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“Constants and variables.” AND “There’s always a lighthouse. There’s always a man, there’s always a city…”

From: Bioshock: Infinite

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth

The story behind the quote: This week, we have a user submitted quote from Dylan. We over here are My Geek Wisdom truly appreciate you helping out giving out some geeky quotes for all of us to enjoy!

Anyway, this week’s quote comes from Bioshock: Infinite. It is a first person shooter that was released in 1993. The game was critically praised for its mind-bending story, great gameplay and well developed characters and went on to win multiple Game of the Year awards. In the game, you play the role of Booker DeWitt and were hired to rescue a girl named Elizabeth from Columbia, a giant flying city. Columbia is managed by Comstock, a dictator who rules the city under the pretext of his religious beliefs.

The quote comes during the end of the game. Elizabeth takes Booker to a mysterious place that seems to open up to different parallel universes. Booker comments that there are multiple lighthouses that look like the same one he used to get into Columbia. This is when Elizabeth delivers the quote and mentions that there are things that are the same yet different at the same time.

Geek wisdom: Like in the game, there were just a few choices that separated the main character from being Booker or becoming Comstock. It’s sometimes there little difference that will keep people from going down the same path, even though their circumstances are the same. to quote Dylan, who submitted the quote in the first place: Peoples’ lives share a lot of similar elements yet also vary greatly in many great and small ways.

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“Would you kindly…” and “A man chooses. A slave obeys.”

From: BioShock

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Atlas and Andrew Ryan

The story behind the quote: The quotes comes from BioShock. The game takes place in an underwater utopia turned battleground called Rapture. You control Jack who crashes in Rapture and, contacted by the mysterious Atlas. Atlas claims that the leader of Rapture, Andrew Ryan, has incarcerated his family and he needs Jack to help rescue them.

The quote comes from near the end of the game. After numerous battles, Jack reaches the office of Andrew Ryan. Ryan has been waiting calmly for Jack. Ryan reveals to Jack why he has been so tenacious in following everything that Atlas told him to do…

WARNING: The clip actually reveals a MAJOR SPOILER for the game! Read at your own risk.

Geek wisdom: We all have the habit of following the crowd, not questioning whatever is put in front of us. We just accept what we are told. Like soldiers in a way following orders. We blindly follow what others tell us to buy, to wear and to use without question. Like in BioShock, the main character, we think we have free will. Yet, based on our instincts of just following what we are told, we apparently don’t.

Sometimes, we need to question authority. We need to break away from this pattern. We need to think for ourselves.