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    Plot Analysis by Wesley D Young

    Updated: 06/10/13 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    Written and Compiled by Wesley D. Young in 2013 with the assistance of numerous
    other helpful gamers.
    (Want a better format for this? This is also a nice PDF document over at
    www.mediafire.com/view/?mz61kbyk1s7vgdb) I keep the two synched.
    Until new DLC arrives for this game I consider this analysis pretty much
    finalized/complete. If you spot any errors, or have a legit addition to make
    to it, feel free to contact me.
    Section 1. Note about Easter Eggs
    Section 2. What this analysis is NOT
    Section 3. Commentary on the final release of the game
    Section 4. Funny/True Easter Eggs/Misc items
    Section 5. Culture of Columbia
    Section 6. Booker
    Section 7. Booker as Andrew Ryan
    Section 8. Elizabeth
    Section 9. The Lutece "twins"
    Section 10. Fink
    Section 11. Comstock
    Section 12. Things at the beginning of the game (Pre-Elizabeth)
    Section 13. Things at the middle of the game (Elizabeth)
    Section 14. Things at the end of the game (Rescue of Elizabeth)
    This contains MASSIVE spoilers, and not really concerning the actual gameplay.
    Do NOT read this until you have finished the game.
    This term has become corrupted in the past few years, with people applying it to
    anything and everything odd or funny that is right out in the open in a video
    game. Wikipedia has a solid article on the first Easter Egg to appear in a game
    (Atari 2600 Adventure). For instance, a lot of gamers have said that the
    anachronistic music in the game is a bunch of Easter Eggs - um, no it most
    certainly isn't. How is the Cindi Lauper ditty playing on Battleship Beach an
    Easter Egg?! Other people have said the final bit with Rapture is one as well.
    There actually aren't that many true Easter Eggs in the game. But as I've slowly
    explored and looked in every nook and cranny of the game a handful have indeed
    come to light.
    A true Easter Egg is something hidden within the game that includes a hidden
    message, inside joke, etc. Like if you use a cheat code in the game, fly off to
    one of those distantly-floating city blocks in Columbia and see a picture of one
    of the programmers plastered on it, totally hidden from view, THAT is an Easter
    Egg (that's just an example, don't get excited - I've yet to figure out how to
    activate the console in the game because the base Unreal UI is de-activated all
    throughout the config files). Inside jokes told by Elizabeth count as well,
    because the real meaning of her comments is indeed hidden.
    This is not a strategy guide, nor even a game guide. I fully assume you have
    played the game to it's final moments. I will not, for example, be giving
    details on the difference between the shotgun and the heater. Go to Gamefaqs.com
    for somebody else's write-up on that. I will also not be adding screenshots or
    anything else to this: If you want to see for yourself what I've detailed here,
    then play this fantastic game and discover it for yourself! =) Though for the
    music I have added Youtube clips.
    I am not some Ken Levine cultist. I do not think Infinite is 'the best game
    ever made' even. Truth be told, Ken Levine sounds like a very difficult man to
    work with - see the below link to a good interview with him, and his quirks.
    This is a guy who will literally let people work, blood sweat and tears, on a
    huge section of a game, and then he'll decide one day that 'it's all wrong:
    scrap it". I mean, that must vex the stockholders, his employees ... it must be
    very stressful.
    What appeals to me about this game isn't even fully the gameplay. Truth be
    told: It's a solid FPS.
    It's the characters ... the narrative ... the story ...
    The art, which is the glue that holds it all together, is just icing on the
    cake. If this had been a well-done piece of Interactive Fiction I would've
    loved it just as much.
    Personally, if I were to give it a review ... I'd give it an 8 out of 10.
    (Gameplay is solid, but not hugely original or innovative; and a lack of real
    replay value, outside of discovering plot points - though the 2 extra DLC packs
    will help allieviate this somewhat.)
    Modern video games are *phenominally* complex affairs, and it is just so utterly
    easy for many gamers to get pissed-off at a game without even realizing the
    utter hardships involved in their creation. This game is not unlike many, many
    other games in that endless droves of ideas are literally talked about,
    sketched, developed a bit to see if it plays well, and then scrapped. Case in
    point: Half-Life 2 has so many notes, concept pieces, scrapped ideas, and even
    fully-developed scenes that were just pulled from the game because despite what
    you may think NO it would NOT have been as cool as it looked. The hardcover book
    "Raising the Bar" that shows the entire development of Half-Life 2 is a great
    lesson in this.
    There was even a creature that one programmer worked really hard on, and entire
    levels were eventually built-around. Scrapped. The monster had a couple of
    fundamental flaws that just couldn't be resolved.
    After developing Bioshock 1 - a masterpiece of a game - Ken Levine actually
    went into a deep depression. He personally didn't see how he could possibly top
    that game in his lifetime, and was left feeling empty and without knowing "what
    to do next?" (paraphrased from interviews). He also requested to not be involved
    in Bioshock 2 for a number of - and I'm glad he stood by his decision on this
    - reasons. One, it was a very derivative game (it's like trying to do a sequel
    to a piece of music or art - I mean, he did what he wanted to do and wants to
    do something else). And two, the only reason why anybody wanted (meaning the
    shareholders) a sequel is because "sequels sell" and players were demanding a
    multiplayer Bioshock.
    Ken Levin has said that they came-up with so many ideas, modeled them, tested
    them, even had the voice actors do work on it all, but it just never came
    together fully, so they had to scrap almost everything and go back to the start
    - and eventually they had enough scrapped art and stuff that 2 whole extra
    games could've been cobbled together from it all.
    This sounds remarkable, until you learn that a LOT of other high-budget games
    have also done this (Half-Life 2 again...)
    This clip here (http://youtu.be/d8DomvUSV_o) shows one of those demos that they
    did for people about 2 years ago - it's all cobbled-together stuff to try show
    what they had at the time - the opening moments in the lighthouse are exactly
    the same so you can fast-forward through that. A lot of people are pissed
    because none of it (except of course the opening bit as he goes to the
    lighthouse, that was always figured out - they knew the basic concepts of what
    the story was going to be about, but it is VERY difficult to transform ideas
    into a smoothly-polished game) made it to the final game - it never was really
    expected to, and I personally *hate* how it all looks - though the Liberty Bell
    crashing was a cool moment, but I can see problems with that right there -
    Columbia doesn't look like this AMAZING city just bathed in golden sunlight, it
    looks like some back alleyway in a nasty part of New York City! And what the
    HELL is up with Elizabeth?! Booker sounds dumb ... and Songbird was supposed to
    hunt you down and you had to avoid him ... I can see problems with that - I
    mean, if you fail to hide from him properly do you just abruptly die and have
    to reload - that's kinda lame.
