Deus Ex

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Cover art from the first Deux Ex game

Deus Ex is a cyberpunk (and even proto-nanopunk) video game series set in a dystopian near-future from the mid-2020s through to the early-2070s. The world is governed by shadowy oligarchic organisations including the Illuminati, FEMA, Majestic 12 and the Knights Templar.

The augmentations available to the player is based on either cybernetics or nanotechnology, allowing the character to perform various features of strength, stealth and combat allowing creative approaches towards exploring the game.

One the major themes of the series of of the social and technological inequality of the dominant factions, leaving it up to the player which groups they ally themselves with or none.

Other themes include the role of AI in future science, with one of the multiple ending choices in both Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Invisible War allowing players the option to link with a near-omniscient AI with the aim of replacing the human shadow government with an AI-human hybrid technocracy.


Publisher Square Enix uses the popularity of the franchise to communicate real transhumanist developments, and is even holding an event entitled "Human by Design" to showcase issues in even further depth. Square Enix have also partnered with Open Bionics to produce Adam Jensen inspired bionic prosthetics [1]

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