The CIA was involved in some really crazy experiments. MK Ultra, Manchurian Candidates, Project Midnight Climax, remote viewing—and those are just the ones we know about.
These experiments have leaked their way into popular culture.
This development is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it forces people to grapple with the realities of what actually happened.
On the other hand, these popular works often have the effect of controlling the narrative around real-life events.
Sometimes good media can bring up a topic without pushing a narrative.
It is this time of year that I like to celebrate good media, especially media that makes me think about the crazy things that has been carried out in the name of the greater good and human progress.
This year I am going to be playing one of my favorite video games that does exactly that. It is called "Outlast." You may or may not have heard of it.
The premise is this: you are a journalist that has received an email from a whistleblower employed by a major pharmaceutical company. That company is performing some depraved human research at a clandestine Lovecraftian insane asylum in the mountains of Colorado. You go there to investigate.
What you find is literal hell.
This game grapples with many themes and historical ideas that you all will find very interesting. CIA experiments, Operation Paperclip, and even the work that I have done about the Manhattan Project.
I have recorded the in-game content with my commentary and will be releasing it on my YouTube channel as a Halloween special.
Supporting Members will find early access to Parts I and II linked below.
For all: BEWARE. This game is incredibly graphic and disturbing.
Here's the trailer: