From Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman:

Lover divine and perfect Comrade,
Waiting content, invisible yet, but certain,
Be thou my God.

Thou, thou, the Ideal Man,
Fair, able, beautiful, content, and loving,
Complete in body and dilate in spirit,
Be thou my God.

O Death, (for Life has served its turn,)
Opener and usher to the heavenly mansion,
Be thou my God.

Aught, aught of mightiest, best I see, conceive, or know,
(To break the stagnant tie — thee, thee to free, O soul,)
Be thou my God.

All great ideas, the races' aspirations,
All heroisms, deeds of rapt enthusiasts,
Be ye my Gods.

Or Time and Space,
Or shape of Earth divine and wondrous,
Or some fair shape I viewing, worship,
Or lustrous orb of sun or star by night,
Be ye my Gods.

Gods, the game

A famous platform adventure game, by the famous Bitmap Brothers, released on 1991.

Gods takes place in ancient Greece. You are a warrior on a mission to liberate your home town from the evil Demons. In order to do that, you have at your disposal many cool powerups and weapons.

Gods features many adventure-style twists, puzzles and objects inventory. It also includes a somewhat pioneer, primitive AI system. Your enemies may 'choose' their preferred way to annihilate you, and the game also monitors your performances and tries to match them.

Gods was initially designed for the Amiga platform, but later on a PC version was also produced. The PC version was a conversion of the Amiga one. Amiga-to-PC conversions were mostly unsuccessful in matching the original, mainly in terms of sound and graphics. But Gods is an exception. The sound title by Nation XII sounds quite decent, and the graphics, although inferior to the amazing scrolling of the Amiga version, are quite outstanding for the PC standards of their time.

Gods also supports the following platforms: SNES, Atari ST, Archimedes, and the Sega Mega Drive.

Gods was designed by Steve fall and Eric Matthews (who also did Speedball 2 and Z for the Bitmap Brothers)
It was published by Renegade Software.


Sources:
  • The Bitmap Brothers - http://www.bitmap-brothers.co.uk/Gods.htm
  • Home of The Underdogs - http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?gameid=2020

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  • "Well," said the god with a little 'g' as he rolled a cigarette - "when it comes to Gods, it's actually the people who giveth and taketh away." He licked the paper to seal it. "I mean, once believed in, we never really get forgotten even though we might not matter anymore - we're kind of there forever, like a sort of forced tenure....."

    He lit the smoke, crossed his legs and leaned back. "But you know, people are not good at keeping their minds made up. Parts of me disappear all the time, and I never know when they're coming back. I mean, it usually only takes a second, though it might take a lot longer. But either way, by then, another part is gone."

    He exhaled, looking sad but fine with that. "I feel like a puzzle that never quite gets completed - all the hardest pieces keep getting moved around until the person gives up."

    Smoke fell away towards the ceiling.

    "All I can do is wait for somebody to put me together. I want that. Completion is the one feeling I don't know. But it's not the reason I stick around."

    He looked somewhere else and laughed.

    "No, the only reason I stick around is that once they start putting you together, you cannot leave."

    Things began to shuffle. He looked around. "Is that it? Is the interview over?"

    The cigarette burned the tips of his fingers as the microphone was put away. Tired and resigned, he didn't bother to hang his head.


    "I assume you'll turn some of the lights off as you go."

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