Portal is an excellent little mini-game and if you haven’t played it yet, you really ought to – especially since the full-sized sequel is due out later this year.
If you HAVE played (and completed) Valve‘s mind-bending puzzler – originally released as part of the Half-Life 2/TeamFortress 2 Orange Box compendium but now also available as a standalone title on PC, XBox 360 and PS3 – you’ll know that at the end, you are rewarded not by the cake you have been promised throughout the game (because The Cake Is A Lie) but by a witty little specially written song called Still Alive.
Here’s a cool video of Gifford Children’s Choir in Racine, Wisconsin, singing their version of the song during a concert:
How come when I was at school, we never got to sing cool video game songs like this? Admittedly, music from ZX Spectrum games was a bit more basic – I’m not sure how Jet Pac‘s beeps and buzzes would have translated to a full orchestral score, but still…
The song, incidentally was written by Jonathan Coulton and sung by the game’s villain, the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, whose voice was provided by Ellen McLain. If you are not familiar with it, here it is in its original form, preceded by the game’s end sequence: