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Jonathan Coulton Track Part of the Orange Box 30

Posted by Zonk
from the i-mean-no-one's-gonna-eat-your-eyes dept.
Joystiq notes that along with Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, folks who purchase Valve's Orange Box compilation will also be getting a musical treat. 'Geek Troubadour' Jonathan Coulton composed an entirely new song for the offering, apparently with help from the Valve design team. "At this point, with less than a week to go before the game's (games'? gameses'?) release, we're surprised the track hasn't already made its way to the seedy, illicit , peer-to-peer underbelly of the internet. Hey record industry, you should take notes!" The official Coulton site has plenty of information about the singer, and you can see his command performance of 're: your brains' from this year's PAX at the Penny Arcade site.
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Jonathan Coulton Track Part of the Orange Box

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  • Sheesh. And what should the RIAA take note of, not releasing any more songs to combat piracy? Hey, I'm all for that approach.
    • by Aladrin (926209)
      They should take note that Jonathan Coulton cares about his listeners, and sells directly to them, and even gives quite a few of the songs away on his website. They should note that all it takes to make money in music is good music and caring about your fans, not bleeding your artists dry and suing the fans as well.

      But in this particular deal? I have no idea. 1 man keeping his song secret until release is not that hard. It's when the whole bloody industry has access to the song that keeping it under wra
    • They should take note that he's made a successful career out of producing music that is available free (legally) for download.
  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Friday October 05, 2007 @10:37AM (#20867569)

    Joystiq notes that along with Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, folks who purchase Valve's Orange Box compilation...


    "Folks who purchase?" C'mon, this is 2007. Where's the torrent?
    • Don't you know anything? You buy a CD of "The Orange Box" and all that's on there is an unencrypted torrent file. Valve figures, if you're gonna torrent the damn thing anyway, you'll pay them for it!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Who the hell is Jonathan Coulton?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by ThirdPrize (938147)
      Code Monkey [youtube.com]. Nuff said.
    • by Turn-X Alphonse (789240) on Friday October 05, 2007 @11:08AM (#20868027) Journal
      He's a musician featured on Slashdot several times.

      For a year he released a song a week completely free on his website, each song was written and performed in the week it was released. It was quite an impressive feat and he did many great songs in that time, including "Code Monkey" which took wings and is pretty damn popular around here.

      Basically he's a geek with a guitar who took a gamble on singing for a living while still wanting to release things for free and letting people buy from him if they want to pay for the stuff.

      http://www.jonathancoulton.com/ [jonathancoulton.com] is his website.
    • I dunno, but I bet a lot fewer people will be asking this question after the Orange box comes out. Good for him for having the opportunity and good for Valve for giving it.
    • by Aladrin (926209)
      Great game, way too short, beat it. That's why everyone is SO looking forward to Portal.
  • I heard about this yesterday. At this point I think there are probably 3 modders in Idaho who aren't or have yet to work for Valve. They seem to be snatching up all of the indie talent. Hell, I'm pretty sure Stevie Case is working reception or something for them.

    BTW, Coulton's music isn't that bad. Who here could hate the Code Monkey song?
  • Was wondering why they would put a jazz track in the Orange Box, Blue Train anyone?
  • HL2 came out, with Steam. You rejoice, HL2 was an awesome game.
    But wait, there's more! Valve promises a 3-part episodic sequal!
    You buy the first episode, and rejoice. Yet another awesome game.
    You buy other games on Steam, ragdoll kung fu, Sam and Max, etc.
    You hear about the second episode coming out -- but it's bundled with everything else HL2.

    I ask politely: why is valve alienating their existing steam consumer base? If I want this extra sound track, which is likely to be an exclusive part of th
    • Honestly, I believe the strategy is they're giving you HL2/Ep1 again for free. The whole package is $45 (currently) for Ep2, Portal, and TF2 with HL2+Ep1 thrown in. It's not like they're making much money on HL2/Ep1 anymore, so it's hardly a loss for them. If you don't need HL2 and/or Ep1, you can give them away to someone else, who in turn may become hooked on the Half-Life storyline/gameplay, adding more customers.

      Modern shareware- Valve seems to know exactly what they're doing. I already pre-ordered (a
  • Jonathan Coulton's song is "Still Alive" and is played during the end credits of Portal. Lyrics: This was a triumph I'm making a note here: huge success It's hard to overstate my satisfaction Aperture Science We do what we must because we can For the good of all of us... Except the ones who are dead But there's no sense crying over every mistake You just keep on trying till you run out of cake And the science gets done And you make a neat gun For the people who are still alive I'm not even angry I'm bei

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