“Leeroy Jenkins!”

From: Youtube (I guess)

Genre: Video Games, Internet

Who said it?: Leeroy Jenkins (I guess)

The story behind the quote: This is going to be a weird one since it doesn’t really come from anything other than Youtube. However, it does bear mentioning that the video is funny if you know the basic idea behind it. So, let’s first explain what the video is about.

The video shows a bunch of friends planning a raid within the World of Warcraft MMORPG. Before then enter the citadel where the raid is to take place, the group huddle up and meticulously plan and strategize how they are going to attack and what each persons role will be to minimize losses.

Unfortunately, one of the players, Leeroy Jenkins, becomes impatient (or just doesn’t care about strategy) and charges into the battlefield, yelling his name like a battlecry. Leeroy’s actions alert all of the monsters in the citadel and they begin attacking. Their plans wrecked because of this impulsive act, the group is decimated very quickly and all they can do is berate Leeroy Jenkins for it.

Geek wisdom: Planning definitely helps, especially if you want to be successful. Rushing into a dangerous situation without any form of strategy is, as the video shows, just plain suicide. Take a step back and predict possible failure points and make countermeasures. This just doesn’t go for video games; planning also helps with every thing in life.

“You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance!”

From: Street Fighter II

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ryu

The story behind the quote: This is actually the victory quote from Ryu, one of the characters from Street Fighter II. However, it created a lot of questions and confusion, which sadly could have been avoided if Capcom was more serious with their documentation.

The quote will appear when Ryu beats his opponent. However, people who were playing the game started wondering who the heck Sheng Long is and why we won’t be able to beat Ryu unless we go through this Sheng Long guy? A lot of people (myself included) that Sheng Long was Ryu and Ken’s master. We all thought that he was some tough Karate master who trained Ryu in his fighting style and must be one tough sonoabitch.

It was a great mystery and EGM, a popular video game magazine at the time, fueled the rumor that Sheng Long was actually in the game by publishing a method to actually fight him!

The method EGM published turned out to be an April’s Fools joke.

The real story behind the quote actually comes from sloppy translation of the victory quotes. The original Japanese quote reads “You must overcome the Rising Dragon,” which is Ryu’s jumping uppercut move, AKA the Dragon Punch. The Japanese text was translated into Chinese, where “Rising Dragon” can be translated into… yep, “Sheng Long.” When it came time to translate the quote to English, the localization staff misunderstood that it was a special attack and not a person, so he (or she) transliterated the text to read the quote we all know and love.

Still, we can sort of thank this mistranslated text. Because of this error, Capcom actually created Akuma (Gouki in Japan… don’t ask why they keep on screwing up the names), who had the moves of “Sheng Long” as described from EGM’s April’s Fools joke, and Gouken, the “official” master of Ryu and Ken who look strangely like the character art from EGM’s joke.

(Whew! That was another long one!)

Geek wisdom: We have to know our limits. A lot of people try to overcome great obstacles and that’s still admirable. However, we sometimes have to realize there has to come a time to step back and actually assess if we have the ability to perform the task. I mean, an ordinary guy just can’t come up to Kobe Bryant right now and challenge him to a one-on-one basketball game and hope to dominate! There’s a certain skill level involved to even stand a slight chance of beating him!

Now, I’m not saying it can be done. It can… but there’s a lot of practice and training involved. But, until you become skilled enough, just stay back and admire the man’s skill on the court.

“The morning sun has vanquished the horrible night”

From: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Narrator?

The story behind the quote: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is pretty much known as the black sheep of the series. While the first game focused on platform jumping and a brutal difficulty level, Simon’s Quest took a totally different direction. It was now an RPG, where you need to talk to people and collect items. Because it was such a departure from the original, it wasn’t embraced by fans. It does have some unique tricks, such as using items to overcome obstacles and the day and night transitions (where the enemies become tougher at night).

Anyway, the quote will pop up during the transition to morning from night. A box will appear to the left of the screen, signalling the end of the night, which can be a relief to players when they are just starting out with a low level.

Geek wisdom: Time does heal all wounds. We can be deeply hurt by the actions of other people, especially those close to us. At the start, we can feel that we will never be able to forgive them. Heck, we can even not talk to them for years and years.

However, as time goes by, the intensity of the pain that was inflicted magically starts to fade. We then remember the good times we had with that person and the hurtful action that was done becomes a distant memory. Once this happens, forgiveness become easy.

