford to support?? But then specialized local papers once were alot more common). Why would he say Herald and Tribune seperate, but in almost the same breath if they were the same paper ? Which other 'Herald' (big city) would be refered to as 'The' ? Ditto, why not a 'Shubert Theater' in Rapture??

Still not really substantiated enough, could be Cohen referencing pre-Rapture happenings. (New York Herald Tribune and Schubert Theater all in the same city).

No mention of Cohen's 'humanitarian' anywhere previous to BaS (where is the "Sander Cohen's Little Sisters Orphanages" - they (Irational's Developers/Writers) musta forgot that HE (Cohen) would change the name the orphanage(s) at the first possible moment, because of his ego.)

Hmmm, If Cohen wasn't going to be on the 'outs' with Ryan for such 'altruism', then did Ryan actually not care so much about individual's acts (as long as it wasn't done with the 'taxpayers' money, or conniving to get other people to fund a charity...) -- beside the existing Little Sisters being the main source of Rapture's ADAM, which Ryan NEEDED continued until the addiction thing was fixed.

Thought : How many of Cohen 'Plaster-pieces' contained some of the "critics" he complains about ???

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Atlas's Little BaSx Propaganda Film "Message Received Ryan" :

Not quite the message Atlas was shown to have based his persona around originally (too bad Jack didn't see THAT soon after arriving in Rapture in BS1 - it might have been a very interesting psycho-drama element if Jack KNEW Atlas was full of BS the entire time.)

Seeing that propaganda would have most of the people in Rapture saying  "Don't want No part of that"  or "Another murderous revolutionary, no Thank You"  or  "I left X to get away from ruthless murderers like that" or  "Voice of the People? Sounds more like Voice of Bolshevism to me"  or  "WTF is this clown talking about? Another ranting Handout King" ...

Was that lame 'twist' in BS1 worth the game lying to you -- shoveling on the BS thick - as if they were making a Game Promotional Trailer ?????

Free Men & Free Markets (Need_to_Know_Theater in BaSx)  :

Narrated by Andrew Ryan : "Are you in the know? There has been a lot of idle talk from gadflies and naysayers following the nationalization of Fontaine Futuristics. I believe in free men and free markets. But I also believe in my city. And Frank Fontaine's purpose was nothing less than the destruction of Rapture. It was he who gave comfort to the laggards and layabouts. It was he who coddled the tramps and vagabonds. Fontaine was poisoning the people of Rapture. But his venom wasn't made of arsenic or strychnine. No -- it was concocted from something far deadlier. It was brewed…from altruism. Now you know."

Free is a Matter of Degree :

You cannot operate a business in a state of anarchy. If there are 'no laws' then who enforces a 'contract' ? (extremely impractical for business above a guy trading a watch for a sandwich inside a fallout shelter). Proposing a whole city operate that same way just shows that the writers didn't know or didn't care how Rapture SHOULD have operated (And since its all a collaboration then it could be both. And no it can't be "unimportant to the game" with all the other 'explanations' for much less basic things in the game --- thats a failure of inconsistency of detail ...).

So that's the basis (what had to be there) for having rules/laws/regulations/ordinances which Fontaine would realistically face prosecution/official-opposition for. The Lack of showing that happening seems to be that such details just didn't fit their weak 'just cuz' Failtopia narrative.

Real Justifications by Ryan are Not Much Mentioned in Game (in BS1 and BS2, when it mattered) :

Fontaine's many proven criminal acts, the murder, extortion, smuggling, shooting at City authorities.

That all is a simple example of Fontaine NOT believing in "Free Man, Free Markets", and actually acting against it. Of course those are things that would be self explanatory of why Fontaine's Financial Assets could be and were SEIZED by the City.

Another which also is not much stated : The CRITICAL NEED for Keeping the ADAM flowing (elsewhere hints mentioned - riots happening on just a rumor of insufficient ADAM supplies) - and THATS such a simple statement to explain to the Player reasons for the City Authorities to NEED to SEIZE Fontaine Futuristic ... Ryan himself would say that to the populace (if not to convince the addicted Splicers, but to convince the Non-Splicers who realized and didn't want all the Splicers to implode and REALLY become even more insane).