    You can see all these elements scattered all over the place, but none of them
    are really where the final game got to be (you had to reload after EVERY shotgun
    and sniper rifle firing?! Falling off the city is, of course, logical, but also
    would've been VERY annoying to just have it abruptly happen, over and over, in
    the midst of fights and crap). The island that they used for this demo is
    actually still visible way off in the distance, with the bridge and all. The
    original plot wasn't anywhere as interesting as the final one as well.
    Also, playing a game on the Easy and Medium levels of difficulty, and then
    criticizing the final game as being "too easy" or "too short" - among various
    other complaints - seems to be a bit of a recurring issue with some gamers
    nowadays. A friend of mine bought Infinite, rushed through it in 20 hours flat,
    but missed over half of what the game had to offer. To make my point I did a
    video that shows how the same fight scene in Infinite can literally be shaped
    by the level of difficulty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPuFPcEHRa8 ---
    slow the heck down and savor the game. What the hell is the big rush?!
    I mean, I'm reading a comment here from somebody who said they finished it in
    12 hours?! Did you even stop to smell the roses?! There is just no way you
    could rush through a game like that and possibly soak-in the full experience!
    Take this for an example: Did you see the giant clock that Fink uses? I mean:
    REALLY see it? The floating "prayer" panel? No? Then you're missing parts of
    the very game you paid good cash for!
    - It just occured to me the other day: Above 10,000' MSL altitude, if you do
    not use supplemental air to breath, a thing called Hypoxia will occur in humans.
    It basically makes you act like you are drunk (in fact Naval pilots going in
    the Top Gun program are subjected to the effects of this dangerous condition
    so that they know what it feels like). So, Columbia is like way over 10,000'!
    Nothing in the game is ever even given - not even a tiny clue - as to just how
    the entire city has overcome this problem. Probably just a writing oversight.
    I mean, Rosalind Lutece was able to hold the city aloft by "atoms that do not
    fall" - but that doesn't explain anything else that I can tell.
    - Frequently mistaken as an Easter Egg: The black man who viciously punches the
    white guy in front of the Fink Job Auction area yells "Nine nine nine" during
    the job auction. Many people have insisted that this is part of an egg that
    refers to failed Republican Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan. If you want to see
    a Youtube clip of Cain himself explaining the plan here's a link:
    So, the question is this: Is the black man's quote of "Nine nine nine" a true
    Easter Egg?
    To cut a long explaination short: In my opinion, no, it isn't. And here's why:
    It should be noted that a common form of logical fallicy is what I personally
    call the 'Nothing Came Before This' problem. This problem involves somebody
    stating something like "Oh, that is SUCH a rip-off of <insert name here>!"
    When in fact there is zero evidence to support this claim.
    Take the Strider creatures from Half-Life 2. A lot of people have commented,
    and insisted, that the designers of this creature "clearly" took inspiration
    from H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds", because the alien invaders attack
    Earth in tripod-like machines that walk.
    Here's the problem: Just because somebody comes up with a idea like this, it
    does NOT mean that everybody else for the entire rest of time was indeed
    either inspired by H.G. Wells, or that they are ripping-off that concept.
    Indeed, going back to Half-Life 2, in the excellent "Raising the Bar" book
    that shows the game's development, the Striders were inspired by blending
    together a Giraffe and Gorilla. It's two independant forms of imagination
    here with only the tripod element in common.
    So, getting back on track: Just because a black man now yells "9 9 9" in
    any situation does NOT mean it MUST be a reference to Herman Cain. If you
    stand there and watch the entire scene in the game unfold, his shouting is
    merely a part of the bidding. It's not even a funny scene - it's a display
    of how desperate these people are for work.
    Now, if it had been a black politican in the game who had yelled that line,
    then yes, that clearly would've been an Easter Egg.
    Ironically, it was rather well pointed out that Cain's plan does bear a
    rather striking resemblance to the tax system that players employ in the
    Maxis SimCity game series (you can specify three taxes on Residental,
    Industrial, and Commercial properties). Here's a link talking about this
    comparison over at the Huffington Post:
    But, again: Just because a notable game had this idea, that doesn't mean
    that it's now a solid fact that Cain's idea came from Simcity.
    - True Easter Egg: While taking various clips of the game, the video editor over
    at Gamesrader was fast-forwarding through the gameplay footage and during the
    initial scenes where you first fight the Crow Assasins, he heard a really
    slowed-down audio track (a song actually) being used to create a part of the
    audio envionment. I have doubts that this is some sort of secret message, but
    is probably just the audio guys having used that song to create a uniquely-deep
    sort of envionmental ambiance (sound effects guy do weird stuff like this all
    the time!). I mean, it *might* have some sort of meaning, but I'm not actually
    going to actively seek such a thing out.
    The clip they made is here:
    - The Devil's Aid boost costs 666 cash. I had that right in front of me before
    really noticing it. Cute.
    - Is the Motorized Patriot's weak spot on his backside a reference to cowardice?
    - True Easter Egg (with a clarification prompted by Martin Mayer): There's only
    one door in the entire game that asks for a combination lock. The combo is
    revealed to be 0451. This is a thing that Irrational games does, going back to
    its first game (System Shock 2), and is a reference to the classic Ray Bradbury
    novel Fahrenheit 451 (in fact, the first door lock you encounter in all of their
    games has a combo of 451, going way back to the original System Shock game that
    they weren't even involved with). The number 451 has had other connections with
    Looking Glass and Irrational Games, including the time when the keypad code for
    employees to enter the Looking Glass offices being set to 0451 (Looking Glass
    is a long-defunct company with a cult following that did the original System
    Shock. You wouldn't be playing any Bioshock games without their influence.)
    - System Shock 2 also came out in 1999, thus Infinite's 1999 Mode. System Shock
    was a very ground-breaking and influential game. You can purchase the highly
    acclaimed sequel on GOG.com for just $10. The original DOS game, while
    historically ground-breaking as it was is quite the unpolished DOS game, and
    there doesn't seem to be any valid means to purchase it for today's gamers.
