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Portal

4 years ago

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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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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5 years ago

Feature: Free fall

Untold Riches: An Analysis Of Portal’s Level Design

Words by Hamish Todd. Portal has the best-designed first-person puzzles I've ever seen. They’re surprising, focused, and concise. They are also designed very perceptively, and we can learn a lot from looking at this perceptiveness. Read on for an analysis of Portal's level design, and some lessons about what learning from it can do to improve game design. BE WARNED: This article uses multiple animated…

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6 years ago

Worlds Collide: Valve And JJ Abrams Working On Movie

I'm off in the strange, far-away land of Las Vegas right now, and I just got done watching Gabe Newell and JJ "Warring Trek of the Stars" Abrams chat each other up on stage. I'll have more from the talk for you soon, but here's the big take-away: Valve and Abrams are officially collaborating. "What we're actually doing here," Newell said at the talk's conclusion,…

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Feature: Before GlaDOS Sang

Gaming Made Me: Jonathan Coulton

Interrupted while coiling his precious cables, the sound guy glowers at me. "Scarface? What?" Now, the way you can tell games journalists aren't like other journalists is our shame. We're shy, we lack the killer instinct, mostly, that enables tabloid hacks to doorstep grieving families and hack murdered children's phones. I'm a case in point - 6' 1", 13 stone - and I'm being intimidated…

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A Timely Test: Portal 8 1/2 Minute Speed Run

The Sourceruns team have completed a 8:31.93 run of Portal, which is absolutely ridiculous, brilliantly devious and laudably investigative. The latter descriptor is appropriate because of the level of understanding required to complete the run. These glitch-hunters have an in depth knowledge of each chamber, of the Source engine and of the strange ways in which portals work. You can watch the run below, and…

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Space P-Body: Portal Goes To The ISS

Does P-Body sound at all like 'oddity'? I don't think it does, does it? That's why I'm torturously explaining my lame gag here. That's why they pay me the almost adequate bucks. Not to mention that the gag, if it can indeed be called a gag, is entirely redundant as this story doesn't involve Portal 2's co-op robo-chum P-Body in the slightest. Rather, it's solely…

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Box News: Portal Legos, Limbo Special Edition

Welcome to RPS' first (and probably only) edition of Box News, an attempt at providing fair and balanced coverage of that most marginalized of objects in this digital age - the box - on the first day to conveniently feature more than one box-based news item in 437 years. On today's show, we'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute analysis of the developing Portal Lego set situation…

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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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7 years ago

There Are Six Sides To Every: CUBE Mod

The movie Cube, the TV show Lost and, Portal are all broken down and reassembled in CUBE, a Half-Life 2: Episode Two mod about self-assembling test chambers. Unsurprisingly, I spent a lot of time stuck, but in a good way. CUBE’s an odd one: accomplished and beautifully designed in most respects, but always on the cusp of crashing. Engine errors are as ubiquitous as new…

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Pop A Portal In Minecraft

We'll just have to come to terms with rule #89: if it exists, it's in Minecraft. As proof RPS (RedstonePistonSpawner) readers, here's a look at the newly updated Portal gun mod that, when combined with the Portal 2 gels mod, manages to drop some Aperture Science all over Blockland, or Blockworld. What the hell is the name of the world that Minecraft creates, anyway? I'm…

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Moretal: Portal Mod Rexaura

You, there! Does your t-shirt say 'I Love Portal, Especially Mods'? And is that a giant foam handheld Portal device? Say, aren't you the chap who runs pleasemakemoreportalsmodes.com? Didn't you name your twin sons 'Blue' and 'Orange'? Is that a map to Erik Wolpaw's house in your back pocket? Nope? I was wrong on all counts. Well this is horribly awkward. You've never even heard…

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Now You’re Thinking With Screenshots

Indie dev Arthur 'Mr. Pondukian' Lee was so wrapped up in mashing together Portal and Snapshot for this physics- and time-warping tech demo that he forgot to even give it a name! Silly boy. That's breaking one of the golden rules of self-promotion. In every other respect, Lee is very clearly not silly: this is a flat-out astonishing proof of concept. What if... instead of…

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Glad Tidings: Portal Free Until Sep 20th

Goodness, that happened with absolutely no fanfare. The original Portal, if you somehow don't already own it, can now be installed and played for free via Steam. I've just checked it on a spare Steam account and it works just dandy. This is true of both the PC and the Mac version, by the way. If you're determined to pay money for it, you can…

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