Posted on October 13, 2007,

Portal Ending Cinamatic – SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT


Valve’s The Orange Box was released this week and one of the most anticipated titles in The Orange Box was a little puzzle game called Portal. I don’t want to get into what goes on in Portal for those of you who might not have played the title yet. All you need to know is Portal is a game that will challenge your way of thinking in an FPS environment by making you sit back and think about what needs to be done rather than running and gunning.

Overall, my experience with Portal was a pleasant one, especially the end of Portal, which I have included after the break. If you haven’t completed Portal and would rather keep the ending fresh for when you complete the game, by all means skip the rest of this article.

For those of you who did complete Portal, you know what to expect.

Welcome back. So you’ve completed Portal, and even though it was an overall short experience, I’m sure you, just like I, really enjoyed the ending cinematic. Upon completing the game, I searched for the cinematic online. So without further ado, relive the ending cinematic over and over again to your heart’s content. And if you’d like the song in mp3 format, I got you covered right HERE.

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21 Comments on Portal Ending Cinamatic – SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT


On October 13, 2007 at 8:51 pm

I thought I’d also include the lyrics to the song for those of you who’d like to read along:

This Was A Triumph
I’m Making A Note Here:
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 being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data
make a beautiful line.
And we’re out of beta.
We’re releasing on time.
So I’m GLAD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are
still alive.

Go ahead and leave me.
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe you’ll find someone else
to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa. . .
Anyway. this cake is great.
It’s so delicious and moist.
Look at me still talking
When Theres Science to do.
When I look out there,
it makes me GLAD I’m not you.
I’ve experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are
still alive.

And believe me I am still alive.

I’m doing Science and I’m still alive.

T feel FANTASTIC and I’m still alive.

While you’re dying I’ll be still.

And when you’re dead I will be still alive.



On October 13, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Yes, I thought this was really funny. I really liked the lines like “we were just kidding, we weren’t really trying to murder you… hahahahah” lol.

Great concept


On October 13, 2007 at 10:00 pm

I sang along. A brilliant piece of writing, much like everything else in Portal.

“You’ll be dead. And then there will be cake.” XD


On October 13, 2007 at 11:29 pm

Portal is brilliant in every aspect except for its length…..beat it in a little over 2 hours


On October 14, 2007 at 12:32 am

@STALKER – That’s how long it took me, too, but when you consider it’s worth going back and playing through again (if for nothing other than the brilliant writing) and the additional challenges, it’s a solid little package.


On October 14, 2007 at 4:38 am

Gotta be one of my favorite recent games.
The length ain’t too bad. 3 hours for the main game, plus another playthrough for commentary, plus 6 advanced maps, plus 6 challenge maps with three challenges per map.
I put videos of myself playing the Least Portal challenges and getting gold on them, click mah name for a Youtube playlist of all six videos. ;)


On October 14, 2007 at 4:39 am

Oh, and the eventual mods after Valve gets off its ass and releases a Portal SDK update…. I wanna map for Portal!


On October 14, 2007 at 9:10 am

mmmm cake… Portal is made of pure awesome. :) You gotta hand it to Valve, TF2(especially the “Meet the _____” videos associated with it)and Portal have such a great sense of humor.

Oh and was wondering, anyone else want a toy Portal sentry gun that says lines when you cross in front of it or pick it up?… Those things are hilarious. :razz:


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On October 14, 2007 at 10:11 am

Oh, and the eventual mods after Valve gets off its ass and releases a Portal SDK update…. I wanna map for Portal!


On October 14, 2007 at 10:37 am

Much higher quality version available. Rendered it in-game (not a Fraps) so the text should be legible. Enjoy :smile:;8795400;/fileinfo.html


On October 14, 2007 at 10:41 am

@Koneg: Thanks man! I put your version of the end cinematic up in the article. Great job! :razz:


On October 14, 2007 at 11:05 am

that sounds pretty cool, the toy.


On October 14, 2007 at 12:54 pm

The Cake Is a Lie
The Cake Is a Lie
The Cake Is a Lie
The Cake Is a Lie


On October 14, 2007 at 3:05 pm

one of the most satisfying endings for a game in awhile :mrgreen:


On October 14, 2007 at 3:06 pm

also Jonathan Coulton rules. you can hear more songs by him at his website,


On October 15, 2007 at 5:36 am

Thank you for song. After playing Portal I almost deep in mirror :lol: Very realistic game.


On October 25, 2007 at 8:48 pm

A very satisfying experience. These guys know how to end a game… unlike obsidian.


On November 8, 2007 at 12:27 am

Who performed the song again?


On June 20, 2008 at 7:28 pm

I came across it a bit late [two years too late!]
and already heard how it ends and everything,
Is it true this game has several endings?
How many?