Anthony "Tony" Magestro--or known on the field of battle as Metzge--is an avid writer, gamer, and entrepreneur. When he's not writing, gaming, or entrepreneuring, he enjoys cooking, trippy movies, and trying to be awesome to varying degrees of success. Feel free to check out his LinkedIn page, especially if you need freelance help with content writing or digital marketing. Or just like to network, that's fine too.
In case you haven’t figured it out already, I am a sucker for good writing. Books, television, movies, and (duh) video games are always better if they can get me to forget which world I’m living in. Aside from the BioShock series, I think Deus Ex really hits home for me, as far as philosophy and critique on the human condition are concerned.
Both attempt to ask questions like what defines humanity and where does one draw the line between humanity as we know it; what is our “next evolution?” Where the former focuses on transhumanism of a given era, like the late ’50s or early 20th century, the latter frames the question in the not-too-distant future of the 2020s.
Though gamers will probably be most familiar with Adam Jensen’s “I didn’t ask for this!” (DX:HR‘s version of taking an arrow to the knee), there’s quite a lot of remarks surrounding technology and its place within our lives–and, in this case, our bodies. For those who haven’t played the game, (SPOILER ALERT) there’s a number of different endings that represent a side of the human augmentation debate, sometimes for it, sometimes against it.
Regardless of your own views on transhumanism, here are a couple of my own favorite quotes gleaned from the game:
10. “Don’t try to bullshit a bullshitter.” – Tong Se Hong
9. “Some people will be left behind. It’s evolution!” – David Sarif
8. “Men never fail to underestimate women.” – Zhao Yun Run
7. “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here.” – Eliza Cassan
6. “How often have we chased the dream of progress, only to see that dream perverted? More often than not, haven’t the machines we built to improve life shattered the lives of millions? And now we want to turn that dream on ourselves, to fundamentally improve who we are. Technology offers us strength, strength enables dominance, and dominance paves the way for abuse.” – Adam Jensen
5. “The body may heal, but the mind is not always so resilient.” – Scientist (to Adam in the opening trailer)
4. “Freedom. To those who don’t have it, it’s more valuable than gold. But where should it start and end? We humans often think we have the right to expand, absorb, convert, or possess anything we need to reach our dreams. But time and time again, hasn’t this led to conflicts with others who essentially believe the same thing?” – Adam Jensen
3. “Ordinary men and women will have to decide together what course mankind should take. The kind of people who, time and time again, have picked and chosen the future in highly practical ways–slowing change when it’s negative, speeding it up when it’s good. Can they do it again? I don’t know.” – Adam Jensen
2. “It’s in [humanity’s] Nature to want to rise above our limits. Think about it: we were cold, so we harnessed fire; we were weak, so we invented tools. Every time we met an obstacle, we used creativity and ingenuity to overcome it. The cycle is inevitable… but will the outcome always be good?” – Adam Jensen
1. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” – Adam Jensen
What are some of your favorites?