A hushed silence came over the gaming sectors of the internet around noon eastern time today as a countdown clock reached zero on a web page inside Aperturescience.com. Wild speculation had preceded the countdown's finale with many people speculating the Valve was preparing a surprise early-launch of Portal 2 today rather than its scheduled April 19th release. When it finally reached zero, those folks were somewhat disappointed, but few could deny the less-than-subtle genius of Valve's latest reveal.
Hopefully you've been following Valve's series of spectacular video "commercials," but if not then you should go ahead and get caught up here. Each week leading up to the release of Portal 2, Valve has been releasing a new "investment" opportunity created by Portal 2's nefarious scientific corporation Aperture Science.
The alternate reality game that has been running to promote the upcoming release of the highly anticipated game from Valve, Portal 2, has revealed some very interesting new concept art. Some images even reveal that Valve may have thought about significantly tinkering with the design of the main character.
A quick recap for those of you who haven't been following Valve's awesome video series starring Portal 2's co-op mode characters Atlus and P-Body. Every Monday until the release of Portal 2, Valve will be releasing a new hype/comedy video to promote the game's launch. Today we have the third in this sequence, and it stars the adorable/horrifying turrets of the original game.
We were very impressed by PopCap games huge $200,000 donation to Japan relief with their generous App Store sale earlier this month. However, (even though it's certainly not a competition) we were blown away when Valve announced today that they had raised $300,000 with a recent sale. What's more, the sale isn't even over yet. The items will be availabe for charity until April 6. Let's hit half a million!
Poor Atlas and P-Body. If the two videos released thus far are any indication, these poor plucky robot partners are going to be subjected to endless cruelty every week until Portal 2's official release on April 19. The latest video in their comedy series has the duo engaging in numerous "trust" activities which more often than not lead to their demise.
According to a press release sent to us by Valve, the company will be switching to the SILK voice codec for providing in-game chat and communication options to its customers. In keeping with its recent attitude towards the Mac gaming community, the upgraded service will be offered to Mac and PC gamers alike.
Valve and Aperture Science have teamed up to bring you, the fans, an exciting video series. And yes, the Aperture we're referring to is of the Portal 2 variety. The release date of the long-anticipated game is fast approaching, and to celebrate Valve is releasing a number of documentary-style videos to promote the game.
The anticipation for Portal 2 is so big, that Valve has just announced commercial tv spots heading to a cable station near you. Don't have cable or a television? No worries, we have it for you right here.
And so is some original music to go with the thing that will destroy your social life and make you forget meals, friends and sleep.
On Friday, Valve announced that an original song by popular recording artist The National will be included in its upcoming game, Portal 2.
Portal 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the title that earned over 30 Game of the Year Awards in 2007. The sequel adds new characters, game mechanics, and multiplayer co-op to the award-winning formula that made the original a global phenomenon in gaming.