Few people would side with Fontaine with that spelled out. Since Atlas uses 'nationalization'/'Seizing' as one of his arguments to turn Jack against Ryan (and thus Fontaine now as a "martyr" ) mentioning that ADAM situation issue would kind of knock the legs out from under that part of the story too.

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The Big Daddy Need To Know Theater  :

Unknown Narrator ( BaSx) : "Are you in the know ? The Big Daddy may look imposing, but he's a gentle giant. Do you know all he does for Rapture ? These metal gents are the hands that maintain Rapture, digging the foundation out of the sea bed and guiding structural supports into place. Where do these metal mysteries come from ? Sorry, chum, that's a Ryan Industries trade secret. Now you know."

At time of BaSx these were Rapture's repairmen (and apparently not "Protectors" yet, as there is no added explanation/warning about that here) different from just being men in diving suits -- which BTW weigh hundreds of pounds out of the water - without 'Brute Strength' Tonic (available late in Rapture's history) that's kindof hard to be walking around inside in, as well as canvas construction inappropriate for anything below 150 feet (the Bends would kill 'normal' divers constantly at any greater depth in a non-Hardsuit). Whatever was done early was ordinary men in hardsuits, and those canvas-type suits only being employed very close to the surface (used likely for part of the prefabrication work on chunks of buildings very close to the surface).

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Beating On Ryan's Front Door :

If you attack the door to Ryan's lair (before you do the whole EMP thing) he sends a radio message saying : "Whoever spent so much of their money to MAKE you didn't get their money's worth ..." It sounds like Ryan by then already figured out what was happening in the plot -- Thus making it even more illogical for Ryan to commit suicide, when he had all but defeated Atlas, and could have shrugged off what Jack was programmed to do (... hence MY Twist of Ryan's own scam on Fontaine ).

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Audio Diary "Disappeared"  :

Grace Holloway : "He's gone. James was the only man I ever loved... now it's like he never even came to Rapture. He heard me sing at the Limbo Room, came up all bashful. He liked hearin' songs about what it's really like to live in this town... I think he's been trying to organize folks against Ryan, and now he's gone, and I'm here, singing "Rise, Rapture, Rise"... scared to death they're gonna come for me!"

Vague - it is all left open (more Ryan condemnation without fact). SO easy to assume Ryan had him locked up in Persephone, but 'James' just as well could have been one of Atlas's "cannon fodder", and got himself killed in one of "the rebellion's" terrorist attacks, or forced into Apollo Square with other rioters (or disappeared when he died of Fontaine's crude/clumsy semi-poisonous Weapon-Grade Plasmids, and his body unceremoniously 'disposed of', or left one of the unrecognizable 'corpses'). Organizing 'against Ryan' can include handling out leaflets saying "Kill Ryan and takeover Rapture". We have no real details of exactly what may have happened, and what Grace might be glossing over or just assuming. (A biased non-narrative --- one of so many to be heard in the game.)

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Timing of this Recording ?

How early did 'Atlas' come into being to stir people up to demand 'stuff', and blame mean ole Ryan if they didn't get it ? We see Atlas apparently bossing people around (already organized) in BaS2, and that's just months after Fontaine 'died' (It is possible Fontaine had positioned 'Atlas' quite some time BEFORE he 'died' - We don't know the interval between the time he had his face changed... or did "Atlas' do many things without showing his face?). Before the Kashmir Incident (the "Bankrun", etc... which allegedly put Grace out of a job), if when she says "I'm here" it seems to imply the recording is made when she is still at work (?? It IS found in Ryan Amusements though - these Audio Diary things got around apparently) -- if not that, then the recording could be made much later during the Civil War (when not just Ryan, but ALOT of Citizens are outraged at the murderous Terrorist actions of the 'rebels' like Atlas.) Grace could be 'who knows where' doing her 'singing', while Ryan is trying to hold Rapture together (so still before BS1).

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Anudder : "What Its Really Like In This Town..." (Grace's Rapture)  :

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You mean "hard" just like in the Real World ? You DID read the literature before signing up and coming here, didn't you ? You agreed to live by the Rules and Philosophy that Rapture was founded upon, didn't you ? No welfare state here, which is strangling the Surface world up there - Ryan made that pretty clear.

