On August 21st, 2007, Irrational Games and 2K Games released a game to the masses. They transported us to an underwater city that was meant to be a utopia for society elites, but instead turned into an underwater early 60s hell. We fought for our lives against iconic enemies such as the big daddy and used our superhuman abilities as well as normal weapons to do so. We have been asked if we are a man, or a slave as for "a man chooses, a slave obeys." We descended the lighthouse after a plane crash, but not all of us came out depending on the choices we made. And today, we celebrate ten years of experiences in the city of Rapture.
It started with a plane crash in the middle of the ocean. Surely it was an accident. Maybe plane turbulence, maybe lightning, who knows? You are the only survivor out in the middle of the ocean, but lucky for you the plane crash right next to a lighthouse. You enter this lighthouse and soon find that it isn't what you think it is. It's not long before you find yourself in a strange submarine going to this strange underwater city. But strange is Rapture's middle name, as for it isn't long before you meet strange demonic-looking little girls and are shooting lightning out of your hands. You fight to survive in this strange place as its crazy inhabitants try to kill you. The few sane people left in this hell try to guide you through Rapture, for better or for worse. But ultimately it is up to you to decide how you deal with the current situation. Or is it?
I didn't get the game the day it came out (I was too young), but I do remember the first time playing years ago. But the years do not deteriorate my memories of the playing the game. I still remember the first time watching the 'Welcome to Rapture' scene as your submarine goes over the rocks into the cities while Andrew Ryan describes the utopia he created and the escalating music that went with the scene. To this day, I still think that scene is one of the best scenes I have ever seen in any video game. I still remember shooting myself up with electro bolt the first time as you fall from the second floor platform to the first. I remember seeing my first big daddy drill up a splicer in a small theatre. I remember meeting Sander Cohen and the piano man forced to play music. I remember so much, and I cherished those memories. For the longest time, I said that this is my favorite game, and even though I decided not to have favorites anymore, I still say it is one of the greats.
Over the years, other Bioshock game have been released. We were re-introduced to the crazy world of Rapture, except through the eyes of a big daddy in Bioshock 2, and we found ourselves up in the clouds in a religious and gas fueled city of Colombia in Bioshock Infinite. I have loved the series for so long, but I have always thought that the first game was the best.
Today, we celebrate a masterpiece turning ten years old, and we celebrate the experiences we had with the game. Not everyone loved the game, but I know I did, and hearing this game turn ten impacted me more than any other game turning a milestone age. You asked if I would kindly, and I did, with fire in one hand, a gun in the other, and a smile on my face. I thank you for the experiences you have given me, and here is to another ten years.
Here is a ten year anniversary trailer made by 2K.