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

UNATCO and the Future

As science progresses at an ever increasing rate, more and more advanced
technology is finding its way into the hands of the common criminal, resulting
in a deadly threat to LIFE and PROPERTY throughout the world.
While it is impractical to restrict the free-flow of information already present
in the public sector, UNATCO is committed to insuring that this threat does not
go unaddressed. Even now, UNATCO research and development employs some of the
most talented scientific minds in the world to develop proprietary technologies
in absolute security for field use by our agents -- including such innovations
as the XXXXXXX XXXXX and XXXXXX, or the lifesaving XXXXX.
Under NO circumstances should agents discuss ANY piece of equipment or technique
currently employed by UNATCO. Agents operating contrary to this directive will
face immediate disciplinary action.
Within our laboratories lies not just the future of law enforcement, but a SAFE,
SECURE future for all mankind.
[Document filtered per UNATCO Terror Monitoring Act 919-05 Sec. IV]

(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...)