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Portal 2

8 years ago

Feature: Learning lessons in spaaaaaaace

Valve On Why Games Could Very Well Fix Education

The first time I ever played Portal was damn near magical. Each room I walked into held promise of some diabolical new assault on both my brain and the laws of physics, but I made them look like child's play. At the time, I was certain it proved I was a genius with an IQ so huge that even my bulging genius brain couldn't count…

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Bring Your Valve To School Day: Teach With Portals

Year after year, many schools struggle to teach kids basic math and reading skills. Portal, on the other hand, taught my childlike, directionally-crippled brain a slew of hyper-complex spatial reasoning abilities. In about 30 minutes. So I guess maybe it could be a good fit for the classroom. And hey, what do you know (aside from a Portal-imbued slew of hyper-complex spatial reasoning abilities)? Valve seems…

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Portal At The Pictures: Lab Ratt

Portal has been a surprisingly prolific source of inspiration for many high quality products, so a short fifteen minute film based on its universe isn't that big of a deal any more. However, what I love about Synthetic Pictures' Aperture: Lab Ratt (as spotted by The Sixth Axis) is how, in making a film based on Valve's Lab Rat comic, how successfully they portray the…

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Feature: A Word-Exposing Article Deliverance

Perpetually Testing Portal 2’s Perpetual Testing Initiative

We looked at Portal 2's puzzle creating Perpetual Testing Initiative, a streamlined, user-friendly application for making your own Portal 2 rooms, and then cried. So instead we got Craig "Fearless" Pearson to take a look, because we knew without a doubt that no one else can create a box with some boxes in it like him.

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(Entire) Life Science: Portal 2 Perpetual Test Initiative Out

Finding your true calling is tough. Perhaps, for instance, you have the diabolical, mustachioed mind of a puzzle designer, but some horrific mutation has left you with the largely unhelpful hands of a pirate, ghost, or lobster. And also, you're kind of lazy. Well, so much for coding your dreams into virtual reality. Guess you'll have to settle for a life of convenience store tedium…

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Portal 2 Map Creator Trailer Is Wonderful, Has Squids

Once Valve gets around to releasing its magical future goggles, I'm hoping it'll just start constantly beaming clever trailers for its games straight to my eyeballs. Between TF2's "Meet The ___" series and Portal's cavalcade of comedic excellence, I could spend all the rest of my days awkwardly cackling to myself on buses, in restaurants, and while committing the most unforgivable crime of them all: wearing…

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The Not So Secret World: 30 Mins From GDC

I've been waiting for a John Walker simulator to arrive, and this is the closest I'll probably ever get. It's the Secret World's GDC presentation, showing off Ragnar-Tørnquist's increasingly-interesting (to me) MMO. You can pretend you're in the room being John Walker, who can be seen here following Ragnar. Toss some water at the screen to simulate the tears that usually flow when John experiences…

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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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Now You’re Thinking With Mari0rtals

My admirable, handsome, humble, delightful paymaster Mr. Walker already mentioned the remarkable looking Mari0 in October, but it wasn't out then. Truth be told, it's not quite out yet - but at about 10 tomorrow evening, this amazing mash-up of Super Mario and Portal 2 will downloadable. I point out it's Portal 2 to make a clear distinction: it has the gel and it will…

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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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9 years ago

If Wheatley Had Won: Portal 2 VGA Vid

Earlier this month, Valve made a video of Wheatley talking about his nomination in the 'Best Character' category of the VGAs. The Joker actually took the award, which seemed disappointing at first, since he's a decades old character who even in this incarnation is appearing in a sequel, while Wheatley is quite the original. Then I noticed that the other two entrants were Nathan Drake…

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Valve VGA Vid Appears To Offer HL3 Clues

Who fancies a mystery? Valve prepared what must have been an incredibly expensive video for the VGAs' best character category, starring Wheatley, complete with Stephen Merchant's voice, floating in space and begging for help getting home. So, that's nice and fun, if lacking in the big laughs. (He didn't win.) But of course Valve being Valve, they've filled it with more details. Not many, but…

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Feature: This mirror's broken

The Games Of Christmas ’11: Day Ten

"Feed the world. Let them know it's Christmas time." But I've only got six dining room chairs, Bob. "I don't care. I'm too busy thanking God it's them instead of my friend." I hate you, Bob.Ah, the Christmas classics. Not talking of which, what's the tenth game in our NOT IN ANY ORDER list of the best games of spaceyear 2011?

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Feature: Modding with the pros: part 3 of 7

Level with Me, Magnar Jenssen

“Level with Me” is a series of conversations about level design between modder Robert Yang and a level designer of a first person game. At the end of each interview, they collaborate on a Portal 2 level shared across all the sessions – and at the very end of the series, you’ll get to download and play this “roundtable level.” This is Part 3 of 7.Of…

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Testing, Testing: Portal 2 Puzzle Creator

See that screen there? The screencap of one of Valve's cute little cartoon instructional videos for Portal 2? Yeah, that's not a frame from one of those adverts, that's actually what the new Portal 2 level designer will look like. At least, according to the latest blog post on the Portal 2 website, which also brings news of simplified sharing and community tools, all designed…

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Byte vs Brick: Week Ending Oct 7

Again! Again! It's our theoretically regular comparison of Steam's top ten best-selling games over the last week with the same at UK retail. Will Rage have stormed its way to the top despite the outrage and buck-passing surrounding its technically-troubled PC launch? Or will foot-to-ball have conclusively proven that an Englishman's national sport is more important to him than pretending to be a time-lost survivor…

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Why Don’t You Review Portal 2: Peer Review?

Aha! In rather happier news from the land of big-name gaming, the Peer Review DLC pack for Portal 2 landed on Steam earlier today. Its cost? £0. $0. €0. Your game should already have updated with it, if all is well. I uninstalled the game but two days ago to make room for Rage, because I'm a bloody idiot, but have any of you lot…

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