Friday, January 8, 2016

Virtual Gaia's 2015 Best Quotes of the Year

Time you've been waiting for all year is here, baby!

          The time has now come for the Best Quotes of the Year! 2015! This year's selection was hard to choose, but there are a lot of good quotes this year (10 to be exact) and some truly surprising surprises! 2016 won't be seeing this feature return, but for all those who came each week (or just once and awhile) please enjoy the finality of 2015's quotes! Hit the jump!!
[Disclaimer: Quotes may not have been spoken in 2015 but were the best I heard that year.]

Virtual Gaia's 2015 Best Quotes of the Year

Number 10: Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/11/15]

          "It's a new club that plays really great hardcore techno for a really hip young crowd."
~Alice from Serial Experiment Lain, Episode 2: Girls
My Reason:
          This quote is just magically. Horror films and games tends to have off acting. Some of this is due to low budgets, sometimes on purpose because it makes the world seem surreal and uneasy. Serial Experiment Lain definitely has a lot of the latter, however, this line, I feel is just wonderful collision of strange writing mixed with poor translating. It's a 14 year old girl talking to another 14 year old girl who is her friend--no girl talks like this. It's brilliant!

Number 9: Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/6/15]

          "I felt like destroying something beautiful."
~Narrator from Fight Club
My Reason:
          It's a bold statement and a great line. I think anyone who's seen Fight Club probably remembers this scene. It loses meaning outside the context of the movie, but it's still a bold, dark, and elegant quote.

Number 8: Best Quote of the Week ~ [5/3/15]

          "I was lost and no one searched. I became free and found myself unneeded. I was truly lost."
~The Spirit Odyl from Kit's Story
My Reason:
          It's weird to put something I wrote here, but I really, really like it. It makes you feel for The Spirit Odyl. The character is more tragic than villainous and his final words truly capture that sentiment. Though, I think without the context of the story some of that meaning is lost, which is why it's here at number 8.

Number 7: Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/25/15]

          "I saw many colleagues unwillingly reassigned. Most of them blamed everyone but themselves. But they were not willing to adapt. They were waiting for the golden days to return. All they had left were legendary stories of their products, which are no longer relevant for either the technology or the market."
~Tak Fujii
My Reason:
          Depending on who says this and how it is meant this can either be a somber warning to a friend or colleague or a prefect villain speech. The fact that this was said by a real person about real people who (allegedly) were treated poorly by their company and not just blind fools makes this a prefect villain speech; which is both a little cool and totally messed up.

Number 6: Best Quote of the Week ~ [12/13/15]: The Join the PSI Cadets Edition

          "You were born with a special gift. But the people around you treat it like a curse. Your mother is afraid of you, and your father looks at you with shame in his eyes. Come to Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, and you can show them all! Back home your powers make you a loner, an outcast, a circus freak. But in this dojo, in this Psychic dojo, they make you a hero."
~Razputin 'Raz' Aquato from Psychonauts
My Reason:
          It was between this and the Braveheart speech. Y'know, the one about FREEDOM and such. Yeah, this beat Braveheart. Why? This is a more complete speech. The Braveheart speech has a bigger punch, but overall the speech is good because of the delivery by Mel Gibson. It's a bit awkward when you are reading by itself, but this, even without the scene and Raz talking--you get it. Everything is there. And even though it's talking about psychic ability it reads like a metaphor for more a human feeling, a more normal loneliness. You get it.

Number 5: Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/27/15]

          "When there is torture, there is pain and wounds, physical agony, and all this distracts the mind from mental suffering, so that one is tormented by the wounds until the moment of death. And the most terrible agony may not be in the wounds themselves but in knowing for certain that within an hour, then within 10 minutes, then within half a minute, now at this very instant—your soul will leave your body and you will no longer be a person, and that this is certain. The worst thing is that it is certain."
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky from his novel The Idiot
My Reason:
          This is a quote that when you read it you get what it means, but there's an understanding that's missing. There's a sort of rhythm to it that makes you read it over and over again. And the more you read it the more you get drawn into it. Drawn into the dark horror of it. And now you understand what was missing; that horror that wasn't there before but is now with you because of it.

Number 4: Best Quote of the Week ~ [11/15/15]: Solidarite

          "This is an attack not just on Paris. It’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share."
~President Barack Obama
My Reason:
          Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." When the Paris attacks hit it affected everyone. All around the whole world people band together to support the people hurt by the attack. Even if all the they could do was tweet words of hope. President Obama's simple statement encapsulated the sentiment of Martin Luther King Jr. from decades ago.

Number 3: Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/13/15]

          "The tongues of dying men enforce attention like deep harmony. Where words are spent, they are seldom spent in vain."
~John of Gaunt from Richard II, Act II
My Reason:
          It's short and elegant, beautifully worded, and without any more context giving its full meaning can be grasped. It's a perfect quote.

Number 2: Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/20/15]

          "I was born in a small village. I was still a child when we were raided by soldiers. Foreign soldiers. Torn from my elders, I was made to speak their language. With each new post, my masters changed along with the words they made me speak. With each change, I changed, too. My thoughts, personality, how I saw right and wrong. Words can kill."
~Skull Face from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
My Reason:
          This is by far one of the best monologue's I've ever heard. You get so much about who this character is from this speech. It's chilling and sad and scary. The structure and wording of it is great. There's just this flow to it that makes it almost impossible to read it in a sloppy way. And spoken by Skull Face himself, if the line hasn't come alive already it will when he tells it. Also, within the context of the game this is thematically important to the story and probably best and most concisely sums its theme. It's amazing and would be this year's Number 1 if not for...

Number 1

          "As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight's awards ceremony to accept any awards. He's still under an employment contract. And it's disappointing and it's inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates."
~Geoff Keighley (Video Game Awards 2015)
My Reason:
          We may never know what really happening between Komani and Hideo Kojima, but stopping Mr. Kojima from accepting awards at an events meant to celebrate games, their creators, and their fans is a bad move. It just makes you look like the evil villain even if you're not. And Keighley's statement says it all. And it hits harder considering who Geoff Keighley is. That someone in his positive would dare to firmly stand against this act. Bravo, Mr. Keighley.
          This quote didn't make it to the site because of an error on my part. I meant to grab it that Sunday, but I got days mixed up and the quote I had original planned was left up. That not stopping me from marking it as the best quote of the year.

I'm not getting paid for this. I just really want people to support this amazing writer and her beautiful book. Find it here to read or here to listen to.

Honorable Mentions

Number 1Best Quote of the Week ~ [3/29/15]

          "You can't get a grip!"
~The Velvet Underground from the song The Gift
My Reason:
           Sometimes it's not what you say, but how you say it. This quote by itself isn't special or meaningful at all, but man, it's delivery in this song is so great. It's distinct and memorable. Out of an 8 minute song that is completely filled with lyrics (because it's telling an 8 minute long story) this is my favorite line.

Number 2Best Quote of the Week ~ [7/19/15]

          "If you never fail then you just aren't learning anything. You're just--being boring really."
My Reason:
           I really like the meaning behind this quote: To try is to fail, to fail is to learn, and if you're not trying then you are just being boring. The reason it didn't make the cut is I felt it was missing punch.

Number 3Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/4/15]

          "He said, 'You can't catch me cause I'm fucking innocent.'"
My Reason:
           Manups' random impromptu jokes. This is funny, but it loses at lot of its comedy without knowing the setup and hearing Elyse's delivery. Still a funny line, though--click the link and watch the episode fir more random and awkward humor.

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