“A winner is you”

From: CPro Wrestling (NES, Famicom)

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Narrator

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from a classic video game on the NES simply entitled Pro Wrestling. While very limited in the number of moves, Pro Wrestling was actually unique in the sense that each of the different wrestlers had their own specialty moves that only they could use. For example, Fighter Hayabusa had a move called the Back Brain Kick that was unique to him while The Amazon had the Piranha Bite and the Outlaw Choke.

Anyway, the quote will pop up after you (obviously) beat any of your opponents on your road to fight the champion, The Great Puma. It became very popular very early on because of it’s hilariously incorrect grammar. It’s also known to be one of the first known instances of Engrish (named for the fact that Japanese usually substitute the letter R when trying to say the letter L).

Geek wisdom: While it is inadvertently funny, you can still extract some wisdom from it. Basically, you do have to celebrate each of your victories. Even the small ones. While its great to be focused on the task at hand (becoming the champion in the game), make sure that you also be proud of all of the small good things in life that you encounter along the way.

“When life gives you lemons? Don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad!”

From: Portal 2

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Cave Johnson

The story behind the quote: Portal 2 is the sequel to the highly successful first Portal game. This game delves more into the history of Aperture Science, the company that developed the Portal gun and the facility where the game takes place. The interesting thing about this quote is that it actually comes from a recording of a person, Cave Johnson, who was the President and CEO of the company that would eventually become Aperture Science (who does what they must because they can).

As you, controlling Chell, proceeds through that old test chambers, we slowly get to see the facilities slowly become more and more decrepit and even Cave Johnson’s health is in decline. Still, through the voice recordings, we get to know that Cave Johnson is still defiant and believes that he and his company will rise above all of the hardship and return to glory once again.

If you come to think about it, although he did die and probably never saw it happen, Aperture Science appears to have actually returned to their glory days since the testing facilities that GLaDOS (the homicidal computer that you “killed” in the first game) and, to some extent, Wheatley, control are very advanced.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes its best to not just take it. There are times when it would actually be beneficial to get angry and fight back! A lot of great people in history have done so: Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, and even Ghandi have shown that there is a time to fight back for what you believe in.

Now, I don’t want you to protest and I don’t want you to riot over every little thing. Make sure to pick your battles and, when it’s applicable and right, go to your window and yell out “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Speaking of which…

*That scene was from a movie called Network. Wow, two quotes for the price of one!

“War. War never changes.”

From: Fallout

Genre: Video games

Who said it?: Narration from the opening

The story behind the quote: The Fallout games are Role Playing Games that takes place in an alternate timeline. In this alternate timeline, technology has rapidly advanced from what we have today. Robot servants were commonplace but everyone still lived with a 1950’s look and sensibilities.

However, due to depleting petroleum reserves around the world, China attempted a bold invasion on Alaska and succeeded. This started a nuclear war that lasted for only two hours but devastated the United States.

Fortunately, the US government build massive fallout shelters, called Vaults, and managed to have some of the populace take shelter there. This is usually where your (nameless) character was born, with some exceptions (Fallout: New Vegas). Because of a series of events, you have to go out to the wasteland and meet people who have survived the nuclear war, such as ordinary humans, Ghouls, mutants, and even the Brotherhood of Steel.

The game always starts out with an opening narration, stating that, through all of the events that’s happened, war never changes.

Geek wisdom: People have been with conflict with other people since the dawn of time. For whatever reason; money, power, ideologies, land, resources. It doesn’t matter. Wars always start out with someone who wants something and attempts to do so through force. And it doesn’t really solve anything. Maybe it’s just part of our animal instinct to overcome by overpowering.

As individuals and the (supposedly) most superior and intelligent animal on the planet, we should always try to supercede this instinct and overcome it with logic and a realization that we do have to work together, not against each other. Nothing changes due to conflict. It’s only when we accept one another and work together that things change.

“Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!”

From: Super Mario Bros.

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Toad

The story behind the quote: The quote is one of the most popular ones in video games. In the original Super Mario Brothers game for the NES, Mario (or Luigi, if you actually playing as the 2nd player), travel to different locations in the Mushroom Kingdom to find and rescue Princess Peach (well, Princess Toadstool in this game) from the evil King Bowser.

Unfortunately for Mario (or Luigi), for stages 1 to 7, they aren’t able to locate her. So when the get to the dungeon during these stages, they only find Toad or one of his (apparently) million of twins saying that Princess Peach is in a different castle. Still, it doesn’t stop Mario (or… well, you know who) from moving on to the next castle.

