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Portal 2

8 years ago

Grand Nationals: Portal 2 Video Winners

Well, looky-here. Valve's put out the winners for its Portal 2/The National make-a-video contest - which is a bit of a relief, as people kept mailing us with their videos like we had some sort of judiciary power. We don't! We only have that over the life and/or death of every sentient being on the planet. We cannot, repeat cannot, decide the winners of other…

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Games For Hats: Valve Trials Steam Trades

Valve's in-game TF2 item store is about to become an out-of-game item store. They're trialling something called Steam Trading, which primarily involves swapping your TF2 unlocks (i.e. those damnable hats, mostly) for other games. It's an old-fashioned barter system in new-fangled clothes. What happens is you invite someone on your Steam friends list or who you're in a group chat with to trade, and can…

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Tree-Killers: The Valve Comic Collection

Over the last few years, Valve have been quietly honing the fine art of viral marketing in an online age, and comics have been a big part of that. A cartel of in-house writers and the excellent pencils of Michael Avon Oeming (and others) have created some rather splendid words'n'pictures. Of course, they were merely digital. HOW DARE YOU INSULT OUR EYEBALLS WITH YOUR CRUMMY…

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Second Symphony: Portal 2 Soundtrack 2

First there was one free official soundtrack collection for Portal 2, and now there are two. That's eighteen more tracks of exciting bleeping, on top of the 22 we've already had. There's a third one yet to come - but will it include The National's ode to abject misery and Jonathon Coulton's latest Portal creation? We will probably find out at some point in the…

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Potato Salad For Two: Portal 2 Compo Co-op

A couple of days ago we reported on the Portal 2 Summer Mapping Initiative, a competition held in honour of the frankly frightening creativity of the Valve fan base. If you enjoyed Portal 2, and who didn't, you might want to give them a go. The official winners and runners up created a big chunk of content, dumping easily a typical single-player game's campaign worth…

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Exile Victorious? The Portal 2 Music Videos

Speaking of Portal-based competitions, it's about time we took a look at how things are progressing with Valve's other challenge - to make a music video for gloomy The National song Exile Vilify, which played a minor role in the game. There aren't quite as many submissions as I'd have expected so far (either that or people keeping forgetting to tag their Youtube videos with…

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Portal 2 Summer Mapping Initiative Winners

Ah, summer. The lazy days, the warm breezes, the gigantic storm clouds, rain showers and lightning storms ravaging the local area. You know, I think I'd be better off staying inside. But that's alright, because the Portal 2 Summer Mapping Initiative winners have been announced! Or rather, one winner and two plucky runner ups have been chosen from the 280 entries into the grand map-making…

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Portal 2 DLC Arrives, But You Can’t Have It

(Well, not unless you spend $140 on a new controller). This is all a bit odd, and slightly infuriating too. Remember Razer's Hydra motion controller for PC, and how it was going to have a special version of Portal 2 created for it? Well, that's happened. The wavy-wandy gamepaddy, PS Move-y er...thing is now being sold via Steam in the US, for the utterly absurd…

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Germany/August/Mystery Valve Showing

With Bellevue's finest opting not to make an appearance at E3 earlier this month, we've all been left in the dark THE TERRIBLE FRIGHTENING DARKNESS about what's next on the plate for Valve, and when we might see it. DoTA 2? Portal 2 expansions? Something, at long, long bloody last, to do with Half-Life? Well, in August we might find out.

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Valve Want A Video For Exile Vilify

I love grumpytrousers mumblers The National, so was particularly excited when I found out the band would be contributing a specially written song to Portal 2. And somewhat disappointed when Exile Vilify appeared in the form of the broadcast of a tinny radio in a hidden corner. Then I found this and listened to it eight hundred times in a row. Soon there will be…

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Mod News: Clever Girl

Quite a lot of mod news this week, apparently, even though there's very little for you to actually play. There's a long-awaited update from Jurrassic Life, as well as plenty of other gubbins related to Half-Life 2, Crysis, Stalker: Clear Sky, Portal 2 and Dirt 3. That's a lot of games! Read on to find out what's what.

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Music To Test By: Portal 2’s Free Soundtrack

Attention, test subjects. There is a soundtrack to Portal 2, and it is now available for you to download. It is free (FREE!), and comprises 22 MP3s with a bitrate of 320kbps - which is a number than means it doesn't sound like a man yodelling into a fish tank. Appears to be purely the instrumental soundtrack, not the Coulton or The National songs, but…

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Mod News: Silence Is Golden

It's been an unusually quiet week in the world of mod news. Perhaps all our humble developers have been scurrying away in front of their PCs actually getting some work done, and that's why we've seen very few items of news but another collection of new releases and updates, ready for you to play right now. This week: the first Portal 2 mod, a new…

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Life-Less: No New Valve Game At E3

A bunch of folk seem to have become convinced that Valve would be revealing something at E3 next month. Each and every rumour about Valve does of course involve Half-Life 3/Episode 3, and this one was no different. The long-awaited next slice of Gordonery would finally be shown at E3, whispers claimed. People became excited, but they shouldn't have done. Valve will not be revealing…

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Portal 2’s Final Hours: The Book

Portal 2: The Final Hours is a digital book about... wait, don't tell me... no, it's gone. The book is either called "The Final Hours of Portal 2" if you believe Valve's emails, or if you place your trust in Steam it's called, "Portal 2: The Final Hours". Will those two ever learn to get along? It's a big old thing, absolutely packed with information,…

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Practical (Joke) Uses For The Portal Gun

I think it must have crossed the mind of every person who's played Portal what they'd do if they had a Portal gun. Me, I'd put one portal in Chicago, another in Bath, and then smash the gun so they'd never get removed. Oh, how I yearn for teleportation to the States. But it does seem reasonably obvious that after about, maybe five minutes, we'd…

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9 years ago

Erik Wolpaw Talks In Depth About Portal 2

A really fantastic in-depth interview with Valve's Erik Wolpaw has been posted by the NYU Game Center as part of their lecture series. During it Wolpaw plays Portal 2, talking about the process behind creating the game, the motivations behind many of the decisions, and a great deal of thought about how story and games interact. You can watch it below.

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A Tunnel Vision: Extreme PortalCraft

I remember the game that inspired Portal, Narbacular Drop, looking a bit like Minecraft, so you could say that Extreme Portalcraft - a Minecraft mod that offers new Portal puzzles, featuring everything from the portal gun to pressure plates - takes Portal back to its cube roots. That's a science joke! Sort of. You can download chapter one of the mod here, and chapter two…

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