From: Nier: Automata
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Pod 042
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Square Enix action RPG game, Nier: Automata. The game has you controlling androids who are fighting a proxy war against the alien machine invasion that has taken over the Earth in the far away future. The game has received numerous accolades thanks to its generally fluid gameplay but has garnered a lot of attention due to its focus on asking philosophical questions about life.
The quote comes from the “real” ending, Ending E. All of the androids you control, 2B, 9S and A2, have been destroyed. However their support pods, Pod 042 (voiced by DC Douglas) and Pod 153 (voiced by Abby Trott), gain some form of sentience and have gotten attached to their masters and are trying to rebuild them. Pod 153 questions the futility of repairing them with the exact same parts and memories as it would logically mean they would repeat the same mistakes. Pod 042 doesn’t deny that it’s a possibility but, as he delivers the quote, says that the opposite also exist.
Geek wisdom: Our future never determined from the outset. It is, ultimately, up to us to mold our destiny. While we all have different starting points, our destiny will always lead us to different paths. And these are always paths of our own choosing.