Can You Guess Which Of These Bioshock Infinite Influences Are Legit?

I love reading about what sorts of things influence people. I don't know if I'd ever truly understand or approach genius myself, but the next best thing is to look at the things that inspire it. Then I can only wonder how people can take such random, disparate things and make them into art. It's fascinating.

Recently, Ken Levine spoke to Wired about Bioshock Infinite. Levine revealed a number of interesting things that have in some way or another influenced Infinite. I wouldn't have guessed most of the things Levine listed.

Let's see if you can. Here's a game that asks you to determine which thing may or may not have influenced Bioshock Infinite. Answers will be provided at the end! Maybe you'll be surprised too, but mind: this doesn't include all the things Levine mentions.

1) Slip N' Slides OR Roller coasters? 2) Glee OR My Little Pony? 3) The presidential assassination of John F. Kennedy OR The presidential administration of William McKinley? 4) The Spanish- American war OR The Wars of the Roses? 5) Honey Boo Boo OR The Legend of Korra? 6) Nikola Tesla OR Eugene V. Debs? 7) Emma Goldman OR Ayn Rand? 8) It's a Wonderful Life OR Casablanca? 9) Back to the Future OR The Shining? 10) The "No, I am your father" scene in The Empire Strikes Back OR The chest-bursting scene in Alien? 11) X-Men OR Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? 12) The sun reflecting off a metal mailbox during a jog on a sunny day OR The feel of a fall leaf crunching?

Answers (Don't Cheat!)

1: Roller coasters, 2: Glee, 3: The presidential administration of William McKinley, 4: The Spanish-American war, 5: Trick question, neither, 6: Eugene V. Debs, 7: Emma Goldman, 8: It's A Wonderful Life, 9: Trick question, both, 10: Chest-bursting scene, 11: X-Men, 12: Sun reflecting off a metal mailbox

The rest of the article delves into the (overly?) ambitious scope of Bioshock Infinite, and it's definitely worth a read. The real question, though, is: how'd you score?

Why BioShock Infinite‘s Creator Won't Settle for Success [Wired]


    How low is that dress???

    I mean seriously!

    Don't get me wrong, I like it, but in the real world, the girls will be on display as soon as she has to jog anywhere.

      In those days, women who were in a position to be wearing clothing of that design were too high status to do something as common as excercise.

        But in the game, there's gonna be a lot of combat. and that means running my friend. In real life the first mission would be to get to a clothing store and get her some decent duds for all the running and diving she's gonna be doing. Overalls would work well I think.

          That's ok. It's a distraction I won't mind having. :)

            You sexist pig. Your misogyny knows NO BOUNDS!

            And you call yourself a gamer yet you obviously enjoy teh bewbies. Disgraceful!

    I didnt wanna play the stupid guess game so i cheated

    Number 7 is rather interesting since the first two games are thought to be shining examples of a world influenced by Ayn Rand's philosophies. I guess Levine switched it up for Infinite.

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