Ripping Off Bioshock?

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Bonnie Ruberg from Village Voice and Heroine Sheik shows that Fallout history isn’t her forte:

It’s pretty obvious the game is ripping off Bioshock. Send me hate mail if you must, but first let’s look at the comparison. Bioshock was a shooter with RPG elements that took place in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Fallout 3 is, yeah, just that. Bioshock achieved stunning visuals and environments by juxtaposing desolation and destruction with a campy, retro aesthetic in its posters, radio broadcasts, and items around the city of Rapture. Fallout 3… Well have you seen vault boy? (We’re not even getting into the nit-picky, interesting comparisons, like how Bioshock’s world is defined by having too much water, while the Fallout 3 landscape seems defined by its lack.)

As frustrating as it is to see one game rip off another, it’s hard to stay annoyed at Fallout 3 for long — because, frankly, the game looks awesome.

Bioshock showed up a decade after the first Fallout games, that detail seems to escape her radar.

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8 thoughts on “Ripping Off Bioshock?

  1. She is obviously utterly clueless! But probably she is not the kind of person that has played any of the previous Fallout games. But doing some research wouldn’t probably hurt. If you just check out the Fallout wikipedia page, you find out that the Fallout series (and their trademark retro-future) was around for much longer than Bioshock.

  2. Yes, actually if you’re the type of guy/girl, who’ll put labels like ‘They’re ripping off’, you’d point the finger at Bioshock. And would be wrong, of course… The first post-apocalyptic book I ever read is called ‘The Day of the Triffids’ and it’s published in 1970. Since I read it, every other book, movie, or game looks like it to me.

  3. lol she doesnt mention that it happens to fallout 3!!!! not one, or 2..

    “Well have you seen vault boy? ”

    Yes , I think I saw him for the first time in 1993.

    “We’re not even getting into the nit-picky, interesting comparisons, like how Bioshock’s world is defined by having too much water, while the Fallout 3 landscape seems defined by its lack.”

    Like in fallout 1 and 2….

    lol. I thought she was talkin about a specific scene in the game when i saw the title. lololololol

  4. (We’re not even getting into the nit-picky, interesting comparisons, like how Bioshock’s world is defined by having too much water, while the Fallout 3 landscape seems defined by its lack.)

    Wow… just.. wow. So what exactly is just the right amount of water a game should have to avoid being compared to Bioshock??

    And if all this writer sees is a ‘lack of water’ when viewing Fallout3, so much so that she thinks it ‘defines the game’, then her journalistic future looks about as grim as the desolate D.C. wastelands she was viewing.

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