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[Portal] Prelude Mod now available!

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edited March 2010 in Games and Technology
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Portal is 1/3rd (1/5th?) of Valve's The Orange Box.

It (will be/has been) the greatest 2-4 hours of your gaming life.

You are the subject of a lab experiment.

There is a computer voice that sounds...unbalanced...

You have no companions...that you know of...

You have been promised cake!

For maximum thread reading pleasure, please listen to the commentary in the game.

System Requirements
Valve wrote:
Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 8 level Graphics Card, Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® Vista/XP/2000, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Note: If you look at yourself through a portal and you see purple/black grids instead of human eyes, it is because you are using DirectX 7/8, which does not render the eyes in Source. This is not evidence of you being a non-human.


Where to Buy

If you have a PC that can access the Internets, I suggest Steam.
If you prefer tangible goods or are lashed to an unforgiving console, it should be available at any one of your local dying game stores, or thriving online jungle markets.

General Links

The Current Team Fortress 2 Thread
The Current HL2:E2 Thread
The Current Valve/Steam Community/Source Thread
The Current Orange Box Gifting Thread
http://www.aperturescience.com/
Few spoilers:
Go to www.aperturescience.com

You can then either use HELP or LOGIN

Use HELP first for a funny message, then use LOGIN, Username:CJOHNSON Password:TIER3

You can then use LIST to see what files he has access to.

You can fill out an awesome employee application by typing APPLY, look at the company backstory by typing ADMIN(I think, the second file, either way), or get a creepy message by typing THECAKEISALIE (Which is spelt out by letters that blink and disappear in the employee application).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal_(video_game)
http://orange.half-life2.com/portal.html

Custom Levels
Mr.Brick wrote: »
Anybody try the map made by a guy from Bethesda?

Linky to download


Cool map. Rotating room, and lots of fun.

My apologies if this has been posted already.
thorgot wrote: »
There are some fun custom maps that I've played recently. Step portaling in Logic portals was fun, and Sidewinder was delicious.

But some maps just suck. Making batting an orb into a socket using a camera a required part of a map? Not cool.



Music and Sound

Still Alive
Radio Edit
Goofball's Awesome Page of Portal Sounds
Jonathan Coulton on Still Alive w/ Guitar Chords
JoCo posted up a version of Still Alive, performed acoustically. I assume this is what he submitted the song to sound like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxNmeMklFk8
For all those asking for songs from the game you can goto http://nemesis.thewavelength.net/ and download GCFScape and that will allow you to open the GCF files in your <install dir>/steam/steamapps/ folder. You can open "portal english.gcf" to extract everything Glados says (in mp3 format) and "portal content.gcf" has a music folder with all portal music in it in mp3 format (including still alive). The little radio loop is in one of those folders too.

Have fun!
Mercutio87 wrote: »
Gihgehls wrote: »
Kupi wrote: »
Something I found at another forum I visit:

The Device Has Been Modified (music)


It's a cool song, but that brother needs to learn to watch his levels. The distortion is quite distracting.

There's actually a few different remixes of that one already.

The original

Slightly faster version

"v2" of the original

Another Remix

The times on each of them are 3:52 for the original, 2:42 for the second, 3:27 for the third, and 4:25 for the last one. Personally the final one is my least favorite, it kinda devolves into just sounding like a rapidly skipping record.

The site also has a instrumental only version of Still Alive.

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In case you don't make it through the testing, good bye!

