“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.

“Do not be sorry. Be better.”

From: God of War (2018)

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Kratos

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Sony PlayStation exclusive game, God of War. The game is both a sequel and a reboot of sorts to the original games of the series. This time around, Kratos leads Atreus, his son, to go to the highest peak of the land to scatter his dead wife’s ashes. This leads them to an epic quest to traverse the land of Midgard to complete her final wish.

The quote itself comes early in the game. Kratos (voiced by Christopher Judge) decides to teach Atreus (voiced by Sunny Suljic) how to hunt and fight. Atreus tracks a deer but impulsively shoots his arrow, leading him to miss. Kratos scolds Atreus and his son apologizes. This is when the former God of War delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: It’s important to know what your current limitations are and you should never apologize if you’re just not up to snuff just yet. But this doesn’t excuse you if you never strive to better yourself. You have to keep improving.

“Why, that’s the second biggest monkey head I’ve ever seen!”

From: The Secret of Monkey Island

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Guybrush Threepwood

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic PC Lucasfilm adventure game, The Secret of Monkey Island. The game has you controlling aspiring pirate, Guybrush Threepwood, as he tries to win the affections of governor Elaine Marley. The game is the first of the Monkey Island franchise.

The quote comes from the middle of the game. Guybrush Threepwood arrives at Monkey Island to look for a way to vanquish the ghost pirate LeChuck. One of the locations on the island features a large monkey head and, when you look at it, Guybrush delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: There are going to be times when we just don’t have the full story. But does it really matter? Like in the game, we never do get to know what is the biggest monkey head Guybrush ever saw. It doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things but some gamers are curious as to what the answer is. But, like I said, it really shouldn’t matter.

“Infinite ammo.”

From: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Solid Snake

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the PlayStation 2 game, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the much anticipated sequel to the PlayStation smash-hit, Metal Gear Solid. In a rather controversial move, Hideo Kojima places you in the skin-tight sneaking suit of Raiden instead of Solid Snake.

The quote comes near the end of the game. Raiden has just escaped capture on board Arsenal Gear. He meets up with Solid Snake, who gives Raiden his sneaking suit and a sword. As they are about to take on great enemy forces, Snake tells Raiden that, if he runs out of ammo, he will give him some. Raiden then asks if Snake would need some of it. Snake then points to his bandanna/head and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Snake pointing to the bandanna is a wink and a nod to an Easter Egg from the first Metal Gear Solid, as it’s a special item that does grand him unlimited ammunition. However, you can also say that Snake is pointing to his head, referring that his brain has “infinite ammo.”

The brain has limitless possibility and potential. You can actually say it’s unlimited in what it can do. The thing is you have to put it to work.

“Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair.”

From: Red Dead Redemption

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: John Marston

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2010 open world Western video game Red Dead Redemption. The game puts you in the boots of John Marston, a reformed outlaw who’s family is being held by the government as ransom. The government wants John Marston to track down and kill the former members of his gang and, in return, they will release his wife and son.

The quote comes from The Outlaw’s Return mission. This opens up after John finally takes out the last member of his gang and returns home to his family. His wife berates him for leaving his son. This is when John delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You are dealt the hand you have in life. Some people will just have more than you and there will be some people who will have less. That’s just life. But complaining that life isn’t fair won’t do you any good. You have to make the most of it, no matter what you have.

“Fighting was the only thing… the only thing I was good at. But… at least I always fought for what I believed in.”

From: Metal Gear Solid series

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Gray Fox

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the incredibly popular PlayStation video game, Metal Gear Solid, which was created by Hideo Kojima. In the game, you take control of Solid Snake, a retired solider called back to action to stop a terrorist organization from stealing a mobile tank that’s able to launch a nuclear missile from any where in the world, the titular Metal Gear.

The quote is said near the end of the game. Solid Snake attempts to take down the new Metal Gear model, dubbed Metal Gear Rex. During the battle, a former ally named Gray Fox rescues him and sacrifices himself. Before dying himself, Gray Fox tells Solid Snake that he isn’t a tool for the government before delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Always stick to your convictions and beliefs. It may be hard to do so because the world is telling you what you know and what you can do goes contrary to your beliefs. But there is always a way to make things work out to your goals, not theirs.