"Who doesn't love the holiday season, right? Great food, reminiscing, the obligatory trip to visit your family even if you don't really want to. Okay, so maybe it's more fun for some than others, but there is one undeniable perk for a family of gamers: you get to game with the ones you love. In case you aren't exactly prepared for a four- or five-day gaming session, fear not: we've got you covered. Here's our list of the best games to play with your family over the holiday weekend."

With Valentine's Day just around the corner Cinelinx takes a look at the best video games for gamers to play with their significant others this romantic season.

All seems to be quite quiet on the Valve front, however Ben from BagoGames muses at a few titles that Valve really should think about releasing, including sequels to beloved favorites.

"From arguably one of the most popular videogames of 2011, Valve’s puzzle-platform adventure Portal 2, comes new action figures of the co-operative duo testing robots: ATLAS and P-Body. Designed for the die hard fan only, these two new figures will be available with a recommended retail price (RRP) of £239.99 GBP each."

"The automated security system previously only available to secret government facilities is now available to the public. The all new wave two range features ten different decorative designs to provide discreet protection in a variety of environments."

This incredible replica of the Frankenturret from Portal 2 really does look like it's stepped straight out of the game. It lights up and its legs twitch, perfect for any Portal fan.

"Whether you’re experiencing an unexpected side effect of being in the “control group” at Aperture Laboratories or bemoaning your less exciting (but probably less dangerous) job, the Portal 2 Miniature Replica Portal Gun is for you. Following the success of the full size replica this new release is still a sizeable production, but mush more friendly on the wallet."

"Today sees the start of a brand new series of releases, kicking off the new Portal 2 statue line with the standard model Aperture Sentry Turret. Available from today, this high quality production is limited to just 750 pieces available worldwide."

Raptr has posted its most played games of 2012. Most of these games make a lot of sense; they are multiplayer games that you can spend countless hours with. Goozernation takes a look at some of the nominees and for the most part agrees with what Raptr has chosen. But where was the most played PSN game? How about Western RPG vs. Japanese RPG?

"A brand new collection of the award-winning soundtrack to the Portal videogames is coming to retail later this month, with the release of Portal 2: Songs to Test By Collector’s Edition. Already available as a digital collection, the Portal 2: Songs to Test By Collector’s Edition retail package will include a unique mini-comic and all of the music from the original Portal."

To Trevor from Leviathyn.com, developers are doing too much to make games that are relevant to the audiences that play them. Is this a bad thing? Should they start branching more outside the lines?

Travis from Leviathyn.com talks about how the Steam Summer Sale allowed him to try all of Valve's biggest games, and how this changed his once-negative opinion of them.

Sometimes a good, memorable cast of characters can make a game great. Blake from Leviathyn.com takes a look at the top 10 games that got casting characters very, very right.

TheMoviePool got the chance to sit down and talk with Alex Zemke, the creator of the Portal animation, the pics of which, set the internet a buzz a couple months ago with the fan community.

"Sometimes, it's neat to take a step back and really appreciate the little things in life that make a big difference. Take, for example, air. It's not like it's on your mind 24 hours a day, but it is utilized by you constantly. How does it hold the oxygen we need? How does it refresh through plant life? There are many other questions that can be asked of air, and education can prove to answer most all of those mysteries.

Today, I'm discussing the life staple of video games: boxes. In the fo..."

Leviathyn.com's Jay Coombes delves into Portal 2's new creation system. Do you have what it takes to be your own GLaDOS and come up with most dubious testing areas? This DLC allows you to find out.

A college student has taken inspiration from Portal for his final project. He's created a fully working turret that can actually track your motion's and shoot you.

Leviathyn.com's Cassidee Moser delves into how writing, character development, and immersion can take gaming from an interactive hobby to a journey of one's emotions. She explores the working pieces of a story that makes video games one of the best way to explore creativity and yourself.

Leviathyn.com's Stephen Daly delved through the new Valve Employee Handbook and found some clear lessons that he could carry in his own life. These five highlights from the handbook exemplify the kind of business Valve is, how down to Earth the bosses are, and how great their employees have it.

What will the next generation of consoles bring? Will gamers see more cross platform play? Better social media integration within consoles? More of project $10? Will Nintendo finally make online play easy? Are $60 games done? What about Apple and Steam? GoozerNation takes a look at some of these rumors and asks which are plausible, and which ones will never happen?

