Deus Ex Fortune


Ever since I played Deus Ex off a CD demo disk from PC Gamer magazine all the way back in 2000, it has been hand down my favorite game of all time.
Now you can enjoy a selection of quotes and text from the game, for use with the classic unix-like "game" fortune.

Download (.zip) (SHA1: 2370bc0421cb68e2803799cf75a07a61d8fc9955)

Download (.tar.bz2) (SHA-1: 4122039cef80e494c9df312f3d744269de3885b5)

Change Log

v1.0 - First release, mostly created hap-hazardly from the quotes from wikiquote and imdb.

v1.2 - Bigger, more complete version, created by reading the script end to end (I had a lot of time to kill) and picking out intresting lines for each character.


Extract "deus_ex" and "deus_ex.dat" to /usr/local/share/games/fortunes/ (or equivalent, you may also need to create the dir if it doesn't exist)


fortune deus_ex

Try it

From: MedDirectorate//UNATCO.15888.00342
To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
Subject: Nano-Augmentation Principal/2C Briefing

As a medical specialist, you will be required to repair and modify the systems
of our nano-augmented agents. This briefing is intended merely as an
introduction to the technology.
The cells of every major tissue in the body of a nano-augmented agent are host
to nanite-capsid "hybrids." These hybrids replicate in two stages: the viral
stage, in which the host cell produces capsid proteins and packages them into
hollowed viral particles, and the nanotech stage, in which the receiver-
transmitter and CPU are duplicated and inserted into the protective viral
coating. New RNA sequences are transmitted by microwave and translated in to
plasmid vectors, resulting in a wholly natural and organic process.
Additional augmentations can be added through the use of microscopic ROM modules
-- shaped a little like flying saucers -- that diffuse through the blood and
attach to the long spine of nanite CPUs. These additional augmentations are
software "upgrades" in the most literal sense of the word.
We hope this report gets you started; you will find a full technical design
document attached. Please read and thoroughly understand this information so
that you will be better qualified to administer care to this most exciting new
breed of augmented-human agent.

(Note the formatting messes up a bit here sometimes, but it works fine in a terminal)


Here's a couple of samples images of how I've used deus ex fortune with xscreensaver "phosphor"
By using "fortune deus_ex" to generate the text. Now when your computers not doing much, receive information from Alex Jacobson, debate philosophy with Morpheus and read Gunther's emails about him complaining about his lack of a "skul-gun."

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  • A truly awesome idea, would be to hook up a micro-controller (an arduino maybe?), a square lcd display, and get a script to every couple of minutes/hours/days to display a random quote from the "datacubes" set of fortunes, to create your own replica Datacube
  • An even more awesome idea would be to make a fully functioning datacube, with maybe a touchscreen UI, so you could enter your own notes (while even the lowest model mobile phone can store notes, when Deus Ex was written, the idea of a datacube probably sounded pretty futuristic...)