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Portal Price Halved
Somehow, someway, one of you out there hasn't played Portal yet. Well guess what, Valve's making it easy for you. The game is on sale for half price for Labor Day weekend. Now you'll be able to make "the cake is a lie" comments on articles like all the other cool kids!
Rock Band Gets Portal Tune
Portal's highly quotable protagonist, GLaDOS, is coming to Rock Band. The end credits song performed by the rogue A.I., "Still Alive" will be a downloadable for free in April. If you haven't played Portal yet, I'm not sure how much you'd enjoy performing "Still Alive."
Valve Peels The Orange Box, Slices Sold Separately
After selling tons of content in their Orange Box compilation, Valve is splitting the titles up to be sold separately. Team Fortress 2, Portal, and the Half-Life 2 episodes will be available for individual purchase on April 9.
Portal's Still Alive In Rock Band
We’re all well aware that “Still Alive” from Portal will be released as a Rock Band download in the near future. The sooner the better is my thought on the issue, but Harmonix has only been working on the song for a few weeks. But Valve knows how to market their product, and satisfy fans, so they’ve pushed to license the song.
Portal 2 Is Pseudo Confirmed
Kimberly Swift, lead designer on Portal, has let it slip that there is a Portal 2 in the works. This isn’t an official announcement, and considering that Valve’s Doug Lombardi has stated they are looking at that world and what could happen next we’re not surprised to learn that something is in the works.
GDC 08: Portal Takes Top Honors At Choice Awards
It looks like Call of Duty 4 couldn’t quite beat out Valve’s brilliantly designed Portal at the 8th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The first person puzzler took home top honors as Game of the Year, along with wins in Best Gamed Design and Innovation.
GlaDOS Protests Scientology With Anonymous
Yesterday a group calling themselves “Anonymous” held their second anti-Scientology protest in response to the Youtube video of Tom Cruise discussing his barking-mad religion being pulled by the Church of Scientology. Not much is known about the group as they have refused to identify themselves on all counts and were instructed to obscure their identities by a familiar voice, GlaDOS.
Call Of Duty 4 Wins An Award
BioShock may have nabbed 11 nominations and 5 wins at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, but it was Call of Duty 4 that took the top honors. The awards were presented at the event in Las Vegas right along with the D.I.C.E. summit.
Individual Orange Box Games Offered In Stores Soon
PC gamers who didn't purchase the Orange Box will have a chance to buy the new individual titles from the bundle - Portal, Half Life 2: Episode Two and Team Fortress 2 - in retail stores by the end of March. The idea of someone not owning Orange Box yet if they have a PC capable of running it (or an Xbox 360 or PS3) boggles my mind, but there's at least a few of you out there and here's a chance to repent.
Best Of 2007: Blend Games Top 5 Developers Of 2007
Hot damn, the new year is already upon us. This means we’ll be playing the full version of Burnout Paradise pretty soon. And yes, Nero and Dante will showcase exactly what Xbox diehards have been missing out on. Everything we play has to be made by someone, and as part of our “looking into the past with love and longing” series throughout January we decided to name the Top 5 Video Game Developers Of 2007.
Best Of 2007: Top Ten Games Of The Year - Part II
Working as a writer of something you love, a task that is the sole reason to dedicate yourself to the craft, is a rewarding experience. Nights are spent in front of a glowing screen, words spilling out with excitement, and the satisfaction that at some point in those thousands of half-witted comments there’s a true gem. A critic, or “journo” as some like to call themselves, places himself at odds with the task of writing.
Best Of 2007: Top Five Video Game Characters - Part II
at you’ll find below is the top three characters on our list. As the New Year starts, it’s nice to look into the past to see what moved us the most. This list was compiled using the latest technology in beer pouring and slurred speech. Two broken bottles, one crushed coffee table and a small kitchen fire later we have something to be proud of.
Holiday Gifting: Weighted Companion Cubes
Replacing the intergalactic towel, the Weight Companion Cube has quickly become a gamers best friend. Who knew that a box with pink hearts on it could evoke such emotion in gamers? Now Valve is capitalizing on this strange endearment by offering two types of plush Weighted Companion Cubes, a regular plush item and a pair of 'fuzzy dice'.
Valve's Source SDK Updated: More Portal For All!
By now we’ve all listened to “Still Alive” a bajillion times, and we’ve mastered the Demoman class. Now, we just need to expand our Orange Box experience. But how could that be possible? After all, Valve is a developer and they must have a vice grip on their engine code. Wait a moment, isn’t Valve the company that lays its own games open for the community to tweak and mod?
Be Everyone's Best Friend: Go As A Companion Cube For Halloween
It’s not too late to change your costume plans for Halloween. Especially when that new costume happens to be the Weighted Companion Cube from the phenomenal Portal. You have to love when the old “crate” standby from FPS games gets its own subculture. If you haven’t experienced the joy of carrying around your own companion cube, well you should play Portal immediately. But not before sitting down to create the costume yourself.