You find these pulsing monstrosities all over the place in SOMA. You don't have to interact with most of them, but what happens when you do? It's, uh, well...
Things have gone poorly for the underwater station players are left to rot in. Everyone's dead, nightmarish robots run wild, and there's a mysterious growth that's infecting everything, regardless of whether it's organic or machine.
Players can't interact with everything in SOMA, but it becomes clear early on that you can mess around with these things. To what end? Who knows. (OK, given that I've reviewed the game, I do actually know, but stay with me here.)
The first one you come across results in little more than a flash of light.
Weird? Yep! But not that weird, given everything else going on in this game.
Touching "them" doesn't seem to imbue the player with any special powers, but there has to be a reason for their existence, right? So, naturally, you want to keep touching them. That's what I kept doing for the first couple of hours!
That is, until I ran into this.
(I recommend turning on the sound for maximum effect.)
"Jesus christ, what the hell?" is right, my man.