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    'BioShock Infinite' Blends Retro Fantasy With Political Reality

    In the thick of a long, nasty political season, it's easy to think the gulf between the left and right in America is wider and more irreconcilable than ever. Except that it isn't. Irrational Games' creative director and self-described "history nerd," Ken Levine, knows this. "There have been many things like the Tea Party before the Tea Party," he explains. "Both religious, nationalist movements as well as labor-oriented, left-wing movements. Even in 1912, those groups often came into conflict." It's this heady, pre-WWI period that Levine and Irrational decided would be the perfect setting for the company's next first-person action title, BioShock Infinite, due in October.

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