|The Wonderful World of Rapture!|
"Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? No, says the man in Washington; It belongs to the poor. No, says the man in the Vatican; It belongs to God. No, says the man in Moscow; It belongs to everyone. I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose Rapture. A city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, where the great would not be constrained by the small; and with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well." - Andrew Ryan
Rapture is the fictional city in the Atlantic ocean and is the main setting of Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and will most likely be the setting of the upcoming game Bioshock 3. It was founded by Andrew Ryan on November 5, 1946, and according to the events of the first Bioshock it's coordinates are 63° 2' N, 29° 55' W.
The city was built as a haven for scientists, artists, and anyone else who wanted to escape a world full of what Ryan refers to as "parasites".
Jack arrives in the city because of a plane crash. After swimming to a lighthouse located above the city, he uses a Bathyshpere to descend down into the deep waters and into Rapture. Unaware, of course. It is soon revealed that the city had many scientific breakthroughs such as ADAM and Plasmids, but ultimately the cities creations caused it to collapse upon itself and become a twisted dystopia.
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