Damage Incorporated Ending
I'm sure that every gamer worth his salt remembers Damage Incorporated. It was
basically a commercial Marathon mod by Richard Rouse where you got to play the role
of a Marine whose squaddies would spew one-liners from Full Metal Jacket whilst
firing from the hip and blowing away domestic militia members. I think that Rouse
was trying to make some kind of commentary about society but for me it was the
ultimate ironic and comedic experience. I think I played and beat this game on the
hardest difficult level over 10 times in the last two years. Anyway, if you're not
familiar with the whole game,
here's a review of it I wrote:
One of the most memorable things about the game Damage Incorporated was the ending.
Richard Rouse, voice acting the final boss of the game, gave a demented monologue
about the state of the United States in the mid 90s. I really felt that he was
seeking some cultural resonance with the social critiques of 1969 even if the
monologue was mostly incoherent. One line sticks in my mind because I felt that it
was especially well delivered:
"...unless a few hundred slaughtered isn't enough for you. But I can see the
murder in your eyes...hard heart indeed!"
So, on a whim today, I entered that line into Google, and actually found an old post
on the Bungie forums where someone tried to type up the whole ending monologue.
However, because I'm so awesome and superior, I actually beat the game enough times
to be able to "fix" the errors in the ending text from memory. So here we go, with
the original link to Bungie, and my corrections here in this post below:
My corrected version. Don't mess with a dude who beat this game over ten times on
When the prodigal son returns, is the greeting I got he wants? When heís been to the
other side of the inferno, does he want to be frozen instead? And who is responsible
for the ice? For the chill, that comes with the ice? For the PAIN, that is
insurmountable? Is it the people? The places? The things? I donít know, but I DO
know what must happen, what must happen. What of the bully pulpit, the same one that
sends us adrift, does nothing for our return, does nothing for our pain, FEELS IT...
but denies that it exists. Just whose chemicals were they?Just WHOSE...PAIN...IS
IT?! Iíve seen a lot. Been around, been around, but nothing is worse than the
colonies. No no, no no. What could be worse? Where noone wants anyone who isnít
themselves? Where noone wants to spend more than 30 seconds figuring anything
out!? When a country needs to get rocked, and cold-cocked, to feel itís alive!? Where
men say "She was asking for it"? Where spilling coffee makes you a millionaire?
Where a man is jailed for critizicing the ridiculous because "HEíS DANGEROUS"!?
Donít cry fire, just doing my job here, just doing my job...but someoneís got to
throw the switch! But itís the sharks that win in the end, yes they do...when a
black man kills a white woman, and the throbbing horde gets all upset. But when a
black man kills ten other black men, and everybody...sleeps...tight. When the
government determines the positions we can use, and who we can use them with!? DONíT
ASK, DONíT TELL! Thatís not censorship, thatís THE MARKETPLACE! The greatest health
care system in the world, Adam Smithís a great success, isnít he? Thereís gotta be
ten people who love them, doesnít there? And ten peopleís enough, if they LUST him
enough....Thatís when I reach for my M16... it has all the answers...I knew the
marines would be back for me some day, they never forget their dead, DO THEY? But
you canít save the colonies, no no, theyíll fall on their own, with or without my
friendly pursuation. Unless a few hundred slaughtered isnít enough for you, but I
can see the murder in your eyes, hard heart indeed! So youíve found my italian
comrades? Then why donít you come join me! Once upon a time in the west... Be seeing
This ending consists of a bunch of references, much like most cool things on the
internet do. They include lines from Full Metal Jacket, a reference to an old
Western film, and to a few events-in-the-news and political issues of the mid 90s.
Maybe for me that's part of this ending's charm, since I love history.
Good clean fun!
-- Wounded Ronin (4/10/2008)