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Portal 2

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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