Not the BioShock: Infinite cover art

Not the BioShock: Infinite cover art

Two weeks ago, Irrational Games revealed that you could vote on what the alternative art for BioShock: Infinite would be. Yesterday, they revealed the result of the community poll.

With 38% of the votes, it’s this striking black silhouette image of the Songbird and Columbia on a red sky background. The linework is reminiscent of a 1920’s period comic book, or perhaps the highly stylised political cartoons or propaganda artwork of the period. It’s very distinctive.

All copies of BioShock: Infinite will ship with this as the reversible cover, for those unsatisfied with the frat boy friendly offering.

What do you think, people? Did the voting public make the right choice?

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12 Comments

  1. Now that cover is just dandy! I might have to have to go renegade and sneak into every gaming retailer, flipping the cover art sheets over to reveal this masterpiece! One thumb up to Irrational for giving us this option. They&#039ll get two thumbs up for making this the primary, out-facing design. Put the Harrison Ford look-a-like on the backside!

  2. No, no. You only flip half. Then count which cover sells more.

  3. Games are business and I&#039m all for gaining the attention of frat boys, but not at the expense of alienating potential new-comers who might actually appreciate this unique game. I heard the "too easy" and "not exciting enough guns and &#039splosions" argument from such gamers the first time around.

    I don&#039t think this game needs more of them complaining about how CoD is way more "rad" or whatever terms dimwitted boys with dick size issues use to glorify shallow and morally numb gun-wank.

    More money and players? Definitely. Compromising the quality and reputation of it? No. Then again, is the company to blame for having its main characters on the cover, just because such "frat boys" will only see a tough dude and some chick with nice knockers? After all, you can&#039t change that. But you can at least not give them the excuse they need to expect that and demand it and whine when they get an actually inspired game which doesn&#039t just pay attention to destruction physics.

    I&#039m torn on this. After learning Booker and Liz are very much the focus this time around, I do agree with the original cover. The reason they gave for it is what put me off a bit. Yes, do it because it&#039s representative of the game and story. Not for frat boys. These people need to make money and survive, yes, but some things should not let business take over. We have enough people without anything to say and we have enough games which are more business than art. If even the ones that are brilliant start getting weak in the knees when selling big comes to play, we&#039ll eventually have just gun-wank and indie games. Indie games which won&#039t reach larger audiences and maybe get some activity back in their brains and souls.

    Then again, maybe this will work. Maybe after Bioshock, these audiences will know not to expect just another shooter and stay away from it if that&#039s what they want. And maybe some players will get lured in by the cover and actually discover the art and beauty in games and storytelling. Sigh… Did I mention I&#039m torn on this? I agree with Johnny here. Flip half and let&#039s see how many actually like the game and how many complain about it not being "light" enough entertainment.

  4. Now that cover is just dandy! I might have to have to go renegade and sneak into every gaming retailer, flipping the cover art sheets over to reveal this masterpiece! One thumb up to Irrational for giving us this option. They'll get two thumbs up for making this the primary, out-facing design. Put the Harrison Ford look-a-like on the backside!

  5. No, no. You only flip half. Then count which cover sells more.

  6. Games are business and I'm all for gaining the attention of frat boys, but not at the expense of alienating potential new-comers who might actually appreciate this unique game. I heard the "too easy" and "not exciting enough guns and 'splosions" argument from such gamers the first time around.

    I don't think this game needs more of them complaining about how CoD is way more "rad" or whatever terms dimwitted boys with dick size issues use to glorify shallow and morally numb gun-wank.

    More money and players? Definitely. Compromising the quality and reputation of it? No. Then again, is the company to blame for having its main characters on the cover, just because such "frat boys" will only see a tough dude and some chick with nice knockers? After all, you can't change that. But you can at least not give them the excuse they need to expect that and demand it and whine when they get an actually inspired game which doesn't just pay attention to destruction physics.

    I'm torn on this. After learning Booker and Liz are very much the focus this time around, I do agree with the original cover. The reason they gave for it is what put me off a bit. Yes, do it because it's representative of the game and story. Not for frat boys. These people need to make money and survive, yes, but some things should not let business take over. We have enough people without anything to say and we have enough games which are more business than art. If even the ones that are brilliant start getting weak in the knees when selling big comes to play, we'll eventually have just gun-wank and indie games. Indie games which won't reach larger audiences and maybe get some activity back in their brains and souls.

    Then again, maybe this will work. Maybe after Bioshock, these audiences will know not to expect just another shooter and stay away from it if that's what they want. And maybe some players will get lured in by the cover and actually discover the art and beauty in games and storytelling. Sigh… Did I mention I'm torn on this? I agree with Johnny here. Flip half and let's see how many actually like the game and how many complain about it not being "light" enough entertainment.

  7. I&#039m really happy with that cover. It stands out in a very striking way from all the other crap we see.

  8. Toooooooooooooooooooooooo late i already pre ordered it.

  9. I don&#039t think they&#039ll make separate covers for pre-order customers, unless you got the collectors edition that comes with the Songbird statue. It probably comes with a steelbook case with the standard cover printed on it. Even if it&#039s not reversible, that&#039s a small price to pay for that sweet looking statue!

  10. I'm really happy with that cover. It stands out in a very striking way from all the other crap we see.

  11. Toooooooooooooooooooooooo late i already pre ordered it.

  12. I don't think they'll make separate covers for pre-order customers, unless you got the collectors edition that comes with the Songbird statue. It probably comes with a steelbook case with the standard cover printed on it. Even if it's not reversible, that's a small price to pay for that sweet looking statue!

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