Things we know so far: SPOILER ALERT
Character's name is Chell.
Zetx wrote: »
Requesting that "Chell is the name of the player/main character. It's found in the credits." or something to that effect to be in the OP of the next thread (and this one, if LightRider's still around to edit it) since it comes up everyone once in awhile in the same thread (and who can go through the entire thread all the time :|)

Not a jab at those asking now, I'm just saying it's a FAQ ;)
Aperture Science exists in the HL universe, and they compete with Black Mesa.
GLaDOS is the AI that was developed as part of an Ice Inhibitor, it has gone crazy, likely killed everyone working at Aperture Science and has taken control.
Chell may or may not be an android (I say not an android).
GLaDOS likely survives on after the end of the game in the form of many AI spheres in storage.
It is unknown whether Chell survives.
Chell may be a clone, and there appears to have at least been several other test subjects before you.
HL2:EP2 spoiler
There is an Aperture Science ship called the Borealis that has been discovered in a frozen area. GLaDOS may be there, and maybe Chell or other Portal related things.
PM me if you want this section updated.

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I really like the song at the end. Where can I get it?

    Also, proof that you're
    a clone
    in portal.

    Uh, first two lines spoiler?
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  • tendoboy101tendoboy101 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/10/video-half-life.html

    Holy moly. That was fast. And smooth looking.

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  • ThandorThandor __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Not only the most awesomest game ever, but also an awesomley awesome song.


    ...awesome.

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  • LightRiderLightRider __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/10/video-half-life.html

    Holy moly. That was fast. And smooth looking.
    That looks awesome. I bet it breaks if you throw enemies or npcs through the portal though...

    Oops, can't put npcs through, oh well...

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  • W2W2 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/10/video-half-life.html

    Holy moly. That was fast. And smooth looking.


    Oh my God.

    "Pick up that can."

    W2 on
  • BarcardiBarcardi All the Wizards Under A Rock: AfganistanRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    yeah so omg check my post edit.

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  • LightRiderLightRider __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    yeah so omg check my post edit.
    What about it?

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  • bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    This game is awesome and everyone should play it

    bruin on
  • The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?

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  • LightRiderLightRider __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    In one of the test chambers (the first one to have turrents), GLaDOS mentions androids and android hell, so that sparked wild speculation that the character is an android. I don't believe it though.
    GLaDOS also says that she has deleted your backup file, implying that she could have recreated/cloned you before you killed her and broke her heart.

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    LightRider wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    yeah so omg check my post edit.
    What about it?
    It pissed me off in the last thread so I wanted to say why everyone's a fucking moron.

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  • Shazbot!Shazbot! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    LightRider wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    In one of the test chambers (the first one to have turrents), GLaDOS mentions androids and android hell, so that sparked wild speculation that the character is an android. I don't believe it though.
    GLaDOS also says that she has deleted your backup file, implying that she could have recreated/cloned you before you killed her and broke her heart.
    Also during the final battle, GLaDOS says things like, "I am going to delete your brain scan" implying that you are a copy. And at the beginning, GLaDOS says, "Hello again," suggesting that perhaps you have been there before.

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  • GlalGlal AiredaleRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.

    Glal on
  • AhhseeAhhsee Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I absolutely loved this game.
    The last room and the escape were a lot of brutal moves, much more fast paced and hectic than anything in the previous rooms.

    I like that though, since the early rooms actually did prepare you for things, escept maybe searching stuff out so much. Normal rooms, a lot of it was in plain sight, so plans could be developed quickly. The escape took more searching before executing any plans to move around, or they happened really fast cuz you were on the move.

    As to the shortness, I didn't mind it. Honestly, if I had to play another 20 levels, it'd be fine, but setting it up the way they did, with advanced levels after the main boss dies, very nice. Turns a beat-in-one-sitting game into something I'll be picking up later, because I enjoy the gameplay, not just the storyline.

    And the boss singing the song at the end? I don't think I enjoyed watching ending credits so much since Super Mario World. Then the new loading screen....

    So good.

    Maybe not worth a purchase on its own, but nice to get it along with the rest of the goodies in the orange box.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.
    Her eye color is naturally occurring, and quite clearly hazel. Not indicative of anything, really.

    EDIT: Screenshot added to demonstrate. Max graphic settings, color correction enabled. Screenshot taken from test chamber 14, two portals placed next to each other on adjacent corner:
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    I guess they look kind of blue, so I was wrong there. Nothing out of order, though.

