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Here's my PICO-8 tribute to my favourite end-of-game music, "Still Alive" from Portal.
I also replaced the original credits with some shout-outs to the PICO-8 community! ;o)

Hope you like it and don't forget: the cake is a lie!

(P.S. - The original game music was done by Jonathan Coulton)

References used:

P#43647 2017-08-26 14:11 ( Edited 2017-09-15 12:22)

Holy crap. Just.... holy crap. This is so good. :D

P#43649 2017-08-26 14:26 ( Edited 2017-08-26 18:26)

( ^_^) and then I saw my nick in there ヽ(´▽`)/

and, really, thanks for the wake-up call, might be YEARS since I pulled a portal gun trigger! where's my steam shortcut again?

P#43650 2017-08-26 14:31 ( Edited 2017-08-26 18:48)

This is crazy, dude! I love it!

P#43652 2017-08-26 14:49 ( Edited 2017-08-26 18:49)

:( Guess I'll go eat worms.

Really nice work though! I thought about it once, but I'm a musical luddite. I wouldn't have done it remotely the justice you have, so I'm glad you did it. Good job reducing it to what works on Pico.

P#43656 2017-08-26 16:42 ( Edited 2017-08-26 21:10)

This is such a great tribute! The Pico-8 community is truly one of the best groups of kind and creative people and I'm very proud to be apart of it.

Thank you for making this :D

P#43658 2017-08-26 18:05 ( Edited 2017-08-26 22:05)

Thank you, very GLaD you liked it - 'twas fun to make! :D

(Sorry Felice/PixelCod - knew I'd forget some ppl, I'm sure there are plenty others as well, D'Oh!)

Ageed, while the BBS has kinda slowed a bit, the overall PICO-8 community remains strong and awesome. So, I wanted to give a little something back!

Stay awesome everyone! now where's that cake :D

P#43670 2017-08-27 02:49 ( Edited 2017-08-27 06:49)

No worries, Liquid, I was just taking the opportunity to be dramatic.

I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now.


P#43684 2017-08-27 11:29 ( Edited 2017-08-27 15:29)

:D :D :D :D

(I proper belly-laughed at this - PERFECT!)

P#43685 2017-08-27 12:34 ( Edited 2017-08-27 16:34)

amazing, too bad I'm not in it, but good job anyway, I love that song

P#43779 2017-08-30 20:29 ( Edited 2017-08-31 00:29)

I always thought for some reason that one of the Turrets was singing this song. Now as I read into the lyrics more, I think it's actually Glad0s singing... hmm.

P#43850 2017-09-01 17:43 ( Edited 2017-09-01 21:43)

aw thanks for the shout-out, pico-8 pal! :>

P#43853 2017-09-01 17:59 ( Edited 2017-09-01 21:59)

Good work on the cover! I love the scanline art :)

P#44152 2017-09-13 14:56 ( Edited 2017-09-13 18:56)


Indeed, it's GLaDOS. That's really what makes the song for me. It's touching and frightening at the same time.

People who have played Portal 2 may not know this about the so-called Turret Opera, because it's not sung in English, but the lyrics are very meaningful and reveal an important element of the story. I won't say anything here, because spoilers, but for those who are done with Portal 2, it's well worth looking up a translation + explanation.

P#44155 2017-09-13 16:47 ( Edited 2017-09-13 20:51)

Thanks again all, much appreciated :o)
(again - sorry for those I missed)

Yup, what @Felice said - couldn't have said it better myself! ;o)

I still wish I could've had mixed case in the lyrics, because one of my favourite lines is:

  • "But I'm GLaD I got burned,"

...and it's just perfect coming from her. :o)

P#44181 2017-09-14 05:05 ( Edited 2017-09-14 09:05)

You can if you edit the .p8 externally, though everything's inverted - capitals will print in lowercase. Just don't save the .p8 in pico-8 afterwards, or it'll revert everything to lowercase again. exporting html/pngs will (should?) keep those changes though.

P#44197 2017-09-14 21:49 ( Edited 2017-09-15 01:50)

I think he meant due to spacing concerns?

