Friday, June 06, 2008

the cake is a lie

I know not everyone's a gamer out there.

I'm a gamer and I could've easily missed PORTAL. As it is, I'm sickeningly late to the party.

Better late than never, though. Because the game is unequivocally brilliant.

What I'm particularly impressed with is how the game—which is largely a puzzle game—actually builds tension as you progress. It's so amazingly written. It manages to pull off this darkly dystopian comic tone that I haven't really seen since the old Interactive Text adventures like Planetfall.

It pulls all of this off with remarkable economy.

There is also an intriguing article out there that suggests that "Portal" is for Lesbians.

I'd love to gush on. It's the sort of game you want to talk about but you hate to spoil it for people who haven't played it first-hand. At the same time, non-gamers aren't likely to play it no matter how much praise is heaped upon it.

It's a little frustrating that MORE people just aren't going to experience this thing. Because it's fucking awesome.