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  • Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.

    but then where would all the calculators go?!

    ha ha ha!

    edit: also
    the whole part in the song "we're out of beta, we're releasing on time", i think that people were thinking that was a reference to Chell having escaped/been the only android/clone to make it to GLaDOS.

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    most of all, most of all
    someone said true love was dead
    but i'm bound to fall
    bound to fall for you
    oh what can i do
  • The DeliveratorThe Deliverator Slingin Pies The California BurbclavesRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.
    Repeatedly? The word android is used TWICE in the whole game. Both on the same level. The first is the explanation of the live fire chamber being for android testing. The second is at the end of the chamber, and is more a reference to a hilarious British comedy than a plot point. Twice is hardly "repeatedly".

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal's theories hurt my brain with how wrong they are.

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  • Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    can we please not turn this into another 80 pages of discussion about whether or not so and so is possibly so and so?

    i mean, i'm all for speculation, but let's theorize on some other aspect of the game. please.

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    most of all, most of all
    someone said true love was dead
    but i'm bound to fall
    bound to fall for you
    oh what can i do
  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.

    but then where would all the calculators go?!

    ha ha ha!

    edit: also
    the whole part in the song "we're out of beta, we're releasing on time", i think that people were thinking that was a reference to Chell having escaped/been the only android/clone to make it to GLaDOS.
    The portal gun is out of beta and the portal gun is releasing on time.

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  • LightRiderLightRider __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Speaking of non-speculation discussion, I wanted to talk about something that could really add another dimension to the game.

    Dynamic Gravity!

    Prey also had this idea and used it to interesting effect, but imagine it combined with portals.

    There could be chambers where the gravity shifts from floor to ceiling to wall, or shifting gradually so you have to time flinging just right.

    I know the source engine has this kind of capability, so I hope to see some mods with this kind of dynamic some day.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That would be super cool. I think it'd be really awesome if they could work past the portal limitations on moving surfaces such that puzzles could be done in a continuously rotating room, as well.

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  • MHYoshimitzuMHYoshimitzu Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    So...
    Was the whole idea of finding those hiding spots where cans and destroyed cameras to imply that you were a clone/android who has repeatedly died through this testing and you're essentially leaving yourself clues to escape the testing facility? That's what I got out of it, anyway. The implication of finishing that game is that you left yourself enough clues to get out successfully, but that there were many, many failures.

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  • GarthorGarthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    And I'm not seeing this whole "OMG CHELL HAS CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY EYES!" shit. I just checked. Her eyes look pretty normal.

    Anyway, re: clone / android / omg
    I'm thinking it's entirely possible that GLaDOS has - depending on how much you believe her - the ability to either manipulate memories or clone people. Obviously, evidence would be sparse, but my thought is that you have clipboards lying around with a page detailing a test subject, #234 (might not actually be #234, but that's not the point). There is no stamp on this one, unlike another clipboard with a chicken on it with a big "FAILED" stamp. The number on the un-failed page, though, matches the number on your sleep chamber thing when you start the game. Therefore, my thinking is that Test Subject #234, Chell, was about to be tested / in testing, when something prompted everybody to get the hell out of dodge. This may have been the nerve gassing, in which case the explanation would have to be that no further testing occurred after that. Anyway, so GLaDOS takes the available test subject and, being a research computer primarily, gets to work on doing research. Obviously, however, people have previously been through this testing under GLaDOS before, evidenced by the holes in the walls. But, you're still the last subject to have run / about to run the course before GLaDOS took over, so it's either a coincidence that the first person to succeed was also the last subject about to be tested, or you're the only person to ever run the course under GLaDOS, and you're simply recreated every time you fail.

    Perhaps not the most cohoerant argument... let me try to rephrase that whole mess.

