“What is better – To be born good, or to overcome your evil nature though great effort?”

From: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Paarthurnax

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the massive RPG game, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, by Bethesda Softworks. The game is one of the most beloved video games of the modern generation because of the huge swath of land you can explore as well as the numerous paths you can take in your quest as the Dragonborn to eliminate the legendary Alduin, the dragon that is prophesied to destroy the world.

During the main questline, the Dragonborn is sent out to meet with Paarthurnax, the leader of the Greybeards sect. It turns out that Paarthurnax is actually a great dragon himself. During your conversation with the dragon, Paarthurnax tells the Dragonborn that, while he did commit atrocities in the past, he has overcome those base instincts through hard work but that part of him is still alive within him. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Everyone has the potential of changing and better themselves. However, the journey of doing so will not be so easy. It will take dedication and perseverance for change to happen. But the change will happen if one really strives to do so.

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“One who knows nothing can understand nothing.”

From: Kingdom Hearts

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ansem

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the action RPG game Kingdom Hearts. The game is notable for being a crossover between video game juggernaut Square, the company that makes the Final Fantasy games, and Disney. In Kingdom Hearts, you control a new character named Sora, who partners with Disney characters Donald Duck and Goofy. The trio travel to different worlds populated by both Final Fantasy and Disney characters in order to rid the world of the Heartless.

The quote comes early in the game. As Sora (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) explores Destiny Island, he comes across a figure hiding in the shadows. The figure, who is actually the primary antagonist, Ansem (voiced by Billy Zane), chides Sora as he knows so little about the predicament that’s afflicting the other worlds. Sora then replies that he’ll learn about the world soon. This is when Ansem tells Sora that all his effort will be for naught and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A lot of us think we know practically everything in the world and what’s happening. In reality, we know so little about the things around us as we don’t fully understand them. Rather than pretend we know everything, we have to accept that we all need to learn new things to better ourselves. Knowledge is power, after all.

“Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honor matters. The silence is your answer.”

From: Mass Effect 3

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Javik

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the third installment of the original Mass Effect trilogy of games from Bioware. The game puts you in the shoes of Commander Shepard as he tries to prevent the Reapers from destroying all sentient life in the galaxy.

The quote comes the Javik, the only survivor of the Prothean race from the last Reaper cycle. Commander Shepard and Liara try to communicate with the previously thought extinct race. Javik pledges his allegiance to Shepard but warns him that he will destroy anyone else who sides with the Reapers. Shepard says that there may be other reasons and that the war isn’t black and white. However, as the Prothean has experienced the war and how it decimated the galaxy before, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, life is all about survival and you will have to swallow your pride and you may have to do horrible things in order to just keep on living. It isn’t a pleasant thought but the world and life isn’t fair. Life can be harsh but we have to push on to live on.

“Constants and variables.” AND “There’s always a lighthouse. There’s always a man, there’s always a city…”

From: Bioshock: Infinite

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth

The story behind the quote: This week, we have a user submitted quote from Dylan. We over here are My Geek Wisdom truly appreciate you helping out giving out some geeky quotes for all of us to enjoy!

Anyway, this week’s quote comes from Bioshock: Infinite. It is a first person shooter that was released in 1993. The game was critically praised for its mind-bending story, great gameplay and well developed characters and went on to win multiple Game of the Year awards. In the game, you play the role of Booker DeWitt and were hired to rescue a girl named Elizabeth from Columbia, a giant flying city. Columbia is managed by Comstock, a dictator who rules the city under the pretext of his religious beliefs.

The quote comes during the end of the game. Elizabeth takes Booker to a mysterious place that seems to open up to different parallel universes. Booker comments that there are multiple lighthouses that look like the same one he used to get into Columbia. This is when Elizabeth delivers the quote and mentions that there are things that are the same yet different at the same time.

Geek wisdom: Like in the game, there were just a few choices that separated the main character from being Booker or becoming Comstock. It’s sometimes there little difference that will keep people from going down the same path, even though their circumstances are the same. to quote Dylan, who submitted the quote in the first place: Peoples’ lives share a lot of similar elements yet also vary greatly in many great and small ways.

“Kept you waiting, huh?”

From: Metal Gear Solid series

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Solid Snake, Naked Snake and Big Boss

The story behind the quote: Before anything else, I’d like to give an extremely belated shoutout to Pouria Memarvar who gave me the idea for this quote…

The quote comes from the Metal Gear Solid series of games. The series is the brainchild of Hideo Kojima and the man has directed every single Metal Gear Solid game but that was before his falling out with Konami. It’s hard to say what Konami will do with the series now that Kojima is out of the picture and it’s difficult to see if other Metal Gear Solid games will actually be good since a lot of what made the games great was Kojima’s rather cinematic way of telling a story… which is probably why the man with the “Snake” codename (whether it be Solid, Snake or Naked Snake/Big Boss) says the quote in practically all installments of the game.

Geek wisdom: Patience is a virtue. It can be maddening to be waiting for something to happen but, most of the time, the wait will be worth it.

“The thing about happiness is that you only know you had it when it’s gone.”

