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Deus Ex Fortune

VERSION: 1.2

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.

Installation

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)

Usage

fortune deus_ex

Try it

From: PYin//UpNet.9384.7023
To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
Subject: VersaLife

The VersaLife situation has been corrected. All evidence of MJ12 involvement was
removed prior to the building being demolished, effectively removing all
secondary and tertiary evidence along with key compromised personnel. We have
leaked items to the press implicating Denton and his associates and have
received favorable feedback from our sources. Production of the Non-Eutactic
Blade (NEB) has been only temporarily delayed and will be shifted to other
technology centers with minimal impact to the overall schedule.

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

Images

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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Video

Notes

  • 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...)

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