New Mankind Divided trailer asks public: How do you pronounce "Deus Ex?"

By midian182 ยท 11 replies
Jul 29, 2016
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  1. When a blockbuster video game’s release date draws closer, the studio responsible often puts out trailers as a way of upping the anticipation. Ubisoft did this earlier in the week with the first in its “Remote Access” series of clips to promote Watch Dogs 2, and now Square Enix is doing the same for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – but using a slightly different approach.

    While the new trailer does show off around 30 seconds or so of gameplay, it mainly focuses on people’s inability to pronounce “Deus Ex.”

    The presenter takes to the streets of London's South Bank to ask passers-by if they’re able to say the game’s name correctly. Answers range from “Do Sex” to “Dis Ex,” though the last guy manages to say it right: “Dey Uhs Ex.”

    The second half of the video looks at the origins of the Deus Ex name. While many will probably know it’s a shortened version of Deus Ex Machina, a term derived from the ancient Greek language that means “God from the machine,” fewer people realize that it comes from Greek theater.

    The term is still used today to refer to a plot device whereby some implausible event resolves a seemingly unsolvable problem. But why is it in the title of the game?

    In a two-decade-old interview dug up by Digital Spy, original series creator Warren Spector explained the reasons behind the name.

    [The name] fits Deus Ex for a couple of reasons. First of all, there are several forces in the game who aspire to God-like powers or actually end up having them. But it also refers to the fact that so many computer game plots are so hopelessly lame. We're all still trying to figure out how to tell stories in this relatively new medium we're no more sophisticated in the use of the tools of our medium than the Greeks and Romans were in theirs.

    We always seem to resort to brute force, deus ex machina storytelling, and I liked the kind of self-referential, we're-doing-the-best-we-can-even-when-we-suck aspect of the title.

    Early impressions of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided have been overwhelmingly positive, with most reviewers' only criticism being that they can't wait until August 28 to get their hands on the full game.

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  2. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Yep, I've been saying it wrong. At least it doesn't originate from the english language, then I would be more embaressed.
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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Damn. Youtube stole my joke. I was going to post "do sex" but got beat to the punch.

    Anywho... I've always pronounced it "day-us-ex".
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  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,343   +1,987

    Pronounced it correctly ..... just can't seem to do a thing about it!
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,019   +661

    Been pronouncing it correctly for 50 years...a classical education which included 5 years of Latin....useful for something.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    *before smart phones - using crappy landline*
    friend: whatcha doin'?
    me: playing a game
    friend: which one?
    me: Deus Ex
    friend: Day of Sex??? wtf?
    me: Nooo, Deus Ex! D-E-U-S Ex! *explains game*
  7. CableBox69

    CableBox69 TS Rookie

    It is actually pronounced dayous ecks. in plain text, that is.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,662   +1,096

    I'm sorry but I just can't understand how people don't know how to pronounce "deus". it's a word that pops up so often in our modern culture that it's impossible to not have heard it multiple times.

    But then again... we're talking about british people. They always mispronounce things.
    Like how they say "pounds" instead of kilograms or "yards" instead of meters. No wonder they get confused and drive on the wrong side of the road. ^_^
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    I didn't know people didn't know how to pronounce a lot of basic things.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    They don't seem to know how to spell, punctuate or use proper grammar either so this isn't particularly surprising. Besides, pronunciation is often affected by regional dialects so what is right to you might be wrong to someone else and vice versa.
  11. Ademilson

    Ademilson TS Rookie

  12. NahNood

    NahNood TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +23

    It's pronounced "cash cow"

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