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

Testament of Adept 34501

My name has been taken from me, a thing I need not anymore, and I have been
christened Adept 34501. They have set me to keep a record of this place, to
record a history of its comings and goings so that Those Who Rule might have the
benefit of its knowledge... saw the arrival of Agent Hermann. He is a simple thing, fitted to a
dark purpose by forces he cannot understand. In a way, I feel pity for him -- an
emotion that I know will prevent my advancement beyond the Third Rank -- but it
is pity I feel nonetheless. He has spent most of his time below in the
technology archive, staring at the ancient cross above his head. He burns with a
hatred that I can feel, for himself and for someone else. Periodically he will
receive holographic communications from Simons, after which his hatred burns all
the brighter. I think it has burned away everything human in him, and only the
metal holds him together anymore...
Adept 34501, Order of the Night Sky, Third Rank

(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...)