Anthony "Tony" Magestro--or known on the field of battle as Metzge--is an avid writer, gamer, and entrepreneur. When he's not writing, gaming, or entrepreneuring, he enjoys cooking, trippy movies, and trying to be awesome to varying degrees of success. Feel free to check out his LinkedIn page, especially if you need freelance help with content writing or digital marketing. Or just like to network, that's fine too.
The BioShock series probably has some of the best writing I’ve seen in video games. With good writing of any sort comes good lessons that we can derive from it. When I was still in high school, my mother bought me the very first BioShock game as a reward for having good grades that quarter and I beat it within the first night. Not that it was a short game but I just couldn’t put it down. A couple of years later and Irrational still has me hooked into its crazy stories, especially with that of BioShock Infinite.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:
***CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***
10. “There’s always a lighthouse, a man, a city.” – Elizabeth Comstock
9. “The mind of the subject will desperately struggle to create memories where none exist.” – Opening Title Card
8. Elizabeth: “Do you ever get used to it? …the killing?”
Booker: “Faster than you can imagine.”
(Admittedly, Booker’s response reminds me a lot of something Max Payne would say)
7. “Sweet mother of Columbia. Why do we worship three symbols in your memory? We worship the sword, so we might avenge you. We worship the raven, so we may cover the city with eyes. We worship the coffin, because it symbolizes the weight of our failure.” – First Zealot
6. “And the Lord saw the wickedness of man was great, and He repented He had made man on the Earth. Rain. 40 days and 40 nights of the stuff and He left not a thing that walked alive. You see, my friends. Even God is entitled to a do-over. And what is Columbia, but another ark for another time?” – Zachary Hale Comstock
5. “Without the sinner, what need is there for a redeemer? Without sin, what grace has forgiveness?” – Lady Comstock
4. “When I first seen Columbia, that sky was the brightest, bluest sky that ever was. Seemed like Heaven. Then your eyes adjusted to the light and you see that sea of white faces looking back at’cha.” – Daisy Fitzroy
3. “When I was girl, I dreamt of standing in a room, looking at a girl who was and was not myself, who stood looking at another girl who was and was not myself. My mother took this as a nightmare. I saw it as the beginning of a career in physics.” – Rosalind Lutece
2. “One man goes into the waters of baptism. A different man comes out, born again. But who is that man who lies submerged? Perhaps that swimmer is both sinner and saint until he is revealed onto the eyes of man.” – Zachary Hale Comstock
1. “Why do you ask what / when the delicious question is when? / The only difference between past and present / …is semantics. / Lives, lived, will live. / Dies, died, will die. / If we could perceive time as it really was… / what reason would grammar professors have to get out of bed? / Like us all, Lady Comstock exists across time. / She is both alive and dead. / She perceives being both. / She finds this condition… disagreeable.” – Robert and Rosalind Lutece