P#44198 2017-09-14 22:06 ( Edited 2017-09-15 02:06)

Oh right, I forgot this doesn't use the default font. Please ignore me.

P#44200 2017-09-14 22:42 ( Edited 2017-09-15 02:42)

It actually is using the default font. It's just converting all characters to their smallcaps version before calling print(). You can see this in the innermost loop at the bottom of the source code. It's a clever way to fit more text vertically.

P#44201 2017-09-14 23:37 ( Edited 2017-09-15 03:39)

Felice et al.:
Correct. I'm using a helpful "smallcaps" routine (that Felice made!), coz I used it previously in SCUMM-8 and thought it looked cooler.

The fact that it also meant I could then squeeze more verse lines in (being about 3 pixels smaller in height than "regular" case) was a juicy bonus! :D

P#44212 2017-09-15 08:22 ( Edited 2019-03-06 15:16)

Great Work! Portal is one of my most favorite games and one of the greatest games of all time! (Has it really been over 10 years?!) and Portal 2 was amazing as well. I can almost hear GLaDOS's voice in my head while listening to this. Please do "Want you gone" next! some of the instrumental effects might be hard to do in pico-8(e.g. That part at the very beginning) but I'm sure you could make something close :)

Great work, can't wait to see more.

P#62599 2019-03-06 06:33

Thank you @Firebird - very glad to hear of another Portal fan enjoying this. I certainly had a lot of fun making it.

Dunno about making another one tho - perhaps I'll leave that for someone else! :D

P#62661 2019-03-07 18:06

I prefer the girl singing. She's got the look in her eyes. :)

And that A Capello human voice as the only instruments in it is an astounding talent ...

Good Pico-8 tribute to the original in any case.

P#67713 2019-09-15 21:51 ( Edited 2019-09-15 23:19)

Amazing, i love it

P#71773 2020-01-05 10:58

Thanks all! 😊

Holy crap @dw817, she's beautifully terrifying! 😱
But still - worth it for the slow-mo cake face pounding! 😂

P#71776 2020-01-05 16:19

Love it!

P#79768 2020-07-22 18:17

So great! Totally love it.

How long did it take you to code this piece of cake?

P#79776 2020-07-22 21:28

Thanks all

@spellcaster: I can't remember now, but I think I did it in my spare time over about a week?
(Most of the time was me experimenting with the music/audio - as musical notation/transcribing doesn't come easy to me! 😅)

PS. I just watched this again in it's entirety, after about 2 yrs of not seeing/thinking about it - and I have to say, this is one of the things I'm most proud of! 😊

P#86960 2021-01-30 11:19 ( Edited 2021-01-30 11:21)

@Liquidream you wanna know how good it is? I played it during a break on a PIGSquad stream a couple weeks ago and it got flagged for a copyright claim. 😝 It's so good.

P#87001 2021-01-31 07:04

@MBoffin OMG! That's awesome! 😂
Thanks for streaming it (and letting me know) - that just made my day! 😊

P#87004 2021-01-31 09:23 ( Edited 2021-01-31 09:27)

Throughout the entire thing, I was smiling. Not only is this a great song, it’s also a great PICO-8 recreation. I love it. Also, I hope I’m not asking too much, but can you remake the Portal 2 credits?

P#87422 2021-02-09 17:07

mmmmmm cake

P#97427 2021-09-17 01:40

So much nostalgia. MMMMM...

P#98008 2021-09-29 21:24

it's just nostalgic... man, so many memories

P#111994 2022-05-18 14:31

I consider anyone who has their name in here a pico-8 og, lol

P#112241 2022-05-25 00:27

Here it is: The great song from Portal 2.
Want You Gone


P#115996 2022-08-18 22:02

Thank you all for your kind words - glad you like it 😊

@domske: Excellent work. We make a nice pair! 🤓👍

P#116024 2022-08-19 17:22

oh no way! now I can listen to still alive and want you gone, all in PICO-8!
a dream come true!

P#116027 2022-08-19 18:53

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