Sounds like the commentary was not only week, it may have been a fortnight, or even a month...Mr. Tweedy wrote:The problem with their commentary is that no character in the story was actually faithful to Objectivist ideals. If you're going to criticize a philosophy, you've got to have your characters be faithful to it, but no one in Bioshock is. All the characters who started out being Objectivists are corrupt by the time you meet them, and half the characters were corrupt to being with. The Objectivist utopia seems to fall because of simple badness on the part of its residents, not because of any flaw in Objectivism. That's why I think the commentary ended up being very week.
I'll leave the discussion of the relative merits, and/or flaws of objectivism to the Philosophy and Politics forums. My subjective impression of discussions on the subject is that it sometimes seems to start arguments and hurty feelings...
I agree completely that if you are going to use a philosophy as a basis for a compelling background for a game, it would be nice if it were done well.
I used to love FPS's myself, but became disenchanted with them when they ended up being a war between the LPB's and HPB's, although the pervasiveness of high-bandwidth internet access has probably mitigated that problem somewhat.
I'm a MMORPG kinda guy myself these days.
edited to add glossary:
LPB: Low Ping Bastard
HPB: High Ping Bastard