“Where did you learn to fly?”

From: Cybermorph

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Skylar

The story behind the quote: Cybermorph is a 3D shooter that was released on the Atari Jaguar video game console. While the game was nothing spectacular and definitely wasn’t memorable, Cybermorph did gain some publicity when the Internet personality called The Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed the Atari Jaguar console in the 65th and 66th episodes of his show.

The main focus of the Nerd’s rage was the the pilot’s AI assistant, Skylar. Skylar is a floating green head who’s main purpose was to assist the player in navigating the world. However, whenever you crash into a solid object, be it a mountain, wall or otherwise, Skylar would berate you by delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: People will make mistakes. It’s part of living. The thing is we should learn from these mistakes. In fact, we shouldn’t be scared of making mistakes. As long as we can survive and better ourselves afterwards, committing errors is a valuable way to learn and improve ourselves.

Another point to know is to not insult or focus too much on the errors of others. If you want people to learn, you have to encourage them to do so. Besides, you wouldn’t want people telling you the same thing over and over again, reminding you of your failure, right?

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“We just finished level 3 and need to tighten up the graphics a little bit.”

From: Westwood College

Genre: Internet

Who said it?: “Game Designer #1”

The story behind the quote: Gaming became a very big thing during the 90’s and kids who played video games really dreamed about working in the gaming industry in one form or another. Because of this, a lot of schools decided to offer gaming-centric courses. One of these colleges would be Westwood College.

The quote comes from its commercials that was produced, showing that they have a course of game design. The commercial shows two people having fun playing a game, when a woman (supposedly a supervisor) tells them that she needs another game tested. This is when “Game Designer #1” turns to the woman and delivers the quote.

As a bonus, I think that the games “Game Designer #1” and “Game Designer #2” did get made. You can see their games in Action 52. You can see the Angry Video Game Nerd give his thoughts on them below.

Geek wisdom: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. What is problematic about this commercial is that gamers can see through it as fake almost immediately. It looks like the person who wrote the commercial for Westwood College has very little knowledge on actually how much work it takes to get a game created. And it shows as no one in the gaming industry uses the term “tighten up the graphics.”

Sometimes, though, we can still fall for those tricks, such as “get rich quick” schemes. We just have to be aware of these lies and not fall for them.

“Aww! Kick-fucking-ass! Life is kinda cool sometimes.”

From: Angry Video Game Nerd

Genre: Video Games, Internet

Who said it?: Angry Video Game Nerd

The story behind the quote: For those who don’t know who the Angry Video Game Nerd is (shame on you!), the videos generally revolve around “reviewing” classic bad video games. So, the Angry Video Game Nerd, or AVGN for short, won’t be reviewing games like Contra (a good game), Street Fighter 2 (another good game) or The Fifth Element on the Playstation (a bad game but still pretty recent). While his videos are riddled with profanity, they’re all pretty funny and actually adds to the “charm.” He did a review of the Action 52, a gigantic steaming pile of crap (I’m paraphrasing him), which included the game, Cheetahmen.

The quote came from when he accidentally fell into a pit during one of the stages and he thought that he was going to lose a life. Instead, the “pit” contained an extra life and skipped him to the next level. You can watch the video below and skip to 4:20 to get to the quote. However, I do advise that you watch the entire video. It’s hilarious!

Geek wisdom: Even though the AVGN plays crappy games, he does acknowledge when something good happens. We all should be doing this in everything we do. We may have to deal with a lot of shit in life, but there’s a lot of good things that do happen once in a while. When we fail to recognize the good parts in life and only focus on the bad, this attitude doesn’t really help us in the long run.