Here are 5 video games that may predict the future for us, our planet and our universe.
Video games can sometimes be decently prophetic. Possibly one of the most infamous examples is the original Deus Ex, which predicted that the World Trade Center would be destroyed by a terrorist attack. The game, which was released almost exactly a year to the day 9/11 actually happened is a bit eerie to say the least.
Interestingly, this “prophetic” vision was more happenstance, being that the game designers didn’t have enough processing power to put the giant World Trade Center in the game’s skyline.
Nevertheless, video games do always tend to put some effort into developing compelling backstories and fantastic, yet believable settings to invite gamers into engaging worlds for an extended stay. It’s the perfect formula for making some bold predictions about the future of our own real world civilization. In this list, we break down five such games and explain why they may be giving us a clue to what the future might be like.
1. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Realistically, we could have picked any game in the Deus Ex franchise because of the broad strokes it presents in offering some bold but believable predictions about the future of mankind and technology’s growing influence on it. Deus Ex centers on its protagonist Adam Jensen, a cyborg enhanced through body “augmentations” giving him special combat and stealth abilities. The idea that future soldiers and police officers could be outfitted with such enhancements is not a far-fetched idea, anymore.
Also, the social issues Deus Ex deals with are fairly similar to real problems we already see today, particularly its presentations about social division. In Deus Ex, the immense disparity between the rich and the poor has sparked societal inter-conflicts. Biological pandemic is also another huge problem in the Deus Ex world, something that we already deal with today, as well. The game also deals with a more totalitarian form of the United Nations. Today, many believe the world’s governments will soon merge into a central, global authority. And some argue this process of “globalization” is already well underway.