"PushStartSelect; "There a ton of rumors going around that the next generation consoles will be digital only and of course retailers like Gamestop will be on their way out the door. While a theory like this is common, it’s more or less similar to a scare tactic. You know, like a scary story that you believe as a kid, but in reality it can never happen. A “what if” scenario that got a bit out of hand. It’s nothing more, nothing less.""

A few new images, in addition to the North America price tag, have been revealed for the upcoming Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device Prop Replica.

NoobFeed.com still watches The Simpsons after 20 odd years. Tonight's episode started off with some sentry drones and a big gaping orange hole. This follows last week's steampunk opening. Nothing makes a show better than pop culture snippets.

Valentine's Day is as good a time as any to snuggle up on the couch and do some gaming with that special someone, but finding a game to play is not always easy, so here are some suggestions.

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Here are this week's deals on Xbox 360 stuff from around the internet including over half off on a MW3-themed Wireless with Bluetooth mic and some extremely good prices on used games.

"Video game journalism is having a bad week in terms of ethics. Days ago it was announced that G4 and IGN host Jessica Chobot was secretly in the cast of Mass Effect 3 even while she was reporting on the game. Last night Harold Goldberg the founder of the NY Video Game Critics Circle was presented with an award from his own organization for Best Video Game Book, beating out authors like Neal Stephenson and Jane McGonigal."

Some of Valve's most popular games are now available for purchase and download via Gamestop's Impulse PC digital download service. This is very rare as Valve has never allowed any of their titles to be published by other digital retailers. These titles include Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, The Orange Box, and Half-Life Complete. Despite these titles being available on Impulse, users will still need to register the games through Valve's Steam service in order to play them. With Impulse...

It's "Game of the Year" time, and GameRabies.com's Cliff weighs in with his selections for the best games of 2011 - eleven of them, in fact. Check out the full article for his picks of the best releases in the single greatest year in video game history.

In this week's edition of Top 10 Tuesdays, Matt Beaudette of Gaming Irresponsibly gives his list of the best voice actors in the world of video games.

""...You awoke from cryosleep in a familiar, but dilapidated, environment. With nothing more than a specialised gun you had to navigate whats left of the factory and solve dangerous puzzles to escape the facility in which you are entirely alone, save the surviving AI...""

In this week's installment, Matt Beaudette of Gaming Irresponsibly gives his list of the Top 10 Characters in Video Games. With so many memorable character throughout the history of video games, will your favorite make the list?

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"2011 has been a very well-paced year for gamers. We started out with a couple of hits in January and ended with a major release less than a week before Christmas. My favorites this year include horror, comedy, epic RPG’s, downloadable arcade games, and even a DLC pack from a 2010 game that was so good it deserves just as much honor as the full games. Developers are making great games at a faster rate than anyone can play them all, but here are ten that I thoroughly enjoyed."

GameFly's year-end sale started today and many used games have been heavily discounted including some excellent titles like Crysis 2, L.A. Noire, Dragon Age II, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

"We here at the Department of Electronic Entertainment possess vast pools of intel about the gaming industry. We deal with situations every day that would leave most Americans cowering in terror. But some secrets don’t require a team of espionage specialists; some secrets about the gaming industry are widely understood by long-time gamers yet unknown by most of the population. While the following revelations may seem obvious to most gamers, the financial security of the industry is based ..."

In this week's edition of Top 10 Tuesdays, Matt Beaudette of Gaming Irresponsibly runs down the Top 10 Games of 2011. Where does your favorite game rank on the list?

The winners and losers are in and the big winner of the night has to be Portals 2 and then skyrim. There where a lot of awards given out yesterday some of which where best wii game best motion game best shooter game best rpg. Most of the winners are pretty new games.

Valve's planning something and if history is anything to go by, it'll be huge and make the entirety of the world happy. It started with a Half-Life 3 shirt, but that was only the start.

GameRabies.com takes a look back at 11 of the most memorable scenes witnessed in some of 2011's greatest games - just in case you forgot about them after the holiday shopping season started.

"There are places that truly give a crap about games and will do everything in their power to give each game what it deserves. Others will treat the GOTY voting as nothing more than a popularity contest where the game that sold the most is the winner."