    - The 1999 mode does not unlock anything new in the game: It is only a mode of
    difficulty. You can unlock it by either completing the game fully, or - and this
    is what I did - use the classic Konami code to unlock it. Beware: It seriously
    takes the "choices cannot be undone" motif to a new level - you cannot even
    turn the 1999 mode off unless you start a new game!
    - True Easter Egg: The game was released on the first day of Passover, and when
    I first started playing it there was a different bit of music playing.
    - Oh, and the mechanical horses are all called Easter.
    - You can rather viciously murder the few citizens who stand around, without
    penalty that I can tell. You can also slaughter the entire mass of soldiers who
    are told to 'stand down' right before you first hear Comstock talk to you. You
    rarely obtain anything from them.
    - The theme of Constants and Variables is also in the game. You don't get an
    option to select any random events, since it is really (according to the game)
    the immutable laws of the reality that determine those "random" occurrences. You
    do get to choose really big choices that Booker has to make (kill that solider,
    or let him live? etc). The Lutece "twins" ramble about this a lot as well.
    There are other small things in the game that dealt with this,
    - Bug/Glitch: When you first see a Crow assassin, and he brutally kills that
    one guy with all the crows and fire, if you look closely at the (rather
    gruesomely) and clearly-dead body there is an oversight from the animators: It
    still has breathing animation tied to it. Pretty damn tough guy to still be
    alive after that. =)
    - True Easter Egg: In the Duke and Dimwit Arcade Elizabeth gets excited about a
    certain game having been released, saying it was "delayed three times" -
    Bioshock Infinite was delayed three times as well. This qualifies as an in-joke
    Easter Egg. =)
    - The delays were the result of the game's seriously-ambitious plot. I mean, the
    writing in this game is so utterly good that I have written a serious analysis
    of it here! How many video games can you honestly say that about?
    - There are a handful of fairly clear thematic allusions to the original
    1.They both start at a lighthouse
    2.The priest at the start asks "Is it somebody new?", which matches-up with the
    Splicer in Bioshock 1 asking the same thing
    3.There is a baby carriage at one point that has a pistol in place of the baby
    - in Bioshock 1 there was a Splicer talking to her 'baby' which was revealed to
    just be a pistol.
    4. You could, in true System Shock style, play a mini-game to hack and repair
    consoles and vending machines in Bioshock 1. In this third game, you'll notice
    that all of the broken vending machines are quite permanently broken, with tools
    laying around or engineers trying to fix them. This is a visual key to the
    player that "no,there is no hacking or repairs in this 	one: What's broke stays
    broke" There is, however a minigame tied-in withInfinite, but it is a separate
    DLC purchase (The Industrial Revolution), which also gifts you with exclusive
    in-game equipment. And, in keeping with the theme of "your choices cannot be
    undone", the decisions of what faction you side with in the DLC are also
    - The Autosave system, while annoying to some players, was actually very
    carefully considered and chosen for the game. There is a big theme in the game
    of choices, and living with those choices, and the Autosave system plays on that
    as well (no going back). Heck, even the gold-plated guns that are unlocked via
    the DLC purchases can fall victim to this: If you drop those weapons and fail
    to pick them back up, they are gone. (Special thanks to Connor Nacov for a
    correction that was made to this note.)
    - True Easter Egg: When you are first observing Elizabeth, opening the view
    windows, she opens a tear to Paris and closes it really quick because a bus is
    about to come rushing out of it. There is a movie theater in the background that
    has the French words for Revenge of the Jedi on the marquee (not a typo, it fits
    the game). It's an Egg because it occurs quickly, and the writing is in a
    foreign language (Jedi was originally called that, but Lucas later changed it
    because revenge was thought unbecoming of a Jedi. But, clearly in that
    alternate reality that she opened the movie was released that way.)
    - There is a Hotel visible in a few areas, as well as several floating islands
    of considerable size that you never are able to visit during the game. Since it
    *appears* that the only means of getting to Columbia is via the initial
    rocketship ride, why would a Hotel be needed? Well, it looks like Columbia is a
    fairly huge place. There is a rather large island, complete with a suspension
    bridge, that you never go to, an entire amusement park, and several others. You
    even can hear train whistles off in the distance, and Fink has rails and boxcars
    sitting around - it must REALLY be a huge place! The game only covers a small
    portion of the whole it would seem.
    - This is just twisted, but during the carnival you can spot one or two ads for
    a Little Victory cigarette, designed specifically for child smokers. Near the
    back of one of the stalls there are indeed two boys sitting on the ground
    smoking away at them.
    - I noticed that some of the guards that *look* like they are just standing
    there, with their back to you, are probably peeing off the side of Columbia
    (you also catch two guards in a restroom in one part). LOL
    - Those nasty Handyman brutes are converted Columbia citizens. An audiolog
    confirms this: "Samuel always thought that the pew on Sunday went hand in hand
    with the desk on Monday. "Science is the slow revelation of God's blueprint."
    After two years in the Lamb's tower on the Monument Island, he took ill with
    cancer of the stomach. I prayed to the Prophet, and the Prophet delivered unto
    us a miracle through his servant. Fink. I do not know if I will ever get used
    to a husband bound in a skeleton of metal, but...better a Handyman than a dead
    - They also are NOT happy with their lot when it comes to you, if you can manage
    to get one of these Heavy Hitters off out of sight from you, but it still knows
    you are there, it will actually implore you to "just leave" and "why are you
    doing this?" It says something else about how it is being forced to attack you
    and "blocks of ice".
    - When the tears first started being observed in Columbia the citizens marveled
    at them, but after a while I found sufficient proof exists that they eventually
    fully knew what they were: Openings to other realities and times. In fact, they
    took advantage of this on one particular level: Listening to music from other
    times and then re-mixing the music for their own era. This explains the Barber
    Shop quartet singing a Beach Boys song at the start.
    - In order to set the above as fact, and not just speculation, and to show that
    pretty much the entire city is quite aware that their favorite music is from the
    future, look at the signage for the Barbershop singers: 'music of the future for
    today' (paraphrased).
    - Oddly, Elizabeth has this exact same poster in her bedroom!
    - A recording that also goes along with this is found in Finkton Proper/Good
    Times Club. "I had thought you a fool, dear brother. When you told me that you
    heard wonderful music trumpeting from holes in the thin air. I began to doubt
    your mental integrity. But not only have you made your fortune from these
    doodads, you have lit the path for me as well. "
    - Going further into this, they were also able to see a lot of technology from
    other places and eras, which is why Columbia is so utterly advanced for the
    Specifically, the underwater city of Rapture was the spark of inspiration for
    huge chunks of technology (the plasmids, Songbird etc).
