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    Game » consists of 33 releases. Released Aug 21, 2007

    Venture into the mysterious, Utopian underwater city of Rapture and discover what has turned it into ruin in this first-person epic.

    Has this game made you want to read Rand?

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    #1  Edited By giventofly462

    I know, I know... reading! I guess this only reaches out to a small(er) group of game players. But still, I can't be the only one who, after playing the game, wanted to see more about the main inspiration. That being Ayn Rand and her books. A friend and I are currently pushing each other to read Atlas Shrugged right now. Any interest at all in The Fountainhead, Anthem, or Atlas Shrugged? What about Orwell, which is certainly less taxing?

    Am I the only nut?

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    #2  Edited By ImHungryx10

    After this game I sought out Atlas Shrugged and read it all. It took a long time, yet it's worth it. Her language is great. You can also see correlations between the game and the book, though it's not underwater....but there is at least one more nut.

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    #3  Edited By FengShuiGod

    I have read Anthem and The Fountainhead, although I have not played Bioshock. Both books, IMO, were fantastic. Orwell is also good, although I think Anthem is less taxing than his works.

    I have yet to read Atlas Shrugged, but I intend to. If it's anything like her other works, I will be very pleased.

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    #4  Edited By JethroVegas

    I read Rand before Bioshock...

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    #5  Edited By twenty0ne

    I would like to read the book.

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    #6  Edited By NikoBellic

    I have been a huge fan of Rand since I was in college.  I hope that this game gives people the catalyst to read Rynd, but I hope that people don't go into it thinking that she writes science fiction books.  Her theories are sweeping and certainly very progressive; especially for the 1920's, when the books were written

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    #7  Edited By Jonathan

    I have Atlas Shrugged on my book shelf yet to be read. I have no time at the moment.

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    #8  Edited By SuicideFLip

    I was just wondering this myself after snagging The Fountainhead a few weeks ago.  I haven't read much, but have greatly enjoyed what I have read.  To someone who has read more of her stuff, which did you enjoy the most?

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    #9  Edited By giventofly462

    I read Anthem back in high school but I remember approximately nothing about it. Am I wrong in the memory that it's like "The Island", that joke of a Michael Bay film? It wasn't bad though, I recall that impression. SuicideFlip, I think you have the right idea. The Fountainhead is probably (from what I hear) the best place to start. I'm actually really nervous to read Atlas Shrugged without reading that one.

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    #10  Edited By SuicideFLip

    I wanted to read Atlas first (based on the fact that I really like the title) but my friend who has read her books said Fountainhead is the best place to start too.  I really need to read more of it.

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    #11  Edited By BoG

    I actually read it around the same time, not knowing Bioshock was related. When I found out later, I could make the connections. Shrugged is a good book, by the way.

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    #12  Edited By RedSox8933

    ayn rand is crazy, there is no way i would read her books.

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    #13  Edited By Reynolds

    I just happened to have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand right before Bioshock came it.  It is absolutely my least favorite book ever, I hated it.  And I love reading.

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    #14  Edited By Termite

    Her books intrigue me, but I don't feel like reading them. Maybe at a later time

    And yes I did play bioshock

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    #15  Edited By Termite

    Her books intrigue me, but I don't feel like reading them. Maybe at a later time

    And yes I did play bioshock

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    Reynolds said:
    "I just happened to have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand right before Bioshock came it.  It is absolutely my least favorite book ever, I hated it.  And I love reading."
    Same here. Reading her work is like watching flies fuck--if there isn't any other entertainment available, you could force yourself to enjoy it, but most likely you'll just wonder why the hell you looked at it in the first place.
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    #17  Edited By AggroCraig

    I enjoyed Fountainhead quite a bit, though I read it before I played Bioshock. However, I've not read any of her other works.

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    #18  Edited By dantebk

    I was interested in reading her work anyway, but after BioShock I became very interested.  I almost picked up one of her books at Borders last week, but they were like $5 more than the other book I was looking at, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, so I bought that instead. 

    (P.S. so far I like Snow Crash but I don't love it)

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    #19  Edited By NeoTheta

    So far, I've read Anthem, and it's one of my favorite books ever. A very deep story, yet it's only 86 pages. I also have a copy of Atlus Shrugged, and am going to be reading it soon. I've had it forever, but haven't had the time to properly sit down with it. Also, I got the Limited Edition of BioShock for PC on day one of its release.

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    #20  Edited By Corsaer

    No, but The Witcher made me want to read Last Wish.

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    #21  Edited By atejas

    i tried reading ayn rand, and hated it, although it is well written.

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    #22  Edited By Homer

    I really wanted to read atlas shrugged but can't find it.

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    #23  Edited By Dakota

    I have really wanted to read one of her books for a long time. Does anyone think a 14  year old (with intelligence quite beyond his years) would be able to enjoy it?

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    #24  Edited By Kayaknutt
    RedSox8933 said:
    "ayn rand is crazy, there is no way i would read her books."
    but you would play a game based off of her books?
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    #25  Edited By gamer_152  Moderator

    Bioshock certainly had a brilliant story but after completing it and going "wow!" my first thought wasn't to trot off and start reading Orwell or Rand. I suppose I might get around to reading Orwell at some point but then again there are a lot of books I want to read and it often takes me time to get through them, it's not right at the top of my list.

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    #26  Edited By BoG
    MagusMaleficus said:
    "Reynolds said:
    "I just happened to have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand right before Bioshock came it.  It is absolutely my least favorite book ever, I hated it.  And I love reading."
    Same here. Reading her work is like watching flies fuck--if there isn't any other entertainment available, you could force yourself to enjoy it, but most likely you'll just wonder why the hell you looked at it in the first place."
    Well, Ayn Rand is a person with some pretty radical opinions. I'd assume if you're a communist, you may think she is wrong.
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    #27  Edited By StarFry64

    I read Ayn Rand's Anthem and loved it, so yes BioShock did make want to read at least one Rand book.

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    #28  Edited By AuthenticM

    I'm going to read most of her books.

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    #29  Edited By jakob187

    Rand had a lot of very interesting ideas, and her literature is definitely classic.  I liked the ideas of socialism and economics that she presented especially.  Despite that fact, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead aren't nearly as good as stuff like Brave New World or Animal Farm.  Orwell and Huxley were masterminds of their art forms.

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    #30  Edited By Jayge_

    I read Anthem once. I will never read Ayn Rand again.

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    #31  Edited By Arkthemaniac

    I've always wanted to read Ayn Rand, and now I do partly because of this.

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