"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
"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 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.""
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"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...
""...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...""
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Modern Warfare 3 - 830,000 downloads
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Forza Motorsport 4 - 720,000 downloads
Kinect Sports: Season Two - 690,000 downloads"
"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."
"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 ..."
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.
"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..."
"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.
"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!"
"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 ..."
"GamerGaia: 48 WAFF Picture
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..."
"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."
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.
"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 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."
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.
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.
"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.
"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."
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.
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.
"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."
"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 ..."
"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..."
"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.
"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.
"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!"
"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..."
"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."
"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."
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.
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!
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.
"Joystick: We did a few special things on twitter
FoxyKazoo: yeah, i saw the retweet for Xbox points, i did not win
Joystick: yeah, and WrathChild attempted to win, she tried to finagle her way in, we had to tell her she couldn't do that. So I do wish to formally apologize for last week. It was a little rude of me, and in case some of you are wondering what it is that I did, the one thing that I am apologizing for, not everything am I apologizing for, but the one thing. I apologize for makin..."
"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."
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...
"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..."