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Holy Shit, Valve
« on: 12 Apr 2011, 14:41 »

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #1 on: 12 Apr 2011, 15:09 »

what even is this
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #2 on: 12 Apr 2011, 15:11 »

I don't know, I guess for the past two weeks there's been a massive ARG spanning like 13 different games on Steam that relates to Portal 2 somehow but I don't even understand what the endgame here is.

Oh, I guess the theory just became, based on an errant comment from the devs of one of the games, that if the community figures out the ARG fast enough, Portal 2 gets released early.

Also, all of this was in the Potato Pack from April 1st.

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #3 on: 12 Apr 2011, 17:24 »

Anything to avoid working on Episode 3.

A fat joke a day keeps Episode 3 away. :-(

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #4 on: 12 Apr 2011, 19:06 »

pre-load for portal 2 now.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #6 on: 14 Apr 2011, 11:23 »

So is the potato hat in tf2 worth it?
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #7 on: 14 Apr 2011, 11:23 »

that's allll I care about
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #8 on: 15 Apr 2011, 00:04 »

Holy shit I am up to chapter 10 in that thread and I am just  :psyduck:

I cannot believe the mind that sat down and planned this all out from the beginning. Though to be honest I think the best part is when the guy from the ARG went climbing around the Two Tribes studios, and then they went and posted video of him doing it...
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #9 on: 15 Apr 2011, 08:07 »



Now it all makes sense.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #10 on: 15 Apr 2011, 08:33 »

  :-o

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #11 on: 15 Apr 2011, 08:48 »

Anything to avoid working on Episode 3.

Why tommy, when did you become an angry video game nerd?
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #12 on: 15 Apr 2011, 09:28 »

That one countdown revealed that they'll release Portal 2 early if enough people play the Potato Sack indie games. Valve has some devious bastards.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #13 on: 15 Apr 2011, 13:25 »

http://www.aperturescience.com/a/b/c/d/g/h/abcdgh/

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #14 on: 15 Apr 2011, 18:12 »

The computations page/potato sack/encouraging indie games by asking people to play them for an early release of a heavily anticipated game is really, awfully great.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #15 on: 15 Apr 2011, 18:44 »

Does it have to be part of the pack for it to work? Because I had audiosurf long before the pack came out.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #16 on: 15 Apr 2011, 19:15 »

The computations page/potato sack/encouraging indie games by asking people to play them for an early release of a heavily anticipated game is really, awfully great.

agreed, this is such a cool thing
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #17 on: 15 Apr 2011, 19:45 »

having recently built my first computer with the help of many fine people here, and only yesterday finally downloading Steam for the first time, I ended up buying Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and AAaaAaaetc. A Reckless Disregard for Gravity today.

The latter is fantastically addictive and hectic, and also very funny. I haven't played Amnesia yet because I'm waiting for it to get dark and extra scary, but I'm really looking forward to it, I've heard nothing but good things.


In AAaaaaAAaAa here are some pretty funny GlaDOS lines and some other assorted Aperture Science schematics (i think) and some audio clips. There's also one of the big red buttons from Portal on the main menu screen that brings you to a orange and blue screen with a text prompt, but I don't know what to type into it.


p.s. i got my first steam achievement a couple minutes ago i feel so cool. except i think i got it for dying
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #18 on: 15 Apr 2011, 20:09 »

I haven't played Amnesia yet because I'm waiting for it to get dark and extra scary

Hahahaha no please go on.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #19 on: 15 Apr 2011, 21:02 »

I couldn't finish the demo because I'm such a total pussy.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #20 on: 15 Apr 2011, 21:23 »

Ha nevermind what I said before I'm an idiot.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #21 on: 16 Apr 2011, 10:56 »

The computations page/potato sack/encouraging indie games by asking people to play them for an early release of a heavily anticipated game is really, awfully great.

This is what happens when someone who controls the means of distribution is insanely clever and actually really wants to encourage people to make great games. Everyone ends up winning. Portal 2 gets cool advertising, the indie devs get advertising and more sales, the players get great games for cheap and an early release for a huge title, and Valve gets lots of money no matter what. There is literally no downside for anyone in this scheme.

The CEO of Stardock, who recently sold Steam's largest competitor service Impulse to GameStop of all goddamn things, went on record as blaming Valve's current devotion to Steam for Ep 3's eternal delay. And while that does suck for Half-Life fans, honestly, I wouldn't want their priorities the other way around.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #22 on: 16 Apr 2011, 11:27 »

Impulse was sold to fucking Gamestop?

Jesus christ Stardock, way to totally fuck over your message with Impulse.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #23 on: 16 Apr 2011, 13:41 »

I know, right? The entire time Stardock was decrying Valve as being too corporate and evil with Steam.

So they sold their solution to fucking GameStop.

Well done.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #24 on: 16 Apr 2011, 13:47 »

Impulse was sold to fucking Gamestop?

