Pop Quiz: William Shakespeare or Legacy of Kain?

Categories: Gaming, Stage

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Awhile back when we were talking about actors who are never going to get their due, we mentioned the incredible work that was done by the writers and voice cast of the Legacy of Kain series of video games. Today we thought we'd put our money where our mouths are since we so often pontificate on the premise that video games deserve to be recognized as art. Below you will find ten quotes. Half are from plays by William Shakespeare (which we hope we can all agree count as art), and half are from the Legacy of Kain series.

Follow along on a piece of paper and guess which ones are the product of the most influential English writer of all time, and which ones comes from a sprawling tale about vampires. Each question is worth ten points. Note: We have used modern English stylings on some of the Shakespeare quotes to make it fair.


1. "Given the choice whether to rule a corrupt and failing empire or to challenge the Fates for another throw, a better throw against one's destiny, what was a king to do? But does one ever truly have a choice? One can only match move by move the machinations of Fate and thus defy the tyrannous stars."


2. "I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial."


3. "Conscience? You dare speak to me of conscience? Only when you have felt the full gravity of choice should you dare to question my judgment."

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4. "PLAYER 1: What do you profit from this defiance?
PLAYER 2: There's some grim satisfaction in infuriating you."


5. "My conscience has a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale, and every tale condemns me for a villain."


6. "I seem to recall I played the pawn once before. It ended badly."


7. "I have done a thousand dreadful things as willingly as one would kill a fly; and nothing grieves me heartily indeed, but that I cannot do ten thousand more."


8. "What if this cursed hand were thicker than itself with brother's blood -- Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens to wash it white as snow?"

9. "Everyone is afraid, sibling. You awake to a world of fear. These times of change are so unsettling. Do you think I feel no revulsion for this form? Do you believe for a moment that our Lord would risk his empire upon an upstart inheritance?"


10. "Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell."


11. BONUS QUESTION WORTH AN EXTRA TEN POINTS: Kain himself quotes Shakespeare in Blood Omen while holding a severed head. What was the name of the character whose head he was holding?

And now for the answers...


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