From: Fallout 4

Genre: Video games

Who said it?: Conrad Kellogg 

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote is a submission from INTernal Jordan and his quote seems very appropriate as it comes from Fallout 4, a game that just made it’s one year anniversary this year! Thanks, INTernal Jordan!

The quote comes from one of the antagonists of the game, Conrad Kellogg. Kellogg is a mercenary who usually takes jobs from The Institute, a shadowy group that is trying to control the entire Commonwealth. The Sole Survivor does kill Kellogg in a long drawn out battle and you gain access to the mercenary’s memories and you can view them via one of your companions, the synth turned private eye, Nick Valentine. By viewing Kellogg’s memories, you do get to see his life and all of the hardships he faced. However, there was one time when he was actually content in his life: when he was with his wife Sarah and their child, Mary…

Geek wisdom: We sometimes never really know we’re really happy now because we’re all too focused on the bad stuff that’s happening in our life. We can forget all of the good things and experiences we have at this very moment.

Don’t focus on chasing happiness, because that’s when it becomes unreachable. Instead, focus on the things that makes us happy now.

“What are you standing up for?”

From: Street Fighter and Guilty Gear… somewhat

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ricki Ortiz and various announcers/commentators

The story behind the quote: While this quote doesn’t come directly from a video game per se, it is video game adjacent and actually is very important.

The quote actually has two origins in a sense. The first time the quote was uttered was during a Street Fighter IV match between Ricki Ortiz and Wolfkrone. Wolfkrone’s C. Viper managed to perform a clutch Ultra combo on Ricki Ortiz’s Rufus. Wolfkrone thought he won and stood up to raise his hands in victory. However, he was wrong and Ricki managed to come back to steal the victory. In a fit of hype, Ricki exclaimed the quote and UltraDavid, one of the commentators for the match mirrored Ricki’s statement. This was the actual birth of the quote.

However, the quote only really gained notoriety during EVO 2015’s winners semi-finals for Guilty Gear Xrd. In a do-or-die situation, Woshige managed to win the second round against Ogawa to stay alive in the tournament. However, he apparently forgot he needed to win two rounds because Woshige prematurely left his controller to celebrate. This didn’t matter to Ogawa as he immediately pummeled his opponent’s helpless character to move on in the tournament, all the while the commentators echoed Ricki and UltraDavid’s words…

Geek wisdom: Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Sometimes you can prematurely celebrate “a sure thing” but there are going to be times when these “sure things” actually don’t push through. It’s better to actually celebrate after achieving your goals rather than do it before it actually happens.

“I gotta believe!”

From: PaRappa The Rappa

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Parappa the Rapper

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Parappa the Rapper, one of the very first rhythm games to ever appear on the PlayStation. In the game, you control a dog named Parappa and press the buttons at the right time to keep up with the rhythm of the stage’s song.

Usually, before playing the stage, Parappa will encounter some situation where he decides that he has to learn a skill to impress his crush, Sunny Funny. Before he does go try to learn this new skill, he utters the quote, which is sort of his catchphrase.

Geek wisdom: If  you want to achieve your dreams, you have to believe you can. But, not only that, you have to work at it. Simply believing that you can doesn’t mean that you will. Parappa may only be doing small steps but those small steps are the first ones he needs to take to actually make his dreams a reality.

“The world could always need more heroes.”

From: Overwatch

Genre: Video games

Who said it?: Tracer

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Blizzard Entertainment’s most recent hit, Overwatch. Overwatch is a first person team based shooter where you control various heroes to complete different objectives. Since the game’s release, Overwatch has garnered critical acclaimed and secured itself a large and loyal fanbase thanks to solid game mechanics as well as incredible characters.

The quote comes from the poster girl of the game, Tracer. During the cinematic trailer, she says it to two young boys that helped her and Winston fend off Widowmaker and Reaper while in the Overwatch museum.

Additionally, you can select the phrase to be one of her in-game quotes as well.

Geek wisdom: In this day of age, we have to be more that just bystanders when we see bad things happen. We have to be much more active and act like the heroes we can be. We may not have the ability to rush into danger but we can still be heroes in our own way by actually doing some things to curb the wrong in the world in our own little way.

“It’s super effective!”

From: Pokemon

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Narrator?

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Nintendo’s franchise, Pokemon. This game was one of the biggest reasons why the Game Boy was a smash hit. In the game, you play the role of a Pokemon trainer who tries to travel the world and capture all of the possible Pocket Monsters out there. However, you will have to defeat them by pitting your own monsters against them as well as defeat other trainers who have the same goal.

There is a strategy, however, regarding which Pokemon to unleash. Depending on what element the creature is, you can dish out more damage by selecting the proper creature that has the opposing element. For example, Pikachu, who is the electricity element, will be able to do more damage to a Slowbro, which is a Water type Pokemon. When you do pick the right Pokemon and it does an attack, you’ll get the quote.

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Geek wisdom: It’s always best to use the right tools for the right job. You can try to use a substitute tool and it could work. But it may the job much harder. Try to work smarter, not harder.