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As I was playing Bioshock Infinite today, I was greeted by this fellow and lady shortly after busting Elizabeth from the confines of that statue. They gave us the choice of two brooches. One of a cage, and one of a bird. I simply wasn't thinking that this might have any effect on the game when I went with what Elizabeth sounded most intrigued by. So now she is stuck with a cage on her neck. Not the nicest of symbolism...

Does the brooch you pick for Elizabeth have any effect on the game or story line?

Note: SPOILERS AHEAD. Answers contain spoilers.

Screenshot of Elizabeth offering brooches

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Nice of you to steal the screenshot I took for my question :-/ gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/112994/… –  Django Reinhardt Apr 18 '13 at 21:16
    
@Django Reinhardt, If you like, I can hit the rollback button. My first reaction when it was added was to do that since I'd seen it in your question and felt like it was unnecessary and a bit thieve-y. I didn't since I figured the community knew better than I did. –  Aeo Apr 19 '13 at 14:01
    
I guess it's more @kip than you. I know it's only a screenshot, but I was surprised to see it here! –  Django Reinhardt Apr 19 '13 at 14:11
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@DjangoReinhardt sorry, it didn't occur to me that you had taken the screenshot yourself. i assumed you had just found the picture somewhere on the internet. i was just trying to make the "original" as good as the duplicate, since your question was closed as a duplicate of this one. if you guys want to roll it back feel free –  Kip Apr 19 '13 at 19:07
    
@Kip No problem. I think I got downvoted because someone thought I'd stolen it from this question, though le sigh! –  Django Reinhardt Apr 28 '13 at 18:17

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Well, not directly, so don't worry about it.

The point here is that you made a choice that you will remember and notice it later on.

More information with SPOILERS, read only AFTER FINISHING THE GAME:

Thanks to this choice you will almost immediately notice that the girl at the end is not Elizabeth since she doesn't have the brooch you selected for her. It was a nice touch by the game creators.

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Thank you. That's a relief to hear. I haven't finished the game yet, so I've avoided the spoiler tag. I'll definitely be back after to check it :D –  Aeo Mar 28 '13 at 21:23
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If they were really going for this, it would have been better if she was wearing the OTHER brooch. –  Django Reinhardt Apr 18 '13 at 21:19
    
@DjangoReinhardt That is a matter of opinion. Personally (and I said this in another post) I think it makes more sense for them to remove the brooch entirely (as they did) if they are wishing to communicate that this is not "our" Elizabeth. Again, it's subjective. –  Sevean Apr 28 '13 at 5:23

Like many other "choices" in the game, it has no effect on the gameplay whatsoever.

However, the act of choosing a brooch has a significant bearing on your experience of the story.

END-GAME SPOILERS BELOW

In one of the final scenes, notice that Booker will recognize that "Elizabeth" is not the Elizabeth he's been trying to rescue.

A giveaway is that this Elizabeth will not be wearing the brooch that Booker chose for her.

Is she an alternate universe Elizabeth?

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The person with the accepted answer added a spoiler tag... why did you not? :/ –  Konerak Apr 9 '13 at 14:24
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IMHO that does not apply here: I expected the choice of brooch to determine her behaviour during game (bird = roam far away from you, find more items but take longer to give them, cage = stay close to you, find lesser items). I expected a minor game mechanic, not a game ending. –  Konerak Apr 9 '13 at 14:57
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Asking if a choice at the beginning of the game is important is not the same as asking for the ending of the game. I'd be pissed if I came here wanting to make sure I didn't make a bad choice, only to accidentally learn the ending. Added spoiler tag.. –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Apr 11 '13 at 10:35
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It's a simple courtesy, for people who want the answer to this question but don't want the entire ending ruined. I really don't understand why you're so vehemently opposed to using spoiler tags. –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Apr 11 '13 at 11:08
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Downvoted for unhidden spoilers + lack of new information, you're pretty much repeating what Diogo said. –  kotekzot Apr 11 '13 at 12:53

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