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Platform Win, Mac, 360, PS3 Publisher Valve Developer Valve Release Date 2011-04-19

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Mod adds time travel to Portal 2

A mod for Portal 2 on PC adds "time travel" options so that players may, in effect, use past versions of themselves to complete puzzles in the game. "Thinking With Time Machine" is the name of the mod; like the original games, players can use it to get a third-person glimpse of Chell elsewhere on the map. The difference is, she's a past version of the player, loaded into the current instance through a tablet-style interactive controller. It lets players stop and start "recording" her actions and then "play" themselves back, meaning Chell can go stand on a switch or even hand off a companion cube. See it in action in the video above.

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How Valve and Cryptozoic came together for a Portal board game (update)

Back in 2012, the developers who made Portal and Portal 2 — as well as their predecessor, Narbacular Drop — decided to try putting together a board game based on the first-person puzzle series. The internal team wasn't a massive group: "In general there's been two to three people actively working on it at a time, but in total about a dozen people have been involved," said Valve's Jeep Barnett, a member of the original Narbacular Drop team that Valve hired to make Portal, in an email interview with Polygon. Valve worked on the prototype for a year before approaching Cryptozoic "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game" is the non-final title for Valve and Cryptozoic's board game, a strategy game in which two to four players guide expendable Aperture Laboratories test subjects around...

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RePlay: Symphony of Heroes concert coming to North America

"RePlay: Symphony of Heroes," an audiovisual show featuring music from video games, will make its North American debut this spring, entertainment agency Jason Michael Paul Productions announced today. The next "RePlay" performances are scheduled for March 7 and March 8 in Sydney, and the show will arrive in North America with concerts at the Mahaffey Theater (photo above) in St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 19 and April 20. Then it will travel to Atlanta for a performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on June 13, followed by two dates in Canada: Sept. 6 in Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Oct. 4 in Montreal's Place des Arts. "We are thrilled to debut this new concert series at the amazing Mahaffey Theater this spring," said Jason Michael Paul, CEO of Jason...

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Portal board game coming this fall from Cryptozoic

Tabletop game publisher Cryptozoic Entertainment is producing a game based on Valve's Portal series, the former company announced last week during the American International Toy Fair. Tentatively called "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game," the tabletop title is "designed by the creators of Portal and Portal 2," according to Cryptozoic. Details are scarce at this point, but the game will include custom playing pieces that will be familiar to Portal fans, such as a test subject, sentry, weighted Companion Cube and cake. The franchise has generated plenty of merchandise, such as Companion Cube plushies and life-size sentries, but no official board games until now. Other video game-related products from Cryptozoic include The Street Fighter Deck-Building Game and the board game A...

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Dota, Halo, Team Fortress merch headed to Toy Fair this month

A Crowded Coop is bringing video game-themed merchandise to Toy Fair 2014 this month, according to a press release from the "boutique consumer products" company. Toy Fair attendees will get the first public look at a series of three-inch Team Fortress 2 vinyl figurines "meticulously designed and detailed side-by-side with Valve's artists/designers." The Blu and Red figures will retail for $9.99 each. Fans of the Halo series can check out an ammo crate tin lunch box, which is based on the UNSC ammo crate from Halo 4. It will feature a reusable sandwich bag and retail for $29.99. A Crowded Coop, whose "product junkies, geeks, and pet lovers" have been creating consumer products since 2010, will also show items based on Dota 2 and Portal as well as non-video game properties like A...

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Steam Greenlights Detective Grimoire and 49 others

Valve revealed the latest batch of 50 titles and software graduating from Steam Greenlight today, including Detective Grimoire, Energy Hook, Gear Jack and Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements. The Greenlit titles will be released on the platform independently in the coming weeks as any remaining development is finalized. Steam announced a 50-title list of Greenlit games last month that included titles such as Depression Quest, The 7th Guest 3: The Collector and Treasure Adventure World. This month's batch of games and software packages includes: 9th Dawn created by valorware Angvik created by Alasta Blockade 3D created by KAzaMA_ CATDAMMIT! Director's Cat created by Fir&Flams The Crack created by WetBass Studios Cuebox: The Real 3D Pool created by ...

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This is what Valve's Steam Machine prototype looks like

Valve's Steam Machine prototype is designed to fit right into a living room, both from a size and design perspective, so it's not surprising that it looks like a video game console, as seen in a hands-on report from The Verge. According to Valve, the company produced its prototype in order to give prospective third-party hardware manufacturers a model for their own Steam Machines. The SteamOS-based computer is designed to fit standard computer hardware of varying specifications — for the 300 prototypes Valve's shipping to Steam users later this year, the graphics cards run the gamut from an Nvidia GTX660 to a Titan — into a console-size box that won't look out of place in a typical living room entertainment center. Valve built its Steam Machines to prioritize cooling, with plastic...

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DualShock 4 buyers test old games to create compatibility list

With DualShock 4 controllers now appearing on retail shelves, gamers are getting to grips with figuring out which PlayStation 3 games work with the new controller. A Reddit thread has been opened to handle the issue, offering an initial list of games. Users are being invited to add to the list. "I just got my DualShock 4 today, and have noticed some games work, and some don't," wrote thread organizer Lapwner. "So, let's try to create a list so people can see which games work and which games don't. Note that the motion sensing does not work, so even though some games work with the controller, if they are reliant on the motion sensing, then they probably aren't worth playing it with." The current list of compatible games includes: Working Call of Duty (MW2, MW3, Black Ops, Black Ops...

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Valve shows Steam Controller in action with Portal 2, Civ 5, more

In a new video posted to its YouTube channel, Valve engineer Jeff Bellinghausen shows off the developer's new dual trackpad-powered Steam Controller, illustrating how effective it can be when playing primarily mouse and keyboard-controlled games. Bellinghausen plays a variety of games with the prototype controller, from Valve-developed first-person shooters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Portal 2, to strategy game Civilization 5 and mouse pointer-controlled indie game Papers, Please. The demo shows a number of control schemes, including "legacy mode" controls in Portal 2, a standard keyboard-and-mouse replacement, as well as custom control bindings that can be used to navigate a strategy game like Civ 5. Valve says it will post additional game demonstrations soon, "including...

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Portal live-action short film takes a look at GLaDOS' terrifying early days

Warning: Portal spoilers! Filmmakers Colin and Connor McGuire have recreated one of the most nerve-rattling scenes in Portal's story — GLaDOS' first heinous act against Aperture's scientists. The film, posted above, is based on the series and its tie-in comic, Portal 2: Lab Rat. In Portal: Survive! the games' mechanical menace tells our heroine a story as she frantically ties to escape the labyrinthine hallways of Aperture. The scene switches to Aperture Labs pre-Chell's testing phase, where we learn a little more about GLaDOS in her first days — including her affinity for the metaphorical cake. The seven-minute film was shot at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles with a production budget of just under $500. Prop maker Jimmy Burns at Angry Dog Studios is responsible for building the...

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