“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.