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: LizaPriest//Edunet.12321.123.458
To: APriest//MedNet.1178.3908
Subject: What's Going ON?

I don't know if this mail will find you or not -- it's been bounced a couple of
times off the New York Net, but I keep trying, hoping it's temporary downtime
and not something permanent. There's been an almost total black-out of news from
New York City, just talk about terrorists and martial law -- last thing I saw on
broadcast was some smuggled footage of these black helicopters and soldiers in
riot gear. It looked like a war. The President came on and said that it was only
temporary, that it was "necessary to protect our way of life," I think that was
it... afterwards one of the other grad students here started making plans to
move to Lagos, even got a passport. I began to wonder if he might not have the
right idea.
No one can get through to you on the phone, and we're all just hoping you're
okay. As soon as you can, call us or write or do whatever you have to do. I'll
be thinking about you.
* * * LIZ * * *

(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...)