Portal 2 Summary
'A triumph' just doesn't cover it.
What could possibly go wrong with powering up GLaDOS with all of NASA at her disposal? In a cunning ploy to cram our brains with knowledge, the Portal AI is teaching science to bumbling technicians.
It seems GLaDOS is moving up in the world from potato to Polaroid camera. It's an educational video to explain what fusion and fission is to those less scientifically literate, or fearful of AIs.
Why no Half-Life XVIII by now? Gabe Newell has commented a little on why they don't just churn out Half-Life sequels, much to the dismay of many, as they decided to tackle multiplayer games instead.
This was when there had "never been a commercial successful multiplayer game" before, yet they went for it. They also had plenty of insiders doubtful of Steam, future overlord of PC gaming.
Gabe Newell during his presentation at LinuxCon in New Orleans has said Valve will be unveiling their plans for Linux-based hardware soon, as the studio boss cried Linux was the "future of gaming".
Next week they'll discuss their open source platform based on the OS, promising that "none of the proprietary closed platforms" will come close to their dreams.
How, within a simple few seconds, do you get a significant player base frothing at the mouth? You get a Valve executive to teasingly point at the number '3' in an elevator, before choosing another level in the building.
Naturally this might be thought of as a Half-Life 3 trolling, but there's a real significant chance this might be for a Left 4 Dead 3 reveal. It's got an 'L', a '3' and a '4' in the clip.
PC trend setter Valve is launching their 'Pipeline' service which will be informing aspiring high school hoodlums that want in the video games industry what they can expect, and how to go about preparing.
What's more is that Valve will be giving the reins of Pipeline over to teenagers themselves, or more specifically, the high school interns at the studio. It'll cover art, sound design and filming.