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Portal

10 years ago

And Then We Posted: Portal In Ten Minutes

The other day I was thinking about games in which you would occasionally fall out of the bottom of the map. San Francisco Rush was good for that, on the console toys. You could spill out of the map and race around in infinite pale green. "I remember when games used to be full of glitches," I thought to myself. And then I saw Portal…

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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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Schooled: Portal On The Wabash Reading List

Delirium Wartner altered us to this fascinating snippet. Michael "Braingamer" Abbott's day job is working at Wabash Liberal Arts college in Indiana. In the new (compulsory) Enduring Questions course they'll be engaging with a variety texts with a general theme of humanity, across all ages. So we'll have Gilgamesh rubbing shoulders with Poetics, Donne's poetry, Hamlet, the Tao Te Ching and... Portal. The full story…

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Yes, Mistress – GLaDOS Is Back

O frabjous day. For the first time in some three years, we're treated to brand new words from the world's second-favourite homicidal AI (SHODAN still has the edge, right?), Portal's GLaDOS. Her lilting synth-tones narrate a lovely animated ad pimping yesterday's free release of the original Portal, returning us to the heady days of Aperture Science motivational videos. That's not at all. The deceased (OR…

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You Only Need The Name: Team Portress

If I had my way, Portal guns would appear in all other games. Far Cry 2, Dragon Age, World Of Goo, Freecell, the lot. And they'd appear in real life. Imagine how great things would be if I had my way. However, if the modding project of one Pawn from 3-PG manages to escape some awkward obstacles, we could soon be seeing a mod that…

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Valve Won’t Let Us Sleep: Portal Updates

Valve appear to have decided to own March, in what's an increasingly frightening/thrilling internet invasion. Yeah, that's two Valve stories in a row - but we can't not post about such things. Just a few minutes ago, Portal updated itself again - the patch notes reading simply "added valuable asset retrieval." What could it mean? Is it the final piece in the (potentially) Portal 2…

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Is This Portal 2?

More revelations from the ongoing ARG-decoding, which is currently neatly summarised here. The latest is that they've been able to dial into an Aperture Science bulletin board and download a load of ASCII art. It's quite clearly Portal / Weighted Companion Cube-related stuff, but it wasn't giving much away. But then someone tried rotating some of it...Whaddaya think? Looks a little Mirrors Edgy to me...…

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11 years ago

Eurogamer: Kim Swift Interview

Over at Eurogamer today I have a great big interview with Kim Swift, the project lead on Portal who has recently moved to head up a team at Airtight Games. It's part of EG's Retro Sundays, so the focus of the interview was on Narbacular Drop, how that game came into existence, and the path it took to become the seed that inspired Portal. We…

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ASCIIpOrtal: Soooon…

As mentioned on the podcast (what you don't know about that podcast is Kieron and I fought to the death afterwards. He killed me. These are in fact the words of Kieron wearing Alec's skin as a hat), we're not entirely sure why we haven't mentioned the surprisingly elaborate ASCII re/demake of Portal on the site as yet. Let's correct that. Did you know there's…

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If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked A Cake

Been online for a while, it seems, but Shawn Elliot's Tweet-o-thing expose us to the above lovely fanart by Peganthyrus of the 'shipping of ur-AI-hottie Shodan and fairly-ur-AI hottie GladOS. Above is her humourous take on it. And beneath the cut, the more slashy approach. Click through to go to the full images on her deviant-art page at much better image quality.NSFW? I think it's…

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12 years ago

Portal: Prelude

Oh, your face just then. It was all like WTF ZOMG NO WAY!!!!!! Like, rilly.Sorry, but this isn't a reveal of the rumoured official prequel to the gamette that stole our hearts and minds around about this time last year. Instead it's a mod, but considering pretty much every other Portal mod has been little more than a level pack, this is a particularly ambitious…

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Don’t Take Your Life Over Portal: Still Alive

The horrible rumour: a follow-up to Portal, available only on console. Well, that's no rumour - Portal: Still Alive is definitely due to crop up on Xbox 360 later in the year. What we didn't know was exactly what this apparent sequel would comprise. There's been some outrage from the good people of PCinia, concerned that they may been shirked by Valve. Imagine - new…

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Portal +40

[Stares down-page in faint terror.] What a lot of arguments we're going to have today. So, for those of you currently visiting us in search of gaming rather than debating, hopefully this will do the trick.The chaps behind the splendid Flash version of Portal have generously converted their 2D maps into 3D versions for Portal-actual. All 40 of them. At three and a half hours…

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The Enrichment Center

More Portal fan-gaming, this time documenting the tale of one of GlaDOS' former guinea pigs. It's a so-so room escape game of sorts, hinging solely on simple clue-deciphering to unlock a sequence of doors, but hell, it's got Aperture Science stylings, so you'll probably dig it. Edit - or maybe not, given the venomous reaction to it in comments.

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Portal Lego Movie

Lego Portal, now there's a franchise collision we could all get behind. Anyway, it's not a game but rather an animation by designer Nick Larsen. You can view the full thing here. It's moderately amusing. In other Portal fan news: this.

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Don’t mind them. They’re from the Internet

After the cosplay, on the way back to the station, I passed the London Scientology Office, scene of the recent Anonymous demonstrations against Scientology being rubbish and evil and stuff. Now, I'd heard about protesters chanting The Cake Is A Lie, but hadn't seen how they'd repurposed nearby traffic crossings... Oh - and the site it links to.

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