MMOs are big games, and even though they haven't traditionally been the most story driven genre, they still contain massive amounts of dialogue, from boss quotes to quest text to background NPC chatter. We here at WhatMMORPG have decided to pay tribute to some of the most powerful, exciting, and amusing quotes from the world of MMOs. It's far too big a field for this to be considered a definitive list, but these are a few of the more memorable MMO lines and speeches - from the epic, to the touching, to the humorous.
9: "I am the lucid dream," World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King:
Wrath of the Lich King's Ulduar is generally considered to be the greatest raid in World of Warcraft's history, and it boasted a number of epic boss quotes.
One of the best comes during the raid's climactic encounter with Yogg-Saron - a being known as the Old God of Death, the Beast of a Thousand Maws, and apparently a whole whack of other scary titles.
During the first phase of the encounter, players battle Yogg-Saron's minions with the help of a mysterious woman named Sara. Once the minions are vanquished, Sara begins an eerie speech, her voice slowly changing as the terrible truth is revealed.
"I am the lucid dream. The monster in your nightmares. The fiend of a thousand faces. Cower before my true form! BOW DOWN BEFORE THE GOD OF DEATH!"
8: "Logic-brain," Guild Wars 2:
The Sons of Svanir are a deranged cult of dragon worshipping Norn found in Guild Wars 2. They believe that the dragon is the strongest of the spirits, and that by pledging themselves to the ice dragon Jormag, they can gain some of its power.
Among their many unpleasant features, the Svanir are extremely sexist, refusing to allow women into their ranks. However, not all their members agree with this policy, as evidenced by a conversation between two guards during the Norn personal storyline.
One guard argues that women should be allowed into the Svanir, pointing out several obvious advantages of doing so - including "they're curvy, and they smell nice." The other guard disagrees vehemently, saying that women are too weak to carry out dragon's will, but then his opponent pulls out the trump card: "But how will we make more of us without girls?"
At this point, the second guard simply growls, "I hate your logic-brain."
7: "We're not done," The Secret World:
In many MMOs, faction is a very important choice for new players to make, and The Secret World is no exception. Developer Funcom helps players make this choice with a series of videos for each of the game's three secret societies, and while each makes a good case, the Illuminati video takes it to another level.
Perfectly embodying the Illuminati's patented brand of corporate ruthlessness, the video is one part slick sales pitch, and one part megalomaniacal rant. "Because the world is a bad place, and you can either do, or get done.
"We're the Illuminati, and we're not done."
6: "Cheesy meat," Guild Wars 2:
The Charr -- GW2's race of warlike felines - are like most cats: they love their meat. From the Black Citadel to the Brand, you can find the Charr celebrating their love of all things meaty.
But what could be better than meat? Why, meat and cheese, of course. One industrious Charr cook in the Diessa Plateau has stumbled upon the wonder that is cheesy meat and has begun sharing his invention with the world.
If you're in the area, one eager Charr cub can be heard asking, "Can I has cheesy meat?" To which the cook replies, "Hungry cub is hungry."
Admit it: You laughed.
5: "You will realize what a complete idiot you are," Star Wars: The Old Republic :
I think we can all agree that Jedi are awesome. They're stylish, they're powerful, they have lightsabers, and they can make virtually anyone do virtually anything with their mind tricks. Oh, and they sort of defend the galaxy from evil. That's cool, too.
The problem, though, is that Jedi know they're awesome. This has led some of them to develop a certain degree of overconfidence in their own abilities - a completely understandable but very dangerous mistake.
This leads us to our next great quote, courtesy of Star Wars: The Old Republic. In this scene, a Jedi is confronted by a bounty hunter who has been sent to kill him. Unshaken, the Jedi attempts to solve the problem with the trusty Jedi mind trick - only to have it fail in spectacular fashion.
4: "I have felt nothing," World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King:
Believe it or not, there is a boss fight in Ulduar more epic than Yogg-Saron: the hard-mode only boss, Algalon the Observer. A servant of the god like Titans, his purpose is to determine whether worlds have been corrupted beyond repair, and if they have, to destroy them to contain the spread of evil. That turns out to be exactly his conclusion in regards to Azeroth, and players must battle him to prevent the destruction of their world at his hands.
Once he is defeated, Algalon is awestruck by the bravery of the players, and it changes his entire view of the universe and his mission.
"I have seen worlds bathed in the Makers' flames. Their denizens fading without so much as a whimper. Entire planetary systems born and raised in the time that it takes your mortal hearts to beat once. Yet all throughout, my own heart, devoid of emotion... of empathy.
"I... have... felt... NOTHING! A million, million lives wasted. Had they all held within them your tenacity? Had they all loved life as you do?"
3: "For the Republic," Star Wars: The Old Republic:
It's been a bit of a rocky road lately for SW:TOR. Disappointing membership numbers have led to a controversial transition to free to play, and general sentiments about the game seem decidedly mixed.
However, there are some aspects of the game that even its harshest critics would admit are fantastic, and one of the biggest is its cinematics. None can argue that SW:TOR boasts some of the best cinematics ever seen in a video game - MMO or otherwise - and of those, the Republic intro cinematic is the finest.
In this cinematic, we see the army of the Jedi and the Republic battle against the evil forces of the Sith Empire, all narrated by the gravely voice of the Republic commander. It's a moment of pure Star Wars brilliance that puts anything George Lucas has produced recently to shame.
2: "Today, I fulfill that promise," World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King:
Wrath of the Lich King was easily the most quotable World of Warcraft expansion, but perhaps its most powerful moment came in the Icecrown Citadel raid.
In one encounter, Varok Saurfang - a fan favourite character immortalized by countless "Saurfang facts" - confronts the animated corpse of his murdered son, Dranosh. Before freeing his son from this torment, Varok reflects on Dranosh's life.
"We named him Dranosh. It means ‘Heart of Draenor' in Orcish. I would not let the warlocks take him. My boy would be safe, hidden away by the elders of Garadar. I made a promise to his mother before she died; that I would cross the Dark Portal alone - whether I lived or died, my son would be safe. [Varok's voice breaks slightly.] Untainted…
"Today, I fulfill that promise."
1: Science and the Arts, The Secret World:
Let's be honest: This entire list could have been nothing but The Secret World quotes, and there would still have been some leftover. TSW boasts some of the best dialogue writing in MMO history.
One of its best moments, though, comes early on, at the Innsmouth Academy - a school for magically gifted children. In the opening cinematic for the mission "Science and the Arts," players are treated to a disturbing piece of the school's history by the eccentric Illuminati headmaster, Hayden Montag - voiced by beloved horror and sci-fi actor Jeffrey Combs.
This scene perfectly encapsulates The Secret World's twisted setting and quirky graveyard humor, and is equal parts horrifying and hilarious. To describe it any further would only ruin it, so just watch the clip and enjoy.