Tag Archives: deus ex

Why Everyone Is Wrong About ‘Deus Ex: The Fall’

The other day, in preparation for the eventual release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divide, I completed my fifth playthrough of Human Revolution. Once I was finished, I noticed that, amidst various other unplayed games in my Steam library, there sat my copy of Deus Ex: The Fall which I realized I had not played. I quickly Googled the title and on the Wikipedia page, found a few choice comments from reviewers:

Don’t be fooled by the black-andgold screenshots and the familiar interface: this is not the Deus Ex you know and love. It’s a bad cover version, and truly one of the worst PC ports I’ve played in some time, and I’ve played Deadly Premonition. I definitely didn’t ask for this. -Andy Kelly (PC Gamer)

The controls are another culprit here; they are clunky and unresponsive in ways that a keyboard and mouse never should be. Menu buttons routinely fail to respond to repeated mouse clicks. -Daniel Hindes (Gamespot)

After reading the comments, I decided to play it. After completing the game (yes, I did search every nook and crany) I’m here to tell you one thing: all those negative reviews are wrong. While not Human Revolution quality, Deus Ex: The Fall was, for a game ported from mobile devices in a short time-span, very solid.

Before continuing, however, it must be added that this post obviously deviates from my typical genre and if you are not a fan of video game reviews, you ought to skip this post. For all else: my reasoning and concluding thoughts will be after the jump!

(There will obviously be spoilers)

Continue reading

Part 3: The State of Nature – The Individual, The Environment, and The Rise of the State

This is a post I’ve been putting of writing for a while now because I didn’t really know how to start it and, although I’m not confident, I’ll give you what I have.

“Liberal” theorists from Mencius to Augustine to Locke have argued, in some form or another, that humans are innately good – that is, humans are born pure and clean and are corrupted and/or succumb to evil desires due to extraneous circumstances. John Locke, for example, popularized the idea of tabula rasa, or “blank slate”, which states that all humans are born empty, arguably without any intrinsic behaviors, and learn how to act (thus becoming “good” or “evil”) based on interactions with other humans.

Conversely, theorists such as Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Schmitt have argued that humans are innately bad and have a tendency to act selfishly and in ways that harm greater society and, more often than not, degenerate in pure hedonism and personal expansion.

It is my view, and the view that will be advanced after the jump, that humans are fundamentally irrational and, when unrestrained, resort to violence, environmental degradation, and societal destruction to further their self interests. The result of the above is not “spontaneous order”, which anarchists like to argue, but rather chaos.

Albeit cliché, I believe the statement made in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, “Absolute freedom is no better than chaos”, is fundamentally correct and is a good tool for analyzing governmental institutions.

Continue reading