    - The audiolog that backs this up is this: "These holes have shown me yet
    another wonder, though I've yet to see the application for it. They illuminate
    a merger of machine and man that is somehow the lesser, yet the greater, of
    both parties. The process seems to be irreversible. Perhaps, though, Comstock
    will have some need of this kind of thing to keep watch in that tower of his."
    - And another, which seems to darkly imply the dystopian biology of Rapture:
    "Dear brother, these holes in the thin air continue to pay dividends. I know not
    which musician you borrow your notes from, but if he has half the genius of the
    biologist I now observe, well...then you are to be the Mozart of Columbia."
    - It took me a while, being un-musically oriented that I am, but here are the
    specific locations for all the major songs (note that a lot of them have a
    re-mixed version that the citizens of Columbia listen to, and even hum or
    whistle, while there is also the original tear that the song was heard from):
    1. "Tainted Love" by Ed Cobb and Gloria Jones --- This is playing on a
    Gramaphone in the bar in Shanty Town. No tear that I know of. A Youtube clip
    of the full phonograph playing is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaV_u-owDtk
    2. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cindi Lauper --- The re-mixed version that
    the musicians of Columbia composed is clearly, and endlessly, playing at the
    artificial beach on Battleship Bay (you must get Elizabeth to stop dancing
    first, because the dance music drowns it out). The original version of the
    song is also heard to be playing from a tear that is inside of a sinking house
    right near to where you fight Lady Comstock for the second time(Memorial
    A totally clean rip of the re-mix is here:
    A clip of the original tear, with the original song faintly heard:
    3. "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys --- the Barbershop Quartet singers right
    at the starting segement of the game, you can't even miss this one. No tear that
    I know of.
    Youtube clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrUILgdhw_k
    4. "Forunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival --- Shortly after arriving in
    Finktown, there is a tear in a building to the left sideof town. Later on, in
    the Bull Yard chapter, when passing back by the stocks there is a woman singing
    this song. I'm pretty sure that there is also another woman singing this same
    tune shortly after you hop through the tear where the Vox Populi are now
    winning. Also, the girl on the gallows.
    Youtube clip is here:
    5. "Goodnight, Irene" by Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter --- This wasn't released
    until 1933 (game is set many years before that). This is quite loudly, and very
    clearly, sung by the crowd right before the raffle. There doesn't seem to be a
    tear that has it, and I didn't even know that this song was anachronistic until
    somebody else pointed-out the original composition date. No tear that I know of.
    A clean rip of the full track is here (it takes 47 seconds, since the raffle is
    way off in the distance from the player): www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM-oWbsbcdk
    6. "Shiny Happy People" by REM --- Port Prosperity, exiting the gondola to
    Comstock's house.
    Youtube clip of the song being played in the game so you can actually hear it:
    7. "Shake Sugartree" by Elizabeth Cotten --- Shanty Town, girl singing.
    Youtube clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_DbOThWKi4
    8. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" --- Tears for Fears. The speakers in
    the Siphon, being hummed by Elizabeth, and distorted as well. The tear is the
    one that she herself actually opens just a bit later on (and has the Star Wars
    Jedi reference). The re-mix is playing on a phonograph.
    The distorted humming via the Siphon is here (my own video in this case):
    The Youtube clip of Elizabeth is here:
    The phonograph is here:
    - The heavily-distorted humming of her singing was in the 2011 gameplay demo
    that people got to play at E3, and Ken Levine says that nobody recognized
    it (it really does sound like just weird distorted sounds unless you just
    stand there and listen for some time, which most gamers are not going to do,
    especially at a trade show.)
    9. "Makin' Whoopee" by Eddie Cantor --- Played rather clearly on a phonograph
    10. "Button Up Your Overcoat" by Helen Kane --- Emporia Towers, abandoned bar.
    Clean Youtube clip:
    ... the rest of the music is classical (and thus well within the normal
    timeframe), or actually belongs in the era (the guitar scene with Booker and
    Elizabeth uses a 1907 song, so it's normal). Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor,
    Lacrimosa, Agnus Del, Rex Tremendae, and Confutatis all play very prominently
    in the Hall of Heroes. "Sub Ace" also pointed out to me that Bach's Air on the
    G String is played on a phonograph.
    - There is also quite a bit of music that was only used in the teaser trailers
    and promotions for the game, such as "You're a Grand Old Flag" in the 2010
    trailer. Nothing odd about that song, though, since it came out in 1906. They
    weren't going to tip-off players. It should be noted that this 'trailer' was the
    first time future players would see anything of Columbia, and it is just a
    render from work-in-progress.
    Youtube clip of the original teaser:
    - The telescopes are ... odd. The first one that you come across will let you
    see the two Lutece "twins" off just a ways from you, down on another road
    section. The brother is juggling what appear to be baseballs? As soon as you
    stop using the telescope, though, they will have vanished. Not all of them are
    available for you to view through, either.
    - Outside of that first one, I cannot see any significance to them, outside of
    being appropriate props for the citizens of  Columbia to use to get a great
    - No: They were not "just put in the game as part of the collectibles
    achievement" - Ken Levin does NOT do achievements, those are actually
    3rd-party tie-ins with the game (same with the DLC packs, which Ken Levin
    actually denied initially were going to even happen because the design team had
    no time, or resources, to do such things). They were put into the game for a
    specific reason, and I think the first one is just to see if you were paying
    attention. Ultimately they just seem to logically connect with them being there
    so the citizens can enjoy beautiful views.
    - A few of the citizens of Columbia seem to be quite aware that they are all in
    a time-loop of different realities, but I'm not sure about the others. There
    are a few mentions of this, notably on Battleship Bay where a guy says to a
    gal: "this time it'll be different, I swear" and the girl replies, "it
    surprises me how many men I've met who don't really know who they are" --- this
    has disastrous effects on those guys who you kill, as you can see: They know
    they have died, and are now stuck in rifts in time and space, and they cannot
    rectify it in their minds. This means that the Possession Vigor actually pulls
    a version of that person/machine in from another reality - a version that is on
    your side - and is why they kill themselves after: They cannot understand what
    is going on, and it is a horrible nightmare to them (if you listen to them you
    can hear them saying stuff to that effect).
    - Some have disagreed with this, since the Possession Vigor does indeed have a
    ghostly spirit wrapped around the person and 'hypnotizing' them into working
    for you.
