“A future is not given to you. It is something you must take for yourself.”

From: Nier: Automata

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Pod 042

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Square Enix action RPG game, Nier: Automata. The game has you controlling androids who are fighting a proxy war against the alien machine invasion that has taken over the Earth in the far away future. The game has received numerous accolades thanks to its generally fluid gameplay but has garnered a lot of attention due to its focus on asking philosophical questions about life.

The quote comes from the “real” ending, Ending E. All of the androids you control, 2B, 9S and A2, have been destroyed. However their support pods, Pod 042 (voiced by DC Douglas) and Pod 153 (voiced by Abby Trott), gain some form of sentience and have gotten attached to their masters and are trying to rebuild them. Pod 153 questions the futility of repairing them with the exact same parts and memories as it would logically mean they would repeat the same mistakes. Pod 042 doesn’t deny that it’s a possibility but, as he delivers the quote, says that the opposite also exist.

Geek wisdom: Our future never determined from the outset. It is, ultimately, up to us to mold our destiny. While we all have different starting points, our destiny will always lead us to different paths. And these are always paths of our own choosing.

“NOTHING IS MORE BADASS THAN TREATING A WOMAN WITH RESPECT!”

From: Borderlands 2 (Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage)

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Mr. Torgue

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes one of the DLC campaign packs you can get for Borderlands 2, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. This game still has the same general gameplay as it’s still a first person shooter with numerous gun drops. The campaign has you, the Vault Hunter, entering a tournament organized by Mr. Torgue, the uncouth head of the Torgue gun company.

The quote comes after defeating one of your competition from the tournament, Pyro Pete. In the process, you do save Mad Moxxi, a buxom and business savvy woman. Mr. Torgue will eventually congratulate the Vault Hunter for moving up in the tournament. Additionally, knowing that Moxxi is now your sponsor, delivers the quote.

Oh, and the reason why the quote is in all caps… it’s because that’s exactly how Mr. Torgue would say it. I’m just being accurate.

Geek wisdom: Despite his rough exterior, what Mr. Torgue said is true. However, this also should apply on both sides of the aisle.

“Freedom. Boundless, terrifying freedom.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Aerith Gainsborough

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes near the end of the game. Cloud and company encounter Sephiroth but Sephiroth leaves through a portal he creates. When deciding if they should chase after him, they wonder where the portal will lead. This is when Aerith delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Freedom is good but also scary as it hold so many unknowns. But this is what freedom entails as the choices we make do have consequences.

“True beauty is an expression of the heart. A thing without shame, to which notions of gender don’t apply.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Andrea Rhodea

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes during the climax of the big dance number at the Honeybee Inn. Cloud Strife needs to get a letter of recommendation from the proprietor, Andrea Rhodea. This is order to gain entrance to Don Corneo’s palace. Cloud does have to do a very unexpected dance number of Andrea and, while onstage, Andrea’s Honeybee Inn dancers give the merc a makeover. After the makeover is done, Andrea delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Things like gender should not matter when expressing one’s true self. Always be true to yourself and act the way you want to act and don’t let social norms tell you how you’re supposed to behave because that’s what’s “normal.”

“Survival can be a matter of luck or skill. And you can’t rely on luck.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Cloud Strife

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes very early in the game. Cloud and Avalanche, an ec0-terrorist group, has just destroyed a mako reactor as they believe the company that uses them, Shinra, is sucking up the life force of the planet. As they make their way back to their headquarters, Jessie, an Avalanche member, pulls Cloud to the side to thank him for saving her life. As a reward, Jessie attempts to give Cloud a healing materia, and says she was lucky the mercenary was there during her time of need. This is when Cloud delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Always try to be as prepared as you can. While you may be lucky at times, it isn’t reliable as serious planning and really preparing for the unknown.

“Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling. It’s all the same.”

From: The Witcher

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Geralt of Rivia

The story behind the quote: This week, we have a trifecta as the quote comes from a book, a television series from Netflix and a video game series made by CD Projekt Red. All of these sources are based on The Witcher series, which are written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The book follows Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher, a man who has magical abilities who can defeat magical monsters.

