Video Game Quotes: Uncharted 3 on Opportunities

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We don’t get to choose how we start in the life. Real ‘greatness’ is what you do with the hand you’re dealt.

– Victor Sullivan aka Sully, Uncharted 3

Disbelief. Skepticism.

Those are the typical responses I find when I make the point that video games teach personal accountability. To be honest, I did not really understand this until I learned about John G. Miller, and his QBQ! Question Behind the Question (Listen to my interview with him HERE).

This quote from Sully in Uncharted 3 captures the basis for just about every video game and how personal accountability fits in.

Video games often involve the hero of the story starting out with nothing, at level one; or if you do have items or skills, they are selected by the game designer. In some cases, like Castlevania: SOTN or Metroid Prime, you start out with power ups, only to quickly lose them.

At this point you could give up, sell the game, throw your controller across the room, and swear off video games all together.

But that’s not what we do. We play on. We overcome. We grow and fight to become stronger.

Guess what? The same approach works in your own life.

Sure, others may have it better than you. But if you are reading this on a computer or a smart phone, you are doing a lot better than a million other people in the world today.

What matters most is what you do next. So what will it be? How will you play the hand you have been dealt?

To go further, check out this book, filled with video game quotes, examples, and illustrations to help you apply what you learn in video games to your own life!

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Video Game Quotes Final Fantasy VI On Hope

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First things first. For once I feel hopeful!

– Edgar Roni Figaro, Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is one of my all time favorite video games. The story, the music, the game play, and all of the characters – everything about this game is outstanding.

The story follows quite a dramatic arc, filled with fun and adventure, but some very terrible things happen in the course of the game. Tales of love that was lost, depression, powerlessness, separation, and even the near destruction of the world.

But at it’s heart, Final Fantasy VI is about hope. About finding meaning in the face of extreme adversity. About finding your purpose and living life with intention.

Maybe you are feeling a bit lost or hopeless. Edgar’s quote gives us a hint for how to get back on track:

First things first.

When life feels overwhelming or we have a hard time finding hope, focus on what you can do, right in front of you. Make sure you eat well, sleep well, and spend time with those you love.

Don’t worry about every detail, but focus on the one thing you can do right now to make your situation a little better. Take action each day, even if what you can do seems small or insignificant, it adds up.

Seeing results will give you hope. But even if you cannot see results right away, don’t give up. If video games can teach us anything, it’s the ability to persist in the face of challenge – and overcome.

You got this.

– Jon

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How Video Games Teach Us How To Succeed

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Video games often get a bad rap for being a waste of time, contributing to antisocial behavior, or even inspiring terrible violence. Often overlooked is their potential as an unrivaled source of learning and an untapped mechanism for teaching life principles.

In fact, I believe that many people who enjoy video games are routinely practicing desirable traits that can lead to real world success, if they are correctly applied. The one trait that is … Continue reading