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RapturedTeddy22

Someones sick joke that got a little out of hand??

Some weird experiments were done in Rapture.   Some things were not quite as benign as first expected.




1952computer

Office Computer from 1952

Real World 1952. An overgrown adding machine really (because of its limited memory).   A Cardreader isn't visible, so how data/programs got into this unit isn't obvious (also its a bit early for magnetic tape).   $68000 was alot of money in those days (that is approximately $607,000 in today's money).




Empirestatebldg

Empire State Building

Building type that the game's Skybox artists fixated on for those very tall thin skyline buildings we see dozens of, and many with some weird exaggerated tower/spike on top.  The top of the Empire State Building's tower was planned as a mooring mast for Dirigibles (was planned in late 20's) and then repurposed with a radio tower (with lightning rod) added above that.   Rapture's buildings need none of those things (radio doesn't work through water).    Looked neat ?   Not really.

The depth of even the tops of Rapture's tallest buildings leave their view of even the bright sun a murky dimness, so even observation decks at their top have little use.




FinkMfgPezDispenser

Fink apparently stole Lots of Ideas

Fink Manufacturing's Pez Dispenser - unfortunately he didn't quite get the part about it is supposed to fit in your pocket, but no matter, as nobody in Columbia could afford one (much like those overpriced Vigors).  In tests, the ejected candies could take a head off at 50 feet.




DontLetArtists

Overhang missing



JustWrong

Slight issue with the track height at this crossover

I almost missed the most obvious on this crossing of the tracks - for the the track above -- cars which hang/run underneath would strike the other track (as draw they weren't separated sufficiently in height).   It doesn't appear the upper tracks pillars (both?) were damaged and sank some, which could have explained the odd placement.

There also should be an offset overhang for the 'rail' away from the supporting pillar.   Its a nice picture, but the artist maybe got a little to involved with the girderwork and didn't check to be consistent (that track with the traincar next to the pillar is with correct arrangement).




BookersEMPBomb

Booker's Quantum Disrupter 'Bomb'

Since they recycled so many other things (many inappropriately) for Infinite:BS, they could have had that same 'build it - scavenger hunt' for Booker to get past some contrived blockage in the game's stockyard maze.  Disrupt the VeronoiField Blocking the corridor leading to Comstock or whatever.  So here's what it should look like :

(Actually its an era electric air compressor for a pneumatically amplified phonograph - back before vacuum tubes worked doing that).




DrabbitADAMPurifier

ADAM purification ?

Useful Apparatus for the ADAM business.  Somewhat better than a bathtub full of filthy green goo.

Actually it is a kind of motor for a clock which rotates when alcohol is vaporized by a heating coil on the lower left, forcing the liquid to the top and other side, and the weight causing that side to get pulled down. Used in a 30's consumer product when small electric motors were still extremely expensive.




ComstocksNightmare

Comstock hated Lincoln

Comstock's Nightmare.  Not sure why Columbia's flag wasn't the Stars-n-Bars with that game's whole strangely contrived society's attitude (Oh thats right - somehow its 'Americas' evils, etc...).   Anyway this guy appears in Comstock's nightmares alot, hence Comstock making a hero of Booth the Cowardly assassin (Booth never bothered to go fight for the Confederacy the whole war).




Rapturestreet4zzzz

Rapture Street Scene

One of Rapture's 'Streets', with a Trolley track and Sidewalks down its middle, and businesses and apartments to either side.  There would be several (many) miles of such 'Streets' in Rapture.  They criss-crossed Rapture, and frequently met at intersections like this spot. 




CohenTVShow

Sander Cohen presents Rapture Tonight

Sander Cohen guest-hosting Rapture Tonight on the Ryan TV Channel, sub'ing for the regular host.   It may not have been "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", but it was the 'big time' compared to the plethora of community-access-quality TV channels. Unfortunately with its small venue, you'd be likely any night to see the equivalent of Biggles the Tap Dancing Cat on the show.




SkylineHook

What the Skylines would REALLY be

Real Skyhook on Skyline, if Columbia wasn't hokey fantasy.   Was really pathetic when Booker had to get down by being lowered from that hoist.  Some industrial sites in Rapture would have things like this, but sorry no rollercoaster rides on these things.




AECommuterTraincar22

AE Commuter car interior

Much of the Atlantic Express in Rapture operated like a typical Subway in a big city, and the distances made trips generally not more than a few minutes.   (The main part of Rapture was only like 3 miles wide at the most.) There were other long-distance cars used to go outside the city to the outlying sites (which could look more like conventional passenger traincar interior).




EdisonConcreteFurniture

Edison Concrete Furniture

Real Edison Concrete(cement at least) Furniture - he bought a cement company and improved some processes and then was looking for NEW things to make out of cement. Edison also actually made ENTIRE houses out of concrete, cast as one piece in a mold.   A number of them still exist to this day.  With the expense of woods of certain types in Rapture, this might be a viable idea (at least for some things).




Monorailllll

Less than exciting Skyline for Columbia

If they redo Columbia in the MMORPG (Jacks ADAM-addled Fever Dream) something like THIS will be the Skyline.




LessPopularRaptureMasks

Some party masks were less popular than others

At least its not a dead rat strung across a Splicers face, like later it Chaos-Era Rapture...




