Portal 2 unlocked early with potato power

The GLaDOS@Home strand of Portal 2's potato-mad ARG has been completed, resulting in the game launching about ten hours early on Steam.

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The GLaDOS@Home strand of Portal 2's potato-obsessed ARG has been completed, resulting in Valve's puzzle-platformer sequel unlocking on Steam around ten hours early.

Portal 2 became available via Steam at around 9:30pm PST on April 18. It was originally slated to launch at 7am PST on April 19, so the hard work rebooting GlaDOS paid off in a small way. Of course, one should never have expected it to launch too soon, as retailers would be baying for blood if the dastardly young upstart digital distributor upstaged them too much.

Those who loyally collected all the potatoes hidden across the games in the ARG-driving Potato Sack indie games bundle have reportedly received the $80 Valve Complete Pack for free on Steam, along with Portal 2.

PC and Mac gamers, get thinking with Portals. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players, I'm afraid your lack of potatoes means you'll be stuck waiting until it officially launches on April 19--unless you already picked up a copy from one of the many retailers who broke the street date, that is.

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    April 18, 2011 10:40 PM

    Comment on Portal 2 unlocks early with potato power, by Alice O'Connor.

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      April 18, 2011 11:10 PM

      odd prize, since i guess most of those OCD guys would own all the valve games already

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        April 18, 2011 11:32 PM

        i think all the valve games would atleast be giftable if already owned

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        April 19, 2011 12:06 AM

        Apparently it includes Portal 2 as well, which is great but I doubt many of hadn't pre-ordered.

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      April 18, 2011 11:17 PM

      This is great for Australian Gamers, it means we get Portal 2 at a reasonable hour on the 19th. I've already remoted into my home computer from work and decrypted the files so it's ready to go when I get home.

      I quite enjoyed all the pre-release hype with the potato sack. exposed a whole lot of good indie games that will likely be foreshadowed for quite some time with a lot of AAA releases on the way, and the games are great, well, at least a lot of them are, I've been having a great time with Defence Grid & Ball.

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      April 18, 2011 11:30 PM

      all this has done is make it convenient for people on the other side of the world to play the game today. Release day.

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        April 18, 2011 11:33 PM

        and i'm ok with that.

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          April 18, 2011 11:57 PM

          oh for sure, I'm just like lol potatoes helped out people who probably were the worst at actually taking part in it

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      April 18, 2011 11:32 PM

      I can confirm that the 36 Potato people got the Valve Complete Pack, a I am one of them. Sure, I had the majority of the Valve games, but there were a handful I didn't have, but most I wasn't intrested in anyway. I also have all the in-game store items and gestures unlocked automatically.

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      April 19, 2011 12:53 AM

      i'm confused, they got portal 2 for free too?

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        April 19, 2011 12:57 AM

        If so, anyone with 2 copies want to generously gift one to me? ;)

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          April 19, 2011 1:00 AM

          Golden potato-ers didn't get giftables, any game in the Valve complete pack they didn't own was added to their libraries, including Portal 2 evidently.

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            April 19, 2011 3:13 AM

            Errr, I got some giftables two (L4D, HL2 & HL2:EP1)

            And yes, Portal 2 for free =

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              April 19, 2011 3:30 AM

              So many fails in this post... Let's type it again
              Errr, I got some giftables too (L4D, HL2 & HL2:EP1)

              And yes, Portal 2 for free = ultimate delight

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              April 19, 2011 6:22 AM

              i wish i understood the logic to this gold potato reward. i owned the valve complete pack and preordered portal 2.

              i got the 36 potatoes and got a popup saying i received the orange box and it would be giftable.

              in my manage gifts screen, i had the same notice that i had gifted and the user redeemed half life 2, like 5 yrs ago. and a copy of half life ep1 that was not there, for gifting. i did not get giftable copies of anything else and i did not get all the in game dlc. it kinda stings a bit.

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                April 19, 2011 7:01 AM

                I would issue a support ticket on that.

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                April 19, 2011 12:54 PM

                What in-game DLC were we supposed to get? I also have a Golden Potato. I should probably just check the forums.

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              April 19, 2011 12:43 PM

              Only giftables I had were of Half Life 2 and Half Life Episode 1. I didn'get get a Left 4 Dead Giftable.

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              April 19, 2011 12:53 PM

              The only giftables I got were HL2 and EP1. I'm not mad because hell, it's a gift, but it's funny because I figure the guy who goes out of his way to get 36 potatoes is probably the same guy who already owns every single Valve title.

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                April 19, 2011 4:34 PM

                Hey guys, restart Steam and check again. Valve made it so that all your duplicate copies are now gifts! I now have giftable copies of every Valve game including Portal 2!!

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                  April 19, 2011 6:20 PM

                  Yeah, I read abou t it on the steam forums and all my duplicates showed up as giftables now.

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      April 19, 2011 4:52 AM

      I almost forgot how long it takes to unlock filed =/

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      April 19, 2011 6:28 AM

      It started to decrypt around midnight central for me, as a non-golden potato person, and I think about 15-20 minutes prior to that for the golden tato people.

      I was going to say that is not early in my book - it was still Tues the 19th, but I guess for Pacific and Mountain people it was - every so slightly - early.

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      April 19, 2011 6:38 AM

      Do you think they planned to release it at 12:30 all along? Seemed strange the way it sped up and finished exactly as 12:30.

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        April 19, 2011 6:42 AM

        I'm pretty sure they did, which makes the whole thing feel lame and vaguely dishonest.

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          April 19, 2011 7:19 AM

          Time to unleash the NERD RAGE

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            April 19, 2011 4:38 PM

            Nah, no rage on my part. Just disappointment that Valve couldn't come up with something more rewarding and less misleading than an "early launch" sham.

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        April 19, 2011 7:55 AM

        Absolutely. Before the ARG even started.

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          April 19, 2011 7:58 AM

          Note, people that got the 36 potatoes got the game 30 minutes "early". It was a midnight release, plain and simple.

          3 weeks of work for a planned midnight release.

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            April 19, 2011 8:03 AM

            WOW A WHOLE 30 MINS EARLY?

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            April 19, 2011 12:54 PM

            so what - you'd rather not have had the ARG at all? you do understand ARGs are about a lot more than an end game prize, right?

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      April 19, 2011 6:49 AM

      If I ever get the skills to finish Portal, I may only then be worthy of Portal 2.

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      April 19, 2011 8:03 AM

      http://i.imgur.com/PTQOa.jpg hah

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        April 19, 2011 8:15 AM

        That is awesome, but perhaps you should have blurred out his name :-).

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          April 19, 2011 8:17 AM

          Not mine, was linked to me so I left it as I got it :)