"This major update will feature an easy-to-use in-game map editor that will let users design, build and share their own single-player and co-op test chambers with the community, who will be able to view, play and vote on them with a simple click."

"PushStartSelect: "FPS titles have become the hottest selling item over recent years. The craze started back when ID made Doom, a game that would make you turn and bob your head because things were literally flying right at you. Of course the horror aspect made it all the more awesome, but the genre has changed and expanded into all sorts of formulas. We still have the horror titles like Fear, Doom, and even Quake, but the genre is now lead by the blockbusters of Call of Duty or Battlefield. A..."

Portal 2's latest DLC, dubbed "Peer review" is now available on PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam for free. The game is also 50% off on steam, so now would be the time to pick up a copy if you haven't already.

"Can’t get enough of Portal 2? Want new puzzles to solve and more story to delve into? Well, Valve is giving gamers the chance to add to their Portal 2 experience with the first piece of DLC for the title entitled Peer Review. The DLC will be coming out very soon and, best of all, will be free. Check out the details on the DLC below."

Chet Faliszek of Valve has said that the company is "about people sitting on their couches or at their desks", going on to say "it’s just not a space our engine has been looked at or optimized for."

This means we can't be expecting games such as Portal or Half Life on the 3DS (or even on the Vita) any time soon, or at all if Valve really are that disinteresed in handheld gaming.

An all new short film from Dan Trachtenberg is an adaptation of the best-selling video game, Portal...and it's awesome. Better than most full-length attempts at video game movies, this short film will have you pining for more.

"Valve still plans to release the first, free DLC pack for Portal 2 this Summer says Valve's Director of Marketing, Doug Lombardi to Kotaku. That date? September 15th, which puts it just over a week before the official end of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. You tricky, lovable fiends, you!"

Someone must have taken a very long time to complete this. This is a video of someones very creative recreation of Portal 2's silly British talking robot, Wheatly, in puppet form. It's fully functional and pretty jaw dropping.

Valve is launching yet another new service for its online Steam platform. Trade Team Fortress 2 items and even full games with Steam Trading. The beta is underway.

"In a recent Tweet from Ellen McLain’s husband (she’s the eternally witty woman who’s behind the voice of GLaDOS in the Portal franchise) she’s recently headed back to Valve for more work on games. What it is, however, remains a mystery."

GlaDOS husband and TF2 Sniper, John Lowrie, stated that his wife, Ellen McLain, is working on some 'game work' today. Is it more Portal 2 goodness? Is it the highly anticipated Half Life: Episode 3? Who knows. Just glad to see anything pointing at new projects from Valve.

"Don’t get me wrong, when I played Portal 2 online I still enjoyed the game because there is a lot to like. I rate this game as 10/10 every single time and I think it one of the best games of this year already. The ping tool and the obvious voice chat between myself and my online co-op partner were vital to solve many of the puzzles but you don’t get the same sense of achievement and joy when you both complete a puzzle online as you do when your sat next to one another, getting frustrated and ..."

Electronic Arts is on fire with hit sequels this year. Four games, all of which are the second in their respective franchises, are multi-million sellers.

Portal 2 drove Steam sales this year. It was Valve's best selling game on the platform with over 1.1 million in sales and over $56 million in revenue.

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In case you haven't had a chance to raise your hackles about it, on May 14, WBTV ran a story about adoptive parent Neal Stapel's outrage at a throwaway line in Valve's immensely popular puzzle-platformer Portal 2. Perhaps fearing that the meaningless controversy hadn't gone far enough, Alabama TV station WAFF was the next to run a story on attention-seeking Stapel - and like the one before it, the report is just another window into a trend of irresponsible parent..."

2011 is halfway over. Matt Buckley takes a look at the games released so far this year and outlines the 5 best, those that stand the chance of being mentioned again at year's end.

"Gamer Gaia: Steam Summe Camp PictureSteam Summer Camp is winding down to an end, but the deals are still as good as ever. Today has a great list of daily deals, with some new and great titles such as Portal 2, Dead Space 2, and Duke Nukem Forever all coming in with big discounts."