    The unmarked clipboards have a subject number matching the one on your sleep chamber thingy when you start the game. Because GLaDOS has no need for paper, it can be assumed that Chell was the last person to run the course in its original, un-insanified state. And, of course, you're probably the only one to actually complete the course. So you're probably the only person to run the course under GLaDOS, who must have some way of resetting you, through either erasing your memory or cloning you. Memory alteration would work if one assumes that all previous failures are only due to insanity (see: companion cube). However, the course is fucking dangerous, so cloning seems more likely.

    Alternatively, the whole thing could be a coincidence. Or the sleep chamber could just be broken. Or the whole thing means nothing at all.

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  • BarbarossaBarbarossa Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    This game was awesome.

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  • The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.
    Repeatedly? The word android is used TWICE in the whole game. Both on the same level. The first is the explanation of the live fire chamber being for android testing. The second is at the end of the chamber, and is more a reference to a hilarious British comedy than a plot point. Twice is hardly "repeatedly".

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Garthor wrote: »
    And I'm not seeing this whole "OMG CHELL HAS CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY EYES!" shit. I just checked. Her eyes look pretty normal.

    Anyway, re: clone / android / omg
    I'm thinking it's entirely possible that GLaDOS has - depending on how much you believe her - the ability to either manipulate memories or clone people. Obviously, evidence would be sparse, but my thought is that you have clipboards lying around with a page detailing a test subject, #234 (might not actually be #234, but that's not the point). There is no stamp on this one, unlike another clipboard with a chicken on it with a big "FAILED" stamp. The number on the un-failed page, though, matches the number on your sleep chamber thing when you start the game. Therefore, my thinking is that Test Subject #234, Chell, was about to be tested / in testing, when something prompted everybody to get the hell out of dodge. This may have been the nerve gassing, in which case the explanation would have to be that no further testing occurred after that. Anyway, so GLaDOS takes the available test subject and, being a research computer primarily, gets to work on doing research. Obviously, however, people have previously been through this testing under GLaDOS before, evidenced by the holes in the walls. But, you're still the last subject to have run / about to run the course before GLaDOS took over, so it's either a coincidence that the first person to succeed was also the last subject about to be tested, or you're the only person to ever run the course under GLaDOS, and you're simply recreated every time you fail.

    Perhaps not the most cohoerant argument... let me try to rephrase that whole mess.

    The unmarked clipboards have a subject number matching the one on your sleep chamber thingy when you start the game. Because GLaDOS has no need for paper, it can be assumed that Chell was the last person to run the course in its original, un-insanified state. And, of course, you're probably the only one to actually complete the course. So you're probably the only person to run the course under GLaDOS, who must have some way of resetting you, through either erasing your memory or cloning you. Memory alteration would work if one assumes that all previous failures are only due to insanity (see: companion cube). However, the course is fucking dangerous, so cloning seems more likely.

    Alternatively, the whole thing could be a coincidence. Or the sleep chamber could just be broken. Or the whole thing means nothing at all.
    So you're saying Chell's bi because there's girls with cubes on their faces, too?

    The only interesting point that I agree with with ANY of these shitty thories is subject #234.
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    also, chell is a jellyfish. a nice one.
    testchmb_a_150002.jpg

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  • JragghenJragghen Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'm opening a portal.
    Blue dot in orange...oh, nevermind

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  • GlalGlal AiredaleRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Garthor wrote: »
    And I'm not seeing this whole "OMG CHELL HAS CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY EYES!" shit. I just checked. Her eyes look pretty normal.
    Googling around, it seems to be a graphical glitch; on my end, her eyes are a black&purple checkerboard texture.

    Glal on
  • GreenGreen Stick around. I'm full of bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Garthor wrote: »
    And I'm not seeing this whole "OMG CHELL HAS CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY EYES!" shit. I just checked. Her eyes look pretty normal.
    Googling around, it seems to be a graphical glitch; on my end, her eyes are a black&purple checkerboard texture.

