CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR CONTEMPORARY RELIGION
CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR CONTEMPORARY RELIGION
Central European Journal for Contemporary Religion is a scholarly journal issued both by the Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University and Karolinum Press, serving as a publication platform for Comparative Religion and related scholarship. It focuses mainly on contemporary religious phenomena with special (but not exclusive) focus on Central and Eastern Europe. It should serve both as a source of information on the religious life in the region and as a reservoir of scholarly studies focused on contemporary lived religion at large. It is issued semi-annually both in print and online (open access). Its goal is to bring up thought-provoking contributions related not only to current established religions and religious movements, both new and old, but also to map contemporary spirituality in its wider context including New Age milieu, Neopaganism and pop-cultural spirituality. The journal also covers latest theoretical and methodological trends in Comparative Religion, Ritual Studies and other disciplines. The editorial board consists of scholars from most Czech Comparative Religion departments as well as experts on the most important religious traditions of the world.

CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR CONTEMPORARY RELIGION, Vol 4 No 1 (2020), 23–49

Bioshock: Infinite as the Mirror of America?

Jiří Kothera

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14712/25704893.2021.2
announced: 11. 04. 2022

abstract

Few mainstream computer games have caused such controversy as Bioshock: Infinite (2013). The third instalment of the Bioshock series is set in the fictional city of Columbia in an alternate history of the early twentieth century, which at first glance appears to be a perfect social utopia. After a while, however, the narrative begins to uncover the multilayered problems of society oppressed by a fraction of the white elite and religious fanaticism. The popularity of the game is not only due to the attractive audiovisual processing and complex game mechanics. It is primarily a story that uses an unprecedented amount of religious symbolism – especially Christian symbols, historical references, polysemic story elements, and a story based on the concepts of frontier myth and American exceptionalism. This work will deal with analysing these phenomena, especially those directly related to the religious and nationalistic topics in the United States.

keywords: Bioshock; Religion; Politics; Videogames; American Exceptionalism; The Frontier Myth

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Bioshock: Infinite as the Mirror of America? is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

157 x 230 mm
published: 2 x per year
print price: 180 czk
ISSN: 2533-7955
E-ISSN: 2570-4893

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