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


Attached you will find a full surveillance report for the activities of subject
MAGGIE CHOW (HKS0084393). Ms. Chow's associations with the RED ARROW TRIAD and
its Dragon Head, MAX CHEN, are a matter of record; however, recent evidence
indicated that she may also have been involved with the death of Chen's
predecessor, YUEN KONG (HKS0134091), a contributing factor to the current gang
war. Ms. Chow and her relationship to the VERSALIFE CORPORATION are also under
investigation, but show a high probability of being linked to the recent
conflict between the Triads.
District officers are respectfully asked to note that there are several tactical
options for accessing Ms. Chow's penthouse: a service entrance at the rear of
the address; a renovation project in progress on the building's seventh floor;
and the roof. These options are outlined more fully in the surveillance report
if it becomes necessary to detain Ms. Chow or search her premises.
Commander Cheung

(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...)