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BioShock Infinite - setting a new standard in emotional gaming

Ken Levine wants to make you cry...

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Seen the Infinite footage showing actress Courtnee Draper crying? While it may resemble a ransom video as Troy Baker, voice of co-star Booker, shouts at her from off-screen, it highlights the value creative director Ken Levine puts on genuine emotion.

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With the constraints of a videogame being quite different to those in a movie, Levine has had to rely on these strange techniques to get the most out of his actors. "The reason it was so difficult for [Courtnee] to get to that place was because... these scenes are so truncated in a lot of ways, compared to what you have in a movie," Levine revealed this month. "So that took a lot of trust on their part, but it helped a lot to get that scene done."

Playing as Booker with Elizabeth as company, the two characters will be conversing throughout the game. The idea is that the player will make a real emotional connection with them both.

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It's not just the script that holds the emotional resonance either. Character animations are being sculpted with particular care, and Levine is confident the facial animation will be truly effective - it's about way more than shooting, this shooter.

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