Sometime back, Valve freely released the first volume of the Portal 2 soundtrack, and now, Valve release the second of three entire volumes. Although, this second version has a twist. Feel free to download it now

Portals 2 has started a contest for gamers to design a maps that would be rated and reviewed and could win prizes. This contest was done to create high quality map packs from the gamers that play the games. You can now download them for free. Visit the site for more details.

Somehow we're already halfway through 2011. What games have stood out so far? Joystick Division looks at the ten best games of the first half of 2011.

Portal 2's sales are going strong, as Gabe Newell, Valve's co-founder, announced that the game has sold over 3 million copies. The original Portal has sold 4 million copies...

Need some hott jams for the next time you're doing science? Joystick Division looks at the five best brain-enhancing songs from Valve's free Music To Test By Volume 1 soundtrack to Portal 2.

"The popular computer peripherals manufacturer, Razer, has now released its new motion sensing controller. It comes bundled with Portal 2, along with a ‘Sixense MotionPack DLC’ featuring 10 custom single-player maps that have been specifically designed for the Razer Hydra."

In this episode, the crew talks about Portal 2 co-op, L.A. Noire (spoilers), Infamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale, The Avatar Legends (XBL Indie), Bulletstorm, NBA Jam, The Kinect, PSN, and plenty of other lovely topics. Plus, they have a special giveaway to celebrate Memorial Day.

Portal 2 was a vast improvement in every sense over its predecessor and it had a beautiful soundtrack. Well, thanks to Valve, now we will be able to listen to those tracks without the need of playing or owning the game.

Portal has been released and many people can't wait to get their hands on the next set of levels for their mind-bending enjoyment. Check out the full story for all the details.

Portal 2 is a great sequel. Hands down this is a great game. There is no need for any other games to be released this year, gamers have their GOTY with Portal 2. Whether its the story, the puzzles, or the co-op play, fans old and new cannot go wrong with this game. Valve has once again created a classic

"Oh internet trolls, thou do make me chuckle. During all the talk of the rapture over the weekend I discovered this little beauty of an article on the Faux Christian website Christwire. The article is called “Is Portal 2 Safe for the Christian Family” and in my opinion this is one of the greatest instances of trolling since the internet first coughed and spluttered it’s way into life."

2011 has been an interesting year for video games: there have been plenty of killer apps released already, and plenty more are announced for launch in the fall and winter seasons.

With that in mind, what are the five best games of the year – so far?

Raptr, a popular game tracking and social platform for gamers and Gamespot teamed up to release an interesting infograph on the popular Portal 2 game. The infographic reveals the percentage of gamers who completed the game, which achievements were the hardest to obtain, and how its release affected other Portal-related games.

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Ryan intentionally delayed his review of Portal 2 to prevent spoilers, but there are spoilers in here, so don't click in if you don't want spoiled! There are a lot of great reasons that Portal 2 is an awesome sequel, and there are some lessons developers can learn from it. Click in to learn more (as long as you are prepared for spoilers).

Portal 2: The Final Hours was an ipad only release some time ago that detailed process that went into Portal 2. From the Portal Prequel that was shelved to the last stretch leading up to the final game’s release, Journalist Geoff Keighley was given a huge amount of access into Valve to bring us this dramatic behind the scenes look.

In this episode, the hosts talk about the return of PSN, Portal 2, L.A. Noire, Gears of War 3, Brink, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Outland, Portal, Fallout: New Vegas, Thor, Game of Thrones, and plenty of other lovely topics.

Gabe Newell, head honcho of Valve, gave some pretty interesting comments regarding the current payment plan business model, calling it "broken." Under Newell's idea, people would pay...

Modders, rejoice! It seems that Valve is going to answer your wishes, as it was announced today that Valve will be releasing their creation tools beta, available on Steam.

Take down GlaDOS with the help of GameZone's GameBuster. As we provide the final narrative walkthrough to help you defeat GlaDOS in the fifth chapter of Portal 2.

Despite earlier rumors that Valve may be finished making single player games, Gabe Newell, the company's founder stated that they were not t=eliminating single player from...

To go along with the Portal 2 transparent lock screen wallpaper from a few weeks ago, Conflicting Gamers has created tiles you can mix in with your Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles creating a complete Portal 2 theme. Check out the video on how it's done and grab the Portal icons for your WP7.

