“A future is not given to you. It is something you must take for yourself.”

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.

“Freedom. Boundless, terrifying freedom.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Aerith Gainsborough

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes near the end of the game. Cloud and company encounter Sephiroth but Sephiroth leaves through a portal he creates. When deciding if they should chase after him, they wonder where the portal will lead. This is when Aerith delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Freedom is good but also scary as it hold so many unknowns. But this is what freedom entails as the choices we make do have consequences.

“True beauty is an expression of the heart. A thing without shame, to which notions of gender don’t apply.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Andrea Rhodea

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes during the climax of the big dance number at the Honeybee Inn. Cloud Strife needs to get a letter of recommendation from the proprietor, Andrea Rhodea. This is order to gain entrance to Don Corneo’s palace. Cloud does have to do a very unexpected dance number of Andrea and, while onstage, Andrea’s Honeybee Inn dancers give the merc a makeover. After the makeover is done, Andrea delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Things like gender should not matter when expressing one’s true self. Always be true to yourself and act the way you want to act and don’t let social norms tell you how you’re supposed to behave because that’s what’s “normal.”

“Survival can be a matter of luck or skill. And you can’t rely on luck.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Cloud Strife

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes very early in the game. Cloud and Avalanche, an ec0-terrorist group, has just destroyed a mako reactor as they believe the company that uses them, Shinra, is sucking up the life force of the planet. As they make their way back to their headquarters, Jessie, an Avalanche member, pulls Cloud to the side to thank him for saving her life. As a reward, Jessie attempts to give Cloud a healing materia, and says she was lucky the mercenary was there during her time of need. This is when Cloud delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Always try to be as prepared as you can. While you may be lucky at times, it isn’t reliable as serious planning and really preparing for the unknown.