Going forward, the Vault will become a grab bag of items too short to sustain their own features. Today, it’s home to the following five pieces of concept art, discussed in the Irrational Behavior podcast’s premier episode, that show what BioShock might have been.
Dog in a Wheelchair
Before BioShock’s “gatherers” became Little Sisters in an artistic process characterized by false starts and filled garbage bins, they were sea slugs. Nobody empathized with the creatures enough to care whether they lived or died. When the call went out to come up with a character that players would pity, Lead Artist Shawn Robertson submitted this insipid image of a Doberman in a wheelchair. The illustration is now infamous at the studio, although Shawn insists that fellow artist Scott Sinclair’s “frog with the funnel in its anus” is more embarrassing by far.
Frog with a Funnel in its Anus
Before BioShock’s “gatherers” became Little Sisters in an artistic process characterized by false starts and filled garbage bins, they were sea slugs. Nobody empathized with the creatures enough to care whether they lived or died. When the call went out to come up with a character that players would pity, Art Principal Scott Sinclair submitted this insipid image of a toad with a funnel and sun tea jug attached to its anus. Scott insists that fellow artist Shawn Robertson’s “dog in a wheelchair” is more embarrassing by far.
The original BioShock “gatherer” — based on a sea slug — was later replaced by the Little Sister.
SloProFum, the studio’s internal name for this prototype Big Daddy variant that mauled players with an enormous hook and fired iron bearings from a barrel, stands for “slow projectile/fucked-up melee.” Hear how the design didn’t work on this month’s Irrational Behavior podcast.
Stay Puft Bouncer
Initially reluctant to add a drill arm to the Bouncer Big Daddy variant at Creative Director Ken Levine’s insistence, artists Nate Wells and Robb Waters started exchanging a series of images in which they attached marshmallows, human butts, and other items to the character’s hand.
darby | January 16, 2010 1:27 am
noteshard | January 16, 2010 1:35 am
This is the wonderful magic of video game concept art.
sawfish22 | January 16, 2010 1:57 am
Wow..I’d love to see the Bioshock with a marshmallow arm in action. Somebody PLEASE mod the PC version of Bioshock with that!!! it’d be amazing!
The frog and dog in a wheelchair aren’t too shabby either. 🙂
newton | January 16, 2010 2:00 am
This is the wonderful magic of uncovering what was hidden.
downtown | January 16, 2010 2:00 am
I prefer to think of the frog having “orange drink” funneled into its anus, [i]thank you[/i].
axident | January 16, 2010 2:02 am
Please, put the frog and dog in your next game, please! =P
The buts on the Big Daddy might be a bit too much for me though.
boatservice | January 16, 2010 2:33 am
That slowpro looks really cool. Funny how retarded ideas can turn into a great game. 😛
fourzerotwo | January 16, 2010 3:39 am
“Nate Wells and Robb Waters started exchanging a series of images in which they attached marshmallows, human butts, and other items to…” – you can run a contest solely based on people finishing THAT sentence!
sawfish22 | January 16, 2010 4:49 am
Irrational, MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!! Robert Bowling speaks wisdom! Add Photoshop to this contest and you’ve basically got the internet in a nutshell.
nomardll769 | January 16, 2010 11:19 am
Robert, your brains have grown too big for your head since taking up the job at Infinity Ward. It’s AWESOME! Rock on, man!
nabeel | January 16, 2010 4:42 am
theblackbandit | January 16, 2010 5:38 am
I… actually really liked the frog.
IG.Sarah | January 19, 2010 12:27 pm
I did too when I saw it. He’s very well drawn and the color is quite nice on him. It’s just that funnel sticking out of his bum…:) I wouldnt want to harvest and inject that into my character…
moncada | January 16, 2010 6:05 am
Very nice axed art.
zenoverse | January 16, 2010 9:06 am
The Vault is awesome.
swifttheredfox | January 16, 2010 9:21 am
It would be hilarious if the BioShock 2 team included the frog and the dog in the game as easter eggs. I’d love to see a pathetic dog wheeling himself around in its wheelchair.
mcwizardry | January 16, 2010 9:45 am
The hook on the Big Daddy might have worked, who knows …
bc5389 | January 16, 2010 11:01 am
I wish the SloProFum was kept in Bioshock
hobojohns | January 16, 2010 11:15 am
I’d be careful posting this stuff for public consumption. They may end up in Avatar 2.
nomardll769 | January 16, 2010 11:18 am
The marshmallow looks tasty. I want hit everything in this blog with my wrench.
ptrek85 | January 16, 2010 11:58 am
These ideas are simply brilliant! Its good to get to see what they would have looked like after hearing about them on the podcast.
armchair | January 16, 2010 1:28 pm
That anus frog is never going to stop haunting me. So thanks guys.
onebump | January 16, 2010 2:05 pm
I guess it takes a few bad ideas to get a great one. What is the dog in the wheelchair gathering? It looks like a stanky piece of cheese.
snazzle1088 | January 16, 2010 2:42 pm
Haha, I love the Marshmallow. I’m saving that image, just to keep it as a little day brightener!
jillaman | January 16, 2010 2:54 pm
Wow, these are great sketches. Bioshock came a long way.
gamedreamer | January 16, 2010 4:03 pm
This is astounding, hahahaha
neuroman42 | January 16, 2010 4:28 pm
sh0dan | January 16, 2010 4:57 pm
I’m really glad you guys didn’t go with the dog in a wheel chair… He’s so wretched and pitiful looking. I’d be far too upset to actually play the game.
As for the frog with a funnel in its butt, the only emotion that evokes is laughter. Haha, especially with that dazed look on its face.
