“The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.”

From: Half-Life 2

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: G-Man

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Half-Life 2. Developed by Valve, it is the second game in the Half-Life series and continues the adventures of scientist Gordon Freeman in a dystopian future. Both games have been met with critical praise due to the game’s deep storyline and excellent game mechanics.

The quote comes from the start of the game and delivered by the mysterious G-Man. During the introductory cutscene, G-Man wakes Gordon from stasis and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Circumstances may put you in a terrible situation. You could have made an innocent mistake and the problem you were trying to fix snowballed into something bigger. Or you could have just been minding your own business when a crisis suddenly erupts. No matter the reason, you have to face the fact that you’re right smack in the middle of it. And hiding or saying it’s none of your business is going to be out of the question.

In fact, fate may have put you there because you are the one who will be able to resolve the situation. So, if you have a solution and you know how to resolve the problem, dive headlong and do whatever it takes to be part of the solution, not the problem.

“Now you’re thinking with portals!”

From: Portal

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: GLADoS

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Portal, a devilishly delicious platforming puzzle game developed by Valve. The game was a smash hit. Most people loved the mind bending physics that the game has as well as the ingenious mechanic of using a trans-dimensional gun (the Portal gun) to get through each level. However, the main star of the game would have to be the maniacal computer, GLADoS.

GLADoS is the machine that puts Chell (the protagonist of Portal)  through various puzzles for her to solve. While GLADoS seems to encourage her to get her final reward of “cake” (which is a lie, by the way), she is mostly there to taunt her. But she does help Chell by telling her the quote.

Geek wisdom: Some problems may seem unsolvable. But that’s usually because you’re looking at the problem from one angle. Portal teaches us to look at different and creative ways to solve the puzzles and traps put in front of us.

This fact, like the quote, can definitely help us, not only in the game, but in every day life. When you think a problem just cannot be solved or an issue cannot be fixed, try to take a step back and look at it from a different perspective. Maybe the solution is just “hidden from view.”