10 Powerful Gaming Quotes from Video Games

Last updated: 12/24/2023
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People are always looking for quotes to help them through tough times, using them to help inspire them and drive them forward when they face tough times.

These quotes can originate from famous speeches, movies and nowadays even gaming quotes have a major impact on people's lives.

Video games, unlike other forms of entertainment, allow players to live their stories by playing through them (this is especially true for games such as RPGs).

Some even offer players the option of choosing how stories progress and end by forcing them to make decisions that can alter the outcome of a story.

This level of immersion often leads to much dialogue throughout games, with some words spoken by characters resonating with the players. In fact, it was Sid Meier, creator of Civilization, whose quotes about gaming show just what gaming quotes can mean to people:

Games were not just a diversion, I realised. Games could make you feel.

Here are ten of the best gaming quotes we've come across in our years of enjoying the art form of video games:

1. Red Dead Redemption

Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain't nothing fair. You know that.

Red Dead Redemption was released by Rockstar Games in 2010, and the words echoed by some of the characters in the game still hit home today.

This one is a lesson we all learn at some point in life not just from gaming quotes. Why do good people get sick when bad people are healthy? Essentially, sometimes life isn't fair and there is nothing we can do to change it.

2. Bioshock

We all make choices, but in the end... our choices make us.

Gamer quotes like this one from the hit 2007 first-person shooter from 2K Games remind us that we all have the freedom to make choices. But every choice we make has a consequence, and that is what we have to live with when a decision is made, which will form the people we become.

3. Kingdom Hearts

I don’t need a weapon; my friends are my power!

One of the most iconic game series of all time, Kingdom Hearts has is a crossover title where the world of Disney meets Final Fantasy. And when the motto of Disney is for every smile there must be a tear, you know it is going to pack some serious punches.

This is one of the most inspirational gaming quotes because it reminds us how important friends are. When you have the people you love around you, you are capable of anything.

4. God of War 3

Hope is what makes us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.

The God of War series is one of PlayStation's most successful exclusive franchises, and this gaming quote comes directly from Pandora as Kratos hears her words in a vision.

Some people think that hope is worthless, but as long as we have hope, there will always be something to fight for even when times look dark. And as long as we have something to fight for, we have a reason to not give up and to persevere.

5. Fallout 4

The thing about happiness is you only know you had it when it’s gone. I mean you may think to yourself that you’re happy. But you don’t really believe it. You focus on the petty bullshit, or the next job, or whatever. It’s only looking back, by comparison with what comes after, that you really understand that’s what happiness felt like.

This gaming quote is so true. Taken from the Fallout series, a game about the world existing after a nuclear apocalypse, it can be hard to focus on what really matters sometimes.

We often take for granted what we have in the present, and don't truly realise what we had until it is gone. We always strive to want more and more, never settling for what we currently have, and then when we no longer have it, we wish we could go back.

6. Borderlands

Everyone thinks they’re the hero of their own story.

This line from the popular Borderlands Series by Handsome Jack can be taken two ways. Some may believe he is saying that everyone thinks the world revolves around them. But we believe it offers a more positive outlook.

Whilst you may not be the hero in your story, you don't just have to be a character in someone else's story. Because we do all have our own stories to tell and they all matter.

7. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Life isn’t just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature, and movies… what we’ve seen, heard, felt… anger, joy, and sorrow… these are the things I will pass on. That’s what I live for. We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end sometime, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing.

Considering it was released in 2002, Hideo Kojima's stealth masterpiece remains relevant even now. This quote actually happens at the end of the game when Snake is telling Raiden how to live his life, but in many ways, it's a direct message to the player as well.

It's a powerful gaming quote that fits nicely with the previous one because it shows we all have a responsibility to tell stories and leave behind memories of the past.

8. Half-Life 2

The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.

Released in 2004, Half-Life 2 still remains one of the most critically-acclaimed titles of all time. Valve the team behind it created a literal masterpiece, but they could never follow it up despite cries from fans because they didn't think they could top what they had already produced.

That was until they released the VR title Half-Life: Alyx, which has been dubbed the best VR game released. So we had to include a quote from this one, just to pay homage to the series.

Things don't always go as planned, and that's ok. Sometimes the things that are unplanned actually end up being for the better. So if you ever feel like you're not in the right place, think again, because there is always something positive that can come from every experience.

9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I used to be an adventurer like you until I took an arrow to the knee.

So this isn't here for any other reason that we couldn't leave it out. Funny gaming quotes are just as important as serious ones, and this is one of the most popular to come out of a video game.

Released in 211, Bethesda's Skyrim is still played by millions today, and this quote is one reason that so many remember it fondly. Whilst the sentence itself may not be funny, it gave birth to so many memes and YouTube videos that brought joy to millions.

10. Duke Nukem

It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum…and I’m all outta gum.

To finish off our list, we're sticking with gaming quotes that are funny to the masses, and this is an absolute classic which was originally released on PC in 1991. It tells us that Duke Nukem means business and it's a quote we all wish we could use ourselves at some point in our lives.

Gaming quotes to remember

The Variety of Gaming

As you can see, we've picked out several quotes from across different genres of video games, and that is not accidental.

That's because no matter if you're into the simplest of casual games, or the most elaborate MMO RPGs, all games have some words of wisdom to offer - it's all a matter of perspective.