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Smite receives patch, new character Osiris, Siege mode

The latest patch for Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play 3D multiplayer online battle arena game, Smite, introduces Siege mode, new god Osiris, new league ranking system, skins along with a slew of a bug fixes. Osiris, Broken God of the Afterlife, wields a sickle and can transform into a spirit form to walk through enemies. His four abilities include Sickle Strike, Spirit Flail, Judgment Tether and Lord of the Afterlife. To learn more about Osiris abilities and lore, watch the reveal trailer above. The new league ranking system consists of six tiers from Bronze through to Master, with five divisions of similar skilled players within each tier. Set in "Jungles of the Mayan Gods," the new Siege mode is a two lane map that features new towering weapons, player portals and a Silver Fury being...

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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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Smite's cinematic launch trailer flaunts its god-like heroes

The cinematic teaser trailer for Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play 3D multiplayer online battle arena game, Smite, introduces players to its God characters ahead of it full launch March 25. Earlier this year, Smite received a new arena map with fully updated art and a god of the Earth character called Geb. The god-like being has the power to transform into a mass of rolling earth, create shockwaves and more. His other abilities allows him to take less damage when struck with a critical hit. In Smite's new arena map, the map spawns the Manticore after every 10 player kills on one side. A team loses 10 points if the opposing side successfully guides the Manticore through the other team's portal. The Windows PC game's beta began in June 2012 and has drawn in more than 750,00 player...

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Pillow Castle gives Portal a run for its money with its experimental puzzle demo

Pittsburgh-based indie group Pillow Castle Games has released its demo for an upcoming first-person puzzle game inspired by an optical illusion known as forced perspective, a camera trick that merges background images into the foreground. In the demo, the player can click on seemingly large objects that form the backdrop of the game and move them into the foreground where they retain their shape but appear drastically smaller in size the nearer they are. Once dropped in a new place, the object will adapt in size and distance according to your perspective. Objects can also cause certain effects on the world. For example, the demo shows by grabbing an electric fan, distancing yourself from it to change its perspective size and dropping it in front of an unreachable exit, it is possible...

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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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Aperture Science DS transports Portal onto the Nintendo DS

Two indie developers have created an homage to Valve's puzzle game, Portal — on the Nintendo DS. Developer Jordan "Smealum" Rabet and an artist who prefers to go by the name "Lobo" worked on the homebrew DS version of the PC and console game, called Aperture Science DS, drawing inspiration from Portal's mechanics and art style, but putting their own creative twist on it. The first playable version available to the public is now on Rabet's website. The build includes 14 levels that were created using Aperture Science DS' level editor, and the game features its own original backstory. As the DS adaption is their own interpretation of Portal, they do have a narrative in mind to couple with it. What they plan is a story based on male protagonist, Doug Rattman, a character from Portal 2 c...

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GOG.com launches submission portal for indie devs

Digital distributor of Windows PC and Mac games, GOG.com, has launched a submission portal for indie developers, allowing devs to submit their own games to be considered for distribution on the platform. Once a game is submitted portal, GOG will select titles based on qualities, such as gameplay depth, originality and polish. The distributor aims to contact devs within to weeks of submission with its decision, saying regardless of its decision "We will never leave you without feedback!" Developers have a choice of either allowing GOG to take 30 percent of the royalties or accept an advance and have the distributor take 40 percent of royalties. The split is knocked back to 30 percent awarded to GOG once the advance has been recouped. Every successful submission gets "cross-media...

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Microsoft Illumiroom could project the future for next-gen Xbox

Microsoft's Illumiroom could play a role in the future of the next-generation Xbox, according to a new preview video released ahead of this week's CHI 2013 event which promises to reveal more technical details about this proof-of-concept system. Illumiroom was first unveiled during CES with a demo that offered a glimpse of the new tech that is designed to create an augmented reality projection that extends gaming onto nearby walls. An earlier video of the tech showed how a Kinect for Windows camera would be used to scan the geometry of a room and tailor visuals projected outside the television to complement what's happening on the screen. According to the new video, "IllumiRoom envisions a next-generation gaming console with a projector that sits on your coffee table and surrounds...

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Star Trek's JJ Abrams' and Valve's Gabe Newell's full DICE Keynote Speech video

Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell and Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams joined forces to give the 2013 DICE Summit keynote — that keynote can now be viewed in its entirety. Newell and Abrams revealed during the storytelling-focused keynote that they want to develop video games together and make movies based on Portal and Half-Life. Polygon spoke to Abrams post-keynote about his plans. The keynote was intended to be livestreamed, but was recorded instead and recently uploaded. Thankfully, Polygon was there to live blog the keynote.

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Watch Portal turrets take on GLaDOS in 'The Turret Anthem'

Using the power of Valve's Source Filmmaker, BioWare Cinematic designer Zachariah Scott and composer Lars Erik Fjøsne joined forces to create "The Turret Anthem," an animated musical short. The video features an ever-growing group of turrets that combine musical forces to tackle GLaDOS herself. Check out the video above, or listen to the song on Fjosne's Soundcloud.

Portal Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2007-10-09
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
  • Android
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
  • Mac
    • Released 2010-05-12
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 2008-10-22
    • Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
    • Developer Valve
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