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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: LDeBeers//UpNet.873.484
To: BPage//UpNet.658.9044
Subject: RE: Bovine Manipulation

>I'd like to investigate the possibility of
>resurrecting the bovine manipulation
>(MJID-9803HU8932), with an eye towards
>recreating the "Gray" lifeform -- while the
>project was deemed a failure at the time, it
>_was_ successful as a propaganda tactic in
>diverting attention away from actual Dreamland
>research. With recent advances in genetic
>science, the Gray lifeform could be engineered
>to protect MJ12 facilities while also serving as
>a useful bit of meme indirection.
An interesting idea, Bob, but I'm sure MJ12's research allocations can be put to
more substantial use pursuing our human augmentation projects; however, I'll
bring up the idea with Stanton and Morgan
Lucius

(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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