Portal 2 Summary
Gabe L. Newell closed the doors on his open Questions and Answers 'AMA' session on Reddit yesterday around an hour after it began. Not through spite or for dodging too many Half-Life 3 questions, but simple because you need to have some cut-off to stop yourself from feeling the need to answer thousands of questions from people would like nothing more than to be your friend.
While not exactly 'Gaming' news, Portal and its sequel are more or less cult classics. The surprise new IP seen Valve's Orange Box release stunned critics with its blend of mind-numbing puzzles and sentient AI humor causing a sequel to eventually roll around and stun us again.
So in a time where more and more video games are seeing screen adaptions, it's still a shock to hear that Portal is likely the next one to the thrown into the writer's room. Though talks of both Portal and Half-Life movies appeared a few years back, IGN cornered J.J. Abrams at the premier of Westworld where he confirmed a meeting with Valve was set to go ahead next week.
Major videogame brick-and-mortar retailers GAME UK, GameStop, EB Games, and Valve have announced that the stores will be including special "Steam Sections" dedicated to selling Valve's upcoming hardware coming 10th November 2015. The hardware will include the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Steam Machines. The sections will of course also include a variety of Steam prepaid cards, which most stores already sell.
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.