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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
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Needless to say – SPOILERS AHEAD!

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 the story.

In one of the final scenes, 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.

As Keanu Reeves would say, "Whoa!"

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