Sixteen years after its first release, Deus Ex is still a strong cyberpunk stealth series, and its first entry was incredibly influential for its time. Did You Know Gaming, the YouTube gaming trivia channel, has dedicated a recent episode to the history of Deus Ex.

The concept was conceived in the early '90s by creator Warren Spector, but the first game didn't release before the year 2000. The concept began under the name Troubleshooter, a game would later become Deus Ex, which Spector came up with Origin Systems in 1994. After watching The X-Files with his wife, Spector became inspired further to create a game filled with conspiracy theories and sci-fi. His pitch was rejected at Origin Systems, and so he pitched it again at Looking Glass studios under the name Junction Point. Still not finding a home for his game, he later joined Ion Storm, where the first iteration of Deus Ex was born. 

One strange fact is that the Twin Towers in the original Deus Ex's skyline are missing, as they were omitted due to graphical restraints. Weirdly enough, Deus Ex released in 2000, one year before 9/11. You can read more about how Deus Ex was influential to gaming on a whole by reading editor Ben Reeves' feature.

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