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Chet Faliszek is moving on from Valve

Another familiar face is out at Valve. Following the departures of fellow writers Marc Laidlaw and Erik Wolpaw, now Chet Faliszek -- who contributed to both of the Half-Life 2 episodes, as well as the Portal and Left 4 Dead series, and Coun...   read

 
 
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Erik Wolpaw has departed Valve

It's been confirmed that Erik Wolpaw, one of the writers behind games like Portal and Left 4 Dead, is no longer working for Valve. Wolpaw and his writing partner, Chet Faliszek, joined Valve after their hugely influential Old Man ...   read

 
 

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Portal in augmented reality looks super neat

Augmented reality has never been a perfect technology, but it definitely creates some fun scenarios. Pokémon Go is the biggest game to extensively feature the tech, but lots of modders and fans have created their own demos to showcas...   read

 
 
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Half-Life may continue, but not like you want it to

Gabe Newell recently held an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit and people were obviously drooling at the chance to question the existence of Half-Life 3. While that was deftly avoided by Gaben, there were some interesting hints dropped about ...   read

 
 
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Valve's Orange Box is backward compatible on Xbox One

The Orange Box was a special release back in 2007. Hell, it still is to this day. Valve's compilation disc brought Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two to consoles, and good lord that's a lot of...   read

 
 
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YouTuber pick: MxR on Fallout 4 mods worth downloading

He had me at "breastfeeding is just a zip away." I was going through my YouTube feeds and spotted a smorgasbord of Fallout 4 mods worth looking into, as spotted by MxR Mods, including a fully functional portal gun. One of the most outlandis...   read

 
 
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New Portal game built in Unreal Engine 4 coming next week

The chaps behind the officially sanctioned free Portal 2 expansion Portal Stories: Mel have a new game called Portal Stories: VR available for the HTC Vive at launch on April 5, 2016. Somehow we never got around to reviewing...   read

 
 
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Valve announces free VR experience 'The Lab,' set in Portal universe

Valve's public relations is so bizarre. Where most publishers will send over 1000-word hypertext press releases with screenshots and videos, Valve is keen to just give us four sentences in plain text. And we still write about it! Because Va...   read

 
 
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Uncovered voice files reveal how Valve makes games funny

Comedy is hard at the best of times, in a video game, it can be damn near impossible (looking at you Matt Hazard). The magical elixir of expectation, subversion, and timing that makes a joke funny is hard to nail down when working against t...   read

 
 
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Portal's 'Still Alive' sounds very Disney with a full choir

Portal's beloved "Still Alive" is a quirky anti-epic, so giving it the full choir treatment just kind of sounds like a '90s Disney tune, even when the rest of the voices (backup singing villagers or something) jump in halfway through. Techn...   read

 
 


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Rocket League x Portal

Portal crossover coming to Rocket League

Portal-themed content is coming to Rocket League next month, Psyonix has announced. Starting December 1, the following items will be awarded to players at random after matches: Cake (Topper)  Conversion Gel (Rocket Trail)  Propul...   read

 
 
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'You Wouldn't Know' is the third Portal song by Jonathan Coulton

The reveal of LEGO Dimensions earlier this year was kind of bizarre. How can Traveller's Tales get all those different licenses? Jurassic Park, Scooby Doo, Batman, and Portal 2? It's like every kid's toy chest in video game form. It turns o...   read

 
 
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The Homebrew Launcher comes to 3DS, despite Nintendo trying to stop it

Homebrew has become a bit of a Hydra for Nintendo recently. They pulled down IronFall due to an exploit which allowed non-approved software to be run on the 3DS, and in response almost the same exploit has now also been released for the Yo...   read

 
 
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You can now watch a full playthrough of the Portal VR demo

For the last few months Valve have been using a brand new Portal game to show off their Vive VR headset. Short clips of the demo have surfaced online in bits and pieces, but thanks to a recent game jam in London, you can now watch a playthr...   read

 
 
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Portal Stories: Mel is an intriguing new Portal adventure

It's been a while since I've thought about Portal 2, but the time is right. Portal Stories: Mel is out now on Steam, free to anyone who owns the core game. This is a standalone mod with its own voiced storyline, soundtrack, and custom asset...   read

 
 
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Zen Studios' Portal pinball table is pretty faithful, and fun

I'm not as crazy about pinball as say, Chad Concelmo, but with the right theme, I'm on board. The South Park Pinball pack hit the spot with numerous references to the show, and more recently, the Portal board has its hooks in...   read

 
 
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That Valve/Zen Studios collaboration is Portal Pinball

The teaser is less than a week old, and now we have some more details on the collaboration between Zen Studios (best known for its pinball games) and Valve (best known for not developing Half-Life 3). It's not the excellent play on words Xe...   read

 
 
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After five long years, Portal: Outside Influence nears completion

It seems like we were just posting about Portal mods the other day, doesn't it? Well, we've got another one for you to look at today, but there's a quite a bit more going on under the surface of this stellar-looking mod...   read

 
 
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Super Source Bros. Melee

What if Valve made their own Super Smash Bros. game, but with characters from Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead? What if?!   read

 
 
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Portal on Nvidia Shield next week, Half-Life 2 coming too

Hey, have you played Portal before? It's supposed to be pretty neat. I won't spoil anything for you, but there's a lady that's really funny and she talks about a cake. On the off-chance that you have played it, do you want to play it a...   read

 
 
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GlaDOS kills everyone in this live-action Portal short

Is GlaDOS killing everyone really a spoiler? Anyway, this live action Portal short is fairly well done. Some nice lighting. A scientist gets exaggeratedly bumped into so he can spill papers off a walkway so the floating papers can be shot ...   read

 
 
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Beautiful infographic charts all of Valve's voice actors

I'm a sucker for a good infographic. You can take something ordinary and uninteresting, like a list of all 50 actors who have provided voice work for Valve's 174 characters, and make something magical. It becomes an adventure, tracing lines...   read

 
 
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Portal 2 gets some free DLC on the PS3

People often love Valve because they're the company that keeps on giving. Today, you'll be able to bottle some of that love in the form of free Portal 2 DLC, exclusively for the PS3 version of the game. The DLC is said to be a "thank you" ...   read

 
 
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Valve has experimented with sweat-monitoring Left 4 Dead

At the NeuroGaming 2013 Conference and Expo this month, Valve's Mike Ambinder spoke about biofeedback experiments that the company has been working on, reports GamesBeat. Most notably, he mentioned that Valve put together a system for measu...   read

 
 
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Behold, Portal 2's freakish Frankenturret brought to life

The Frankenturret, as they're officially called, are the Portal 2 turrets merged with a weighted storage cube. Wheatley had fun creating them in the game, and I'm sure artist corroder666 had fun making the Frakenturret in real life. Best o...   read

 
 


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