Who would have thought that a pastime involving images moved by the actions of a stick controller would make such an impact in today's reality?
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Video games have spread well beyond their humble origins in the 1970s. People used to stop at arcades, pop tokens, or other coins and gamble as far as their credits lasted.
The technology of navigating using virtual icons to complete specific tasks has spread to a wider range of devices. Everyone can now play with either the tried and true dedicated home/portable gaming consoles, the sophisticated and polished gaming PCs, or even via mobile phones that don't fall short in delivering the experience like non-portable platforms.
The games we play
Video games have evolved beyond reflex test challenges over the years. If you want to experience a story and actively help shape it, you go into video games as immersion. A new direction in storytelling where you can control characters and play - in some games you can even determine the results yourself.
Video games have created a culture of their own. Characters known to few people suddenly gained a wider audience. What was normally considered exclusive to a select audience has seeped through to everyday life. Our culture has inherited many things from personalities that existed in the world of pixels. It made a lot of geeky things more acceptable.
In some places, video games have had a major impact on everyday life. It's grown beyond its tight boxes, so even people who might not like it at first are drawn to game characters because of how relatable they are.
Thanks to technology, everyone can enjoy all kinds of games anywhere and anytime. Just like those famous video game quotes, you can remove them from the game, but you cannot remove them from your mind.
Famous video game quotes and lines
“Stand among the ashes of billions of dead souls and ask the spirits if honor counts. The silence is your answer.”– Javik, Mass Effect 3
“Some trees thrive, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are caught by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and stupid enough to enjoy life. Nothing is fair.”– Red Dead Redemption
"I got tangled up in the money, in the power...I don't give a shit oh damn man...I didn't have a choice, I had to do it...I just see the opportunity." But when I'm gone, everyone will remember my name: Big Smoke!"- Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
“I don't need a gun; My friends are my strength!”– Kingdom Hearts
“Shadow and light are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other.”– The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
"I used to be an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow in the knee."- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
"Even in dark times we cannot do without what makes us human."– Khan, Metro 2033
"I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me."– Joshua Graham
"Well, I guess I would become what they wanted, a killer. Some rental clown with a gun, drilling holes in other bad guys. Well, that's what they paid for, so that's what they got in the end. Say what you will about Americans, but we understand capitalism. You buy a product and you get what you pay for, and these fools had paid for an angry gringo without the sensitivity to tell right from wrong. Here I was about to execute this poor bastard like a dime store angel of death and I realized they were right. I wouldn't know right from wrong if one of them is helping the poor and the other is hitting my sister..."- Max Payne 3
"You can't break a man like you break a dog or a horse. The harder you hit a man, the bigger he gets.”- Far Cry 2
“Hope makes us strong. That's why we're here. This is what we fight for when all else is lost.”- God of War 3
"It's time to kick ass and chew gum... and I'm all out of gum."- Duke Nukem
“The world fears the inevitable plunge into the abyss. Pay attention to this moment and when it comes, don't hesitate to jump. You only learn if you can fly when you fall.”- Dragon Age: Origins
"What's bravery without a pinch of recklessness?"- Dark souls
"A man chooses, a slave obeys."– Bioschock
“We work in the dark to serve the light. Nothing is true. Everything is allowed." -Assassin's Creed
"Don't apologize, be better."– Kratos, god of war
"What is better? To be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"– Paarthunax, Skyrim
"Overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."– Darkest dungeon
“You asked me how well I understand theoretical physics. I said I had a theoretical degree in physics. They said welcome aboard.”– Fallout: New Vegas
"Unfortunately, killing is one of those things that gets easier the more you do it."- Solid snake
"One day you will lose everything. Everyone around you will be gone.”– Final Fantasy VIII
“Men are only flesh and blood. They know their destiny, but not the hour."- The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
"What is a man? A pathetic little pile of secrets!”– Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
"The thing about happiness is you don't know you've had it until it's gone. I mean, you might think you're happy. But you don't really believe it. You focus on the little bullshit or the next job or whatever. It's only when you look back, compared to what comes after, that you really understand what happiness feels like."– Kellog, Fallout 4
"My past is not a memory. It's a force in my back. It pushes and steers. I may not always like where it takes me, but like any story, the past needs a resolution. What has passed is prologue.”– Metroid: The other M
"At the end of the day, while there are still two people left on the planet, someone is going to want someone dead."- Team Fortress 2
"Everyone I cared for either died or left me. Everyone - damn it except you! So don't tell me I'd be safer with anyone else, because the truth is I'd only be more scared." -Ellie, The Last of Us
"If in the future the laws of physics no longer apply... God help you."-Portal 2
"My enemy is an idea, not a nation."- Assassins Creed III
"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging."- John Marston
"One day you'll land on something as stormy as you are, and I don't do little things."– Sergeant Johnson, Halo
“Our world, with its rules of causality, has trained us to be stingy with forgiveness. If we forgive too quickly, we can be seriously hurt. But if we learned from a mistake and got better as a result, shouldn't we be rewarded for learning instead of being punished for the mistake?"– braid
"A famous explorer once said that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are."- Tomb Raider
"Be loyal to what matters."– Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2
"The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world."– Half-Life 2
“All men dream – but not equally. Those who dream at night in the dusty corners of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity... But the day's dreamers are dangerous men, for they can achieve their dream with their eyes wide open to make it possible. I did this."- From T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom - Uncharted 3
"When a man with a singsong voice tells me to fuck off, it ALWAYS affects me, boy."– John Marston, Red Dead Redemption
“We are not tools of the government or anyone else. Fighting was the only thing I was good at, but at least I always fought for what I believed in."– Solid Metallgetriebe
“We all need friends, old timers. We die alone, but we live among people.”-John Marston, „Red Dead Redemption“
"Everyone thinks they are the hero of their own story."- Handsome Jack, Borderlands
"War is when the young and stupid are tricked into killing each other by the old and embittered."– Nico, GTA4
“The sane human mind does not wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on earth. But I think that's a luxury, not a curse. Knowing that the end is near is a kind of freedom. Good time to take stock.”- Call of Duty Modern Warfare
"Science isn't about thatWhy- It's aboutWhy not.“– Cave Johnson, Portal 2
“Life is not just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through language, music, literature and films... what we have seen, heard, felt... anger, joy and sadness... these are the things I will pass on. That's what I live for. We must pass the torch and let our children read our messy and sad history in its light. We have all the magic of the digital age at our disposal for this. The human race will probably eventually come to an end and new species can rule this planet. The earth may not be eternal, but we still have a responsibility to leave behind as many traces of life as we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same.”– Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
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