    - You can kill them and put them out of their misery to no ill effect.
    - After the ambush scene in Battleship Bay, and after the gondola ride up, to
    one of the two sides that you can exit it from there is a chair with a shotgun
    resting on it near a corner overlooking the falls. There are a number of
    tied to strings situated around it. This is odd... but since there's no way to
    actually go fishing in Columbia perhaps shooting seagulls is a sport?!
    - Booker's tattoo on his hand stands for Anna DeWitt. The Lutece "twins" observe
    it on him when they first pull him into their infinity experiment, and comment
    on why he did such a thing to himself.
    - During the scenes where Booker is back in his PI office, and the people he
    owes money to are pounding on the door, you can see a bunch of losing bet
    tickets on his desk. Also, if you go to the nursery door (which you cannot open)
    you can faintly hear a baby's sounds and musical notes that allude to Anna.
    - Dying in the game actually ties-in with the whole plot of the game in a huge
    way: Each time you die, if you're alone, you'll wind up back at the door to his
    PI office. If Elizabeth is with you she'll frantically heal you. Each one of
    these is a fork in choices and actions: In one reality you did die (in fact,
    most of them, because Booker keeps trying to get Anna back and fails), but in
    another reality you didn't die, or Elizabeth kept you alive just barely in time.
    This is reflected in the game's mechanics as well: The enemies who killed you
    will not only be healed back up a bit, but some of the enemies might be missing,
    or in new locations, etc. That's because the reality that you're now in is
    slightly different. So: Dying is actually a plot-point!
    - The precise fork in Booker's realities is the baptism.
    - A lot of players are under the incorrect assumption that Booker is dead: It
    is Elizabeth who is dead. Booker is quite alive and well - the entire game was
    about how she is the crux for everything that is going wrong, and Booker is
    merely the part that creates the endless loop. At the very end of the credits
    there is one final piece of gameplay, back in his PI office, and you open the
    door to see a crib there and he says, "Anna?" - Elizabeth has been erased
    completely from all realities, resulting in the loop being broken, and Anna
    being back with him, never being sold.
    - No: That does NOT mean that "everything in the game was a dream". You played
    it, didn't you? It really happened.
    - Tad Chapman, a friend of mine over on Facebook, posted this to me:
    “Are you afraid of God?” asks Elizabeth. “No,” responds Booker, “But I’m afraid
    of you.” Afraid of what she thinks of him, afraid to let her down, or just
    This is a very good question, and it says a lot about Booker's character. I can
    see how he might be afraid of what she thinks of him, since she can see a lot
    of him that he doesn't see himself - but I think there's more to it that just
    He doesn't seem to be a very God-fearing man, in many ways. He doesn't seem to
    see God pulling too many strings in life, especially his own. So why would he
    fear God? Her, on the the hand: She can rip open the fabric of reality, and
    they can step through it - changing the very nature of the world all around
    them! This would be mind-blowing even for the best of us.
    So, while he doesn't see to much of God in his life: He *does* see the power
    of God, in a sense, in her, and it honestly does bring fear into him.
    It's pretty clear to me now that this is a hotly contested issue and I can
    understand why (I'm not so ignorant as to believe that my thinking is law in
    this FAQ). In my details of the story (in the ending parts) I've stated that
    Booker, in some realities, didn't build Columbia, but instead built Rapture.
    For me, personally, this is an easy thing to see, and a very logical extension
    of the story.
    On the versus side, a lot of people see this as an impossibility (and I'm fine
    with that: Different sides to the coin.)
    Evidence that supports him as being Andrew Ryan:
    - Both Booker and Elizabeth literally go to Rapture at the end of Infinite!
    - Booker then gets into the bathysphere and activates it. In Bioshock 1, the
    bathyspheres had ALL been-shut down, preventing anybody from using them that
    wasn't either Andrew Ryan himself, or a relation of his (that right there seals
    the deal for me).
    - Songbird is just a Big Daddy who can't stand the pressure of deep water, but
    he can fly (sort of an inverse Big Daddy).
    Evidence that supports him as NOT being Andrew Ryan:
    - Andrew Ryan was born in Russia. (Counterpoint, though: The Lutece "twins"
    are both male and female - does place of birth even matter either? Remember:
    INFINITE possibilities. Booker could've been born in a shed in Alaska in another
    dimension - doesn't really matter: He still winds-up with Anna, and then sells
    her, regrets it, etc.)
    - The dates don't match-up. Bioshock 1 takes place in the 1950s. (Counterpoint:
    Yeah, but again: Infinite possibilities. All it takes is one of those infinite
    dimensions to match-up exactly with the Bioshock 1 game and you have it. Andrew
    Ryan/Booker was born on a different date or something. I mean, with infinite
    variables to work with you kinda can come up with any scenario imaginable, just
    so long as it involves 'Booker' and a girl.)
    - bladexdsl, over on the Gamefaqs.com forums posted this rather funny paradox:
     "Booker in an alternate verse created Rapture after losing Anna. After getting
    killed at his baptism he now no longer does this since he has Anna. Rapture was
    never created so bioshock 1-2 don't exist now. So there is only 1 bioshock game
    which is bioshock infinity :P This is the 1st Bioshock game made the other were
    never created :P"
    (Warning: Playing Bioshock 1 or 2 may cause your nose to bleed! LOL)
    This rather reminds me of the original Total Recall movie, and of how there is
    equal supporting evidence for the two viewpoints of the viewer of the movie to
    have: The events really happened, or they were all a dream.
    Perhaps this is a similiar situation?
    - Paul Briggs wrote to me, via email, and said:
    "Great work on your FAQ/analysis of Bioshock Infinite. I noticed in your
    discussion about Booker being Andrew Ryan, you did not mention the possibility
    of him being Atlas/Fontaine as well. Atlas was the rebel leader against Ryan, in
    the same way that a version of Booker was the resistance leader against
    The way I see it is that Fontaine was a version of Booker that turned to
    ultimate power in the end instead of making the sacrifice.
    What are your thoughts on this?"
    I think this is a good idea, and actually has some big pros to it. =)
    - Where does Elizabeth get her powers from? A conversation I had, via email with
    Martin Mayer revealed that the most likely source for all her powers stems from
    a very simple thing: Her missing pinky fingertip! Rosalind Lutece comments in a
    recording of how "...it isn't what she is, but what she isn't..." (paraphrased),
    and of how "...the universe, it seems, doesn't like its peas mixed with its
    carrots." So, when she had that tiny tip of her finger left in her original
    dimension, not only did the tears start, but also that the entire mix-up of it
    all bestowed upon her this massive ability. She is, on some level, existing in
    two different dimensions simultaneously.
