BioShock Infinite

The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time (photo)

The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time

As video games increasingly matched movies in their use of sweeping cinematics, it was only a matter of time until the gaming industry began taking its marketing cues from Hollywood as well. It’s been no surprise then that video game trailers have increasingly become a key promotional medium beyond the standard commercial. And like its […]

Infinite Chemistry: Ken Levine talks about collaborating with the lead actors of “BioShock Infinite” (photo)

Infinite Chemistry: Ken Levine talks about collaborating with the lead actors of “BioShock Infinite”

The next title being made by Irrational Games may have traded the deep sea milieu of Rapture for the high altitude of Columbia, but that’s not the only thing changing from “BioShock” to “BioShock Infinite.” Many of the world-building components in the highly anticipated first-person game show signs of an evolution and among those are […]

Clip Analysis: “BioShock Infinite” E3 2011 demo (photo)

Clip Analysis: “BioShock Infinite” E3 2011 demo

Video game teasers tend to stick to a certain formula: dazzle the viewer with awesome graphics, show off some of the games’ abilities and maybe dribble a little story out to tantalize would-be players. But every so often, one piece of video-centric marketing will float above the rest or sink to join the sludge. In […]

Open Chat: Ken Levine and “BioShock” Under the Microscope  (photo)

Open Chat: Ken Levine and “BioShock” Under the Microscope

Whether it’s Pac-Man, Master Chief, Sonic or Mario, gamers–and even non-gamers–all over the world know the faces of the medium’s biggest characters. However, unlike movies, TV shows and books, it can be tough to connect most video games with the real-life humans responsible for the interactive experience a title delivers. Ken Levine’s the exception to […]

Recommended: How Ken Levine’s Hollywood Dead-End Led to A Sharp Game Design Career (photo)

Recommended: How Ken Levine’s Hollywood Dead-End Led to A Sharp Game Design Career

Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games have already minted a modern-day classic in the first “BioShock” game. And it looks like their upcoming follow-up, “BioShock Infinite,” will raise that high bar of achievement even higher. Levine tends to be one of the best game designers when it comes to talking about the intellectual […]

Five Developers Who Should Make the “Inception” Video Game (photo)

Five Developers Who Should Make the “Inception” Video Game

According to a recent report in Variety , Christopher Nolan let slip that his hit film “Inception” could be coming into the video game medium: “We are looking at doing is developing a videogame based on the world of the film, which has all kinds of ideas that you can’t fit into a feature film…That’s […]

“Bioshock Infinite” Gameplay Trailer Traffics in Extremism (photo)

“Bioshock Infinite” Gameplay Trailer Traffics in Extremism

One month after the reveal of their eagerly anticipated title, Irrational Games is letting folks glimpse what the gameplay experience of “BioShock Infinite” will be like. To recap, players will be controlling Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent who’s contracted to go to the elusive, floating city of Columbia in search of a girl named […]

Clip Analysis: “BioShock” and “BioShock Infinite” (photo)

Clip Analysis: “BioShock” and “BioShock Infinite”

Video game teasers tend to stick to a certain formula: dazzle the viewer with awesome graphics, show off some of the games’ abilities and maybe dribble a little story out to tantalize would-be players. But every so often, one piece of video-centric marketing will float above the rest or sink to join the sludge. In […]

Talking About “BioShock Infinite,” Part 2 (photo)

Talking About “BioShock Infinite,” Part 2

In the final part of my talk with Irrational Games’ Tim Gerritsen, the dev studio’s director of product development discusses building virtual cities, using history and the kind of player reactions the makers of “BioShock Infinite” want to elicit. (The first part of our interview is here.) The themes in “BioShock” emerged very elliptically, almost […]

Talking About “BioShock Infinite,” Part 1 (photo)

Talking About “BioShock Infinite,” Part 1

This week, the video game world held its breath while waiting to hear what the Irrational Games development studio would be announcing as their next game. Surprisingly, creative lead Ken Levine and his crew are returning to the hallowed “BioShock” franchise. However, they’re setting up an all-new experience that leaves the underwater city of Rapture […]