Bioshock Fan Art, T-Shirts, and Philosophy

blood is thicker than water
Blood Is Thicker Than Water on Deviant Art

I wrote a bit about Bioshock a while ago when Threadless had a competition to design a t-shirt about it. The results were ok, but I think there is plenty of room for more Bioshock t-shirts. This design is from a fan art page that Superpunch just published.

Bioshock is an incredibly interesting game that’s story is inspired by the philosophical writings of Ayn Rand, in particular the novel “When Atlas Shrugged”. This video review for the game mentions Ayn Rand and dostoevsky’s crime and punishment.

Video games are few and far between with such literary references, but this game really looks like it’s going to take narrative, story telling, and action to the next level. About time considering these games are getting Hollywood style budgets now. If this game can live up to the hype it will certainly spawn a great many more T-shirt designs.


My copy is waiting at home for me right now, so I can’t wait to get on there and play.

14 Responses to “Bioshock Fan Art, T-Shirts, and Philosophy”

  1. nate says:

    Yeah, i love that Ann Raynd novel “When Atlas Shrugged”

    Though I prefer “Fountain Heads”

  2. Andy says:

    Apparently you get some cropping on the game with a widescreen tv, which is a tad annoying but will probably be fixed soon.

    I might pick up a copy when my Xbox finally comes back from the repair centre (I got the three red lights of death just 8 months after getting it – lame).

  3. karl says:

    Same thing happened to me Andy, got the ring of death about 9 or 10 months, I was worried it was out of warranty when I called up. They got it fixed pretty quick though that was cool. I played the demo twice, once on regular and once on hard, it was teh awesome to say the least :-)

  4. Sjors says:

    Didn’t know the game, but even without that story, the shirt looks great. Filled with many possible stories.

  5. Mad Finn says:

    Big Daddy FTW!

    This game is absolutely amazing. I fully expect fan made art, incl. t-shirts, based on the game to explode on the intertubes.

  6. DC says:

    lol @Nate – although I am sure I’m one of only a handful who got that

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you’re gonna act like a literary snob and drop Ayn Rand references in your post, it always helps to get the name of the novel right.

  8. karl says:

    Gentle readers, my intent was not the consternation of my erudite readership. Pray, I hope you will forgive my careless misspronouncements, as I will travail in the future to cater to your lettered sensibility.

  9. blatch says:

    That’s right you should apologize. Don’t fuck with objectivists.

  10. karl says:

    I used to date a girl who was an objectivist, she even had a bumper sticker on her car that sais “who’s John Galt”. She was very fun in bed, not sure if that came from her objectivist philosophy or not :-)

  11. Joe says:

    I’m not expecting big things from Bioshock, despite a lot of hype and fanboys. I ranted a little bit about it to Greg the other night. I think one of the biggest problems with Bioshock is the enormous focus on ‘holy shit that was an awesome way to kill that genetically enhanced zombie!’; in other words, rewarding players for grotesque killing, whether or not the game is being ‘critical’ of it, is problematic because of the contradiction between the explicit message (what is said, the overarching plot, etc.) and the implicit (that it’s awesome to kill zombies).

  12. qbix says:

    I haven’t beaten the game yet, but so far it has been very successful as a videogame and in the process, it has managed to give me more than a few jaw dropping moments. Sure, the hype is a bit much but I don’t think it’s any coincidence that most reviewers and gamers who have played the game are giving it such praise. This is a very artistic title and the pitch is perfect: it’s a shooter, so the point of the game is to kill, in this case, zombies. As for the story, I also think the developers did a great job. The way it’s narrated through the game and how it gives you the opportunity to look into the lives of old rapture citizens is more than I would expect from an FPS. Moral choices are tricky, but at least they incorporated them into the game. Anyhow, I think Bioshock has earned to right to be nominated for game of the year, and this is coming from someone who was skeptical of it.

  13. JDSTONE says:

    Just wanted to mention to that this is my artwork! Check out the DESKTOP VERSION and the rest of my Gallery.

    I would love to have this artwork produced on a shirt, seeing as that was the whole reason why I designed it. Thanks for the support and please no plagiarizing!

  14. Joe says:

    These shirts aren’t bad….

    One that unrelated that I really do like is this one:

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