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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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 2 of the game, I bet the third part approaches the issue of "transhumanism" from a very critical perspective (or possibly various perspectives, allowing the gamer to make his own choices and showing consequences). Now, I think even mentioning this stuff in a game makes a person (especially a young… Read more »

This game is anti transhumanism though.

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 not to forget to mention the huge impact of media. like Eliza (AI) said in the end "I can convince the people" which, I think, is totally clear..

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….

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 the disaster is? Basically everyone had chips, this Illuminati guy who created augmentations made them change their chips into mind control chips, they activated a signal in some tower in Antarctica and the people wearing the chips inside them went crazy and dellusional ultimately resulting in total chaos. The Illuminati… Read more »

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

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 Portal video games — who were in competition with Black Mesa (located in a D.U.M.B. in Arizona, from the first HL) for government defence contracts, as blantantly hinted at in Portal 1 & 2.

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 remember the BEP – Imma be. The alcadno guy is half human, half robot, he thinks that in order to go forward in the future, we will need the robots.

I dunno why 'til now, his words are stuck in my mind…

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 how Templars (The Mind Controllers) Controlled EVERYTHING, from Politics to Media))

Metal Gear: Explaining how illuminati's work behind the lines
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-pxd_Pkk38

thanks you very much for this video

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 with eyes to see, see indeed!

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 "

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?

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

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.

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 the player's appetite is sated through a series of obliging 'sex kitten' companions. The main male voice actor, Mark Meer, also speaks in a strangely flat, emotionless monotone – Monarch programming, perhaps?

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 different meaning to what they have now, the swastica comes to mind. Religion as well, some people intepret it in a peaceful loving way others in a hateful, violent and racist way. Lots of discussions here about the brainwashing of children and how violent games and films harm children; what… Read more »

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

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 pursue that course of action, and as far as DX3 goes Adam will have it the same way, upgrade further or remain as is (he will already be augmented at the beginning of the game – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_Ex:_Human_Revol…. Also, Alejandro Ivan Laguna here said that the game was "hidden by the… Read more »

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.

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'

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 are going to benefit from another perspective.

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.

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

That whole game was about Monarch programming

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…

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

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.

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.

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

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

Shoot on sight laws, ECEHLON program (governement surrveillance), Men in Black, Black helicoptors, synthetic diseases with highly controlled cures, The Illuminati, Templars, Corruption (corporate, social, governmental), RX 84 (FEMA camps), FEMA in general and their insane powers, Trilateral Commission, The Rockefellers and Rothschilds, The Order of Cincinatti, The NWO (In the form of UNATCO within the game world), Human augmentation. Off the top of my head, These are all things featured in the first Deus Ex. Now you can argue, "predictive programming" and all that s**t, but the game was made bymaybe 20-30 people, and the fact is they got close to all thier knowledge and ideas from conspiracy sites very similar to this one, only the 1998 versions (usenet? I dont know, im too young to remember that s**t). The first Deus Ex is widely considered one of the best games of all time, and my personal favorite. No… Read more »

Anyone who's never even played the first two games have absolutely no place in talking about them. And Human Revolution hasn't even come out so no one can possibly specualte on it's intent at this point. The fact is though that Deus Ex is probably the ONLY series of games that explicitly exposes this kind of stuff and if anyone had actually PLAYED the games before they commented they'd know that. Hell you don't even have to play them. You have the internet people use it. http://nuwen.net/dx.html

Oh crap, this article made me realize that the only games I have played in the past involved transhumanism. I'm so screwed, I'm breaking the cycle!

There is an upcoming online PC game called The Secret World. It's all about the secret societies.

Their promo website is called darkdaysarecoming. Very creepy. I bet VC should take a close look at the contents of this title coming out soon to be released somewhere this year.

http://www.darkdaysarecoming.com/

The All-seeing eye on the US 1 dollar bill was flashed in the trailer too. All too obvious what they are referring about here.

Ladies & gents, mubarak got kicked out of office, 3 dominos down & counting, the elite might be good at planning but out of chaos comes order, nonetheless a victory dance is not to much to ask for people kicking tyrants where it hurts, Next tyrant on the list my cursor says White house.

