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Did You Know That There Are Subliminal Shakespeare Quotes in BioShock Infinite?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Wherefore art thou?

BioShock Infinite is absolutely stuffed to the brim with subtle nods at popular culture – but it’s also packing a few Shakespeare quotes, too. You may have noticed a strange whispering sound when using the game’s Possession Vigor, but did you know that these seemingly incomprehensible noises are actually lines from Romeo & Juliet being played in reverse?

The voice murmurs softly: “Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow'd night / Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die / Take him and cut him out in little stars." You can peruse the evidence in the video embedded below. Who says that games aren’t educational, huh?


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User Comments (3)




Haven't played it, but I'd bet my Mrs would've picked them out though. She's a teacher, Cambridge graduate and all round smart arse!



Ginkgo said:

Well call me silly for not picking up a Shakespeare quote mumbled and then played backwards. I was clearly not concentrating enough...

My question is did someone leak this, or actually work it out?

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