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The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" allows players to easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles. The Initiative comes with a simplified puzzle maker that allows that creation of mind-bending puzzles without ever leaving the game.

From Valve:

April 26, 2012 -- Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the free Portal 2 DLC titled "Perpetual Testing Initiative" will be available for the PC and Mac on May 8th.

The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" allows players to easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles. The Initiative comes with a simplified puzzle maker that allows that creation of mind-bending puzzles without ever leaving the game.

The puzzle maker can directly publish maps to the Steam Workshop where users can browse, vote on, and select to play them. Selected puzzles will automatically be downloaded and installed inside Portal 2.

Portal 2 holds a Metacritic score of 95% and has been awarded numerous Game of Year awards. It features expansive single and cooperative multiplayer game modes.

For more information on Portal 2 and its downloadable content, please visit http://www.thinkwithportals.com.

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Portal 2 DLC releases next Wednesday for free!

By: BatRastered Sep 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

In a blog post announcing the third Portal 2 soundtrack volume, Valve casually announces the release date for the highly anticipated Portal 2 DLC.

If you like the Portal 2 soundtrack, you can now pick up all three volumes for free. The real news however was tacked on to the end of the blog post:

Oh yeah, by the way, before we forget, the first Portal 2 DLC, "Peer Review" will be out next Wednesday. For free. 

So mark it, dude. Wednesday, October 5th will see the release of free DLC for Portal 2. Can't wait!

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GLaDOS has a music video the song is Want You Gone

By: dragonkiss83 Jul 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

This shit is funny

I saw this and thought of you Jimmy's.  I watched it and it made me laugh so I had to share it.

Here's the link to where I found it http://nerdreactor.com/2011/07/07/glados-drops-want-you-gone-music-video/

It jokes about a GLaDOS cd, but made me wonder how many of you would really pick it up.  I have enjoyed the the videos and stuff more than the actual game, and that is pretty odd.  Hope you guys enjoy this.

 

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

A while ago I posted a story up on here that said the first Volume of the portal 2 soundtrack was out, and that it was free. Well It still is, but now you can pick up part 2 as well. Part 1 contained 22 songs, and part 2 contains 18. I think that valve is really cool for giving away such an awesome soundtrack for free, and that it's the whole thing. They've already given us 40 songs, and part 3 has yet to arrive. This soundtrack is supremely great too. If you liked the music while you were playing the game it feels just as good driving down the road. 

 

I know we all like free stuff, and I'll keep my eye out for part 3. But for now, download and enjoy part 2. 

 

EDIT: Here's the link. Derp http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php?2

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Cave Johnson's Combustible Lemons

By: grey walrus May 27, 2011 | 6 Comments

Keeping with the theme of showing off all awesome portal 2 replicas, here are cave johnson's exploding lemons.

They're made from fake lemons from a craft store, but still look really freakin cool if you ask me.

The guy who made them said he rigged it so that Cave johnson's exploding lemon rant goes off after you pull the pin, and that's pretty awesome. 

source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammnra/5759465821/

 

Cave Johnson's lemon rant. 

Like the music in portal 2? Like free stuff? Come on in.

According to Valve the portal 2 soundtrack is going to be released in three installments. The first one is here, and they're letting you download if for free. It's six  twenty two amazing songs you'll recognize from the game. That's right 22! That's more than I was expecting on the whole soundtrack. I can't wait for the rest. If you like the sciencey feel of the portal 2 music, and want to re-create the atmosphere of aperture science labs wherever you go, now's your chance. 

I'll be sure to keep an eye out for when volume 2 shows up and let you guys know. 

 

Source:http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php

 

 

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Out of all the Real-Life Portal stuff, this one takes the Cake

By: iorilamia May 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

Real life Portal Turret!

Yes it is real! More ridiculously epic fan-made portal stuff has been made. This time it's one of those adorable turrets we are so familiar with. It has a legitimate motion sensor and sound bytes from the game, including the ending theme of Portal1.  The original video and info is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanpalser/5724009217/in/photostream/

Luckily http://www.youtube.com/user/1242Jman has put up a Youtube version for easier viewing, enjoy!

Extremely impressive isn't it? The only downside to seeing these crazy fan-made wonders is the fact that they wouldn't be mass produced, and only the creator and maybe a close friend would have their hands on it. At least we can awe over it on the internet. Leave a comment on what you think about creations such as this. 

 

 

Source: http://www.gamesradar.com/pc/portal-2/news/portal-real-life-turret-sings-and-senses-intruders/a-2011052014204439050/g-20100308124447849051

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Portal 2 offensive to orphans

By: BatRastered May 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

Portal 2 is educational? Offensive to orphans?

I bet you didn't know that Portal 2 was distributed by Sony and an educational game. I love people who don't know shit about games trying to explain it on the news.

(Note: Portal 2 spoilers shown in video)

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Fan-Made Portal2 Core Replicas

By: iorilamia May 15, 2011 | 6 Comments

Wheatly that fits in the palm of your hand!

Youtube user http://www.youtube.com/user/ammnra is a crafty dude. He is the same guy who made the Rubix Companion cube last year, and replicates weapons from many other games. Today he brings us something a bit more relevant. Mini fan-made versions of Wheatly, Adventure Sphere, Fact Sphere and Space Sphere! They look like they came straight from Portal 2! Unfortunately he is not marketing/ selling them, so we can only watch in awe over the internet.

