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Gaming Made Me: Jonathan Coulton

By Dan Griliopoulos on November 5th, 2012.

Interrupted while coiling his precious cables, the sound guy glowers at me. “Scarface? What?” Now, the way you can tell games journalists aren’t like other journalists is our shame. We’re shy, we lack the killer instinct, mostly, that enables tabloid hacks to doorstep grieving families and hack murdered children’s phones. I’m a case in point – 6′ 1″, 13 stone – and I’m being intimidated by a diminutive roadie. “His assistant is called Scarface,” I repeat. The roadie shrugs. As he shuffles away, he’s obviously assigned me to the same aberrant category as everyone else still hanging around at the Jonathan Coulton gig – No 1 Fans, all of them.

After the gig, from the gallery of Union Chapel, I look down on the accretion disc of fandom. They’re loitering but not mingling, in the hope of catching another sight of their hero. With its non-conformist heritage, this old Gothic church is a strangely perfect venue for Jonathan Coulton, whose music is packed full of liberality, anti-authoritarianism, irony and inclusiveness – and for his reverential fans. While he’s best known in gaming circles for endlessly singable Portal ditty Still Alive, Coulton is the high priest of geek music. This former programmer’s songs about geek culture are so well known he was made ‘Contributing Troubador’ at Popular Science magazine.
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An Evening Of A Thousand Scowls

By John Walker on March 28th, 2008.

Here is a blatant misuse of power, rescued only by the most tenuous of links. Jonathan Coulton, he who co-wrote Portal’s song, Still Alive, is taking part at a night of stand-up comedy for 826 Valencia, San Francisco, this Saturday.

See, Jonathan Coulton - it's totally RPS fodder.

826 is a project set up by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dave Eggers, that offers free one-to-one tuition for high school students and programmes to allow young people to get excited about writing. It’s a truly wonderful thing, popping up all over America (and soon in N Ireland), completely hilarious, and should be supported by everyone ever. With this tenuous videogaming link, should you live in SF you now know to attend, perhaps paying massively more than the ticket price. This year they have Bobby Lee, Tig Notaro, Al Madrigal, Jonathan Coulton, Ian Edwards, and Davy Rothbart (but sadly not Patton Oswalt who’s been along to the previous five annual events).

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Portal: The Musical

By Kieron Gillen on October 18th, 2007.

Okay. We said it had got as silly as it could go. We suspect we’re only just getting started, as an Idea struck Alec and I after we both found this…

By Jeremy of Anonymous Lefty. And then we realised that Jonathan Coulton has posted the lyrics and the chords of Still Alive over at his blog. Cultural Object A + Cultural Object B = Idea C.

We think people should do their own cover versions of Portal and post them to Youtube. No, really.

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Valve Gets Musical

By John Walker on October 4th, 2007.

Valve have just announced that The Orange Box is to have one more disc inside. A single, written by the excellent geek-turned-geek-singer, Jonathan Coulton, and members of the Valve writing staff, is to accompany the five games already bulging its cardboardy edges. (Presumably those ordering through Steam will be given a download).

Maddeningly (for both you and me), I know what the song is, and I will be murdered if I say. And I also know that I thought only yesterday, “Valve really ought to release that song as a single.” So clearly my thoughts control Valve’s actions. Know this: it’s incredibly good.

I’m just off to think about Valve giving me a well-paid job on their writing staff now.

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