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Portal 2

12 months ago

Now you’re engineering with portals: Bridge Constructor Portal released

Two fiendish physics puzzlers come together today in Bridge Constructor Portal, challenging players to build bridges that shuttle vehicles through deadly labs with the help of Portal's teleportation portals and gels. And, of course, Ellen McLain returns to voice the dastardly AI GLaDOS and taunt us. I have enjoyed the recent resurgence of bridge-construction games, carefully balancing beams and lacing cables then watching it all…

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3 years ago

Rocket League Portal DLC Doesn’t Contain Portals

A free Portal-themed set of cosmetic items and flourishes will arrive in Rocket League [official site] tomorrow. There are gel trails for your nitro boosts, cake hats and decals, and heart-breaking Companion Cube antennae. There's plenty more along those lines as well, and it's all free, but I'm perhaps unfairly disappointed by the lack of actual portals. I hadn't even considered how amazing it would…

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Portal Stories: Mel Released Free On Steam

Gosh, the work and dedication that goes into some mods can still surprise me. Look at Portal Stories: Mel [official site], a new Portal 2 mod which launched this evening. Mel brings a new protagonist with a new companion sphere, boasting over 300 new voiced lines, an hour of original music, and 22 levels that its creators say may take anywhere from four to twelve…

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4 years ago

Playable Journalism Journalism: Level With Me Updated

Say, remember when Robert Yang interviewed a load of neat-o level designers while collaborating on a Portal 2 level with them as a sort of playable journalism? I enjoyed the Level With Me series back when I only read RPS, and now I'm here I'm glad I get to post about it. The first Level With Me creation, made with folks including Brendon Chung, Dan…

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Portal 2 Level Reinterprets Companion Cube’s Doom

GLaDOS, GLaDOS, oh so monstrous, How does your garden grow? With portable cells and many dead Chells, And propulsion gel all in a row. The original Portal's Test Chamber 17 is notoriously the level in which the Weighted Companion Cube made its first appearance... and met its fiery doom. Though not before it became the cube with a face that launched a thousand memes. Thanks to…

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Think Of All The Things We Learned In Portal 2

Have you ever idly wondered whether GLaDOS might have been up to more research and testing than the Portal games let on? A study from Florida State University into the effects of playing Portal 2 on a variety of skills won't do much to ease your fears, then. According to the study, spending eight hours playing Portal 2 is more effective at improving a range…

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Steam Music Player Out Of Beta, Valve’s Soundtracks Free

In almost every strategy, management or sim game I play, I will immediately turn off the music which comes with the game in favour of my own. That means that Steam Music Player sounds like a good idea to me even if I long ago abandoned mp3s in favour of streaming. The built-in functionality, which lets you browse your music library and control playback from…

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Filmmakers Sourced: Saxxy Awards 2014 Announced

Every year Valve hold the Saxxy Awards to encourage and round-up the very best Source Filmmaker creations, and every year the submissions are almost solely set inside the Team Fortress 2 universe. That's perhaps because they're Valve's most expressive characters and because TF2's manic world is most easily bent towards drama and comedy, but for the just-announced 4th annual Saxxy Awards, Valve are encouraging submissions…

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Aperture Tag Is A Whole New Portal Game… Without Portals

A Portal game without portals? "Why, that's like removing puppies from the Puppy Bowl," you might say. "What is even the point?" The point, fellow small dog enthusiast, is paint. Physics-affecting paints (think bouncy gel, etc) were part of Portal 2, but they weren't the main focus. Paid standalone mod/game Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative puts them front and center, and it looks…

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5 years ago

Portal 2 Mod Adds Time-Travelling Legs

An oversized revolver, a chunky pump-action shotgun, a bolt-action rifle, and seeing my own legs: the four things I most want to see in first-person games. Perhaps the first three wouldn't fit too cleanly into Portal 2 but that fourth, yes, certainly! And joy of joys, a new mod has added that very feature, so I spent half an hour this morning running around staring…

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!!! – Valve Releases Video Of Steam Controller In Action

We've heard tell of the Steam controller's ins and outs (and ups and downs and lefts and rights and Bs and As and starts) from many a developer, but still skepticism reigns. And with good reason: Valve's haptics-powered Franken-pad is kinda bonkers. But now, at the very least, we can see - with eyes or echolocation - how it functions moment-to-moment. Go below to see…

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Bloody Wonderful: DOTA 2 Getting LAN Support, GLaDOS

You might remember that DOTA 2 officially launched not too long ago. This may in part be due to the fact that it's one of the biggest PC games ever, making it difficult to forget about in the same way that a herd of rhinoceroses just kind of hanging out in your living room would at least spend a fair amount of time in your peripheral…

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6 years ago

Valve Wanna Make You Sweat Til You Can’t Sweat No More

We're waiting for you, Valve. In the sweat chamber. Show us what your mad wearable computing tech can do, instead of all this teasing. Latest report is that they've come up with kit which can measure assorted bodily responses, including heart rate, facial expression, brain waves, eye movement, pupil dilation, body temperature and, indeed, sweatability. Based on how you appear to be feeling, the game…

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Mirror’s Edge, Skyrim, More To Get Oculus Rift Support

I preemptively think I'm gonna be sick. Don't get me wrong: there are few things in this world I want more than Oculus Rift virtual reality for my mad dash through Mirror's Edge's theme park of parkour, but now that it's probably going to happen, I realize that I should probably bid farewell to any lunches I've had in the past couple months. And who…

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Happy Mechsgiving, And A Merry Portalmas To All

I don't think it's possible to have any misgivings over an update officially titled "Mechsgiving." As for Portalmas, well, that one's a bit more up for debate, seeing as it's just a word I made up. But generosity's officially in the air, and both Piranha and Valve are doling out fairly significant updates to their breadwinners, MechWarrior Online and Portal 2. Unfortunately, neither involves gigantic…

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Lab In The Dark: Portal 2 – Designed For Danger

Until this weekend, I hadn't revisited Portal 2 since the release of the Perpetual Testing Initiative. I vaguely assumed that user-built test chambers would fall, broadly speaking, into two types: so easy that they made me appreciate the complex genius of the originals, or so difficult that they made me appreciate the simple genius of the originals. Replaying Portal 2 at the end of 2011…

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7 years ago

BAFTAs 2012: Portal 2 Takes The Prize

The British Academy Video Game Awards took place on Friday night and Portal 2 was awarded highest honours, taking home little gold faces not only for Best Game, but also for Story and Design. Congratulations to Valve, who by this point must be making plans to put up some new shelves of award-bearing load strength. The popular vote went to Battlefield 3, which also won…

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Valve’s Skyrim Mod: Finding Spaaaaaaaace Man

Alongside the Skyrim Creation Kit and the HD Texture Pack that was officially released last night, Valve added their own little addition to Skyrim: Fall of The Space Corp, Vol. 1 adds Portal 2's jittery little Space Core to the Nord world, voiced by the man that holds the patent on all gaming voiceovers, Nolan North. It's both proof that clicking things in Skyrim's Steam…

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