Bioshock is over ten years old, now, and there are still secrets being discovered about the original game. When a random commenter challenged the true identity of a former 2K Marin game developer, they unknowingly helped uncover a forgotten, unfixed bug that unveils a somewhat hilarious message. The bug started making headlines today, promptly after the proof behind it was swiftly served.
On 4chan's video game board, a user who had claimed to have previously worked on Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite under 2K Marin, was reminiscing about their time working on the games. Another poster expressed some rather spiteful doubt in the original poster, and within the next few posts, they get -- as Booker DeWitt once was -- taken to Church.
To prove their creditability, the anonymous game developer posted game-specific instructions to readers so that they could uncover a bug in Bioshock that had never been fixed. This particular bug is ten years old, and until now, no one (that we know of, at least) has uncovered it. Here's how to find it, per the dev:
"In Bioshock 1, go to the second half of Hephaestus where you first encounter Ryan in person. Use incinerate to get you down to 1 HP, then use it again on he area where the cutscene triggers and walk into it. You'll die right when the scene starts, but wind up in a Vita chamber outside the map. Turn on Art Captions and you'll see a developer message about Paul Hellquist not doing his job. No one has found this bug yet publicly, its in all versions. Cheers."
Curious players decided to follow these instructions to the letter, and it paid off: many found the same bug and caption, which reads, "!! Bug this. If you can read this Paul Hellquist did not do his job. Love, Kline." The message looks like it was written by Christopher Kline, the game's Lead Programmer; Paul Hellquist served as a game designer.
Darnit, Paul -- you had one job. Time to put you in the same corner we left Phil Tippett in after that dinosaur fiasco.
Bioshock is available now for PC, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and iOS.