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Portal 2

  1. Late To The Game: Puzzling Through Portal 2 For The First Time

    So much Sassy Wheatley!

    Next up on my shameful, shameful catch up of games I didn’t play is Portal 2, chosen by you, dear readers and best of friends – and can I just say you have not disappointed me so far. But I have very much disappointed myself – what honestly took me so long?!

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  2. Things We Saw Today: SCYTHER! (Translation: This Is The Best Lady Scyther Pokémon Cosplay Ever)

    Scyther scy!

    This Scyther outfit by Termina Cosplay might take the Pokémon cosplay cake. Seriously, how bad-ass does she look? I wouldn't even trust my Charmander against her. (via Fashionably Geek, photo by Reid Brazel)

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  3. The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Dancing with Eternity‘s John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain Talk Audiobooks, Sexuality, and Living Forever

    SPAAACE. I'm in space.

    Liz Suess met with voice actors John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain to discuss John's book Dancing with Eternity, which was recently released as an audiobook.

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  4. The Steam Summer Sale Has Lots Of Great Stuff Today (Read As: Portal 2 For Five Dollars)

    For science. You monster.

    Every time I sit down to write one of these, I promise myself that I'm not going to play favorites. But how can I ignore the fact that Portal 2 -- one of my happiest of happy places -- is 75% off today? For just five bucks, you (and a buddy!) can spend your weekend wrapped in a warm, soothing blanket of wit and wonder. Solve puzzles! Defy physics! It is marvelous, I tell you! MARVELOUS!

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  5. Portal Games Get an Honest Trailer, and a 3-Year-Old Girl Plays Portal 2 Like a Boss

    In an honest trailer, is the cake still a lie?

    The Portal games are great, but they're also pretty short (and fairly similar), so this Honest Trailer team up from Smosh Games and Screen Junkies takes a look at both of them. And, in keeping with the theme of things in pairs and honest reactions, there's a bonus video of a 3-year-old girl playing Portal 2 better than a lot of full grown adults I know after the jump.

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  6. This Portal 2 Time Travel Mod Lets Chell Solve Puzzles With Her Past Self

    For science...you monster

    This mod is installing as I write. Thinking With Time Machine creates an alternate (if somewhat crushing) epilogue for Portal 2, putting Chell right back in the lab. Her free hand's now holding a time travel tablet, which makes it possible for her to weigh down plates, line up portals, and hand off cubes to her temporal twin. It's like Braid, but...with Portal. Two great tastes that taste great together, I bet. Excited as I am to take this for a spin, I can feel myself preemptively designating this experience as something akin to AU fanfic. Nothing could convince me that anything but this happened after the main game ended.

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  7. GLaDOS Cosplay Leaves Our Jaws, and This Cosplayer Hanging

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    Cosplayers. You are the coolest.

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  8. Companion Cube Love Song Reaches Inevitable Conclusion

    For science...you monster

    We're going to try not to overload you with lovey-dovey content today, but Radish Awesome dropped this in our tips box and we just couldn't resist. May your own search for a companion cube be free of incinerations.

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  9. Please Do Not Incinerate These Portal Companion Cube Dice

    The Cake Is A Lie

    I own lots of dice but I'm pretty sure I need to add these Weighted Companion Cube dice to my collection. For science. Made by niquegeek on Etsy with a 3D printer, the dice come in a few different versions: one with all numbers instead of hearts, another where the heart is the one, and one with just the hearts, which I guess is just an adorable Companion Cube and not actually a die. Previously in Portal

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  10. How to Make Your Own Combustible Lemons (Warning: Lemons do Not Actually Combust)

    Do Try This At Home

    So you have this boss. And he's been having a rough time, I mean, he's always been kind of... volatile, but these days even his beloved secretary can't keep him from emotional outbursts in front of his staff. And now he's asked you to make him exploding lemons. So you do. Guy's got enough on his plate, and, in any case, he's working for the good of all of us. Except the ones who are dead. (DIY Portal 2 Lemon Grenade Tutorial by Epbot.)

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  11. All Portal Fans Need To Watch this Turret Anthem Right Now

    For science...you monster

    This is the story of a little turret with big dreams of doing a big solo in a massive turret symphony; and how all his friends, yes, even the Frankenturrets and Turret Bride, helped make it happen. I'll just be over here, cutting onions. (via Wired.)