Are you stuck in Portal 2 and confused of what to do next? Well, Vito will guide you through some of the puzzles in Part 6 of his new video series called Gamebuster.

Are you stuck in Portal 2 and confused of what to do next? Well, Vito will guide you through some of the puzzles in Part 6 of his new video series called Gamebuster.

"Whether from the PSN outage, or from the thrill of the ARG being over, the price of Portal 2 has plummeted.  Right now, you can get it on Xbox or PS3 for only 34 bucks, and the PC version is a paltry 29."

Are you stuck in Portal 2 and confused of what to do next? Well, Vito will guide you through some of the puzzles in Part 5 of his new video series called Gamebuster

Are you stuck in Portal 2 and confused of what to do next? Well, Vito will guide you through some of the puzzles in Part 4 of his new video series called Gamebuster.

Are you stuck in Portal 2 and confused of what to do next? Well, Vito will guide you through some of the puzzles in Part 2 of his new video series called Gamebuster.

"Valve’s Portal was a surprise hit, garnering millions of fans and generating plenty of internet memes along the way. After several months of extremely clever marketing, Portal 2 is finally out. But how did it stack up against the colossal fan favorite that the first Portal came to be? I took my plunge into Portal 2 without reading anything about it story-wise, and I have to say that it was well worth it to have a “virgin experience”. Throughout this review, I will do my very best to critique ..."

In this episode, Kush discusses the PSN outage with a calm that makes Gandhi look like Bill O'Reilly and Kari admits she alone brought the service down. -- Topics of discussion include Sony, PSN, and all that crap, the next Wii (again), Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Sword & Sworcery, L.A. Noire, Rio, Game of Thrones, and plenty more.

Having trouble with your portals? Stuck, and have no one left to turn to for help? Then check out our new walkthrough series, Vito's Gamebuster, that focuses on Portal 2.

"It’s been nearly four years since Valve released the cult hit Portal in the compilation game The Orange Box. Buried beneath the awesomeness that is Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Portal was more of a tech demo of sorts, limited in scope to just eighteen short levels. The gaming community’s reaction to Portal was unexpectedly positive and today a full version of the game is being released in the form of Portal 2."

"Smartphone wallpaper is pretty easy to create and decent game related ones are often sought after online. Windows Phone 7 is able to display transparent wallpaper making it a little harder to create, and so is searched for even more so – especially creatively made ones. I think I have a few for you that will surely impress your friends."

Online retailer Amazon.com has heavily discounted Portal 2 on the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 less than two weeks after the first-person puzzle game launched in North America.

Having trouble with your portals? Stuck, and have no one left to turn to for help? Then check out our new walkthrough series, Vito's Gamebuster, that focuses on Portal 2.

When Valve brought gamers the original Portal in 2007, the critical acclaim it received was unexpected but obviously very welcome. Due to this acclaim, Valve worked hard for the past few years to bring the definitive Portal game to gamers. Have they achieved this with Portal 2? Read on to find out.

Portal 2 has come and gone and gamers around the world can't wait to get their hands on some DLC to extend their adventure. Check out the full story for some new details.

Valve today announced upcoming DLC for their smash hit Portal 2. It will be available this summer for PS3, Xbox 360, Mac, and PC gamers for free. There have not been any details about what it will be called, but it will contain more challenge modes and test chambers.

"It’s safe to say Portal was one of the most interesting and original games to be released in recent years. So much so five years after its release it is still managing to sell 20million dollars’ worth of software."

This video from Dorkly shows what playing the original Super Mario Bros. would be like if our plumber hero had a Portal gun. Check it out at the source -- definitely good for a laugh.

In an industry saturated with copycat games, Portal 2 delivers something completely fresh. It is even more of a feat when you consider that Portal 2 is a FPS....

Portal 2 has been released and many people are anticipating the next chance they will have to jump into one of their favorite worlds. Valve has spoken about upcoming Portal 2 DLC. Check out the full story for all the details.

"This week was certainly hot with plenty of new releases. GameZone checks out some of the hottest new games and looks ahead at a few anticipated titles. Also, we discuss some interesting new indie titles and joke about the latest Anonymous flop. All that and more in this week’s GameZone wrap-up."