    - She is *very* book-smart, but has zero practical applications outside of the
    obvious things of lock-picking and ciphers.
    - There is only one lock she cannot pick in the entire game: The door to Fink's
    factory. She'll even comment on how it is the most overly-secure and impossible
    lock that she's ever seen. Later on, in fact, the Vox have to literally use
    explosives to blow the lock off.
    - These two slightly irritating and sarcastic individuals are actually the same
    person, but from two different dimensions (in one he is a he - the guy who makes
    Columbia fly. In the other he is a SHE - the girl who makes Columbia fly). They
    actually discover each other during experiments and cross over into the same
    - Yes, that is screwed-up, but also quite hilarious, from a scientific view.
    This explains their mannerisms and speech completely, even down to little lines
    like "Is it odd that ... we sometimes ... finish ... each other's sentences?"
    During the Mrs. Comstock battle sequence they even dance with each other,
    clearly enjoying their entire situation.
    - The first audio log to reference this is found in Soldier's Field, and goes:
    "When I was a girl, I dreamt of standing in a room looking at a girl who was
    and was not myself, who stood looking at another girl, who was and was not
    myself. My mother took this for a nightmare. I saw it as the beginning of a
    career in physics."
    - The next log talks about how she has found her "brother" - basically, both
    versions of her were working on the same experiment and stumbled across each
    other. The log is: "The Lutece Field entangled my quantum atom with waves of
    light, allowing for safe measurement. Sound familiar, brother? That's because
    you were measuring precisely the same atom from a neighboring world. We used
    the universe as a telegraph. Switching the field on or off became dots and
    ashes. Dreadfully slow-- but now, you and I could whisper through the wall..."
    - The next log to talk about this clearly implies that when Robert came over he
    was gravely ill from the experience, which obviously later leads him into
    wanting to study the effects that the gateways have on memories and such. The
    log is: "You have been transfused, brother, into a new reality, but your body
    rejects the cognitive dissonance through confusion and hemorrhage. But we are
    together, and I will mend you. For what separates us now, but a single
    - The first tear you observe is, notably, right on the statue of Robert
    Lutece, who is posed holding a sort of cloud-borne city in his hand. As soon
    as the tear is gone the statue has subtly changed to Rosalind Lutece.
    - If you loiter near the second appearance of the Lutece "twins" (the coin
    flip), you'll notice just how many times Booker has been to Columbia: On the
    back of the chalkboard are dozens of marks all in the same side (this also shows
    that his loop doesn't always take him back to Columbia, but off in infinite
    other directions as well).
    - The "twins" will eventually say that "we're not going anywhere until YOU go
    somewhere: Promise you that." (paraphrased) Indeed, they will just stand there.
    I edged around a corner real quick, and then zipped right back to look where
    they had stood: Yup, they were gone in a split second.
    - Also, in this scene Booker will randomly choose either Heads or Tails.
    - As you leave this scene, and go around the corner, at some undetermined
    distance they are clearly rigged to vanish. If you are careful, you can cause
    just the "brother" to vanish, leaving the "sister" standing there. Fun, but
    - The third encounter with them, in the Blue Ribbon tavern, which is where all
    the DLC is triggered, he's wiping the bar down and she has the shield powerup
    for you, if you try and attack her you'll miss every time and she'll mock you
    for it ("Missed. Missed again. Not even close. Perhaps four out of five?")
    - The fourth encounter, the Cage or Bird at Battleship Bay, is actually just an
    interesting psychological point (either way Elizabeth will find random coins for
    you, but the appearance of the coins will be different depending on your
    choice). BUT, during playtests almost everybody selected the bird (as opposed
    to a cage, because most people, when given the choice between the two will take
    the symbol of freedom over a cage). This is set up and reinforced earlier in the
    game, during the first battle with the Murder of Crows assassins: They have two
    golden cages dangling from the ceiling, with rotting corpses locked inside.
    - Also, the "twins" vanish instantly after this encounter, exiting right
    off-camera to the left, where a guardrail is.
    - If you've ever seen a Rosecrantz and Guildenstern play, this game borrows a
    lot from them - especially the Lutece "twins", who basically ARE Rosecrantz and
    - The two "twins" are actually sorry for the pain that they've caused, they are
    just doing science at the same time (and the "sister" believes that the whole
    exercise of trying to undo the damage and endless loops is pointless, per the
    very first game scene in the row boat). This is strongly hinted at in several
    ways, notably when they first pull Booker over into another dimension, and they
    observe the AD scar on him. They ponder why he did so, saying that perhaps (and
    this is paraphrased) "he did it as punishment to himself, as he is a punishment
    to us". They have figured that if enough time-loops and versions of reality are
    done, eventually some good will come out of it.
    - This log shows how it was the 'brother' that demands that things be set right:
    "My brother has presented me with an ultimatum: if we do not send the girl back
    from where we brought her, he and I must part. Where he sees an empty page, I
    see King Lear. But he is my brother, so I shall play my part, knowing it shall
    all end in tears."
    - What started them with helping Booker, and how'd they get trapped in the
    infinity of everything? Comstock, after acquiring Elizabeth, betrayed them and
    destroyed their machine, trapping them in infinity. The log goes: "Comstock has
    sabotaged our contraption. Yet, we are not dead. A theory: we are scattered
    amongst the possibility space. But my brother and I are together, and so, I
    am content. He is not. The business with the girl lies unresolved. But perhaps
    there is one who can finish it in our stead." (what she doesn't realize at this
    point is that she has been murdered by Comstock as well, yet an alternate
    reality version of her is what is making this log.)
    - The log that talks about their murder:
    "Estelle: "That's insanity. What proof would you have that Mr. Fink would hurt
    the Luteces?"
    Rupert: "The Luteces told me."
    Estelle: "The Luteces? When?"
    Rupert: "Yesterday. Yesterday morning."
    Estelle: "Rupert...they've been dead for these seven days..."
