Portal 2 Marketing Materials Are Funny

By Jim Rossignol on April 5th, 2011 at 6:37 pm.

So cute!
Valve Software sure do make videos good. They’ve done just that for Portal 2, several times now. And now there is more of it! I don’t know where they get their ideas from. A book, probably.

The “Turrets” video is below.

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46 Comments »

  1. KauhuK says:

    About those meet the pyro & medic videos, valve…

    • Icarus says:

      Er. Yes. Seconded.

    • JohnnyMaverik says:

      Thirded.

    • LionsPhil says:

      These are as entertaining, though. At least they’re not wasting effort on Left4Dead any more.

    • Stevostin says:

      Hey, “The Sacrifice” video was really fucking good. Gave me the creeps each time.
      Count me in for Pyro and Medic too, thus. PT2 video are great but not as memorable as, say, “meet the spy”.

    • Wulf says:

      I’d actually be happy if they forgot all about their other franchises completely and just continued making these for a while. I could have 50 of these and be only just about sated.

    • Davie says:

      You know they’d just be three and a half minutes of hats in suggestive poses.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Being Valve, we’d still laugh through those three-and-a-half minutes.

  2. Marshall Stele says:

    Someone’s read VG Cats.

  3. Mr_Initials says:

    Do you think it may be illegal to put it on the hood of your car?

    • reticulate says:

      “Hood”?

      Hood?

      I didn’t know we were letting the yanks in here.

      When did this happen? Why wasn’t I informed?

    • Davie says:

      How do you Brits say it then? Enlighten a poor uncivilized Yank.

    • pagad says:

      Well, it’s a bonnet, innit. And the thing at the back that you put objects in is a boot. None of this “hood” and “trunk” nonsense

    • Zakski says:

      no “sidewalk” either, its the gorram pavement

    • reticulate says:

      And it’s petrol, not gas.

      Also you blokes keep missing your ‘u’ out of words and replacing ‘s’ with ‘z’ for some reason. Sort it out, we can’t have such egregious modification to the Queen’s English, what.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Actually, you all used to speak like us, until they decided it was too… country? I don’t know the particular word.

      Or did you think Merriam-Webster both had nothing better to do?

    • FalseMyrmidon says:

      Merriam-Webster simplified a lot of words for the american english dictionary. American english:British english::metric system:imperial system.

    • Arglebargle says:

      Webster changed spellings so that the American verson would be different from the English one. No high mindedness involved really.

      On the other hand, bonnets went out of style over a century ago, and boots should really be touching the ground….

  4. aronbarco says:

    That a lot of nuts… ahm… bullets!

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Aperture-brand Resolution Pellets, I think you’ll find.

  5. SuperNashwanPower says:

    In about an hour I may have stopped smiling the soppy smile that all Valve things put on my face

  6. ezekiel2517 says:

    Sentry Turrets: Because men are boring.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I like how they have both an Empathy Generator and an Empathy Suppressor.

      (The Level 1 Sentry Turret from TF2 is still cuter, though. Bi-di-beep.)

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    choie says:

    Terrific video — these just keep getting better. Don’t miss the updated Portal 2 website, which has a page from the 30K-page Home Safety Turret booklet. Also, the video includes frames that are clues for the new potato ARG, referencing a few Steam/Facepunch users in, shall we say, less than mature fashion. (References to one’s mum, for example.) Valve are love.

  8. Schmung says:

    It’s been said before, but it’s incredible how the ickle robots (turrets included) in these videos have more personality than the central character in most games. Unfortunately, I think most companies are going to grasp the wrong end of the stick here (like they did with HL) and we’re going to be playing games full of ‘funny’ talking robots for the next decade.

    • Wulf says:

      I tend to keep noticing and noting that, too. Mostly because it’s completely true!

    • Schmung says:

      I’m sure if you were sufficiently motivated you could blame BLOPS, Homefront et al on some horrible mis interpretation of Hlaf Life.

  9. HeavyHarris says:

    Brilliant.

  10. OptionalJoystick says:

    Oh Valve you scamps.
    37 seconds in, more ARG material.

    http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Portal_ARG#April_5.2C_2011

  11. Hoaxfish says:

    Reminds me of the film Toys and/or Small Soldiers

  12. Valvarexart says:

    Good night. Holy crap, wouldn’t let that sentry gun near anything that matters.

    • Mr_Day says:

      No, the sentry gun wouldn’t let you near anything that matters.

      That is kind of the point.

  13. djr255 says:

    JK Simmons FTW

  14. Nighthood says:

    The ARG is now incredibly complex: http://valvearg.info/wiki/Valve_ARG_Wiki

    Something’s going to happen in the near future, I just know it. This is by far the best ARG I’ve seen, and definitely the most well planned.

    Absolutely lovely for a conspiracy nut like myself too!

  15. Electric Dragon says:

    I love the way when they show the exploded view diagram of the turret, the rest of it collapses and all the bullets fall out as if it really has been cut apart.

    • Urthman says:

      Yeah, it’s funny how it looks like they’re using a physics engine even for stuff that looks like traditional 2D animation.

  16. satsui says:

    Hellofriend

  17. Rii says:

    I want one.

  18. gwathdring says:

    That was awesome.

  19. Wulf says:

    I’m different.

    Haahahahahaha. Did anyone else catch that?

    (Hint: The improv turret says it.)

    • sexyresults says:

      Bleedingly obvious once you pointed it out but completely missed it 1st and 2nd watch

  20. reticulate says:

    The fact that Erik Wolpaw is so talented makes me both sad and happy.

    Sad, because I know I’ll never be as good a writer as he is.

    Happy, because he exists to write stuff like this.

  21. ericchole says:

    very nice.

  22. Jambe says:

    Just ooc, why the Viddler link instead of the official Valve YT vid?