It's only the first day of GDC and already Valve (creator of the Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, and Portal franchises as well as Mac gaming supporter) is rolling out the big announcements. In a somewhat unclear press release sent earlier today, Valve announced plans for something called "Big Picture Mode." How exactly this new mode will work is unclear, but we do know that it is a program designed to allow PC and Mac gamers to play their games through their television (or other computer displays) with controllers.
In 2007, Valve turned the gaming world on its head through the release of a strange side project called "Portal", wherein a player took part in an experiment conducted by an insane computer named GlaDOS to see if they could escape from a series of increasingly intricate and dangerous mazes while armed only with a teleportation gun that activated both an entry and exit portal.
For gamers everywhere, this is seriously the best Valentine's Day ever. First, Valve officially opens up pre-orders for the die hard Portal fans, and then they release another teaser trailer to warm our hearts and quell the wait for April 18, the official release date. This will be especially comforting for those of us munching on our own drug store purchased box of chocolates tonight. And for those of you sharing today with a loved one, make sure to pass on the trailer and tell them how excited you are to eventually play the game with them co-op when it's eventually released.
Valve, creators of gaming staples such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and the Steam digital storefront, announced on Monday that the company is now accepting pre-orders for Portal 2 via brick-and-mortar retailers, as well as through the Steam interface.
Special pre-order offers vary at participating outlets around the world and include a variety of dollars off and/or exclusive in-game content for those who reserve the game for purchase before it is released the week of April 18. These include $5 off the full price, exclusive in-game skins for the co-op bots (Atlas and P-body), and more.
Growing up, your toys were cool and you were glad you had them, but your friends always had a cooler toy that you would have killed for. Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and the Steam online store, appear to have realized this and announced on Tuesday that the the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 will include cross platform play capable of communicating with the Mac OS X and Windows versions for multiplayer games, persistent cloud-based storage of saved games, and cross platform chat.
Well, at least now you know what the box of the game you're going to be addicted to later this year will look like. On Tuesday, Valve Software released the official box art for its long-anticipated Portal 2 title.
Hey there, kiddies of all ages, how you like us now? It's the all new Mac|Life, but even though we've gone all pretty on you, we've kept the the same great content. You didn't think we'd scrapped the weekend round-up, didja? Absolutely not, and now it's settling in at home in our beautiful new digs and looking to kick back and give you the latest and the greatest.
Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:
Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.