Portal 2 E3 Demo Videos Parts 2 and 3 Uncovered

Today brings a continuing look at the behind closed doors E3 2010 demo of Portal 2, with parts two and three now available for your viewing pleasure. The first video showcases the new "Excursion Funnels"

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Today brings a continuing look at the behind closed doors E3 2010 demo of Portal 2, with parts two and three now available for your viewing pleasure.

The first video showcases the new "Excursion Funnels" scattered throughout the game, allowing the player to gingerly float toward their supercomputer plotted demise. The second video (after the break) features "Aerial Faith Plates," which is a fancy way of saying "terrifyingly accurate launch springs."

From The Chatty

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    June 29, 2010 1:33 PM

    Shack. As much as I appreciate the hard work you put into maintaining your site I find it incredibly aggravating when you do things that just piss off your userbase. Such as:

    1) Why not just link direct to the 720p version of the Portal 2 video on Youtube instead of watching the low quality embedded video on your site.
    2) ...having failed that you then encourage registered users to watch the 'HD Stream' (Remember you must first register!)
    3) ...after forcing your users to sit through a completely irrelevant advert about toothpaste ...
    4) ...you make the registered user watch a low definition HD stream. Seriously, your HD stream is about as HD as Youtube's 480p. Which is, needless to say, NOT HD.

    Annoying!

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      June 29, 2010 1:36 PM

      by userbase, do you mean just you?

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      June 29, 2010 1:38 PM

      shackvideo sucks, this we know.

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      June 29, 2010 1:39 PM

      Seems like toothpaste would be one item that is relevant to just about everybody.

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      June 29, 2010 1:48 PM

      I wish that when you click on the 'read more' link, it would also put the comments at the bottom of the full article. That way you don't have to click once to read the article, and then one more time just to bring up the comments.

      While we're asking for favours, I would also like the mp3 download link for the podcast to be listed early enough in the article that I can click it directly from the front page, and not have to 'read more' first.

      thanks.

      PS - I love the shack. My favorite web site.

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        June 29, 2010 1:58 PM

        Been wanting that feature for a long time. I get why they are separate (different systems), but it would be nice to be able to scroll back up and reference the full article if necessary.

        As for the video thing; yeah, I get why they re-encode everything, but not keeping the original size or bitrate is so y2k. There's been lots of comments about the codec. You'd hope with new owners would come a few upgrades.

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      June 29, 2010 1:56 PM

      Agreed

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      June 29, 2010 1:58 PM

      I imagine its because the YouTube address might change, or have an off day when their servers are being hammered so it takes forever to stream video. If it hasn't happened to you, consider yourself lucky.

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        June 29, 2010 5:32 PM

        What's more likely to happen -- Youtube goes down or Shacknews goes down?

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      June 29, 2010 2:26 PM

      i just watched a video instead of crying

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      June 29, 2010 2:41 PM

      This guys got my vote...

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      June 29, 2010 5:38 PM

      Odd, I didn't read anything in this article that asks you to post comments on things you want changed on shacknews, as far I knew it was about Portal 2. I must have misunderstood something.

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      June 29, 2010 11:17 PM

      Yes, Shack's "HD video" is a joke. It's actually 512p, so it's SD video by all means.

      Also it's coded with FLV1 codec which is ancient, so the resulting videos are blocky and blurry. It's a shame. Even if they could provide links to the HD source videos, that would be a step in the right direction.

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        June 30, 2010 5:06 AM

        We do have all the HD source videos on FileShack but those can be difficult to find. There are plans underfoot to link to them alongside the HD stream.