“Based on actual torture!”

This article describes how modern art, such as surrealism and cubism, was used to torture prisoners during the Spanish civil war.

My immediate reactions to this article fell into two categories:

1. Humor.
Horrible as it is, at some level I find this very funny. I certainly think a lot of contemporary art could be used for similar purposes, although I do not condone any experiments along these lines.

2. Level design.
Here is a good example of the use of space to invoke emotions, even if they are very negative ones. Isn’t that a crucial element of level design?

Using these techniques raises some ethical questions, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Acclaim found a way to turn this into a unique selling point.