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  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • The New York City skyline background is missing the Twin Towers. This was due to technical limitations, but the explanation the developers gave is that they were destroyed in a terrorist attack some time in the game's past. This may have been an educated guess on their part, as the World Trade Center had previously been the subject of a terrorist bombing in 1993 intended to topple the Twin Towers, but the attack ultimately wasn't large enough to work. Nevertheless, after 9/11, the developers themselves commented on how eerily prescient this part of the game's lore was.
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    • In the mission where you save someone from a gas station, you can see the prices. At the time it may have represented something far off, as gas prices were on average about $1.20 and the game depicted gas prices at $3.58, for regular in 2030.note  Cue 10-12 years later after the game's release and that's exactly where those gas prices are.
    • One article found at the very beginning of the game tells readers to keep an eye out for terrorists and report any suspicious activities. The messages are clearly intended to be alarming signs of the dystopian state of the current government, both in the fear mongering "everyone can be a terrorist" message used to scare everyone into accepting the Big Brother level of control the government has, and in the invasion of privacy advocated by suggesting a through background search on anyone who is a foreigner or spent too much time on the net. Thus it's rather shocking how close this came to actual suggestions put out shortly after 9/11 for 'how to spot a terrorist'. What should one think when their own government is now repeating word for word the dystopian messages were told to watch out for?
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    • The in-game subplot revolving around the world's failed attempts to handle a deadly plague-like disease that has gotten rapidly out-of-control feels eerie in light of the outbreak of Ebola in 2014. The Ebola outbreak was declared by the World Health Organization to have been contained in January 2016... but then came the Zika virus outbreak in that same year... And then 2020 came along and Covid-19 happened.
      • Not only that, but mentions are made of a series of escalating pandemics in the 2030s. While the timeline is a few decades early, and they haven't killed anywhere near as many as in the game's timeline, it's hard to not see some of Deus Ex's 30s in our 00s/10s; SARS in 2002-04, H1N1 in 2009, Ebola in 2013-2016 (and intermittently thereon), Zika in 2015-16, and the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and its variants...
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: It's "Icarus found you!", not "Icarus has found you!".
  • Creator Backlash: Warren Specter initially hated Alexander Brandon's main theme when he first heard it. He grew to love it in short order when it was incorporated into the game, though.
  • Dummied Out: Now has its own sub-page.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot:
    • The Unreal Engine at the time would not have been able to handle a fully-rendered city, causing the creators to box in the Paris and New York levels and justify it with a lock-down due to terrorists for the former, and a way to separate ghettos and other high crime areas for the latter.
    • One rather infamous example is the lack of the Twin Towers in the NYC skyline. Due to memory issues, the half of the sky texture with them in it was cut out, and the developers justified it by saying they were destroyed in a terrorist attack prior to the game.
  • Talking to Himself: JC and his brother Paul share the same voice actor. This makes perfect sense, really. As do the Triad leaders in Hong Kong, and given the number of NPC conversations that you can listen in on and the cast sheet, it's possible that some of these qualify.
  • Technology Marches On: A few (minor) examples here and there.
    • The developers thought that newspapers would still be around in the 2050s. Not long after the game released they started dying off and the entire industry shrank considerably. They have however once again found a niche that might keep them around for a while yet, being an unprofitable tax write-off that billionaires buy to shove their narratives & ideology down the throats of the working class, which is fittingly dystopian for Deus Ex.
    • What's interesting is one of the few things the game did predict completely right about future-tech. One in-game article mentions the 2050 World Cup was broadcast over the net, over 7 or 8 years before streaming shows over the internet became common.
    • Another, more subtle example: at one point in the game, a nano augmented character is getting a lecture about not letting their batteries completely drain before recharging them, implying that engineers from the future have never heard of Lithium-Ion batteries (Lithium-Ion batteries weren't practical for consumer electronics until the mid-2000's), and early Lithium-Ion batteries had the same problems with losing charge.
  • Uncredited Role: the music for Area 51 was composed by Bryan Rudge, who chose to be uncredited.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own sub-page.
  • The Wiki Rule: Deus Ex Wiki.
  • Working Title: Shooter: Majestic Revelations, as it was called on the original design document.