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Portal

8 years ago

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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Thinking With Fluff: Quantum Conundrum

When one of the original designers of Portal reveals a new game, it's time to pay attention. Kim Swift, now of Airtight Games, has been chatting to Gamespot about her new project, Quantum Conundrum. Even the title should tell you that science remains high on the agenda. The game has you searching for your mad scientist uncle whose home, a gigantic mansion, has been converted…

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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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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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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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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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Portal 2 DLC #1 Is FreeFreeFree

Well, this perhaps goes some way towards making up for the whole over-priced robot hats thingy. Official word has just arrived in our inbox from Valve that the first full-on DLC for the lovely Portal 2 will be free (on all platforms), and promises "new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more." That news again: free. The list…

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9 years ago

Mod News: Release The Valve

In the week of Portal 2's release, it seems apt that Valve's games should dominate the mod scene's output. While the range of titles you can mod these days is impressive, and so many of the tools are easy to learn, I've still yet to come across a moddable engine that's quite as intuitive and flexible as Source. I can't wait to see what people…

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Potano: GLaDOS Is Stealing Our Spuds

Okay, what. All this diligent, web-wide meta-potato-harvesting to apparently get Portal 2 unlocked early, and now something's gone all weird, just when the end was in sight. The GLaDOS@home site is showing the work so far seeming being undone at a rate of knots. We don't know why, we don't know the result. But we damned well hope people haven't spent money on a collection…

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Potatwo? The Valve ARG Ain’t Over

While the GLaDOS@Home distributed potato-collecting event is still ongoing, hints are emerging that there may be even more to come following its conclusion. Portal 2 being released early is the apparent plan, but could there be something more? The latest Steamcast (an unofficial fan radio show) apparently aired with a brief Morse Code signal playing over the chatter, which the hosts claim to have been…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 2/5

Yesterday, as you may have noted, Dr Rossignol began our lecture series on the most important PC games of all time. Much like The Christmas Lectures, The Reith Lectures, and the TED Lectures, this definitive series has been a part of our institution as long as the Earth has borne stones. In this second part Professor John Walker explains the varying importanceness of a second…

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Still Alive + Minecraft = Internet

It's hard not to think that musical blocks weren't added to Minecraft with the sole intention of ensuring a trillion new YouTube videos that we all can't resist posting. Double that down with the internet's endless love for Portal's Still Alive (how will they ever compete with that in Portal 2?), and you've got a post that has to be there first thing on a…

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Chell Is Other People: Cute Portal Cosplay

Just clearing out my phone and found some footage and shots I took at the MCM Expo last weekend. It's of a Portal cosplayer who caught my eye because she had a remote control Companion cube*, which is pretty fancy. Also, now I look again, looks a lot like a teen version of Ex-Edge Ed now-designer Margaret Robertson. Spooks! Click through for the full photo,…

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