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  12. Teaching My Mom To Play Portal 2

    Essay

    When I was home for Christmas in 2011, we tried the original Portal. I figured the mechanics were simple enough for someone who didn't game. No inventory, no stats, no combat tactics. What I hadn't thought to consider was that my mom didn't know how WASD worked. After just a few rooms, she’d become a little frustrated, and the first-person camera view was making her disoriented. We took a break, and for no real reason, we never picked it back up. We were both determined to try again. My mom has a real affection for GLaDOS, born out of videos and my anecdotes. And I, always grateful for her willingness to listen to me wax on about a medium she doesn't take part in, was eager for her to get a hands-on understanding of one of my favorites. This time, I decided on Portal 2 instead, with the goal of playing co-op together. I thought she might feel more at ease with me in the game alongside her. But first, I had to get her used to the basics. I pulled up a chair, and we started a single-player game.

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  13. Blogger Wants To Produce A Cirque du Soleil-like Portal Stage Show In Vegas, Needs $25 Million

    The Cake Is A Lie

    A blogger named Gordon Knott has a really amazing idea. He'd like to put together a live stage show based on the video game Portal. He sees it happening in the style of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and would have an initial budget of $25 million. There's just one problem - he doesn't have $25 million.

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  14. Aperture Science Submits Last Minute Christmas Cards for Testing Purposes

    For science...you monster

    Synthetic PictureHaus is a production team in L.A. who put together a few images of what the holidays might look like around Aperture Laboratories. You know, if people still worked there. Check them out and don't miss the bonus story at the end. It's a new Christmas classic. ( via Becky!)

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  15. The First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim With A Portal Cameo From GLaDOS?

    For science...you monster

    We've been seeing some viral marketing for director Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming Pacific Rim but the trailer is finally here. And yes, there are some pretty cool alien monster things and giant robots but forget about all that. I just heard Ellen McLain, the voice of Portal's GLaDOS in here!!! Also, a little bit of Idris Elba time. But...GLaDOS!!! McLain isn't listed on the Pacific Rim IMDB page, but del Toro is a professed Valve fan, and you can't mistake that voice. Ok, enough, just watch it for yourself. (via igeektrooper) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  16. Someone Made A Stop-Motion Portal 2 Short With LEGO

    The Cake Is A Lie

    Kooberz Studios has entered the Machinima Interactive Film Festival with Part 1 (of 2) of their LEGO Portal 2 film. It features, well, everything you loved from Portal 2 (as well as some thing you might not remember), in stop-motion animation form. And now I really need to replay the game. (via Kotaku) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  17. Indie Game Incredipede Will Hurt Your Brain, Crawl Into Your Heart

    Review

    I love it when a game doesn’t talk down to me. Too often, I find myself in a scenario like this: An NPC says “Hey, maybe there’s a lever nearby that will open that door!” The lever is then marked with a blinking arrow, or actual text reading “LEVER.” When I arrive at the lever, another message appears. “Press E to activate lever.” Yes, thank you. I get it. The problem with this approach is that it doesn't give me an intuitive sense for the mechanics, and I don’t get to explore on my own. All it does is make me prove that I can obey commands and push buttons. That doesn't make me feel like I’m playing. It makes me feel like a trained seal. This limitation is refreshingly absent in Incredipede, a beautiful, brain-bruising puzzler from husband-and-wife team Colin and Sarah Northway.

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  18. Portal’s Wheatley Should Be In Every Video Game [VIDEO]

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    I've never actually played Halo but I think I can say with a great deal of certainty that having Wheatley from Portal 2 involved makes it better. I can't be the only one to think so, YouTuber Toadking07 created the video after all. (via Kotaku) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  19. Please Allow This Portal Turret To Serenade You [VIDEO]

    it's time to play the music

    BioWare cinematic designer Zachariah Scott had some fun playing around with turrets. I don't blame him. Turrets are a lot of fun to play with. Here's one playing the "Turret Wife Serenade" from the Portal 2 soundtrack. Oh, and did I mention there's bonus chicken action after the jump?

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  20. That Time Chell Almost Got Married in Portal

    i'll just leave this here

    PAX, whether Prime or East (or the newly announced Australia), is always a good time to hear snippets of interesting secrets about your favorite games. Today, we bring you a story of adventure, daring, and romance... okay, more like forced marriage than romance. Would it be useful to know that Animal Kings are involved? Essentially, it concerns an abandoned plot thread from Portal 2 where, after Chell helps a friendly tribe of lost turrets, the tribe's Giant Animal King turret would marry her to one of his turrets, which would have then followed Chell around the rest of the game.

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