I recently began playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution on PC. I got the “Director’s Cut” when it was on sale on Steam, because I wanted the best possible experience.
The game is great! I like the RPG elements; the story is mysterious and interesting. There are many ways to play the game, and I want to try them all. I think I can safely say that I haven’t been fully immersed into a game for a long time. And it’s killing my sleep.
I don’t often have vivid dreams. Generally, I don’t remember my dreams, but when I do (and I’m in that place where I don’t know I’m dreaming…you know what I mean), I often have visions of danger dancing in my head.
The world of Deus Ex is dangerous and frightening. In it, corporations seem to have all the power. Humans are “augmented” with bio-mechanical upgrades to be harder, better, faster, stronger.
The cyberpunk genre is compelling. Questions about how technology affects our minds and bodies, what it means to be human, how we should treat artificial intelligence, and how the poor can compete against the rich really tend to spark my imagination. But it also scares me to death, and when I immerse myself in that kind of world for a few hours…
Well, I have dreams.
Dreams where I’ve been modified against my will. Dreams where I am me, but the people coming to get me are modified, so I’m living a Most Dangerous Game that I can’t win. Dreams where the only way to save my son’s life is to make him part machine.
I hate these dreams!
But maybe my nocturnal visions are an indication that the aforementioned questions are important ones. It’s not just about my dreams; Deus Ex, William Gibson, Shadowrun, Blade Runner and countless other cyberpunk genre books, movies, and games emphasize the significance of the theme.
I want to finish the game, but it’s been a long time since a form of entertainment has affected my sleep so consistently.
Have you ever had entertainment affect you (or your sleeping patterns)?