Valve announces Portal 2 music video contest

Valve has announced a contest to create a music video for The National's song, "Exile Vilify." The contest closes July 15 and the winner will get an autographed guitar and Portal swag.


In the greatest music/game tie-in since Marky Mark asked you to make his video, Valve has announced a music video contest for The National's song "Exile Vilify" (featured in Portal 2). Though the song was written for Chell's second trek through the Aperture testing facility, your music video doesn't have to be machinima -- Valve says creators can use "whatever visuals they choose."

The deadline is July 15. Once you've pieced together your masterpiece, you can post it to YouTube using the tag "PORTAL2NATIONALEXILE" to mark it for the contest. The announcement promises that Valve, The National, and the community will select a winner, implying that there may be a voting aspect to the proceedings.

The winner will get a guitar autographed by The National and some Portal 2 merchandise. Valve is a little vague on what exactly that merchandise will be, but the company store has no shortage of items that could be included in the prize.

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    June 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Valve announces Portal 2 music video contest.

    Valve has announced a contest to create a music video for The National's song, "Exile Vilify." The contest closes July 15 and the winner will get an autographed guitar and Portal swag.

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      June 16, 2011 3:53 PM

      Link to the actual contest page:

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      June 16, 2011 4:03 PM

      i love that song so much

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      June 16, 2011 11:03 PM


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        June 17, 2011 2:37 AM

        They totally are. Really fantastic in concert too.

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      June 17, 2011 12:46 AM

      One of my favourite bands, such a lovely song!

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      June 17, 2011 4:43 AM

      Might get in on this. is this open worldwide?

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        June 17, 2011 4:49 AM

        Rules made legible:


        (b) Contest is void where prohibited by law, and is governed by the law of Washington, USA.

        (c) Employees of Valve (including directors, officers) and their immediate families or affiliates are not eligible.

        (d) Contest sponsored by Valve Software ("Sponsor"), P.O. Box 1688, Bellevue, WA 98009-1688.

        (e) Contest ends July 15th, 2011. A winner will be announced by July 22nd, 2011, on .

        (f) Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59:59 EST, July 15th, 2011.

        (g) Entries must be submitted to with the tag PORTAL2NATIONALEXILE.

        h) Guitar valued at approximately US$450.

        (i) Odds of winning dependent on final number of entrants.

        (j) Final winners chosen by Valve, whose decision is final and binding.

        (k) A winner will be notified by YouTube messaging.

        (l) By entering into this contest, you (or your parent or legal guardian if you are a minor) agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Valve from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, taxes, expenses or damages of any kind, either at law or in equity, whether known or unknown, arising out of or in connection with this contest, including the possession, use or inability to use any prize.

        (m) All entries submitted are the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

        n) The winner (or the winner's parent or legal guardian if the winner is a minor) consents to the use of his/her name, likeness, photograph in any and all media for promotional purposes in any manner by Sponsor, its designees and its advertising and promotion agencies without further compensation or notification, except where prohibited by law.

        (o) The winner is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to the prize.

        p) Valve shall not be liable for
        (i) lost, misdirected, damaged, illegible, incomplete, or late entries,
        (ii) any conditions beyond the control of Sponsor that may cause the contest to be disrupted, or
        (iii) any losses or damages of any kind resulting directly or indirectly from acceptance or use of a prize awarded in this contest or for participation in this contest.

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