ItsCominForUColumbia2

Alternate Dimensions

Mark Twain tried his hand at floating things too.




EarlyColumbia

Made for TV Movie in Rapture

Tennessee Willams Play "A Floating City named Desire"




DrStrangeMew

Dr Strange Mew

Mixing ADAM with Cats was a VERY bad idea.




Tapedrive

Tape Drive we see in Minerva's Den

Made a bit wrong.   I wonder if the dev who used this form for their model even knows why it was shaped that way.  Hint - the tape hangs/runs down below both reels on either side.  The Vacuum Column mechanism revolutionized Tape Drives, allowing small read/write/seek movements of the tape via air pressure, instead of only the clumsily movement of the turning of the spools, or other mechanical means.




Circa1887

Idea of Flight circa 1887

Flying circa 1878. SO near the time when Columbia was built -- THIS was the ideas people had of it. Now you might say that to build Columbia's various craft (the Zeppelins with wings, etc) they (Fink) could by 1912 have looked into the future, but then why something so ponderous/ungainly and also a recombination of what never existed? Why not something more advanced as apparently was done with so many other things? Why not real airplanes, even from just a few years later from 1912?

Reason - Zeppelin game model was already made from back before the Quantum BS was expanded with the greater anachronisms/fantasies (and the Player running around shooting in a real (small) airplane interior would have been pathetic).

Note that the proportions of this thing are somewhat close to what Columbia The Floating Balloon City would have needed to be -- with a balloon the size of a large stadium for each city 'block' -- even if it was all made mostly of lightweight sheet tin, chickenwire, plaster and wood scaffolding (like most real exposition "show cities" were) instead of the absurd solid brick/stone/pavement...




Tube2

Vacuum Tube Form of Rapture Bio-Electronics

Hermetically sealed in the glass tube (a good thing with all Rapture's leaks...) and with many more contact pins than on a typical Electronic Vacuum Tube. The actual circuitry is in a block of glass within which is made up of many thin plates of glass (think microscope slide cover glass) which has been etched and various materials deposited on its surface. The layers are connected via hair-sized gold wires wrapped around the outside, and tapped into by the component layers. Such miniaturization made possible the electronic controllers used by things like the Security Flybots, Security camera, Robotic Little Sisters, etc...




HelloLincoln

The stuff of Comstock's nightmares...

Hello Kitty apparently is over 50 years old now (this is from some website about it), but more importantly, THIS is the Great Enemy which Comstock feared (one wonders if Comstock had nightmares about slavering cats in power-armor, chasing him across the Great Plains, making frightening warwhoops as they pursued him) (come to think of it THAT would have made a more logical plot than Infinite BS)




20sMikiPhone

Pocket record player (Real)

Every time I see the Voxophone from Infinite BS I laugh at the rediculousness (and how stuck Ken & Co got on just copying previous games, to this games detriment). Now THIS thing is somewhat closer to what those portable audio player were supposed to be.




TooLogicalFoFantasyland222

Concept Skyline Freight thingee

An early concept picture for Columbia's Skyline mechanism - it was a bit closer to potential reality (still has issues with parts of the machinery, but at least no need for Quantum Faerie Dust - which probably didn't even exist yet in the game plot when this was drawn). Practical cable systems only go in straight lines, but with a little imagination STILL could have been made to work as the transport system (endpoint platform to platform along the path, transferring to a well-supported overhead rail, before transitioning to the next cable). That would of course eliminate the rollercoaster curves and dips and dives (and strange circular paths ONLY within a level). BTW - In Fintkton we see conventional railroad cars (even ones carrying tree logs, wherever THEY come from) which roll on tracks on the ground, but no Skyway connectivity into that (having one system = Real World logical).

But then, the Skyway fully degenerated into a circuitous Player jumping and shooting mechanism. We might have had an IndianaJonesTempleDoomMineRide equivalent with switches to go around trains and opponents. That might've been interesting - multiple routes selectable, etc... Instead of some industrially pointless loop. If only we HAD got what the earlier trailers showed, but the "Impressive" idea turned to "Meh" ...

A faulty part of this mechanism's design is : You would not suspend a long rectangular box like the Columbia Freight containers hung on a single bogey like that. The load should be square to minimize front-to-back swinging from contacting the cables (that in-game clip-on version would've been even worse with that). There also should be some good-sized piston type actuators to work the load clamps (in any case, hooks ontop of the freight boxes would be far simpler and more sturdy/effective - hydraulic clamp requires a power source...).

The drive for real systems like this is usually a third (and often fourth) cable that attaches to drag the car along (and in Columbia it doesn't have to be fast - just get there, across a not so large City).




AndrewRyanFresco

Fresco format

Amazing what you can do with Photoshop's built-in functions. A piece of 'NON-Unconscious' art.




Shroomville

Retro Futuristic vision

Does this qualify as a bunch of Lighthouses? Not really sure what the advantage is of building cities like this, perhaps if flying belts (which we didnt see in Infinite:BS) became ordinary items to people...




ColumbiaSpaceStation

Columbia might have been alot more interesting in Space



ColumbiaInOrbit

Coulda/Woulda/Shoulda

Columbia in Space ...



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