The quote comes from several sources. The original quote came from the book, The Last Wish, which is a compilation of short stories. Geralt gives the quote when asked to kill Renfri. The Netflix television series generally tells the same tale and Geralt (played by Henry Cavill) also delivers the quote during the first episode, The End’s Beginning.

The quote is also said by Geralt in The Witcher video game series of CD Projekt Red. However, it is told in a trailer for the game. The trailer features Geralt returns to collect a bounty on a monster. When he notices that the same people who paid him for the hunt are about to hang a “witch,” he decides to fight back but not before delivering the quote in his mind.

Geek wisdom: We like to justify our bad actions by thinking it’s not as bad as the alternative. But, ultimately, it is a justification. As the quote says, evil is evil and that’s the way it is, no matter how you spin it.

“I’m looking for sailors.”

From: Shenmue

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ryo Hazuki

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Sega Dreamcast game, Shenmue. Created by Yu Suzuki, the game is one of, if not, the first open world game. You control a young martial artist named Ryo Hazuki. He is searching for Lan Di, the man who murdered his father. The game has spawned, as of this writing, three sequels, with the latest game, Shenmue III, only coming out in 2019, 20 whole years after the first game came out.

The quote isn’t an exact quote but it has become a meme of sorts. At one point of the quest, Ryu (voiced by Corey Marshall) has to find a certain group of sailors in order to continue with his quest. One of the amazing things about Shenmue is that you can talk with practically everyone and Ryo will ask a question pertaining to that quest. Unfortunately, it does sound silly as he just asks the question without any real context…

Geek wisdom: While it may seem silly to others, it may be best to ask questions and request for help when you need it. Some people may react disagreeably but, if you do need assistance, it much better than just walking around blindly.

“A strong man doesn’t need to read the future. He makes his own.”

From: Metal Gear Solid 

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Solid Snake

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the PlayStation game, Metal Gear Solid. The game was a big hit for Konami and put Hideo Kojima on the map as one of the best game producers and directors. The game was also remade as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for the Nintendo Gamecube. The game follows Solid Snake as he attempts to stop FOXHOUND, a rogue special unit and their attempt to steal Metal Gear REX, a bipedal tank with nuclear launch capability.

The quote comes from the middle of the game, after the battle with Psycho Mantis. One of the tricks to beat the boss is to connect the controller into another port, which stops Psycho Mantis from “reading” your inputs. Mantis laments that he wasn’t able to see the future this time around. Solid Snake (voiced by David Hayter) then delivers the quote.

Note: the clip above does come from the Gamecube version, The Twin Snakes.

Geek wisdom: We have no idea what our future holds. But our future isn’t written. We can control our destiny as long as we are willing to put the effort.

“…But you’re still hungry.”

From: Chrono Trigger

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Narrator

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Squaresoft very successful JRPG Chrono Trigger. The game follows Chrono and his band of time travelling adventurers in the hopes of defeating Lavos, an alien being who causes a cataclysmic event in 1999. Chrono and his friends travel throughout time to find a way to defeat Lavos before this happens.

The quote is mentioned in the future, specifically the year 2300. The planet has been devastated by Lavos. The party do find the remnants of civilization and a chamber called the Enertron, which can restore the party’s health and magic but does not satisfy their other needs…

Geek wisdom: While the Enertron will fill up the party’s life and magic points, it still does not make them not feel the negative effects of starvation. This just means that, while they will live, there is still the pain of not being satisfied. There is more to life than just surviving. Truly living life is enjoying life.

“I am Error.”

From: The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Error

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic video game RPG on the NES, The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. It is a sequel to Shigeru Miyamoto’s first game in the series and takes a departure from the top-down view that the series was known for by going for a 2D sidescroller look.

The quote comes from a specific character Link encounters in the town of Ruto. Talking to him will make him say the infamous quote. Originally, his name in the Famicom Disk System of the game is Era and, for some reason, it was translated. Yet, his “twin” Bagu, which means “bug,” who lives in the Moruge Forest was not.

While it is humorous to find out about his weird name, he does serve a purpose as he does give Link a clue on how to enter the third dungeon.

Geek wisdom: Everyone can feel like he or see is just a mistake. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a reason to be in the world. Like Error, he might seem like a joke but, without him, Link would not be able to progress.