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#1 HarMGM

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:21 AM

Portal 2 announced.

Singleplayer.

Co-op.

It has single, and multiplayer co-op modes.

The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a new cast characters, fresh puzzle elements, and a larger set of “devious test chambers”. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, “the occasionally murderous computer companion” who guided you through the original game.

The game’s two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.

CONFIRMATION!!!

Why aren't you pre-ordering right now?
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#2 Isaac

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:29 AM

From the Steam forums:

Finally decoded them all.

Valve loves us.

#1-Dinosaur 1
I-N-T-E-R-I-O-R
T-R-A-N-S-M-I-S-S-I-O-N
A-C-T-I-V-E
E-X-T-E-R-N-A-L
D-A-T-A
L-I-N-E
A-C-T-I-V-E
M-E-S-S-A-G-E
D-I-G-E-S-T
A-C-T-I-V-E

#2-Dinosaur 5
9-E-J-0-7-D-3-7-2-B-B-6-8-2-6-B-D-8-1-D-3-5-4-2-A-4-1-9-D-6
(Which sanitysama says is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog")


#3-Dinosaur 12
S-Y-S-T-E-M
D-A-T-A
D-U-M-P
A-C-T-I-V-E
U-S-E-R
B-A-C-K-U-P
A-C-T-I-V-E
P-A-S-S-W-O-R-D
B-A-C-K-U-P
A-C-T-I-V-E

#4-Dinosaur 17
B-E-E-P
B-E-E-E-E-P
B-E-E-P
B-E-E-P

B-E-E-E-E-P
B-E-E-E-E-P
B-E-E-E-E-P


B-E-E-P
B-E-E-E-E-P
B-E-E-P
B-E-E-P

And if you turn all those Beeps into individual morse code it spells LOL.


So at the moment it's just Valve toying with us :)
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#3 therealjohnpeat

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:31 AM

I saw the update on STEAM today and wondered WTF it was about...

Updates to Portal have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted.

Portal
Changed radio transmission frequency to comply with federal and state spectrum management regulations


Didn't the 2 who created Narbacular Drop and then went to Valve to do Portal leave Valve tho?
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#4 HarMGM

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:35 AM

So at the moment it's just Valve toying with us :)


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#5 Nayson

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:36 AM

Huzzah!

I never usually get excited about speculation like this, but colour me excited! Episode 3 and more Portal please!
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#6 mayor_mike_haggar

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:37 AM

this looks like the start of a long, nightmarish viral marketing campaign.
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#7 HarMGM

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:38 AM

Wait, wait, wait! What's this? Images hidden in sound!
See for yourself!

Something is up alright.
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#8 mayor_mike_haggar

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:38 AM

also, it transpires that the sound files that they updated portal with are also image files. Which is presumably some kind of black magick.

http://www.halflife2...ad.php?t=166851
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#9 Blu3Flame

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:41 AM

I saw the update on STEAM today and wondered WTF it was about...



Didn't the 2 who created Narbacular Drop and then went to Valve to do Portal leave Valve tho?


More than two people created Narbacular Drop. Kim Swift has left Valve but a load of the original team are still with them.

If you follow the credit links through from here, http://www.mobygames...narbacular-drop you'll see most worked on Left 4 Dead 2.
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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:42 AM

It's worth adding that GDC is happening on the 9-13th of this month, so perhaps this is a hint about an unveiling there...
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#11 womblingfree

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:45 AM

Time to replay Orange Box again.
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#12 Mr Do 71

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:46 AM

It's worth adding that GDC is happening on the 9-13th of this month, so perhaps this is a hint about an unveiling there...


Let's hope so :)
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#13 RubberJohnny

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:51 AM

We already know a bit about it through casting info. Glados isn't returning, but you'll have the creator of Aperture Science accompanying you through the game via radio.
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#14 HarMGM

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:04 AM

So anyone familiar with the...Borealis?
Link


Those morse code signals have a source...
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#15 RubberJohnny

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:08 AM

Also I doubt this viral stuff'll have anything to do with Episode 3, since they're separate products. There'll be no lumping together boxes and stuff.
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#16 Darragh

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:17 AM

I fucking love Valve. I mean, check this.

And then there's the Meet The Spy video. Solid gold.
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#17 Retroid

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:20 AM

16 so far, really stuck on the 17th... It's just not possible.
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#18 Blu3Flame

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:45 AM

So the images turned out to be a cryptic BBS number, which connects to GlaDOS.

Posted Image
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#19 womblingfree

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:53 PM

Also I doubt this viral stuff'll have anything to do with Episode 3, since they're separate products.


But they inhabit the same universe. Looked to me like Portal could be an experiment on how to implement the portal gun into the main game.
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#20 Harsin

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:56 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing Valve re-release TF2 on XBLA/PSN, the version on The Orange Box was a huge missed opportunity.
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#21 Laine

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:56 PM

I really hope this is more Portal and not just the gun in more Half Life.
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#22 Isaac

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:15 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing Valve re-release TF2 on XBLA/PSN, the version on The Orange Box was a huge missed opportunity.


I think Valve said something to that effect, about releasing an XBLA version once they'd finished the update cycle. I don't know if they're still planning to do it, mind.
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#23 Plums

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:18 PM

I would love it to be related to either a portal sequel or Episode 3. Not fussed which.
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#24 Laine

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:35 PM

I would love it to be related to either a portal sequel or Episode 3. Not fussed which.


You're doing it wrong!

I really hope this is more Portal and not just the gun in more Half Life.

:)
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#25 revlob

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:45 PM

Well, L4D2 has been out for a while now, Valve won't have been sitting on their asses since then.

Totally pumped for whatever comes next.
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#26 Mr. Gerbik

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:46 PM

Well, L4D2 has been out for a while now, Valve won't have been sitting on their asses since then.

Totally pumped for whatever comes next.

I hear from reliable sources that they've been working on L4D3 ever since, which will in all likelihood feature the portal gun this time. Rumoured release date is Christmas 2010, after which they'll decide whether they want to start developing Episode 3 or rather focus on L4D3 DLC for a couple of years. Totally pumped!
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#27 Bash

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:47 PM

Also I doubt this viral stuff'll have anything to do with Episode 3, since they're separate products. There'll be no lumping together boxes and stuff.


Spoiler
Kinda indicates that they will be lumping them together.
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#28 revlob

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:49 PM

I absolutely AR love stuff like this. Wish I'd been awake as it was unfolding.

-Portal gets surprise update yesterday afternoon
-People see new mystery achievement
-People play and see the radio in the beginning room now has a green light
-Carry it around and notice it makes strange broadcast interference noises in certain places
-Locate and place all 26 of these mystery radios for achievement
-Smart people yank wav files out of game content folders and run them through steganography programs
-Produces 26 weird cryptic image files in a numbered sequence
-Some dude runs the number string through an md5 hash translator and gets a landline number
-Internet traces it to Kirkland, WA (near Valve HQ)
-People find out its not a phone/fax line but a data line hosting a BBS and telnet it
-Use a clue from one of the files to figure out the BBS user/password login info
-End up with a bunch of weird ASCII artwork


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#29 Bash

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:52 PM

:) Valve
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#30 Pob

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:53 PM

That is wicked.
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