Geek wisdom: Even if it is disenharting that they weren’t able to rescue the Princess when they arrive at the castle, the brothers still move on, without a break. And this is the wisdom we can find here. Even when we encounter obstacles in life, its important to keep on trying and trying. Never give up.

“What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk… Have at you!”

From: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Dracula

The story behind the quote: The quote actually comes at the start of the game. Symphony of the Night opens with a dramatized version of the ending of an older Castlevania game: Rondo of Blood. Richter Belmont has practically completed his quest and all that remains is to defeat Dracula. He finally reaches Dracula’s throne room at the top of the castle and confronts him, proclaiming he will kill the vampire.

Dracula states that he’s alive because he was summoned by man and his followers liken him to be the savior of humankind. Richter rebuffs him by telling him that people do not need a demon such as himself. The vampire expresses him disgust with the human race because they are not honest with themselves, delivering the quote, before doing battle with the vampire hunter.

Geek wisdom: What Dracula says is kind of true if you think about it. We just can’t help being dishonest for various reasons; to build themselves up, to avoid getting into trouble, or to please others. We also want to withhold knowledge from others so that we’ll know more than them. What’s worse, there are even people who lie to themselves since they don’t want to realize the sometimes ugly truth about their lives.

In this manner, mankind is just a “pile of secrets.” While we can’t be honest with others all the time (due to social conventions), we should at least be honest to ourselves and admit our failings.

“No wise man would call himself “wise.””

From: Odin Sphere

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Demon King Odin

The story behind the quote: Odin Sphere was a under-appreciated game released during the end of the Playstation 2’s life cycle. It combines side-scrolling gameplay with RPG elements with beautiful hand-drawn sprites. Not only that, the story was pretty deep, with a huge number of interesting characters with a couple of twists along the way.

Anyway, the quote comes during the epilogue of  the Black Sword act. Demon King Odin finds out that his daughter, Gwendolyn, has been kidnapped by Inferno King Onyx of the fiery kingdom of Volkenon. Onyx informs Odin that the girl has not been harmed and, in fact, was a gift from the main antagonists of the game, the self-proclaimed Three Wise Men. Odin then rebuffs this, informing the Inferno King that a wise man does not need to call himself wise and they are just a group of thugs.

*By the way, if you can get this game, do it! It’s a great game!

Geek wisdom: Let your actions speak for themselves. If you’re good at doing something, just do it and people will recognize you for it. There are a lot of people out there who tell a good game, but when it all comes down to it, they just come off as being okay. There are also a lot of people who can back up their big talk with actual skills, but they mostly come off as arrogant.

Look at some of the greats: Michael Jordan, Stephen Spielberg to name a couple. They never claimed to be the greatest at what they do. However, a good majority of people think that they are. Somehow, not bragging about your skills actually elevates others perception of you. If you are wise, display it. Don’t advertise it.

“The fight is all.”

From: Street Fighter

Genre: Video games

Who said it?: Narration for Ryu’s ending

The story behind the quote: Street Fighter II has a varied cast of fighters you can select. One of these characters is Ryu, a no-nonsense karate expert who travels the world testing his fighting ability. While the other people in the game have different motives for joining the tournament (Guile and Chun-Li wants revenge on M. Bison, the final boss in the game, E. Honda wants to prove the superiority of Sumo to the world), Ryu’s only motive is to test himself against the best fighters in the world.

In Ryu’s ending, a ceremony is being held to congratulate the winners of the tournament. However, Ryu, who has bested all of them, is nowhere to be seen. As the audience wonders where he is, the scene switches over to Ryu walking into the sunset. The narration states that he doesn’t care about the adulation of the crown, the glory of winning, or the prize money. All he was there to do was fight, improve his skills, and “the fight is all.”

Geek wisdom: People nowadays are focused on either the material gain for accomplishing a task or the accolades they’ll get for doing something. A lot of them don’t really enjoy what they’re doing. These are usually the same people that complain about their jobs and they just can’t wait to get paid since that’s the only thing that’ s keeping them there. However, there is a small percentage of people that actually enjoy what they do.

Finding a job that you actually enjoy doing can be difficult. But for those that do, they never really cared for the amount of their salary or the glory of success. Those things are just bonuses to them. Sometimes, its just the act of doing a good job that makes it worthwhile.