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Feature: Three to one

Making The Orange Box: how 3 Valve games became 1

The Orange Box is one of the strangest quirks of gaming history. Never before had a developer released three brand new, entirely separate games at the same time in one package, and thanks to digital distribution, it probably won't happen again. What makes The Orange Box truly remarkable though is that it contained two of the most-anticipated games of 2007, and what proved to be…

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The Orange Tunes

Valve have recently (yesterday) made available a soundtrack for The Orange Box, available from their online store. The 19 track CD contains tunes from Episodes One and Two, Team Fortress 2, and of course Portal. That naturally includes Still Alive, but there's also a bonus version of the song sung by its co-writer Jonathan Coulton. The question is, don't we already have those songs on…

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New Orange Box Commercial

A very strange trailer for The Orange Box has appeared on HalfLife2.net. It looks like this: It's an odd beast. According to HalfLife2.net it was sent to them by Valve, and it's clearly made with a wedge of money. But it doesn't really seem to say or do anything. What's the message? The Orange Box is from outerspace? It will break your property? Presumably, "It's…

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That Song

Perhaps, like us, after the sheer joy of the Orange Box, you were left with a twinge of disappointment at the lack of the promised song via the Steam version. Well fear not, as it's already on your hard drive. You just have to know where to look. Instructions after the word-portal, for those who don't want spoilers. (RSS readers: run away now).

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RPS Verdict: Portal

Concept: A gun that shoots holes in the fabric of reality. Fire once to create an ‘in’ hole, and again to create an ‘out’ hole, enter one, and exit the other. Application: A puzzle game, obviously. Elaborate obstacle courses only traversed via this dimensional manipulation. Execution: Mellifluous. Hello? Can I Help You? The fairytale story of how Portal came into being has all but entered…

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Portal: Almost Within Reach

If you've pre-ordered the Orange Box, you may have noticed that your pre-load info now shows a countdown clock, numbering in but a few hours. The biggest event in PC gaming since the last big event in PC gaming is almost upon us, and the tension is making it hard to move. So, in our unhelpful manner, here's another exclusive Portal screenshot to make the…

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Episode Two: So Close We Can Taste It

Wednesday (to be renamed "Orangeboxday") is approaching with a crazed inevitability, and we're all out of control. So here's something to make it worse, whetting your appetite while wetting your pants. Another exclusive screenshot of Episode Two. Click pic for embiggenment. Don't forget that at 8:01am UK time, and 12:01am Pacific time Wednesday, as The Orange Box begins unlocking on your Steam account, Rock, Paper,…

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Valve Gets Musical

Valve have just announced that The Orange Box is to have one more disc inside. A single, written by the excellent geek-turned-geek-singer, Jonathan Coulton, and members of the Valve writing staff, is to accompany the five games already bulging its cardboardy edges. (Presumably those ordering through Steam will be given a download). Maddeningly (for both you and me), I know what the song is, and…

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RPS At Valve

We're chuffed to declare that RPS will have reviews of Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Portal at the moment the Orange Box goes live on October 10th. Nowhere else on the net will be publishing reviews before this date, so frankly, check us out and our fancy new haircut. Today was spent in Valve HQ playing the latest chapter in the Half-Life story, and tomorrow…

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The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 Beta, And Half-Life Themed Peggle

Valve have just announced that The Orange Box is available to pre-order on Steam. And there are a few good reasons to do so. First of all, there's the rather big announcement that pre-ordering will secure you access to the Team Fortress 2 beta test, which (also just announced) opens on the 17th. A pretty huge incentive there, with this being the most exciting looking…

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