"That is absurd!!! Just learn to take it for what it is, understand the symbols, you guys seem scared! Thats what they want!!!! Dont you guys get it!!!! I listen to heavy metal, its harmless! I watch horror movies! thats also harmless! i play games, Harmless!!!"

Do not believe the lies of darkness. Some people are too blinded by the darkness they cannot see. Order your life according to The Ten Commandments, pray, love God, as you become closer to God, how does it feel when you play games which feature you destroying everything around you, including simulated people? When darkness numbs you, how can you feel?

Too many are lost to darkness and have lost the precious feelings and love God grants. When in doubt, look to God and His Word. Those who condemn and press darkness as something harmless need our prayers.

We are all going to transcend into something, somehow, sometime. The question is when and what. The only problem with humanism is not having something bigger and better to believe in. As an Atheist, I know, which though logically sound can be emotionally empty.

I have a few things I'd like to point out about this. From the five minutes of previews we can see here, it seems apparent to me that the main character was manipulated into becoming what he is now, half man and half machine. However I think it is important to note that he seems to be fighting back against the powers that be. The game seems to send the message that we must use the transhumanist agenda against those who would use it to ruin this world. Personally I think it is a clever deception to trick your mind into thinking we can only defeat them if we let them win in the first place. I will also say that the game looks totally bad ass and I'm going to play the hell out of it.

@VC

if you would actually research the things you bring up, you'd realize that the Deus Ex series is against the "Illuminati" – they pretty much brought up every single thing in the first Deus Ex – you're fighting AGAINST these people, not for them. true, the new Deus Ex has transhumanism all in it, but that's because this is where the world is headed to. in order to defeat the tyrants, the main character must transform into a kind of super-human, with the aid of technology. its called HUMAN REVOLUTION for a reason.

1- VC did no talk about the game being "for" or "against" the illuminati. He said it was promoting transhumanism and you agree with him. So whats your point?

2- You believe transhumanism is "where the world is headed to" because you have been programmed this way by years of mass media. You see it as an inevitability. That is the purpose of predictive programming.

if you haven't noticed, no one is doing a damn but doing analysis of things, instead of moving into the political arena, or at least moving OUTSIDE of the internet. nothing is going to change if all we're doing is visiting websites for analysis of symbolism.

VC said games are used to push agendas through, so he labels this series along with the rest. without actually understanding the full scope of the series, where the protagonist is trying to start a rebellion. the world is still controlled now (2027) as it was in the first game, so OF COURSE it's going to have transhumanism in it because this is what they're trying to accomplish.

VC is always trying to claim everything is illuminati, so EXCUSE ME for accusing him of doing it YET AGAIN (which he basically did).

They actually WANT violent rebellions and riots. It would enable them to proceed with violent repression, arrests and martial law. Thats the trap theyre laying for you and you will probably fall into it because you have been programmed to do so.

So what about in Egypt now, did they plan on that Rebellion? I might yet live to choke on those words, but from all the news I'm hearing it does seem as if life is improving there.

Egypt:

All strong-arm dictators — whether pro or anti-west are to be removed and regions destabilized so that countries are more easily merged into the 10 kingdoms of the Antichrist (the 10 super-nations of the NWO)

http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1002.html

Well, the leaders of the Egyptian military were (guess where?) in the US talking with the Obama admin a few weeks ago, amazingly on the day that these "spontaneous protests" and riots began. What a coincidence…they just happened to be in Washington DC.

This thing has all of the signs of being a typical, intelligence agency orchestrated regime destabilizing effort.

The only question is, who stands to gain from it, in money and power?

Hint: it's not the Egyptian people.

Well I'm confused then, as it's not the US administration either. They loved the oldguard with their cheap oil and peace with Israel.

This takes 'doing the robot' to a whole 'nother level.

Transhumanism is one of the core themes of Deus Ex (the hero is a transhumanist cyborg, as are the core villains in the later game (the early game is you vs purely human enemies, terrorists and the like, with you in a clearly "right" moral position in the beginning that gets muddied as the game progresses)). It always has been, going back to the first game (Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third game in the series, hence the superscript 3 on the formula). I'd really suggest if you intend to do an article on Deus Ex 3, you might want to give the first one a spin first (not so much the second, but the second was a terrible game which probably colors my opinions somewhat).

