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April 29, 2011

Chart of the day, Royal wedding vs Portal 2

Filed under: media — danylmc @ 9:04 am

I don’t think it’s very fair to criticise peoples interest in the Royal Wedding, since when they’re watching it I’ll be playing a recently released video game called Portal 2, which is even less defensible as a past-time. I am irritated by the media obsession with the wedding; we now have loads of journalists over in the UK who have nothing to do but cover the most meaningless events imaginable: ie, a corgi licked the Prime Minister’s hand.

If the media devoted this much attention to a video game like, say, Portal 2, we’d think there was something horribly wrong. But if you look at google trends, for a couple of days last week New Zealanders were – by this metric at least – sometimes more interested in Portal 2 than the royal wedding.

What if a corgi licks the hand of one of the Portal 2 game designers? Who will tell their story?

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23 Comments »

  1. The fact something like this is news, suggests the sooner the wedding is over the better

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/30/retired-air-force-major-predicts-ufo-sightings-at-royal-wedding/

    Comment by dave — April 29, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  2. I am with you on this, where can I get this game and will this mean I can’t go to the pub this Friday

    Comment by Raymond A Francis — April 29, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  3. I need to buy Portal 2 right now so I have something to do tonight!

    Comment by The Double Standard — April 29, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  4. Hmm 11300MB Steam install! I hope there is cake ;|

    Comment by The Double Standard — April 29, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  5. I am building a blanket tent wedding proof bunker in the spare room, and will be self medicating with hard liquor until its over!

    Although if I get a report of UFO sightings in London via my fillings I may decamp to the lounge.

    Comment by andy (the other one) — April 29, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  6. I’m most of the way through it right now. I’ll say this: if you’ve not played the original Portal, it’s worth playing through it first (it’s also very excellent and well worth your time), as there’s a lot of subtle humour relating to the original game.

    Comment by Jack — April 29, 2011 @ 9:46 am

  7. The Google metric is probably a bit skewed by the fact that if you want to read about Portal 2 you have to go looking for it, whereas the Royal Wedding is everywhere, and so you don’t need Google to find it.

    Comment by helenalex — April 29, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  8. Playing Portal 2, (i.e. a modern equivalent of doing a crossword, or some other puzzle) is definitely a lot more ‘defensible as a pastime’ than watching a pair of bludging strangers tie the knot.

    That is just objective fact, anyone who disagrees is clearly a troll.

    Comment by Bed Rater — April 29, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  9. I’M A POTATO

    Comment by flynn_the_cat — April 29, 2011 @ 10:53 am

  10. Anyway, aren’t you a bit behind the curve on this one? I’m sure I saw a few Cave Johnson references in the comments here a day or two ago.

    Comment by Jack — April 29, 2011 @ 10:56 am

  11. “I’ll be playing a recently released video game called Portal 2, which is even less defensible as a pastime.”

    We live in an era when hordes of people watch reality TV, read the Herald on Sunday, and listen to Annabel Fay, yet gaming is somehow still considered sad, or pathetic, or childish, or [insert pejorative here]?

    Comment by Purple-Shirted Eye Stabber — April 29, 2011 @ 11:14 am

  12. You will be no doubt be pleased to note that Charlie Brooker observed on 10 O’Clock Live less than an hour ago that he would be commemorating the royal wedding by pulling down his blinds and sitting in the dark playing Portal 2 from 10 o’clock in the morning ’til nine at night.

    Comment by Ethan Tucker — April 29, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  13. What the fuck man. The past 2 weeks you have been so negative. Go buy some pot, roll a joint, light that bad boy up and chill the hell out.

    Let the people have their glam moment with the royal wedding, just because you and i dont give a tinkers isnt reason enough to hate.

    Comment by haTER — April 29, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  14. Portal 2 was the first game in a long time that I sat down and played right through.

    Comment by marsoe — April 29, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  15. George Filer, a retired Air Force major, runs the National UFO Center and says it’s common to see UFOs around important events. “The craft seem to have an interest in anything important,” Filer told AOL News. “They’ve been sighted recently over Libya and near the Japanese tsunami.”

    I see now: this guy opened his mouth, and SETI lost its funding.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — April 29, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

  16. Comment by amc32 — April 29, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  17. whoops, i should add NSFW!

    fingers crossed for a sniper at the wedding

    Comment by amc32 — April 29, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  18. Damn, only 57% completed on the download so far!

    Comment by The Double Standard — April 29, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  19. fingers crossed for a sniper at the wedding

    what

    Comment by StephenR — April 29, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

  20. “I don’t think it’s very fair to criticise peoples interest in the Royal Wedding, since when they’re watching it I’ll be playing a recently released video game called Portal 2, which is even less defensible as a past-time, except in fact it’s not because Portal is awesome, and here’s proof”

    There, fixed that for you.

    Comment by Hugh — April 29, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  21. All I have to contribute is FUCK YEAH PORTAL 2.

    Comment by QoT — April 29, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  22. http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=CP201

    Comment by Daniel MT — April 29, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  23. Or this?

    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352517.0

    Comment by The Double Standard — April 30, 2011 @ 12:37 pm


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