These 'hard times' would be (?) after the Early Economic Distress, years before BS1. Most of the rest of Rapture adapted and survived (Construction workers ? It WAS known that construction would largely end and OTHERs would be expected to take up new jobs). You (Grace) seem to have found work since then (Limbo Room ...), to then later (like everyone else) face the 'civil war'/terrorism that is being caused BY murderous parasites (if you hadn't noticed.)

You are (were) a singer. Are you even an artist to come up with something new ? Most people often DONT want to hear the same thing every performance for year after year. Most artists in Rapture were told "not to quit their day job". as audiences can be fickle, and it is up to them to decide what they like. The Blues might not be that popular in upbeat Rapture. And when the 'civil war' came, and most Citizens had no money for entertainment, was it any surprise they stopped coming ?

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Radio msg - Ryan (BS1, Hephaestus) "Rapture Will Thrive " :

"Rapture is coming back to life. Even now, can't you hear the breath returning to her lung? The shops reopening, the schools humming with the thoughts of young minds? My city will live. My city will thrive. And, when that day comes, we'll use your tombstone for paving tiles."

Ryans New Years Eve Speech - "'has been a year of 'trials ... and with that strength you shall rebuild." :

  • What might these 'trials' be and what would cause Ryan to use those words 'shall rebuild' with that inflection?
  • Fontaine Shootout... (possibly the biggest incident of violence upto that time)
  • Takeover of Fontaine Futuristics (no mention of any other assets).. A philosophical shock with or without motives more than stabilizing Rapture on Ryans part (Alone_at_Last)
  • But what else would need to be 'rebuilt' ?
  • ADAM shortages caused by chaos at Fontaine Futuristics until Ryan had the City take it over and reopen/run it ? (Secondary disruption of fishing operations - food shgortages til it was sorted out ?)
  • A whole lot of people going 'cold turkey' and rioting (or calling for Ryan to "do something") ?
  • Other incidents (some catastrophic leaks causing casualties- Dionysus and/or others) ?
  • Huge criminal operation exposed. Extended criminal involvement with Fontaines Smuggling being disclosed (disruptions of dependant businesses and involved influential people going to jail) ?

Remember that Rapture still largely in a state of Normalcy upto this point, the coming Civil War/Terrorism and its disruptions/destruction/fatalities is likely magnitudes more disturbing (but THAT hasn't happened yet).

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Those Audio Diaries

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"Scoping the Gate" - Treason from Morons ? (Audio Diary Hephaestus)  :

Hephaestus, Kyburz : "I spent the afternoon trying to get as close to Ryan's gate as possible without making a spectacle of myself... He's got it shielded six ways till Easter. There's no way into that place. All I got for my trouble was the hairy eyeball from Ryan's Splicer mates. That's the reward you get for trying to outsmart the best electrical engineer of our generation."

Yeah so does Kyburz somehow think Atlas will run the place after they (the story fabricated traitors) kill Ryan ? How stupid this plot gets just to facilitate that lame "I am your surrender monkey father Luke" plot twist thing. No, your death is the reward you get for letting yourself be warped into a fricking idiot by game writers Kyburz.

But then its a "shooter game", what do you expect (though they did endlessly tout themselves for BioShock having 'story'). The nostalgia element I think trumped the story by far in giving the game its 'feeking'.

BTW, Its not like writing it logically would have cost any more, or to have done with different text/verbage these recorded voice Assets - the things which are used most to tell so much of "The Story".

So when did this recording happen ? Splicer Mates ? After the Pheromone Control ? Low level security is all Ryan could really use these 'Splicers' for (because of their instability), while his 'sane' competant Security men were trying to track down Atlas.

Similarly "shielded six ways till Easter" meant there would be additional locks on the INSIDE (and the elctric on battery powered from INSIDE. And since Ryan was at home, ALL those additional locks would be engaged (and be backed up by more Security Devices than anywhere else in Rapture).

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Audio Diary - Genetic Arms Race : Hephaestus, McDonagh : "I begged Mr. Ryan to hand Fontaine Futuristics over to Atlas' boys as a peace offering, but the stupid sod won't listen to reason. 'Stead he's just splicing his mob up, giving them more and tougher Plasmids. There's an arms race on here in Rapture, but it's not about who can build the best guns and the biggest bombs. It's about who can become less of a man and more of a monster..."

