• • Outside it’s America: a BioShock Infinite interview
Jeremy Parish, 1UP.COM BioShock | [Q:] I'm curious where you draw the line -- maybe personally, but also as a team -- between making a statement and setting up a straw man. I love BioShock, but I do feel that Andrew Ryan is a little bit kicking-the-dog when it comes to Objectivism and that sort of thing. It's kind of an easy target. It's amusing to play, but... I'm curious to know how you find the balance there with a game like this. Clearly it's making some statements. [Drew Holmes:] The statements that we are or are not making... We do our best to leave that up to the interpretation of the player. Going back to BioShock, you hear... A lot of people saw it as a criticism of Objectivism and Rand. There were people on both the right and the left that said “This is a championing of our beliefs.” I don’t think Ken was making a statement either way. He was just saying, “This is the facts of this universe. This is what Rapture was built on.” It allows players to interpret that as they see fit.