Am Playing: Bioshock 2
There’s a place in Rapture called The Pink Pearl. The Pink Pearl exists in Siren’s Alley, and when you first arrive, if you don’t go all gun slinging into the the main atrium, you can witness a couple of splicers negotiate some, um, affection.
Sinclair helpfully pops in to tell you that The Pink Pearl was once the most exclusive place in the city, but that its inhabitants had taken to selling themselves. You can blame Ryan (or Lamb) for this, but realistically I BLAME THE PERSON WHO NAMED IT THE PINK PEARL and placed it in SIREN’S ALLEY. You knew what was going to happen, Rapture urban planner. Don’t bother to deny it.
I took a long time to actually get to the Pink Pearl, because when you first arrive in Siren’s Alley there are two harvestable splicer corpses and one (respawning) big daddy, so I had to clear the whole area twice and it was just a scene. It meant walking around again and again and see the frankly fucked up paintings that Fr. Wales has adorned the place with. Sir, you have lost your marbles. But for good reason, we’ll soon find out! So, with two bodies harvested and the way forward closed to me unless I get a code from Daniel Wales’ office, I venture forth. To find this lovely scene.
Rapture is a bloody, miserable place (bloody as a descriptor, not an oath). What happened here? Did Daniel Wales go mad and decide to spear people to the wall as a warning? Was it splicer on splicer violence? Did some poor shmoes renege on their negotiated affection and pay the, hah, price? Hardly matters because I got a spear gun out of it. It was a bit of a stretch, though — I pulled one of the spears out of one of the bodies and hey presto, spear gun. I seem to be missing a major part of the equation there, namely THE GUN. But subject Delta is a special case. Maybe there was a spear gun hidden on my armor. Because, why not.
I did spy this little poster out of the corner of my eye and did a double take. Dr. Steinman is, for those of you who haven’t played Bioshock, your introduction to the world of Rapture — your first goal is to hunt him down and kill him (per Atlas). He was a plastic surgeon who slowly became sure that his muse was telling him to stop simply perfecting people and to instead make them into works of art (read: Picasso). I wonder how much of the physical deformities splicers have is due to him? I assume very little — the vast majority must just be the result of splicing up in general. Is Bioshock one big Say No To Drugs ad?
Speaking of splicing up, in this unfortunately colored boudoir you find this little lady who died thus. If you pick up her journal, she mentions that her current customer keeps pushing her to splice while in the act (her words) because it would heighten the sensation for both of them. She says no — she’s in it for the scratch, not the feeling, and besides her man wouldn’t approve (although he does it all the time. Good ole double standards!). And yet here she is, a needle in her arm, dead as a doornail. I wonder if he forced her and thus she died? But she shows some physical deterioration so maybe she just gave in and became an addict? Or is it now that instant. I have so many questions about Bioshock but if I go to read the wiki I’m going to spoil myself on the rest of the game, accidentally.
The Pink Pearl is the domain of Father Wales’ brother, Daniel. Daniel hates Lamb — apparently Fr (Simon) Wales went to her out of guilt when something went wrong in engineering, and he came back deciding to be a priest. Daniel’s vastly unimpressed. He’s also unimpressed with me, but I’m thinking, maybe we can ally and take Lamb down together! What if instead of assassinating everyone in this game I just make best buds with them all and we come out like an army of anti-Lambers, guns and craziness at the ready?
PS, I began to see Fr. Simon Wales’ concern with engineering when I trotted into Daniel’s room to see:
Right before I, sigh, killed Daniel Wales (sorry Daniel, SORRY but you did sic some freaking bots on me and also grenades and ALSO WHATEVER THOSE WALL CLIMBING MONSTERS ARE), I spied this scene through a broken wall. Yikes.
Surely I could have helped her but to save my life I couldn’t figure out a way through the walls. Couldn’t I, like, use the drill? Well, apparently not. Unless I’m doing drill dash wrong. I bet I’m doing drill dash wrong. DAMNIT I think I have to replay this entire level.
I’m also starting to be suspicious of Eleanor, which is probably distinctly unfair and the result of the whole Atlas betrayal thing. She is tempting me onwards to find her. Is this a setup? Is she, like, the biggest of the big sisters? Please Eleanor don’t kill me. I just want to be friends. Can’t we be friends?