The REAL "stupid sod" is McDonagh for basically saying that he told Ryan to give terrorists more weapons as a 'peace offering' and Ryan didn't accept it. The illogic of that seems lost to McDonagh (and maybe the writers -- or do they really think you win-over ruthless people by surrendering/giving them weapons ??). Then he goes on about Ryan having to Splice his own men to deal with the threat against the City by 'Fontaines Boys'. The Novel author at least gave a plausible reason why McDonagh defected (his family and he was leaving when he thought Rapture was going to collapse because of the 'civil war' and the Splicer menace).

So McDonagh wants Atlas and his murderers to win instead ? He not only changes sides, but decides to murder Ryan to give victory to the terrorists ... I find this to be some of the most ILLOGICAL and CONTRIVED stuff in the whole game. So McDonagh wants to give Fontaine Futuristics to Atlas as well ??? WHY ? Is he ADAM-addled by the time he records that ??? "Fontaine" is supposed to be dead at 'Atlas' has no claim on that property (if this is somehow some illogic that 'giving it back' because the 'Seizing' he thinks was the cause of the misnamed 'Civil War'.

Ryan actually would have had the support of most of the population of Rapture, who came TO RAPTURE to get away from people like Atlas. It is a major hole in BioShock's laid out reality that little such support is shown for Ryan in the game, and only that bunch of betrayers, like McDonagh. BAd writing is when you preserve one particular 'scene' and warp the rest of the story out of reasonableness.

As mentioned elsewhere : Ryan probably wouldn't want to have his Security Men "Spliced" because of the mental instability it causes. Superior weapons and tactics and organization were already shown to be effective (Neptunes Bounty Shootout). Ryan doesn't NEED more crazy people to deal with.

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Audio Diary - Stopping Ryan (More Illogical Turncoat McDonagh)  :

Hephaestus, McDonagh : "I never killed a man, let alone a mate. But this is what things come to. I don't know if killing Mr. Ryan will stop the war, but I know it won't stop while that man breathes. I love Mr. Ryan. But I love Rapture. If I have to kill one to save the other, so be it."

More bullshit plot fartings. Why not "'war' will stop when Atlas is dead" ? When the murderous anarchists and their instigators are done away with ?? SO the insane anarchists will just fade away ?? So Rapture will be 'saved by destroying its priciple core of order (Ryan) ? How stupid/crazy did someone have to be to think this way ? (Just look around at people in our current world ...) So easy to 'write' such testimony, without any consideration about reality being required. The term "Hack Writing" was coined for stuff like this.

Seriously, the 'twist' in the plot ("OMG its actually ATLAS who be de ebil one !!!!! ...hurrr hurrrr, derp !!!! ") wasn't worth all this illogical story garbage.

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Audio Diary - Ryan Takes Fontaine Futuristics :

Hephaestus, McDonagh : "Ryan nationalized Fontaine Futuristics -- he owns it now, lock, stock and barrel. For the good of the city, he says. He'll break it up in due time, he says. I've resigned from the Council and lodged me letter of protest, but that's just pissing in the wind. It'll be war, I say... unless somebody stops Ryan, and right fast."

Has McDonagh been sniffing Plumbers Glue again ?? This is sophomoric 'feeb' storytelling simply to vilify Ryan. SO this ADAM addiction is a Myth? (to McDonagh?) or did some Fontaines "heirs" step forward to take over and run that company (and it was denied)? He hasn't even waited to see if Ryan to do what he said he would do once things got stabilized (Note - Atlas leading a bunch of anarchist/terrorists murdering people and imperilling Rapture RIGHT as McDonagh here runs away). That's just insulting from the writers for someone who was supposed to be intelligent/responsible to suddenly do a 180 (THERE IS ALOT OF THAT in this contrived storyline). SO instead of demanding that Ryan keep his word (giving him time to do so) McDonagh abandons Rapture, surrendering/abandoning it to what he doesn't beleive in.

Is it any wonder that Ryan was left alone to make decisions to save his City, when the lame-assed story has everyone so easily abandon him and Rapture ?

Audio Diary - A Man or a Parasite :

Audio Diary - Fontaines Legacy

... evidence of McDonagh's PREVIOUS stability BEFORE his odd 'about face' ...