In a somewhat surprising piece of news, the Xbox 360 version of Portal 2 has outsold the PS3 version, by a rather substantial margin. This is even more surprising when the cross platform...

"Spring is now upon us and there’s fortunately more to look forward to than just flowers and the chirping of birds; the next few months are jam-packed with great games. We here at PlanetXbox360 are hoping to make life a bit easier for you by narrowing down the must-play games to a manageable five. The following titles are the ones worth looking out for over the next few months."

Now that the hype has passed, does Portal 2 really live up to the heritage of its name. Dave Snell takes a look at the sequel to Valves surprise 2007 hit first person puzzler. Picking up many years after the downfall of GLaDOS, Portal 2 continues with a fine sense of humour and a fabulous Co-Op mode as well as some surprises of its own.

"Today we celebrate our one year podcasting anniversary! (53 weeks is a year right?) The gang’s all here to say a fond farewell to our Pathost Pat, who is abandoning video games to move on to an exciting new entertainment medium called cinema. Never heard of it… Anyways, we all have a lot of games to discuss including the super hot Portal 2, the exceedingly blazing Mortal Kombat, the severely scalding Might and Magic Clash of Heroes, the acutely scorching Gears of War 3 beta, greatly steaming ..."

"From top to bottom, there is a lot to love about Portal 2, and not much to dislike. It is quite possibly the best delivery of a puzzle game, well, ever. It’s fantastic enough on its own, but as a sequel, this game delivers in every desired way. It is bigger, funnier, longer, harder, and more fully-featured than its predecessor, which was already a solid game in its own right. Plus, this time around, you can actively share the experience with a friend. Simply put, Valve hit a home run. Portal ..."

One of the best games in recent memory is back with a fantastic sequel. Portal 2 arrives just in time to save the gaming world from the long dry spell of spring...

"When Portal was released back in 2007 it was part of the Orange Box package and served as almost a tech demo for this kind of gameplay. Not treated as a traditional FPS the player was given a gun that could open one portal on a wall and another portal anywhere else that would serve as its corresponding tunnel. Vavle has alot to live up to on making the sequel to such a hit and it looks like they’ve done it again in a much bigger way."

"Lines of code have split open, algorithms have aligned and Valve has seen fit for gamers everywhere to wallow in the release that is Portal 2, which arrived just this week. Promising to be four times longer than what we were all entreated to previously, the original Portal definitely seemed to be the bait to hook the entire gaming community into falling in love with cubes, sentry guns, portals and yes, maybe even GlaDOS. In the meantime though, for everything that contemptible contraption Gla..."

After three years of waiting and much speculation, Valve has once again answered the call of gamers world-wide when Portal 2 hit shelves earlier this week.

Metacritic is the go-to place for reviews of all things entertainment but if the user rating scores on that site are all but useless when it comes to video games.

Portal 2 has been released and is taking the video game landscape by storm. However, it's a new feature that is getting quite the buzz. Check out the full story to hear what Valve said of the matter.

Joystick Division hopes that the excessive hype and extremely positive reviews for Portal 2 won't lead to a kneejerk backlash among gamers. But of course one has already started online.

"Back in 2007, Valve Corporation released a small game known as Portal within their videogame compilation, The Orange Box. One of the newer titles, Portal was also short, coming in at a measly three hours to completion. There wasn’t a multiplayer mode, and the visuals left a lot to be desired, taking place in stark gray rooms fit for a hospital operation and rusty old warehouses."

Portal 2 is one of the best things to happen to gaming in a long time. It is a direct continuation of the events of Portal, although quite a bit of time has passed. For those of you who played Portal you already have a pretty good idea why this game should be fantastic and those of you who haven't should go buy it right now. I will wait.

Getting early access to Portal 2 wasn't easy at all. Take this guy for example. After playing a game of Toki Tori from the "Potato Bundle," he discovers coordinates to a mystery location. Soon after, he begins his nerdy quest for Portal 2.

"Portal 2 is proof of how important story and character can be to a game. Without the brilliant scripting and cinematic approach to plot, it would actually be quite a forgettable experience."

Are you dying to play Portal 2? Will you do just about anything to get your hands on it. Well you are in luck because Valve is actually giving you a chance on how to get access to the title early. Check it out.

Several new concept art images have been revealed exclusively by online retailer, Amazon.com, for the upcoming first-person puzzle multiplatform title, Portal 2.

