On the weekend I went and saw RePlay, the video game symphony. I’ll keep my whining short, but it felt a little lazy. Still good, but the amplification wasn’t great, so the sound was meh.
Anyway, when they played the music from Portal 2 it inspired me to play through those games again. I have only played each through once, and I purposely didn’t play them again until I had completely forgotten the puzzles. I played through Portal in 2 sessions, not only did I forget the solutions but also how short it was. I’m going to start Portal 2 this afternoon, and I’m very excited to play it again.
as I was walking over the last ramp to where GLaDOS was (I had completely forgotten I was approaching the final encounter) I was taking my time just looking at the vast space. I love the design of the giant, open, empty research facility. I really wish I could draw, or animate, or something visual, because I had this idea of a lone cleaner who spent his days buffing the football field sized rooms, rubbing dirty machinery with a rag. I keep thinking about it. I don’t know if someone else has already done this (they probably have, but I don’t want to look it up and find out) but I really like it. I even imagine him spending days, if not weeks at a time going through the massive rooms, using odd ways of getting around. I imagined he found a Portal gun and used it to help him get around, and clean odd areas. I also imagined that he would occasionally get messages from the cleaner network, informing him that a toilet dozens of kilometres away was blocked and needed attention, or that every now and then all of the lone cleaners would be recalled and would work on one massive room with lots of catwalks and chains hanging from the ceiling, for some sort of inspection.
I’m a musical person, but I really wish that I could also draw. My handwriting is shocking, I can’t draw to save my life. If only I could make this a comic, or an animation.