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Audio Diary - "Assassin"  :

Hephaestus, Anya Andersdotter : "Me. An assassin... that's rich. I could have gone along, I suppose. Spliced up, forgot. I believed in this place. I believed in Ryan. But when it got hard, Ryan didn't believe in Rapture, didn't believe in the Great Chain. He believed in power. And now this place is busto. And my girl is... gone... worse than gone... one of those... things. So am I an assassin? ...Well, only one way to find out."

When is this recorded ? Blaming Ryan for what Fontaine (children turned into Little Sisters, the many crimes that were exposed) and Atlas (an anarchist/terrorist) did ??? Is this Ryan's war measures again being whined about (no mention here of Atlas and the destruction and loss of life HE had done to the City to make them neccessary). Another ADAM-addled brain spouting illogic? (convenient that there are no contrary 'Audio Diaries' evidence in this 'setup' - just keep beating the Player over the head with this contrived stuff).

So when do we get to hear what the majority of the Citizens thought ? OOOPS ... THAT Didn't fit with their planned story warpage/contrivance/'twist', so it isn't/cant be there to inform you of what REALLY happened (and what REAL people of that time WOULD HAVE THOUGHT). Classic hack writing, making the mistake of having people from a different time period think like they do TODAY.

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Poorly Explained Treason  :

All of these people in BS1 who have turned against Ryan - have they been taking ADAM ? Addictions ? How much is this rejection of Ryan really is the product of ADAM insanity ? Many Audio Diaries are recorded fairly normal sounding even when the person says they've been 'splicin'. So instead of the writers' backhanded putdown of capitalism, and individuality, and the desire for a parasite-free society, they use these contrived biased game incidents as their 'evidence', maybe if you consider the ADAM involvement ... It more plausibly would be MORE caused by the coked-up ADAM-addled brains of these unfortunate people, who more often than not have made very stupid decisions (like assuming everything will be OK when Ryan is dead and 'Atlas' is in charge...). So many wouldn't have been chosen to come to Rapture if they didn't believe in Ryan's Philosophy (and actions required to protect it) that this anectdotal evidence would be atypical/the minority of people in Rapture. We REALLY needed a better explanation for even these suddenly doing such a reversal.

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Radio Msg - 'Termite at Versaille'

Ryan : "Imagine the will it took to create a place like this. And what have you built ? Nothing. You can only loot and break. You're not a man, you're just a termite at Versailles."

Going with the (my) Epic Twist, Ryan here is just testing Jack to see how he reacts. Unfortunately Jack never says anything -- perhaps never learned as he IS only 4 years old after all (and probably well ADAM-addled by then too), and other things had been more important for Fontaine to have him 'conditioned for' or rather 'programmed' (like shooting guns and slaughtering people).

!!! Another 'Flashback' (player activity) for the MMORPG would be the whole 'training the pawn' conditioning experience which Jack was put through (some by Suchong, perhaps more done 'on the surface'). -

Radio Msg - Another man - "A Miracle"

Ryan : "A man builds a city at the bottom of the sea. That's a marvel. Another man happens to be on a plane that crash lands on the same city in the middle of the ocean. Why, that sounds more like ... a miracle."

(More) Evidence that Ryan knew what was happening with Jack - of Fontaine's plan in progress (how would Atlas know/arrange it all if he wasn't really Fontaine ...) Its all there on Ryan's clue board.

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Kill the Son of a Bitch (Radio Message)

Atlas (Hephaestus): "Now, Would You Kindly head to Ryan's office and kill the son of a bitch ? It's time to finish this."

You might as well Moo (you are on the cattle slaughterhouse ramps leading to the abatoir) for all the choice you have been given in the game. The lies stacked up, the willful bias of all evidence forced upon you (even mood music to reinforce the 'poor poor' Atlas stuff). All paths lead to murdering Ryan. Unfortunately they saw no real need to offer evidence of a more conflicting story to the Player, who's real interest is largely the 'fun' of just slaughtering things and getting new toys to play with. You are ignorant, knowing only what they choose to tell you, no matter how dishonest and contrived that all really is.

In the end, it is merely window-dressing for a Slaughterfest game which really could have been much more than it was.


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