“A strong man doesn’t need to read the future. He makes his own.”

From: Metal Gear Solid 

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Solid Snake

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the PlayStation game, Metal Gear Solid. The game was a big hit for Konami and put Hideo Kojima on the map as one of the best game producers and directors. The game was also remade as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for the Nintendo Gamecube. The game follows Solid Snake as he attempts to stop FOXHOUND, a rogue special unit and their attempt to steal Metal Gear REX, a bipedal tank with nuclear launch capability.

The quote comes from the middle of the game, after the battle with Psycho Mantis. One of the tricks to beat the boss is to connect the controller into another port, which stops Psycho Mantis from “reading” your inputs. Mantis laments that he wasn’t able to see the future this time around. Solid Snake (voiced by David Hayter) then delivers the quote.

Note: the clip above does come from the Gamecube version, The Twin Snakes.

Geek wisdom: We have no idea what our future holds. But our future isn’t written. We can control our destiny as long as we are willing to put the effort.

“Plug your Controller into Controller port 2.”

From: Metal Gear Solid

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Col. Campbell

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the highly acclaimed Metal Gear Solid for the original PlayStation. The game has you controlling Solid Snake who is on a mission to stop the elite FOXHOUND squad from stealing the latest version of the Metal Gear mobile nuclear launcher, Metal Gear Rex.

The quote comes during the middle of the game, during Snake’s battle with Psycho Mantis. Normally, your attacks will not connect on Mantis as he is constantly reading your mind so he knows when to avoid your attacks. Defeating him is almost impossible if you play normally.

However, if you contact Col. Campbell (your commanding officer) enough times, he figures out that Mantis is actually reading your controller inputs! He suggests to Snake (actually, the player) to use a controller in the other port so the mindreader will not be able to check on your movements.

Also, if you cannot use controller port 2 for any reason, Col. Campbell and Naomi Hunter gives you another way to defeat Psycho Mantis…

Geek wisdom: It’s always best to look think out of the box to find great solutions. This is much easier said than done. But by looking at a problem from a different angle, we can, at times, find extremely simple but brilliant answers to them.

Never restrain yourself by looking at a problem one way. Get another person’s views. Put yourself in another person shoes. Try to come up with solutions that are “impossible” to do. You can even try talking to yourself about the problem! There are a lot more ways to “think outside the box” than what’s mentioned here!