Portal 2

PC, XB360, PS3, MAC / Action / Release: Apr 19, 2011 / ESRB: E10+

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Portal board game coming from Cryptozoic, here's how it works

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Portal board game coming from Cryptozoic, here's how it works

Last week, Valve and border game manufacturer Cryptozoic announced they would be working together on a board game based on the Portal series, but details were scant on just how the board game would work. Today we've gotten a clearer picture of the upcoming adaptation, as well as a surprising bit of info on who came up with the idea.

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Steam controller shown in action

Steam controller shown in action

We've seen the promo shots of the Steam controller and heard generally positive reactions from indie developers, but we haven't yet seen it in action. That changed today, with a demonstration video that shows the prototype being used to control games ranging from the generally console-friendly shooters to more PC-centric titles.

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Portal 2 characters appearing in Toon Hero app

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Portal 2 characters appearing in Toon Hero app

Valve has signed off on a deal with Toon Hero creator Trigger Happy, to allow use of their Portal 2 characters and assets in the cartoon creator app. It starts rolling out this week with the addition of P-Body, one of the two co-op robots from the game.

Read more: Free app, P-Body set at 99 cents »

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Portal 2 getting free PlayStation Move co-op DLC

Portal 2 getting free PlayStation Move co-op DLC

You might reasonably think that two years after the release of Portal 2, downloadable content for the game had run its course. You'd be wrong, though, as Sixense is releasing an additional co-op pack today made specifically to work with the Move controller.

Read more: Co-op works cross-platform »

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Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

What do you do when your platform already sells and launches video games? Make the platform itself a video game, naturally. Valve announced the beta launch of "Steam Trading Cards" today. The collectible meta-game lets you upgrade your Steam profile by playing games and collecting and trading their associated (virtual) cards.

Read more: Currently supports Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 »

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J.J. Abrams says Half-Life and Portal movie idea is 'real,' promises collaboration

J.J. Abrams says Half-Life and Portal movie idea is 'real,' promises collaboration

Kicking off the DICE summit in Las Vegas today was a keynote presentation by Valve head Gabe Newell and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. At the talk, the two teased that they were interested in working together on future collaborations. "There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on," Abrams said, while Newell said: "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

But how serious are the pair in making their wants a reality? Apparently, pretty serious. "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets," Abrams said. "Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas."

Read more: Abrams aware of gaming's 'cautionary tales' »

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Portal 2 PC patch adds split-screen co-op

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Portal 2 PC patch adds split-screen co-op

Now that Steam's all couch-friendly thanks to Big Picture mode, it'd be nice if more games were reconfigured for slouching. Oh, what luck! Just after I write that sentence apropos of nothing, I notice that Valve has released a Portal 2 patch enabling split-screen co-op in its puzzle 'em up.

Read more: Modders had enabled split-screen before »

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Portal 2 'In Motion' DLC coming to PlayStation Move on Tuesday

Portal 2 'In Motion' DLC coming to PlayStation Move on Tuesday

After making a quiet debut at E3, the "In Motion" DLC for Portal 2 will be available to download on the PlayStation Store next Tuesday, November 6th.

"In Motion" is a DLC expansion designed for PlayStation Move. It's identical to the Sixense expansion released on PC--only you won't need a $100 motion controller to use it. With the Move, you'll get access to a whole new slew of gameplay options, like stretching boxes and rotating objects. You'll also be able to "portal surf."

Watch: 'In Motion' with PlayStation Move »

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Portal 2 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' adds co-op today

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Portal 2 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' adds co-op today

Valve's first-person puzzler Portal 2 has received a significant update today. For months, players on PC and Mac have been able to create their own puzzles through the "Perpetual Testing Initiative." However, these creations have had to be solitary affairs. No more! Starting today, Portal 2 players will be able to design and play co-op maps.

Read more: Quick Play feature also added »

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Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

Steam coming to Linux with Left 4 Dead 2

Valve has muttered and murmured about bringing Steam and its Source engine to Linux before, and now it's revealed the plan--port Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 to Ubuntu 12.04, then work from there. Steam will come to Linux in all its glory, and Valve's building a speedy OpenGL version of Source it can use for more of its games too.

Read more: No timeframe for when it'll launch »

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Valve opens 'Steam for Schools' education initiative

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Valve opens 'Steam for Schools' education initiative

Valve has opened a new "Steam for Schools" initiative, offering a specially-designed and free version of Steam to educators. It's kicking off the new program with "Teach with Portals," a free version of Portal 2 and the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker offered through SoS to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and math. And who better to show kids a passion for science than GLaDOS?

Read more: Lesson plans available on parabolas, terminal velocity »

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Portal 2 adding PlayStation Move support, new levels later this year

Portal 2 adding PlayStation Move support, new levels later this year

Not many players could access the Sixense MotionPack DLC for Portal 2. Why? Because it required the Razer Hydra PC Gaming Motion Sensing Controller, which costs well over $100. It was an expensive proposition for just ten levels of new Portal 2 content.

There's a new way to access that content, however. It will be available on PS3 later this year, thanks to an upcoming patch which will add PlayStation Move support to Valve's critically acclaimed puzzle shooter.

Read more: Move orb matches portal color »

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Portal 2 user maps hit 1.3M downloads, celebrates with Steam sale

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Portal 2 user maps hit 1.3M downloads, celebrates with Steam sale

Portal 2's map creator was only released a few days ago, but it's already being deemed a success based on early results. Players have created more than 35,000 maps, and, those have been downloaded more than 1.3 million times, Valve announced yesterday.

Read more: Portal 2 for $7, Skyrim for $40 »

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PSA: Portal 2 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' now available

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PSA: Portal 2 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' now available

As promised, Portal 2's "Perpetual Testing Initiative" DLC is now available for everyone that owns the game on Steam. This is a "simplified puzzle maker" that allows players to create, share, and play homemade Portal 2 puzzles via Steam Workshop.

Within an hour of release, there are nearly a hundred maps already created--and that number is likely to increase exponentially.

Read more: Game on sale for 66 percent off »

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Portal 2 DLC, Zwei announced, NBA Baller Beats - Shacknews Daily: April 26, 2012

Portal 2 DLC, Zwei announced, NBA Baller Beats - Shacknews Daily: April 26, 2012

Portal 2 gets a new DLC puzzle creator, called the Perpetual Testing Initiative, for free next week. We'll look at it closer then. Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is going back to the survival horror genre, after bowing out at RE4. His new game is codenamed Zwei. And finally, NBA Baller Beats is unveiled as a Kinect game where you do the dribbling. Put it all together for a great edition of Shacknews Daily.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

Watch: Shacknews Daily: April 26, 2012 »

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