Valve Software has brought us classic titles such as Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress, and Left 4 Dead. It is then a very bold claim that their newest offering, Portal 2...

The winter season has become a crowded a competitive area for some of our most favorite titles. In this latest opinion piece, we discuss whether certain titles would benefit if released in the summer. Check it out.

"With the multi-platform release of Portal 2 about a month away, it seems strange that this unique first-person take on a puzzle game has spawned such a ridiculously popular franchise. Portal is assuredly a breadwinner for Valve, not just in terms of sales but also the abundance of “The Cake Is a Lie” shirts, plush companion cubes, and everything else a geek could want. Given the immense fanbase, hopes are high for the sequel, and the pressure is on Valve to create a game worthy of the name Po..."

SOme gaming fans at times have way too much time on their hands, or, are so into some games, they'll spend hours sourcing fine details of upcoming games.

OXCGN's Nick Lom is just one of those sorts of guys, and spent hours digging through the clues that Valve have hidden inside their website regarding their upcoming title Portal 2.

The ARG (Alternate Reality Game) is extremely deep, but Nick lays it all out for you to read, and interesting reading it is. SLip over and check it out now.

A select few journalists were treated to a special showing of Portal two by Valve recently at PAX East. Check out the full post to find out what we have learned about the much anticipated sequel coming in April. Cheers!

GameStop has revealed several details on the official strategy guide for the upcoming first-person puzzle game, Portal 2 for the Mac, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has released a rating summary (with some minor gameplay details) for the upcoming first-person puzzle title, Portal 2 for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

We have a full blow out of the extra special features that will be included for everyone getting the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2. Check out the full story to read all of the information. Cheers!

Portal 2 is one of those games on everybody's minds especially if you are a long term fan of Valve from the PC and Xbox 360 side of things (and now with Steam coming to PS3 you really have no excuse). Check out their Valentine's Day Special Trailer!

"Latest edition of French gaming magazine Canard PC shows a familiar face followed by ‘PORTAL 2′ slapped over the top. Unfortunately, there is nothing to really further investigate with the image. It’s simply Chell sporting an Aperature Science tank top. At least we know she's....still alive!"

Valve has revealed several Steam-related console-exclusive features that will be coming to the Playstation 3 version of the upcoming first-person puzzle game, Portal 2.

"That’s right folks, if you own a Playstation 3, might as well just get a copy of that, even if you have no plans on playing the PS3 version. Why? Because if you do, you’ll get a free download off Steam to play Portal 2 on the PC. Then you can give your weak PS3 copy to a friend so they can widdle through the game like an ape while you enjoy the promise of long awaited bliss as it was meant, with a mouse and keyboard. Or, if you’re feeling really wild, you can pick up a set of Razer Hydra’s fo..."

"2010 gave PC gamers enough variety and support to keep most of us happy and push away the rumors that “PC gaming is dead”. The long awaited Star Craft 2 was welcomed with open arms by Star Craft fans, the latest installment of the Call of Duty series let us have dedicated servers for Black Ops even though the game its self was a little on the buggy side, Indie developers showed the big boys how to make a scary game with Amnesia, WoW players scored another dose of their addiction in the form o..."

With 2010 drawing to a close, it's time to look forward to the next year. Here are the ten most exciting video games of 2011! It's looking like it's going to be a very, very good year for games.

The European box arts for the PC/Mac, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the upcoming first-person shooting puzzle game, Portal 2, have been revealed.

"Portal 2 has got a final release date - and the retail version will be published by EA Partners.

The game will hit retail shelves on April 21, 2011 for PS3, 360, Mac and PC.

"Portal 2 is Valve's most innovative title in the company's history and will be launched with a first-class launch campaign this April," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve."

"Volpin Props, custom replica specialists has creates a great Portal gun replica in 2009. The gun is now for auction during the Child’s Play Charity event auction in Seattle on December 7th. If you purchase the Portal gun you will then spend money for a good cause."

"Ah, Portal 2 – you carry along such lofty expectations lest you make us wait until 2011. In a effort to steal some steam from…well Steam, Gamestop is listing all pre-orders will save $5 and (wait for it) “Custom Bots”!"