    - This man is the world's ultimate penny-pincher, so there's not much depth to
    his character. To show how much he worships the Almighty Dollar though, take a
    good look at the giant clock that he uses to keep running his workers
    literally into their very graves: A little more than half of it is just the big
    word WORK, and there are a few other smaller panels for Sleep, Training (Nice
    try, Fink: That's just more work!) and Leisure. Prayer is hidden behind all
    the other panels, not really fully visible. In other words: You can squeeze
    prayer in whenever he actually makes time for it, but it's clearly not a
    priority to him (an audiolog of his backs this up as well, calling religion
    "a commodity".
    - To show how utterly awful it must really be to work for this man, take a look
    a the people waiting outside his "Employee Indoctrination" building: One lady is
    wearing a US Mail bag as a skirt, and NONE of them are anything less than
    utterly depressed to be forced to beg a days work from him.
    - Shantytown used to be the "Employee and Family Housing Area". This is barely
    readable behind a thick black cross-out on the sign, and the "Shanty Town" is
    replaced on top. There is a video in the game that shows "Crime comes to
    housing", depicting the decline of the housing into slums due to this jerk's
    work ethics.
    - People actually bid auction-style on how much time they'll be paid for to do
    their jobs - so during that auction scene they are actually bidding on hauling
    a ton of coal down to just a pittance of pay.
    - Pretty classical villian, who gets to use awesome lines like "The Lord
    forgives, but I don't have to: I'm just a prophet".
    - The dude is literally wearing a beard to hide his true self.
    - The biggest colorations we get to see of his character occur at the Hall of
    Heroes, the very first thing we see being a giant eagle with four little boys
    goose-stepping around it like Nazis. And, in classic Hitler fashion he is
    grooming the entire population of children for a life of military service to
    him (Elizabeth, being the super well-read lady that she is quickly interprets
    this situation for Booker, and even quotes from the Bible.)
    - The rowing scene with the Lutece "twins" is explained by the emphasis he
    places on his words: He *doesn't* row - meaning that Booker, in all of
    infinity, never actually rows the boat (he certainly has the skills to do such
    a task, but he just never does). You can also hear implications of Robert's
    interest in how trans-dimensional travel affects people's minds (such as he
    himself experienced), and Rosalinds disapproval of the experiment with the
    knowledge that Booker always fails to close the loop - at least until you
    finish the game. =)
    - The dead man in the lighthouse is almost certainly the very man that Booker
    owes his gambling debts to. There is a map of the US with a path marked on it,
    and a tacked-on yellow note that reads: "Be prepared. He's on his way. You must
    stop him -C". The C. being Comstock? There are also photos of Booker's PI
    office, with some notes, and another of the lighthouse with a note in red on
    it that reads: "Only one obstacle". So it looks like they killed the very man
    that Booker owed his debts to and made his death a bit of intimidation to
    Booker at the same time (which is ironic). Thanks to Martin Mayer for showing
    me screen captures of this.
    - The signage, in the lighthouse, though it certainly reflects on Booker's
    guilt, is more generic in nature: Pilgrims seeking to renew themselves in
    Columbia started here as this rocket ship disguised lighthouse, and could only
    launch it with the proper code. The light show that then occurs, along with
    the deep-bass horn music, is all part of the "pilgrim's" journey out of the
    "Sodom" of the ground below and up into Columbia (it's like the trumpets of
    Heaven blasting).
    - Question: Since you can see how close Columbia actually is to some land,
    right before you board the Lady Comstock's airship, wouldn't such a loud and
    bright light show just reveal Columbia's hidden location?!
    - In regards to this 'bejamin' wrote to me via email and said:
    "I believe the map on the wall in the lighthouse with multiple pins all
    around the US is the path that the city follows around the country, with
    each pin representing an entry point that the place perhaps stops over for
    a period of time (You can see a pin around the coast of Maine).
    Perhaps the location isn't super secret either, Columbia's technology is
    decades ahead of the rest of the world so there would be no way anyone could
    take it by force, shooting it down would kill plenty of innocents both on
    Columbia and on the ground below where it lands (I don't know if there are
    in game references stating that the location is hidden sorry).
    The path also sort of resembles a bird to me dunno if that is coincidental
    or not.
    Anyways just thought I might respond, thank you very much for writing the
    I see validity in this viewpoint. The path on the map is indeed a loop of
    sorts, so it is kinda odd that the man Booker owes money to would keep
    making such a pattern of travel.
    Columbia does have numerous huge windmill-like fans hanging from it, so
    perhaps they are some form of propulsion? And also, Columbia was originally
    constructed to be a part of the World's Fair, but also had rather sizable
    armaments built into it for military reasons. To have it just hanging,
    stationary-like, in the air would rather reduce the effectiveness of the
    Oh, and it is given in-game that Columbia was basically stolen and the
    location is hard to discover down below - this, however, is pretty much
    because of the state of technology back in 1912 (you wouldn't even be
    able to take an airplane up to try and find the city!)
    - The priest at the start of the game, at the baptism, IS the same one from the
    baptism scene at the end (the first priest is blind, though, so he could not
    tell it was Booker). Also, when he baptizes Booker, and Booker passes-out,
    there is enough room for play to imagine that the priest really did drown
    Booker (after all, Booker did speak to the man, so *maybe* he recognized his
    voice. Notice that the priest does become a little more determined sounding for
    Booker's second dunk). But, at the same time, Booker does re-awaken near a
    water drain, and a nearby "pilgrim" says that their lungs are filled with water
    to better appreciate the air - so, I think that two realities exist at that
    point right there: Booker was drowned, or he wasn't. (Further proof that it's
    the same preacher: Both use the same voice actor, and both credited as Preacher
    - There are actually three choices when it comes to the inter-racial couple
    being dragged out onto the stage: Throw the ball at them, at the announcer,
    or wait for the timer to expire. All three actions have a differing effect
    on how they will react to you (mostly equipment-wise) later in the game.
    - When you get your first melee upgrade there is a red wrench on the floor -
    it's the Bioshock 1 wrench. Elizabeth later clubs you with another red wrench.
    This is hardly a coincidence, considering how much of Rapture was observed and
    copied - somebody, for some odd reason, actually SAW the wrench and made a copy
    (perhaps it is just a very well-designed hunk of metal? LOL No clue.)