And his picture gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammnra/sets/72157626669964230/with/5722889210/

What do you guys think of his craftsmanship? Super badass nice to me! Leave a comment on what you think, or share any info on other fan-made stuff.

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Create your own Portal 2 level for free

By: iorilamia May 11, 2011 | 8 Comments

Valve releasing a free Beta for "Portal 2 Authoring Tools"

Beta for Portal 2 Authoring Tools is now available guys! It is currently in Beta and FREE. It is PC only and you need a Steam account to run it. It will be found in the "Tools" tab. They said that these are the same tools that used to make Portal 2. In this bets we will be able to create our own singleplayer and co-op maps, new character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.  

This is what they include:

- Updated version of Hammer, the Source level editor
- Updated Faceposer
- Example maps and instances to help build new maps
- Updated suite of command-line compiling utilities

Portal fans who like to sit down and build your own amazing creations for hours (Minecraft anyone?) Well here we go. If this is honestly the same tools they used for Portal 2, then the fun should be endless. I haven't gotten a chance to try it yet, but will soon. what do you guys think of it? Don't be a jimmy and tell us what you think in comments below.

 

If you wan't to check it out, here is the official Portal2 blog http://www.thinkwithportals.com/blog.php?id=5443

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Portal 2 DLC Announced

By: BatRastered Apr 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

Did you like Portal 2? Do you want more? Do you want it for free?

Good news everybody!

Valve has some DLC in the works for Portal 2; it will release this summer and be free!

Portal 2 DLC #1 will offer new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more.

Targeted for release this summer, Portal 2 DLC #1 will be offered free of charge for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3.

I'm super excied for the leaderboards and challenge modes, hopefully there will be a similar style to the advanced mode in the original where you can be ranked on how quickly you solve the room, fewest portals, fewest steps, etc.

Oh, and did I mention it's free?

 

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Portal 2 Review

By: BatRastered Apr 21, 2011 | 7 Comments

Was this a triumph? Can Portal 2 possibly live up to the hype? Yes, yes it can.

The original Portal, shipped as part of The Orange Box in 2007, was a ground breaking game for so many reasons. Obviously, fans have been looking forward to the sequel since that time and expect the same level of quality plus a full-featured stand-alone game. Portal 2 is an amazing game if only for the reason that it had such high expectations that seemed so unreasonable, yet lived up to them fully. I won’t say that Portal 2 is a perfect game, the single-player campaign is a tad too easy, especially if you’ve been doing speed runs of the original for 4 years.

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While Portal 2 won’t give the hard-core gamer a serious challenge, what it does have, to borrow from the viral video “Friday”, is fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun. Even after finishing the solo campaign, I wanted to go back and re-do many of the rooms to see if I could find hidden areas, solve them faster, or do some other tricks that I passed up the first time through. It’s always great to hear the terrific script and voice acting again too. As an added bonus, just like the original game, Valve has included a developer commentary mode where you can play through the game and click on text bubbles that pop up throughout to hear what the devs have to say about a particular design choice. And you’ll want to hear it too, as the level design is top-notch in Portal 2.

In addition to the original portal gun, you’ll also find some new things to use in your environment, including propulsion gel (an orange goop that makes you run faster on it), repulsion gel (a blue, super bouncy surface), and lunar gel (a white gel  made from moon rocks that allows you to put a portal on any surface it touches). You’ll also interface with light-bridges, extrusion funnels, and aerial faith plates (a sort of catapult built into the floor or wall). Of course the weighted storage cubes make their return along with your friend, companion cube. (Not to mention, the “edgeless safety cube” in co-op... yes it’s just a sphere.) Also be on the lookout for the trademark turrets that really “don’t hate you”.

The co-op campaign is a whole new game. It uses much of the same basic mechanics, but has a whole new set of puzzles as you have four portals (2 each) at your disposal. You will get a few new commands to help you out too, including the ability to see what your partner is seeing, signal them to put a portal over there, or start a countdown for those tricky timing based maps. Granted, there’s not as much of a story here, but it’s still a lot of fun to run through with a friend, and GLaDOS is just as mean to the two co-op robots as she is to Chell (the main character from the solo campaign).

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Speaking of which, the humor in Portal 2 is just as good, if not better than, the original. GLaDOS is just as maniacal as you remember, and is always putting you down at every turn. Stephen Merchant is brilliant as Wheatley, the personality core who tries to help you escape at the beginning of the game. Also new to Portal 2 is Cave Johnson, the founder and CEO of Aperture Science and one time shower curtain salesman of the year. These characters just don’t get old, and the jokes are great. Be sure to explore thoroughly, as some of the voice overs are triggered by you trying certain things.

Check out a Cave Johnson sample:

 

After a year reviewing (and watching FnJimmy reviewing) a bunch of games, I can say that Portal 2 is easily one of the most well-tested games this year. I ran into zero glitches, invisible walls, or other frustrations. Hats off to Valve for that!

Overall, games coming out later this year have a new high water mark to meet if they want to be considered for the coveted Jimmy Gems game of the year award.

Verdict: Buy it!

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