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: RosyCross//UnderNet.44567.22356
To: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
Subject: RE: Inquiry

The Oracle says:
Initial analysis of entity token "MJ12" (also reference entity tokens
"Majestic", "Majestic 12", "Majestic Council of Twelve", "They Who Rule the
World in Majesty", "MJID") yields confusing results that must be further refined
through additional pattern analysis. Would appear to be related to entity token
"Illuminati" and other self-organizing institutions that seek to affect global
change through localized alteration of sociopolitical systems. Extant records
dating back 837 years are extensive, but subject to a number of valid curve-
fitting functions that render speculation as to possible motive or overall goals
only 27.3% accurate. We dislike this ambiguity and will work to clarify prior to
final report.
[[The Oracle would like to know what you think of the color blue.]]

(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...)