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Valve, The National testing Portal 2 music video contest


Valve and The National are teaming up for a music video contest based on the band's "Exile Vilify" track from Portal 2. Using whatever means necessary -- they don't even have to think with portals -- participants have until July 15 to submit a music video for the song on YouTube with the tag "PORTAL2NATIONALEXILE." Valve, The National and "the community" will select the winner, who'll receive a fabulous prize package of Portal 2 merch and a guitar autographed by The National.

That's all the rules, so go nuts. If you need to give the track a listen before letting those creative juices flow, check out the song after the break. If you want the full Portal 2 soundtrack, you can download that from your buddies at Joystiq right here.

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June 15, 2011 -- Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source) and popular recording artist The National, today announced a music video making contest based on The National's song "Exile Vilify" which is featured in Valve's best-selling game, Portal 2.
Starting today and running until midnight July 15th, the contest asks the community to make a music video for the song "Exile Vilify" using whatever visuals they choose.
Once aspiring video directors have completed their work, they may submit their videos on YouTube using the tag PORTAL2NATIONALEXILE. After the deadline, Valve, The National, and the community will select the winner who will win a prize package including a guitar autographed by The National plus a collection of Portal 2 merchandise.
"Exile Vilify" was penned by The National specifically for Portal 2, which is the year's highest rated multiplatform game release.
Portal 2 is available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac. For more information about Portal 2, please visit For more information regarding the Portal 2 Music Video Contest, please visit

About The National
High Violet is The National's most acclaimed and fastest-selling album to date. Released in May 2010, it debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, and prompted the New York Times to claim "The National is in a league of its own." The band has toured non-stop since the album's release, with highlights that include sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Brooklyn's Prospect Park; a concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to benefit the Red Hot Organization, with accompanying live webcast on Youtube and Vevo directed by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; and mainstage performances at Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, and Lollapalooza, where they "seduced everyone" according to USA Today. For more information on The National, please visit

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