Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Promoting Transhumanism Through Video Games

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I have not yet written a full article on video games due to the fact I have to play through an entire game before I can discuss it (and many of these games are brutally boring). This does not however mean that the video game industry is not used to promote ideas. Quite to the contrary, videos games are probably the most potent mediums to sell agendas because they immersing, interactive and sometimes addictive. The power of videos games reside in the fact that players identify themselves with the protagonist they control. This connection greatly facilitates the selling of ideas as they do not appeal to the rational thought but to the emotions.

Deux Ex: Human Revolution will enable the players to take on the role of a man who has been “upgraded” by transhumanism. In the unstable context of the 2027, his robot parts are obviously an advantage when its time to kick the ass of flesh-and-bone humans. Here’s the trailer.

Probably the most significant part of the trailer is the H+ sign at the very end.

h+ at the end of the trailer

H+ is the standard symbol to identify transhumanism, which is an “intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition through technology”. In simple terms, it promotes the merging of humans with robots.

A cover of h+ magazine, the most important transhumanist publication

Transhumanism is also prominently featured in movies and pop music (see The Transhumanist and Police State Agenda in Pop Music).

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Duke
1 year 1 month ago
Hi! I think you got this one wrong. The Deus Ex series is actually very educational, presenting issues such like false flag terrorism, media manipulation, problem-reaction-solution policies, secret societies (the Illuminati come into play at some point) and the themes of power in general (for example – local power centres versus global government). Transhumanism is, I think, being mostly discussed in the third part, although even in parts 1 and 2 the main character (a specially "augmented" agent trained by some big, shadowy agency, officially dedicated to fighting terrorism) is a "transhuman"; now, I'd say that knowing parts 1 and… Read more »
Ahmed
1 year 1 month ago

This game is anti transhumanism though.

hilu
2 years 3 months ago
have you even played the game? it draws all the negative sites of transhumanism. deus ex HR is one of my favourite games, because its not just some fictional action-adventure game or "just-shoot-the-bad-guys", or one of thousands of zombie games. it shows the consequences of brain-washing, of desire for power and things that "They" are hiding from us. Adam never asked for his "upgrades" just like we never asked for manipulation.. altough, in the end, there is no "good/right" solution. so the ending is totally opened, and its up to you, what will you choose. which is kinda depressing.. and… Read more »
two eyes
2 years 8 months ago

The Illuminattis are present in the game as a ocult elite who wants control the world….there are various ideas of conspiracy through the game….and its a great game….

Cata
3 years 8 months ago
Judging the game by only the trailer is totally not fair. You have no idea how the game actually works. You get to CHOOSE your ending of the game. A spoiler but here's the list of choises after the whole world falls apart: Destroy the facility with yourself and let humanity decide the future for itself. Support the augmentation theories despite the disaster because it is "evolution". Lie and blame it on an organization who fights for the rights of humanism. Tell the truth, and let the people ban augmentation technology forever or at least a very long time. What… Read more »
David
5 years 3 months ago

Its good to see games and other media going against the idea of transhumanism!!!

Curtis888
5 years 3 months ago
I ahve to agree with Dukes up above, you have to play the both of the first games — respectively call "Deus Ex: The Conspiracy" and "Deus Ex 2: The Invisible War" — to really appreciate the overall arc of storyline and the choices the player has. So much info in each game that one come away asking questions. They're both that good. Can't wait to play this one. On another note, the first Half-Life game is about the Deluce wars. HL2 ups the storytelling, graphcs, pin-game physics, and introduced Apeture science — makes of the portal gun in the… Read more »
Ashelia
5 years 4 months ago
i've played an MMORPG, which takes origins in south korea, it's very popular around the world with cute graphics and so on…this is Maple Story. at a moment in the game, you're coming into a town, Magatia, a medieval theme town which is divided in two part, The Zenumists and Alcadno. you're having so quest to do and you learn that The Zenumists practice Alchemy, and live in the old medieval style buildings on one side of the town. The Alcadno, on the other hand, use advanced technology and created robots on their side of the town, this made me… Read more »
Ken
5 years 5 months ago
Same here, I learned about how evil the illuminati is in the game series Assassin's Creed. Sure there were signs like the all seeing eye but it was a warning from an ally of the main game character. The Assassins fight for the free will of the mankind and against the Templars. Somehow I see alignments on how it looks like the Illuminati is winning in the real modern world just like in the Assassins Creed Universe Metal Gear series was also awesome XD I'll post linkies if I may Assassins Creed: ((I'll update this one, I'm gonna record on… Read more »
adfs
3 years 3 months ago

thanks you very much for this video

Sean
5 years 6 months ago
Regrettably, what even most Christian and other concerned researchers fail to realize is that Transhumanism/Transtopianism and the posthuman ideal go way beyond the integration of man and machine. For the dark, sinister, malefic spiritual forces or inter-dimensional beings (IDBs) behind the Transhumanist Movement are, in fact, also behind the UFO/Alien Abduction Phenomenon. The ultimate goal of the new technologies bent to the transhumanist goal of creating humanity anew, particularly germ-line genetic engineering, is to produce altered humans who will be ideal vehicles and mediums for incarnating ‘spirit-beings’ (hostile inter-dimensionals) devoted to the psychical and biological exploitation of humankind. Let those… Read more »
WeWantRespect
5 years 6 months ago