    The cutting edge of contact lens fashion

    Also: I'm guessing everyone has already played the Flash version of Portal, right

    Green on
  • Claw ShrimpClaw Shrimp Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Would nerve gas even work on an android?

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  • The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Would nerve gas even work on an android?
    Two very nerdy words; Borg Queen.

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  • HarshLanguageHarshLanguage Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Glal wrote: »
    Where does the main character
    android/clone
    idea come from?
    For one, GLaDOS repeatedly brings up notions that the tests are for (military) androids, and at one points refers to android hell (<3 Red Dwarf reference). But you can easily check; just place the two portals next to one another on the same wall, walk through part-way and face the other portal. I think the character's eyes make it rather clear she's not human. Either that or her eyes have been replaced for no good reason.
    Repeatedly? The word android is used TWICE in the whole game. Both on the same level. The first is the explanation of the live fire chamber being for android testing. The second is at the end of the chamber, and is more a reference to a hilarious British comedy than a plot point. Twice is hardly "repeatedly".

    Yes. This. Plus:
    There is no evidence (AFAIK) that Aperture ever even made androids! It's just GLaDOS messing with you, an excuse for shooting at you. Now, I'm not saying that Chell might not be a clone, but she's not an android.
    So...
    Was the whole idea of finding those hiding spots where cans and destroyed cameras to imply that you were a clone/android who has repeatedly died through this testing and you're essentially leaving yourself clues to escape the testing facility? That's what I got out of it, anyway. The implication of finishing that game is that you left yourself enough clues to get out successfully, but that there were many, many failures.

    More likely IMHO that:
    GLaDOS has arranged the whole thing, by manipulating previous test subjects (whoever they were) or just creating those little hints and hiding spots. She's very crafty and seems to know exactly what she wants, right up to the very end.

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    > turn on light

    Good start to the day. Pity it's going to be the worst one of your life. The light is now on.
  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Is it possible that
    the previous test subjects, or at least the ones which left clues to escape, weren't clones of Chell but instead other daughters brought in during Bring your Daughter to Work Day?

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  • Al BaronAl Baron Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Green wrote: »
    Also: I'm guessing everyone has already played the Flash version of Portal, right
    That actually needs to go into the OP.

    Also, how to play Half-Life 2 with the actual Portal portals.

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  • SonarSonar Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My take on the whole thing:

    I believe the time line is about in line with Gordons current one. At the end you are in an overgrown field looking at a broken down and overgrown entrance. I theorize that Aperture worked with the Combine when they took over. GLaDOS states that her morality node was installed after she gassed the center, so someone had to install it on her. (I'm guessing that the heads of Aperture were very, very, stupid.)

    So my thinking is that GLaDOS behaved until Gordon popped a cap in the towers power core at the end of HL2, and then the people at Aperture booked out as the Combine was falling apart. This is inline with the overgrown appearance outside (Nothing was particularly well cared for anymore...) and explains why Aperture had Combine tech. The Combine takes the species and adds it to itself right? It also treats those who work with it rather well. A.K.A. Breen. It's already been shown the rather low moral standards of Aperture, so it is reasonable that they took test subjects against their will and boxed them in, keeping them in storage until needed. The Combine showed it can 'cold storage' items until needed, and Aperture is probably using the same tech under a more gentle appearance.

    Given these wild speculations I think that in future you'll need to return to Aperture to rescue people. Those would make fascinating puzzles in themselves trying to move people about.

    GLaDOS herself struck me as rather tragic, I fancy she would very much like to get out of there herself and it would be a daring move on Valves part to center the story around the psychotic computers redemption rather than to kill it (again) to have it run away shaking its fist about how it'll get you next time...

    Of course, if it was to be redeemed then they'd have to explain why it was running tests. I can see it working around the morality node and killing people why using twisted logic about science experiements, but why it would do them in the first place just to kill people needs explaining.

