Canonizing Bioshock

  title={Canonizing Bioshock},
  author={Felan Parker},
  journal={Games and Culture},
  pages={739 - 763}
  • F. Parker
  • Published 30 August 2015
  • Sociology
  • Games and Culture
The critically and commercially successful first-person shooter Bioshock is widely considered to be one of the greatest digital games of all time. This article traces its canonization by critically examining its marketing and popular reception as a blockbuster “prestige game” that demonstrates the aesthetic potential of games as a medium. In particular, far-reaching discussions of the relationship between narrative and gameplay mechanics in Bioshock have reinforced its canonical status as… 
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