I agree to the notion that games and other technological gadgets of the 21st century are rather dangerous to the mind as a whole, interestingly enough a game called Sid Meier's Civilization 5 the latest release in a series of releases, has some very disturbing facts in it, first the game in itself is built on a checkered architecture which you come across whilst playing, second it is addictive as your thirst for victory grows, third the ultimate goal is to conquer the world and become its ultimate ruler using either military, diplomatic, scientific or cultural victories, and last but not least is the ultimate victory called the utopian project funny enough the symbol for this is the same symbol at the back of the one dollar bill, yes if you've guessed it your luck is good enough for Vegas this weekend, i.e the pyramid with one eye.One other thing… Read more »
not all video games r evil just like how not all movies or music is evil but some are….but i feel like this game is not and like u said VC a lot of video games are boring to u at least because the interesting and smart ones take at least 15 to 60 hours to complete and thoses ones have incredible storylines. but the ones like halo, call of duty, and world of warcraft the ones that people become addictive too people end up literally playing 1000+ hours on and it ruins there lives. But video games test someones abiltity through hand eye cordination its truley a skill and some people just get lost in it like any drug to proove themselves and be accepted through the videogame community and to feel better about themselves idk i just feel like if ur a weak minded person u'll fall underneath… Read more »
this game looks amazing it doesnt seem to be brainwashing or promoting anybody into becoming a robot/human it just looks like an interesting process of story telling using the theme of tranhumanism and the illluminate. thorughout the whole trailor the protaganist says how he didnt have a choice and he doesnt know wats going on exactly but thats exactly wat the illuminate would do to somebody and playing through the perspective of a fictional transhuman whose confused and worried about the world around him and slowly interacting with a world to find the greater scheme and picture of things looks like a great and interesting experience looks like its going to be the best game to come out in years. now i admit games r a great medium to brainwash people and ive come across a lot of occult symbols in games (like call of duty and halo which are… Read more »

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

i wonder if this is what illumanati wants the world to be like in 2027

Check out this trailer…artificial intelligence in a masonic temple, later capturing a monarch butterfly…ya'll know what it means.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpdiXyza3n0&fe

Check out this trailer…artificial intelligence in a masonic temple, later capturing a monarch butterfly…ya'll know what it means.

Well! the reason VG are against Transhumanism is: it makes the very life and death of Human beings are dependent on Technology

Who has seen Repo Men? One of the most disturbing depictions of the future I've seen. And it does seem to coincide with the transhumanist theme now that I think of it… and the authority 'tags' your body parts so its like you become a 'deposit'… oh and there's sex mixed with dying. Man I could go on with this movie…

This game looks amazing!!!! I love the idea of the main character standing up against the government! When he mentions that in the trailer, i saw the all-seeing eye. I believe you must fight illuminati, the government, and the corrupt law-enforcement creating these machines. The story looks good! Most of you guys are saying that video games will end us all. That is absurd!!! Just learn to take it for what it is, understand the symbols, you guys seem scared! Thats what they want!!!! Dont you guys get it!!!! I listen to heavy metal, its harmless! I watch horror movies! thats also harmless! i play games, Harmless!!!

I know nothing about games or the gaming industry but I wouldn't be surprised if the strategy was to not only acclimatize people the the illuminati first through games but also condition young people how to fight against police sates and corporate fascism (ie as a lone 'hero' and through violence – the two *least* sensible methods in reality!). And obviously to fight against such futuristic technologically advanced oppressive regimes means you need loads of technology yourself. In this way young people are programmed to see new 'smart' gadgets in the real world as empowering and liberating (which admittedly they can be in many ways) but without considering the massive potential for becoming enslaved through them too (tracked and traced, RFID, GPS etc). In games and movies the gadgets always seem to belong exclusively to the hero, and only serve him … but in real life they belong just as… Read more »

I enjoy video games. Nothing wrong with them. Just like there is nothing wrong with heavy metal music.

As long as you recognize the hidden messages and know your Self, these things cannot harm you.

I think it is dangerous to demonize entertainment. Sometimes it turns into a witch hunt that misses the point.

If you are strong in your soul, and intelligent, you can enjoy the world for what it is and leave it behind when it is time to.

That video reminds me a lot of "Ghost in the Shell", an anime, and "Neuromancer", a book written by William Gibson. I can recommand them to anyone.

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