PS. Love the little (???) *poop* expression, though not entirely sure what it means?
batmanprime | January 16, 2010 10:57 pm
Classic. Just like SOAD, even the leftovers are great.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a poster of the dog in a wheelchair in Project Icarus.
fallout | January 17, 2010 3:10 am
Dog in a Wheelchair.
psykomyko | January 17, 2010 3:50 am
postcard | January 17, 2010 9:00 am
I called it! You saw me call it!!
elektr0ns | January 17, 2010 1:37 pm
Dog in a wheelchair should be an easter egg.
zenoverse | January 17, 2010 4:13 pm
The gatherer is slightly disturbing.
deathvein | January 17, 2010 5:52 pm
WHEELCHAIR DOG SHOWS SELF.
jaxx | January 17, 2010 7:13 pm
After reading this, I bet the good ol’ Big Daddy was originally a giant shark with killer laser-banana-beams!
ig.shane | January 18, 2010 10:08 am
I hadn’t seen the Stay Puft Bouncer, that’s incredible.
zenoverse | January 18, 2010 1:18 pm
The Dog’s spine seems broken.
QU1CKF1X | January 19, 2010 3:21 pm
I want a Dog in a Wheelchair easter egg in the next game. 🙂
jumpingman63 | January 19, 2010 6:29 pm
SloProFum should have made. it looks amazing!!
nomardll769 | January 20, 2010 12:08 am
Due to people thinking the dog was ham when it was blured, his name is Ham-Dog.
cyndie | January 21, 2010 4:48 pm
HAHAHA!!! oh man, that’s AWESOME. got a good chuckle out of me. ham-dog with a ham-bone should be the next idea & sketch.
borrego | January 20, 2010 12:17 am
These concepts rock!
eden | January 20, 2010 9:43 am
I misread “insipid” as “inspired” both times I saw it. The brain sees what it wants, I guess!
ianwojo | January 20, 2010 1:24 pm
lolz, that would’ve been awesome to have one of the big daddies in the game have a marshmellow hand
emir | January 20, 2010 2:33 pm
lol being marshmellowed to death… thats too funny…
nomardll769 | January 20, 2010 3:23 pm
Not that’s what I call a delicious death!
sfxromano | January 20, 2010 5:46 pm
Poor doggy! =\
January 20, 2010 11:30 pm
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geff | January 21, 2010 7:15 am
I think the frog is amazing
jukenwav | January 21, 2010 11:30 am
the Marshmallow looks like a buffing tool. now i can think about is seeing a Big Daddy buffing the floors or windows… =P
igcphantom | January 23, 2010 10:58 am
Yes and if a buffing big daddy was in the game make it so you could get foot prints on the floor and finger prints on the windows so you could distract him and sneak past or make it so if he sees them he goes into an pissed off mode and starts shouting: ”Crap i just friggen cleaned this!”
cyndie | January 21, 2010 4:50 pm
hehe, the marshmallow big daddy could like.. spew exploding marshmallow goo all over everything. it’d be pretty friggen sweet. AND you could have them keel over if you set the marshmallow on fire.. 🙂 finish him!
IG.Sarah | January 22, 2010 11:25 am
I’m feeling like the incinerate plasmid would put a delightful and tasty spin on marshmallow big daddy fights. Just need to find some chocolate and graham crackers after looting the body…NOM NOM NOM smores.
deadfred11 | January 22, 2010 9:45 pm
It would be the rain of smores lol.
deadfred11 | January 22, 2010 9:41 pm
Poor frog and what is up with the bat thing stuck on the ground
vonbraun | January 23, 2010 11:35 am
lol the dog is far more embarrasing imo
theend69 | January 23, 2010 9:49 pm
wow this just shows that your teams creativity exceeds my expectations.
nickjesz | January 25, 2010 12:12 am
Growing up i lived next store to a older married couple who in fact had a dog in a wheel chair; I was scared of it.
merylvinchi | January 28, 2010 10:11 am
I Have To Applaud The Artist Who Drew These ,
Even Tho They Didn’t Get Put In The Game, There Just Flat Out Incredible!
beatlemeyer | February 1, 2010 11:00 pm
Post some more pics of the various attachments, I want to see the “human butt”. haha
honkwas | February 2, 2010 3:59 pm
If you like this, check out this old gamesradar article about the evolution of bioshock’s art
perfectdarkling | February 12, 2010 11:40 pm
The Frog with a Funnel in its Anus is the best.
mrmcwtf | February 23, 2010 7:24 pm
The dog you can actually pity, but the frog? Really?
mrmcwtf | February 23, 2010 7:25 pm
The dog you can pity, but the frog? Really?
mekcasig | February 25, 2010 1:24 pm
The dog give me creeps!!
March 17, 2010 7:21 pm
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invader | August 16, 2010 3:39 am
“Frog with a Funnel up its Anus”. I lol’d.
andrewu | September 5, 2010 9:07 am
I think we can all agree we would like some
Frog with a funnel up its anus , DLC patch
amurthakumari | November 11, 2010 12:09 am
dress up games for kids
amurthakumari | November 12, 2010 3:43 am
free online games,
magicmaker | March 17, 2011 11:18 pm
Ahhh the original dog in wheelchair.. wanted to compare it to the shirt version.
rabbit | April 5, 2011 2:48 am
I really want to own a frog wih a funnel in it’s anus…not a real one, but a squeeze toy one. I would keep it in the bathroom.
rockstar0982 | July 10, 2013 12:25 pm
The dog concept is actually pretty interesting/intriguing…