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10:00 PM on 06.20.2012

Valve brings Portal 2 to schools via 'Teach with Portals'

Thanks to Valve's newly released education program "Teach with Portals", schools will now have the opportunity to teach their students through Portal 2. No, really. Valve has taken Portal 2's recently released Perpetual ...

Harry Monogenis



The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual photo
The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual
by Ryan Perez

The one thing that has always bugged me the most about sports is the use of the word "we." As in, "We won!" No, you didn't win, John Sofaturd from Nothingsville, Ohio. You didn't do anything except sit on your ass and obtain a contact high from the fruitful efforts of someone else who worked their ass off for their success.

To my disappointment, gamers can sometimes have this same habit. Not too long ago, a friend of mine posted an image on Facebook associating the reclusive and unorthodox lifestyle of Nikola Tesla with that of a gamer/comic lover/D&D player, so on and so forth. This was all accomplished via the generalization of the term "geek." Sports fans, meet gamers, the DeVito to your Schwarzenegger.

This made me realize that the debate should not be regarding the differences between "geek" and "nerd"; the two terms virtually mean the same thing, these days. What the debate should be, though, is what different types of geeks/nerds exist. I was led to wonder just why my geek friends enjoy associating themselves with scientific geniuses, when they know practically nothing about science, themselves, as well as how to distinguish the two.

I then proceeded to try that good old-fashioned sociological method. I asked a variety of attendees at E3 two questions: one pertaining to general "hobbyist geek" knowledge and one of general "intellectual geek" knowledge. I wanted to see if we gamers are indeed the same as brainiacs, or if we're simply holding up a "We're #1!" foam finger of our own.

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6:00 PM on 06.19.2012

Don't you wish you could buy these LEGO Portal concepts?

Well, too friggin' bad. A four-man team dubbed Team Jigsaw designed these concepts and submitted them to the LEGO CUUSOO initiative, where supporters have a chance to vote on which ideas are made into physical sets -- this is...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 05.26.2012

Videogame-inspired gas masks? Now I've seen everything!

Brian Cargile is another talented young artist with an extreeeeemely specific area of expertise. As you can see, he specializes in masks: gas masks, goggles, full face masks, you name it. As a one-man costume design house cal...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 05.13.2012

Feast of Fiction proves that the cake is *sigh* not a lie

Gaaaaaaaaaah! Another Portal cake reference! Kill it with fire! Kidding! I can't stay mad at Jimmy and Ashley. They pull off such magical feats week after week, concocting delicious delicacies that tantalize my taste buds. B...

Tony Ponce

2:00 AM on 05.11.2012

Portal 2 Perpetual Initiative serves 1.3 million tests

Released just this week, the Perpetual Testing Initiative expansion to Portal 2 has already resulted in a success of some kind. No, no. Don't tell me. I'll figure out the appropriate adjective eventually. More than 35,0...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 PM on 05.10.2012

What has science done!? The Portal turret is real!

I'd like to think that Cave Johnson is a professor at Penn State University, culling the student body for the next great Aperture Science minds. That would most likely explain why YouTuber kss5095 decided to build a fully fu...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 04.28.2012

Atlas and P-Body toys will soon enrich your pitiful lives

The first product of the Valve / threeA Toys team-up was this weird Companion Cube duck creature. The next set of goodies is thankfully (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective) a little more normal. At the ReVenture ...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 04.26.2012

Valve to release Portal 2 level editor May 8

Starting next month, the possibilities for portal puzzles become as infinite as spaaaaaaaaace. Valve has announced a new update for Portal 2 which will arrive on May 8. The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" will give player...

Conrad Zimmerman





3:00 PM on 03.22.2012

Coming soon: A Companion Cube / mutant duck thing

The other week, threeA Toys announced a partnership for a series of goodies based on Valve properties. As a refresher, threeA has made some pretty sick stuff in the past, like that $400+ Metal Gear Rex figurine. The company w...

Tony Ponce

4:45 PM on 03.13.2012

Interview with Kim Swift, creator of Quantum Conundrum

You guys have heard of Kim Swift, right? Creator of Portal, former designer at Valve, and all-around badass? I interviewed her last week after getting some hands-on time with Airtight Games's upcoming downloadable title ...

Tara Long



Preview: Brain busting goodness in Quantum Conundrum photo
Preview: Brain busting goodness in Quantum Conundrum
by Dale North

I had the pleasure of working through my first Quantum Conundrum play session with the help of its Creative Director, Kim Swift. After helping create Valve hit games Portal and both Left 4 Dead titles, Swift moved onto Airtight Games to bring this dimensional shifting delight to us.

I'm thankful that she was on hand at a Microsoft press event to help me push through some of the brain-twisting puzzle rooms in the very first hands-on session with the game. I'm also grateful that she tried stifling some of her laughter at my mistakes. Some

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1:45 PM on 03.10.2012

Live show: Introducing Weekend Escape with Brett and Cait

[Check out Weekend Escape every Saturday over on Destructoid's Twitch.tv channel at 12pm Pacific with Destructoid Contributors Brett Zeidler and Caitlin Cooke  as they play through entire games with a focus on co-op. It...

Brett Zeidler

6:00 PM on 03.03.2012

New fan game gives Mario a friggin' Portal gun

Hey guys! Remember this Mario / Portal crossover video? Looked like fun, didn't it? I wish we could play that for realsies, though... Wait a sec! You CAN! Oh boy! Indie studio Stabyourself has just released Mari0 (that's a z...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 02.10.2012

ThinkGeek's PotatOS is GLaDOS in a friggin' potato

Back in December, ThinkGeek rolled out a big line of Portal 2 tie-in merchandise, from an Aperture Labs shower curtain to the super popular talking Cave Johnson portrait. The weirdest item, however, was definitely the PotatO...

Tony Ponce

11:00 AM on 12.12.2011

Valve begins hyping something (HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED OMG)

This past Saturday, Valve released a video featuring Portal 2 antagonist Wheatley. Unsurprisingly, the Internet descended upon it with icepicks and magnifying glasses, ready to take it apart and examine every frame for clues ...

Jim Sterling