Jesus christ Stardock, way to totally fuck over your message with Impulse.
That's kind of what they get for expecting people to pay full price for games without DRM
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #25 on: 16 Apr 2011, 14:29 »

Actually, looking around, loss of revenue had nothing to do with it. I use Impulse pretty regularly and while they're sales aren't as ridiculous as Steam for the most part, they pretty much always have huge sales going on. Their sales were basically the same idea as their game selection. Steam but on a smaller scale and little to no DRM. They were quite happy with how Impulse was going and decided to sell because they wanted to continue being a software developer and not a digital distributor. Essentially, Impulse got too big for them.

This shits me even more that the company they sold it to was fucking Gamestop.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #26 on: 16 Apr 2011, 15:24 »

I see the future and it is used game keys.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #27 on: 16 Apr 2011, 17:08 »

At this point, I'm not sure any digital distribution can topple Steam in popularity.

I'm not sure I'd want any other method, either.  It's nice having all your games in one place.



For anyone that hasn't ordered yet, Amazon.com has Portal 2 for $35 with a 'Get it on Release Day' shipping option (for an extra $1.99 or free with Amazon Prime).
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #28 on: 16 Apr 2011, 22:59 »


Never change gabe
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #29 on: 17 Apr 2011, 09:45 »

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #30 on: 17 Apr 2011, 12:17 »

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #31 on: 17 Apr 2011, 13:23 »

Hey Tommy, does the xbox version come with a steam code for the PC/Mac version or is that a stupid ps3 only kinda thing.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #32 on: 17 Apr 2011, 13:53 »

PS3 only because of the steam integration with PSN. Sons of bitches. I want a 360 copy with a code for PC.
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« Reply #33 on: 17 Apr 2011, 14:12 »

I just want super beautiful play on my xbox and alright still pretty + multiplayer gameplay on PC/Mac. I need a demo.
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« Reply #34 on: 17 Apr 2011, 21:18 »

*flips enormous pile of papers around * ghgyghhhhahyghg *is consumed by falling sheaves of 8.5"x11" standard white stock* gyghahyghgh agghy *dies alone + unloved*
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« Reply #35 on: 17 Apr 2011, 21:18 »

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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #36 on: 18 Apr 2011, 13:04 »

Hey the potatoes in the counter thing are counting down.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #37 on: 18 Apr 2011, 14:12 »

so, I've resigned myself to not getting any potatoes.

I only recently signed up for Steam and ended up buying Amnesia and AAaaaaAAaa, and then got Audiosurf gifted to me by a friendly PA forumer, and.....it's just too hard!

The AAAAaaaa level is freaking impossible; I can't even make it to the bottom, let alone get 1 star, and certainly not 5 stars. Amnesia: Justine is pretty awesome and I've gone through it a million times but I can never finish it. Stupid monster kills me in the flooded part.

and then there's Audiosurf, which really isn't my style of game at all. I played the tutorial but haven't picked it back up since. I'm not holding my breath on that one.


Whatever, I don't really care. $60 has disappeared from my bank account, so Portal 2 has officially shipped and is hurtling towards me at blinding speeds as we speak.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #38 on: 18 Apr 2011, 14:33 »

Aperture Science will test you (again) in
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #39 on: 18 Apr 2011, 14:39 »

Fuck you, stupid game launching while I am at work.
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Re: Holy Shit, Valve
« Reply #40 on: 18 Apr 2011, 15:34 »

Aperture Science will test you (again) in
0 Hours, 27 Minutes and 3 Seconds
??? the website still says eight hours
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« Reply #41 on: 18 Apr 2011, 23:07 »

so how is it
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« Reply #42 on: 18 Apr 2011, 23:15 »

I'm kidding you're probably still downloading it off of steam.
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« Reply #43 on: 19 Apr 2011, 07:46 »

and then there's Audiosurf, which really isn't my style of game at all. I played the tutorial but haven't picked it back up since. I'm not holding my breath on that one.
Man, Audiosurf is excellent and I urge you to reconsider. Maybe just play Mono mode, find a good song with a nice beat. The pattern-matching modes don't do much for me either, and the The Device Has Been Modified song is awful every time after the first
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« Reply #44 on: 19 Apr 2011, 09:57 »

I'm not sure if I should post in this thread or the Epic Portal Update thread, but I have it and I love how funny it still is.
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« Reply #45 on: 19 Apr 2011, 10:29 »

i passed a ups truck and a fedex truck on my way to work this morning

i don't know which one it was, but one of those trucks was carrying my copy of portal 2.


and now i'm at work  :oops:
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« Reply #46 on: 19 Apr 2011, 10:34 »

Oh man that was so great.

Can't wait till after the weekend when I can play coop with someone. Yay!
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« Reply #47 on: 19 Apr 2011, 11:32 »

Portal 2 dispatched from the UK, estimated delivery time ten days.  :|
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« Reply #48 on: 19 Apr 2011, 11:56 »

Steam, people?
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« Reply #49 on: 19 Apr 2011, 12:31 »

steam hasn't sold it for less than $45, unless you pooled to buy it with a friend, while amazon and other places have had it for $35 (or less?) at times
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