Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Portal

I used to play Portal on my Commodore 64 as a child. It was a unique game. There were 12 different dataspaces that the player navigated between in order to expose the story.

You play a space traveler who has returned to an empty Earth after being away for decades. This was the perfect game for a lonely only child to play. The game was all mental, took a long time to play, and involved doing a lot of reading.

Apparently, it was set up so that eventually you would "win", no matter what, but it didn't really seem that way. You had to navigate to the right dataspaces in order to unlock new information at other dataspaces.

Anyway, I'm about to read this website for a little bit.

4 comments:

Jean-Fran├žois Charles said...

The Portal I knew is Michel Portal, a great French clarinetist. He played contemporary music with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Berio, jazz with Louis Sclavis and so many other musicians, Mozart with classical orchestras and string quartet, and a lot more. There's a great video in which he talks about Ellington and many other things. Will try to find the reference again. My VHS copy is in France right now.

forbes said...

Sounds really interesting!
Turns out there are a lot of Michel Portal videos on Youtube.

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forbes said...

Nikki that is off the hook! I hope they are reading this blog too! Maybe I'll write something about straight edge sometime.