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Memorable quotes from video game history

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Atlas: "Would you kindly?"

In the world of video games and its long and vast history, there have been and will always be those titles that, in one way or another, manage to capture our hearts and earn their rightful place in the gaming hall of fame. These are games that we remember and often still go back to no matter how many new titles are released year after year.

What is it about these games that we remember so fondly? Sometimes it’s the story; sometimes it’s the characters. It may be the overall gameplay experience or the way a certain game evoked a level of emotion and thought in the player. In other cases, many of these games’ stories have spawned memorable quotes, some of which have embedded themselves into video game history and are perhaps synonymous with the medium.

The 36 quotes that follow have been handpicked by yours truly as some of the favorite, most memorable quotes in video games. Can you name them all?

Guard: "I used to be an adventurer like you...then I took an arrow in the knee."

Above: Guard: “I used to be an adventurer like you … then I took an arrow in the knee.”

"Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise...and...shine."

Above: “Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise … and … shine.”

Prince: “Most people think Time is like a river that flows swift and sure in one direction, but I have seen the face of time and can tell you they are wrong. Time is like an ocean in a storm. You may wonder who I am and why I say this. Sit down and I will tell you a tale like none that you have ever heard."

Above: Prince: “Most people think time is like a river that flows swift and sure in one direction, but I have seen the face of time and can tell you they are wrong. Time is like an ocean in a storm. You may wonder who I am and why I say this. Sit down, and I will tell you a tale like none that you have ever heard.”

Francis: "I hate helicopters."

Above: Francis: “I hate helicopters.”

Barry: "That was too close! You were almost a Jill sandwich!"

Above: Barry: “That was too close! You were almost a Jill sandwich!”

"The Devil is real...I know it. I built his cage."

Above: “The Devil is real … I know it. I built his cage.”

Dom: “Did you hear that? What the hell's that sound?”Marcus: “It’s just the wind.” Dom: “Yeah right. When was the last time the wind said 'hostiles' to you?”

Above: Dom: “Did you hear that? What the hell’s that sound?”
Marcus: “It’s just the wind.”
Dom: “Yeah, right. When was the last time the wind said ‘hostiles’ to you?”

Dogen: "Tee...vee..."

Above: Dogen: “Tee … vee … .”

HK-47: "Shall I blast him now, master?"

Above: HK-47: “Shall I blast him now, master?”

Kratos: "By the gods, what have I become?"

Above: Kratos: “By the gods, what have I become?”

Sora: "I've been having these weird thoughts lately. Like, is any of this for real, or not?"

Above: Sora: “I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately. Like, is any of this for real or not?”

Donald Love: "Experience has taught me that a man like you can be very loyal for the right price, but groups of men get greedy."

Above: Donald Love: “Experience has taught me that a man like you can be very loyal for the right price, but groups of men get greedy.”

JC Denton: "We have grown, but there is still much to be done. Many live in the darkness that must be shown the way. For it is the dawning of a new day.”

Above: JC Denton: “We have grown, but there is still much to be done. Many live in the darkness that must be shown the way. For it is the dawning of a new day.”

Marshal Leigh Johnson: "It's gonna be a bloody job."John Marston: "I don't know any other kind."

Above: Marshal Leigh Johnson: “It’s gonna be a bloody job.”
John Marston: “I don’t know any other kind.”

“Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back. I was already so far beyond the point of no return I couldn't remember what it had looked like when I had passed it.”

Above: “Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back. I was already so far beyond the point of no return I couldn’t remember what it had looked like when I had passed it.”

Solid Snake: “Unfortunately, killing is just one of those things that gets easier the more you do it.”

Above: Solid Snake: “Unfortunately, killing is just one of those things that gets easier the more you do it.”

"We're all gonna die!"

Above: “We’re all gonna die!”

Alucard: "T'would be best if I were to disappear forever."

Above: Alucard: “T’would be best if I were to disappear forever.”

Zoran Lazarevic: "Are you a history student, Mr. Drake?"Nathan Drake: "I've read a book or two."

Above: Zoran Lazarevic: “Are you a history student, Mr. Drake?”
Nathan Drake: “I’ve read a book or two.”

Magus: “If history is to change, let it change. If the world is to be destroyed, so be it. If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh.”

Above: Magus: “If history is to change, let it change. If the world is to be destroyed, so be it. If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh.”

Prof. Oak: "This is my grandson. He's been your rival since you were a baby. What was his name again?"

Above: Prof. Oak: “This is my grandson. He’s been your rival since you were a baby. What was his name again?”

Ezio Auditore: “Nulla è reale, tutus è lecito. Requiescat in pace.”

Above: Ezio Auditore: “Nulla è reale, tutus è lecito. Requiescat in pace.”

"War...war never changes."

Above: “War … war never changes.”

Cloud: "Aeries...she was smilin' till the end."

Above: Cloud: “Aeries … she was smilin’ till the end.”

“Tim is off on a search to rescue the Princess. She has been snatched by a horrible and evil monster. This happened because Tim made a mistake.”

Above: “Tim is off on a search to rescue the Princess. She has been snatched by a horrible and evil monster. This happened because Tim made a mistake.”

Commander Shepard: "I'm sorry."Mordin: "I'm not- had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

Above: Commander Shepard: “I’m sorry.”
Mordin: “I’m not — had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.”

"The cake is a lie."

Above: “The cake is a lie.”

Peppy: "Do a barrel roll!"

Above: Peppy: “Do a barrel roll!”

James: "It's hot as Hell in here."Angela: "You see it too? For me, it's always like this."

Above: James: “It’s hot as hell in here.”
Angela: “You see it, too? For me, it’s always like this.”

Duke: "Hail to the king, baby."

Above: Duke: “Hail to the king, baby.”

Navi: "Can Hyrule's destiny really depend on such a lazy boy?"

Above: Navi: “Can Hyrule’s destiny really depend on such a lazy boy?”

Scorpion: "Get over here!"

Above: Scorpion: “Get over here!”

Ryu: "Hadouken!"

Above: Ryu: “Hadouken!”

Toad: "Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle!"

Above: Toad: “Thank you, Mario, but our princess is in another castle!”