"Ripten’s own Danielle Cantrell recently had a chance to play Portal 2 at PAX, and while our excitement hasn’t quite dissipated from the announcements regarding the game, Valve has released an extended Portal 2 Co-op Trailer to reintroduce our initial enthusiasm."

"For the majority of PAX 2010, even the line for Portal 2 was hard to get into. It wrapped around the booth, and people ended up hovering around the end of the line, essentially making a line to get into the line just to watch gameplay.

Ripten was lucky enough to get into Portal 2 however, and better yet, our own Danielle Cantrell was chosen to try the co-op demo with Jeep Barnett from Valve:"

"Two HD videos of new Portal 2 gameplay footage revealed at Gamescom have been released. Portal 2 is a single player and co-op game from Valve. Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space."

Geoff Keighley interviews Valve on their upcoming game, Portal 2. The new dlc for L4d1 AND l4d2 dubbed The Sacrifice and we get some more info on Bioshock Infinite! What's not to love? Check the source for the video!

Portal 2 is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2011. The inclusion of a coop mode has left people pondering for quite some time. But now, we get a tiny trickle of insight into the coop experience.

It's been nearly three years since we first heard GLaDOS and found out the shocking truth that the cake was a lie. Well, we just need to wait a little longer, for Portal 2 is right around the corner.

Although the holiday season may be packed with big blockbuster releases, a few highly-anticipated games ended up slipping into next year. Here are the top 10 games that were delayed until 2011.

During E3, Valve showcased demos and video walk-throughs of Portal 2 and its new features. From the comedic sidekick Wheatley to new tools like the Aerial Faith Plates, the additions to the game move it from indie darling to AAA title . Here are our impressions of the private demo, the new tools, the visuals, and characters.

Valve has released today the first out of the seven parts of the E3 2010 gameplay of Portal 2. GlaDos is back and she is deciding to put the differences behind us, for science.

Though Valve's Gabe Newell has recently became very fond of the Playstation 3, as shown in Sony's conference at E3, he doesn't seem to be taking their idea of 3D video games quite yet. Nor are they going to incorporate Playstation Move functionality into Portal 2. But, who knows what the future holds past Portal 2!

Developers at Valve have confirmed that part of their announcement regarding Steam support for PS3 is plans to work on cross-platform co-op gaming between the PS3 and PC/Mac for Portal 2.

In a stunning move, Valve's Gabe Newell took the stage at E3 2010 during the Sony press conference to announce not only Portal 2 for PlayStation 3, but Steam as well.

A message was recieved from Valve (under the guise of Aperture Science) that they have cancelled their Portal 2 party in E3, in exchange for a surprise. What will it be? The long awaited Episode 3 seems a good bet, but might it be Team Fortress 3? Maybe some more DLC for Left 4 Dead 2? Or just something little? Whatever it is, it'll be interesting.

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"Video game fans have a lot of hobbies outside of gaming itself. But more often than not it all ends up going full circle and coming back to the wonderful world of gaming. Sometimes family and friends support our gaming habits by making stuff for game fans. Cakes are one of those hobbies and things."

All Age Gaming's John Elliott brings us the 4th developer profile. This fortnight he looks at Left 4 Dead 2 developer VALVE. See inside for a look into the famous first person shooter developer and creator of the Steam software.

I could not help by feel a sense of overwhelming satisfaction. It was seriously hard to state. This kind of publicity can only be good. I mean, who else thinks that this song is a classic in gaming? I doubt that anyone within the choir is actually old enough, or (gaming) experienced enough to have played or even understood Portal, but either way; they should feel mighty proud of themselves in having participated. I might have jumped at a chance to join a choir just to sing that song, and I ha...

"While Portal's clean white rooms were the visual star of the first game, Chell, the player's character in the game, was also memorable. For Portal 2, however, that trademark orange jumpsuit has gone straight out the window."

"You’re standing in a dank dungeon, looking for a door that doesn’t exist. The lights flicker, and you hear the raging scream of a distant enemy. Flump, flump – the steps are getting closer. Arming yourself with your favourite weapon, you peer around a corner in the low light and you see him: the Big Daddy. By this time in the game, you have crossed over a mysterious threshold – your brain has mapped itself into the undersea world of Rapture and all you care about is saving your own skin. An i..."