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)
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
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.
Thanks again all, much appreciated :o)
(again - sorry for those I missed)
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
@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! 😊
@MBoffin OMG! That's awesome! 😂
Thanks for streaming it (and letting me know) - that just made my day! 😊
[Please log in to post a comment]