    - This is the oddest part of the early game: On your way to the gondola station,
    there is this one building that - as you exit - a female voice over the PA says
    that you are "either a Mulatto (sp?) dwarf, or a French man with one eye
    missing" - and then she gives a height range. Just a bit further on, right off
    of one of the hooks you are leaping onto (and I completely disagree with some
    who've said that this next part is an Easter Egg - it's completely in the open,
    you actually enter into combat, and it is very specifically done. It is not an
    Egg therefore) you can enter a house and head downstairs. A police officer is
    taking a sketch from a lady who is describing what she "swears" is a "anarchist
    - you can always spot them, you know?" The sketch is very clearly that of
    Andrew Ryan, from the first Bioshock game! This gets a bit muddied here,
    because she never says anything about this sketch supposed to have been you -
    but the bizarre PA announcement about how you're either a dwarf or a Frenchman
    seriously seems to imply that it is. My conclusion is this: Since it is
    established fact that most citizens see and hear things through the tears,
    it is also easily conceivable that a lot of them have 'sworn' that they saw The
    False Shephard through the tears as well, and - as we can see - their
    description of what you are supposed to look like is wildly inaccurate. Except
    for Andrew Ryan: That is indeed Booker, but from a whole other dimension.
    It is kinda funny after all. =)
    - There seems to be a split on the thinking of this: Quite a few disgaree that
    the sketch is Andrew Ryan. It does look like a rather shoddy sketch of him. So,
    just to balance things out: Assume that the sketch isn't him. It all still
    works: It's just that she is describing somebody other than him, perhaps
    somebody else she saw in a tear.
    - Another suggestion has been, and this has no supporting evidence thus far:
    The Vox are feeding false information around. Possible.
    - Another suggestion (from David Rebarchak): I always took this part as some
    humor from the game devs to poke fun at the bigotry that most citizens of
    upper Columbia hold. Since the False Prophet is said to be evil from the
    teachings of Comstock, then it would be natural for the racist White Pride types
    of Columbia to picture him as inherently (i.e. racially, genetically, and unable
    to be redeemed) evil. Hence, the False Prophet is described as sinister
    stereotypes: mulatto (miscegenation), dwarf (a "freak"), French (never like
    much by the typical American), or have an eye patch (typical trademark of a
    villain). Made me laugh, anyway. Just a thought.
    - At Battleship Bay: That lady called her Anna, which is short for Annabelle.
    It was at this point that I, and some other gamers, noticed that Elizabeth is
    REALLY similar to Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. If you take the two
    names even "Anna" and "Belle" you get Annabelle.
    - Also, at Battleship Bay, Elizabeth really has fun doing all sorts of things
    if you just linger around: She'll skip stones across the water, try and lift a
    heavy ball, sand castles, etc.
    - In fact, the Beauty and the Beast motif is really obvious. They kept her
    locked in a tower, and Songbird protected her even. Also, the core engine
    technology is the Unreal Tech 3 engine, from Epic Games, but after modifications
    were done to it Ken Levine and the other programmers dubbed it the BEAST
    engine. Also, Songbird seems a scary creature at the start, but his true self is
    revealed at the end. The motif probably has other points in the game, but you
    get the idea.
    - The ambush scene right after Booker and Elizabeth both escape has a number of
    pretty obvious tells on it, the least of which is the conversation the guy has
    on the phone (it also becomes deathly quiet in the room at this moment, with
    only the loudly ticking clock). There is also a guy with a very obvious German
    accent near an ice cream vendor who tries to order Sauerkraut/hot dogs - the
    two later pull guns and attack you, and were clearly very poorly trying to
    remain hidden. There are all kinds of other "odd" characters hanging around as
    well, such as the clearly out-of-place gentleman sweeping the floor and barking
    at you to "watch where you're walking, I just cleaned that" (um, the racism in
    this world very clearly demands that a white gentleman would NEVER be sweeping
    the floor - he is so goofily out of place.)
    - The effects of your reaction to the man on the phone are all cosmetic.
    - In fact, the effect of having the ordinary citizens abruptly, and rather
    silently, vanish from the scene right before an attack is done several times -
    the Boardwalk attack being another that springs to mind. The Boardwalk one is in
    fact first triggered by the loud PA announcement saying that "the False Shepard
    is in your midst" and imploring a call to action. Several seconds after that the
    game waits for your view and position to turn completely away from the citizens,
    at which point it whisks them away, places the police barricades around, as well
    as the attackers. It's a very nice effect - lends a deathly calm to the scene
    right before hot lead starts flying around.
    - Right before you board the Lady Comstock airship, and then Elizabeth gets
    seriously pissed-off at you because you are a liar, and are not going to Paris -
    if you stop right outside the airship hatch and look around there is actually a
    fairly clear view of not only Columbia itself (and it's not exactly the best art
    example in the game: Very obvious 2D pieces that look kinda flat and lifeless),
    but you can also pretty clearly see the Earth down below! Turns out Columbia
    isn't that far from off shore of ... well, wherever that is. I see a peninsula
    down there, with a river cutting through it, mostly patchwork farmland ...
    rather nice and green in face. Columbia is right out over the ocean, you can
    clearly tell that. Anyways, the citizens of Columbia seem to be really out of
    touch of what is going on down there, because a lot of them seem to think that
    "the Sodom below" is engulfed in flames, and the entire landmass should be
    obscured with black smoke.
    - This one bit is nice, and a lot of players totally missed it: In the Graveyard
    Shift bar in Shantytown, in the basement there is a guitar. Booker can play it,
    and Elizabeth will sing along (there's also a kid hiding nearby).
    Somebody made a clip here:
    (If you watch all of the credits, there is a video that eventually appears that
    shows the two singers who did this piece trying to figure its lyrics and rythm
    out. The lyrics are really important, because they talk about breaking a circle,
    a better place in the cloud, etc.
    - This same song is also re-mixed for the opening:
    - In the various graveyards, during the battle sequences with Lady Comstock, a
    few of the torches can be lit by using the Devil's Kiss - the tombs themselves
    will then open-up to reveal some goodies.
    - In the end sequence, in Rapture, if you look out into the other tunnels and
    walkways in the water long enough you can indeed see a dead Big Daddy (Mr.
    Bubbles specifically) with a little sister crying over him.
    - In case you didn't understand this: It *could* be viewed that Booker, in some
    realities, became Andrew Ryan and built not Columbia but Rapture. In fact, some
    citizens of Columbia had seen Rapture via tears and were really fascinated by it
    (a recording hints at this, because it was said that Songbird was constructed
    along the lines of an "irreversible process observed through a tear" - the Big
    Daddies were also created via an "irreversible process". Clearly they could've
    also have seen Plasmids in Rapture and worked out the technology for Vigors as
    well. As I previously talked about, though, in the Booker as Andrew Ryan
    section above: This is open for debate/perspective.

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