    If there ARE androids, maybe she can be uploaded to a body?

    [/wild speculation]

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    From the ap science website with the hidden log in found in game.
    "1953 - Aperture Science begins operations as a manufacturer of shower curtains. Early product line provides a very low-tech portal between the inside and outside of your shower. Very little science is actually involved. The name is chosen to make the curtains appear more hygienic.

    1956 - Eisenhower administration awards Aperture a contract to provide shower curtains to all branches of the military except the Navy.

    1957 - 1975 - Mostly shower curtains.

    1978 - Aperture Founder and CEO, Cave Johnson, is exposed to mercury while secretly developing a dangerous mercury-injected rubber sheeting from which he plans to manufacture seven deadly shower curtains to be given as gifts to each member of the House Naval Appropriations committee.

    1979 - Both of Cave Johnson's kidneys fail. Brain damaged, dying, and incapable of being convinced that time is not now flowing backwards, Johnson lays out a three tiered R&D program. The results, he says, will 'guarantee the continued success of Aperture Science into the fast-approaching distant past.'

    Tier 1: The Heimlich Counter-Maneuver - A reliable technique for interrupting the life-saving Heimlich Maneuver.

    Tier 2: The Take-A-Wish Foundation - A charitable organization that will purchase wishes from the parents of terminally ill children and redistribute them to wish-deprived but otherwise healthy adults.

    Tier 3: 'Some kind of rip in the fabric of space... That would... Well, it'd be like, I don't know, something that would help with the shower curtains I guess. I haven't worked this idea out as much as the wish-taking one.'

    1981 - Diligent Aperture engineers compelte the Heimlich Counter-Maneuver and Take-A-Wish Foundation initiatives. The company announces products related to the research in a lavish, televised ceremony. These products become immediately wildly unpopular. After a string of very public choking and despondent sick child disasters, senior company officials are summoned before a Senate investigative committee. During these proceedings, an engineer mentions that some progress has been made on Tier 3, the 'man-sized ad hoc quantum tunnel through physical space with possible applications as a shower curtain.' The committee is quickly permanently recessed, and Aperture is granted an open-ended contract to secretly research on the 'Portal' and Heimlich Counter-Maneuver projects.

    1981-1985 - Work progresses on the 'Portal' project. Several high ranking Fatah personnel choke to death on lamb chunks despite the intervention of their bodyguards.

    1986 - Word reaches Aperture management that another defense contractor called Black Mesa is working on a similar portal technology. In response to this news, Aperture begins developing the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System (GLaDOS), an artificially intelligent research assitant and disk operating system.

    1996 - After a decade spent bringing the disk operating parts of GLaDOS to a state of more or less basic functionality, work begins on the Genetic Lifeform component.

    Several Years Later - The untested AI is activated for the first time as one of the planned activities on Aperture's first annual bring-your-daughter-to-work day.

    In many ways, the initial test goes well..."

    Basically many years before HL2/Portal, GLaDOS locks down the facility on the first annual "bring-your-daughter-to-work day" and takes over the security system. She then kills everyone in the facility with the neurotoxin but a few guys tossed together the morality core and plugged it in. Either GLaDOS or the scientists put all the children into stasis/"relaxation chamber" but since the building is still full of neurotoxin the scientists still die. GLaDOS continues being batshit crazy and works on the Portal project herself, thawing out test subjects as she needs them. Meanwhile outside .the events of Half-Life 1-2 fuck up the world making no one ever come check up on GLaDOS or the Aperture Science facility.

    So fast forward to present time and GLaDOS completes work on the portal gun and insert the events of Portal after a few test subjects get dead.

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  • MonaroMonaro Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Oh man, I love how serious the debate on the story line is going, despite the whole Shower Curtain/Take a Wish Foundation thing :D

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I think as long as we all learn a thing or two then we can all call this a huge success.

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