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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

"Gray Death" Cases Misdiagnosed
Hong Kong Standard

Authorities confirmed today that a number of mysterious illnesses reported at
area clinics were not cases of "Gray Death" as had been previously feared, but
merely a seasonal outbreak of influenza.
Dr. Chang Lam of the People's Health Administration?headed the inquiry. "I can
say with complete certainty that these cases exhibit absolutely none of the
symptoms of the so-called 'Gray Death,' -- cases which, I might add, have so far
only been reported in the less well managed cities of America and Europe. Those
malcontents who have spread rumors to the contrary are merely feeding upon the
unjustified fears of the hardworking men and women of Hong Kong."
Dr. Lam went on to say that anyone observed making such claims should be
reported to local party leaders for counseling.

(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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