aaa…Deus Ex is educational not selling agendas to players , VC , play the first Deus ex and you will see something interesting .. this game is a reminder that we are controled ….. in the first game you have 3 ways to finish it , 1 way is to join the illuminati order …. "..where are the illuminati , we come before and after "

father of nations
5 years 6 months ago

i enjoy video games.my fav is 'command and conquer : tiberium wars'the player takes on the role of a general commanding forces in a world war called the tiberium war.the factions include the GDI who are a collection of the worlds elite nations.then there is The Brotherhood , a semi religous semi fanatical group of the non elite masses.

An elite minority trying to control a non elite majority,sound fimiliar?

Syrus
5 years 7 months ago

This is just a lame Illuminati rip-off of Ghost-in-the-Shell.

Nicole
5 years 7 months ago

When I saw the woman's face (the robot woman shooting) she looked extremely similar to Rihanna to me, just with one side of her head shaved.

worriedgamer
5 years 7 months ago
VC – you should check out the Canadian gaming company called Bioware. Their developers have been known to use a Masonic pyramid as their 'avatar' in their forums – when asked the significance of it, they laugh it off and give no explanation. Their most prominent series, 'Mass Effect', features a futuristic soldier who dies and is reconstructed as a Christ-like transhuman by an all-powerful corporation. He then does their bidding. Moreover, the series pretends to offer the player choice while covertly leading them along a pre-destined route in which they have absolutely no freedom – basically, they're slaves, and… Read more »
Plastic jesus
5 years 7 months ago
As someone who enjoys video games, I personally cannot wait for this game. The first game sparked my interest and then further research into the Illuminati and was a huge factor in making me aware that all may not be what it seems. I beleive like other forms of entertainment specifically film,books, & music; all they are doing is exposing you to ideas and themes. What you do with them is up to you based on what you no, your upbringing and how it makes you feel. Symbols are the same, some symbols have at one time had a totally… Read more »
k
5 years 7 months ago

Hey did anyone see the new cover of Time with the person plugged in?

Dukes
5 years 7 months ago
As a longtime fan of the Deus Ex series, I'll say that this transhumanism business is just one out of many of its aspects, no more important than the rest. The series promotes a GREAT deal of choice in gameplay–along with choosing how the game ends, even upgrading the protagonist (JC/Alex/Adam) with augmentations was entirely OPTIONAL. I'll also echo the fact of the moral element in dealing with the opposition: there was always an option above killing, as in KO'ing them unconscious but alive. In either case, the human element was always present and there for those who wished to… Read more »
Dukes
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry…all the protagonists were already augmented in some way at the beginning of their respective games, just to clarify. That'd mean the human element would be as close to remaining as-is, when it comes to upgrading.

Joe
5 years 7 months ago

obviously transhumanism is a theme of the game, but I'd like to point out that they seem to be painting the transhumanist agenda as the 'bad guy'

Chris
5 years 7 months ago
I love this site and appreciate the author's concerns, but I'm not sure if this game is negative or not since it appears to be EXPOSING the transhumanist agenda. I have seen interviews with the developer where he talks about having to research the subject in detail and got the impression he's actually on our side. Another game doing great things in terms of exposing alternative views to history and delving into the occult is the Assassins Creed series. I just don't think it's always got to be a negative association. If you play these games through educated eyes you… Read more »
Handman7
5 years 7 months ago

Has anyone here played the game Killer7? Eventhough it doesn't have much to do with transhumanism, it does have mind control through dissociation…. however, I won't spoil it, play it first. Eventhough it is about japanese-american relations, it talks aout alot of conspiracies.

zao
5 years 7 months ago

I am surprised he has not said anything about Call of Duty Black OPS

That whole game was about Monarch programming

Joe
5 years 7 months ago

i have had that game for months but only just decided to play the single player campaign. the first thing i thought of, like 5 minutes into it, was 'omg, vc should do a story on this'. i guess I wasnt the only one…

evan
5 years 7 months ago

yeah, this is why i got rid of my xbox a year ago and used the money to purchase an acoustic guitar

zao
5 years 7 months ago

Deus EX revolution is actually a prequel to a game that was made around 10 years ago that was about transhumanism and conspiracy theories. In fact one of the factions in the game was the illuminati.

IF you really want to see a game that is basically about the illuminati. Then you should check out a couple of games called Bioshock and Bioshock 2.

Those two games are pretty blatant about there symbolism.

Anon
5 years 7 months ago

A few relevant videos. Not all video games are evil folks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1bcm4sczN0&fe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkQaysXVOaM&fe

I HIGHLY suggest watching one of these before forming a baseless opinion. These games are a reflection of the world that all of us visiting this site know to be true.

Curious Citizen
5 years 7 months ago

CALL OF DUTY is a game that has a lot of illuminati/masonic symbolism

zao
5 years 7 months ago

You mean Call of Duty Black Ops, That game for the most part was about Monarch Programming

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