• • • Social Commentary In Bioshock
Mike Mahardy, Game Informer Altruism |BioShock |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism | Bioshock’s antagonist, Andrew Ryan, is known for his soothing voice and unpredictable nature. But past his surface features, allusions both obvious and subtle connect him to famed author Ayn Rand, creator of the objectivist philosophy. [....] Aside from the fact that Andrew Ryan’s name is a partial anagram of Ayn Rand, the duo’s beliefs mirror each other’s as well. Ryan’s looming bust gazes down on you as you arrive in Rapture. A banner sports the slogan, “No Gods Or Kings. Only Man.” As the story of Bioshock progresses, it becomes painstakingly clear that much of what happened to Rapture was due to the chaos resulting from Ryan’s ideals.