JJ Abrams Comfirms Portal and Half-Life Movies Still Happening

During the press junket for Bad Robot’s latest horror suspense movie 10 Cloverfield Lane, the studio’s founder, director, writer, and producer JJ Abrams confirmed that film adaptations of the lauded Valve video games Half-Life and Portal are still in development, and both have writers attached.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director gave the update during an interview with IGN, assuring fans that Bad Robot’s collaboration with Valve, which was first announced at DICE 2013 summit. Abrams appeared on-stage with Valve founder Gabe Newell three years ago

“Not yet, but they’re in development,” Abrams told IGN, when asked if we’d be seeing the Half-Life and Portal adaptations any time soon. “And we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.”

While Abrams has confirmed the projects are on-going, they don’t sound much further along than when they were revealed three years ago. Back in 2013, Polgyon reported that Bad Robot had attached writers to both projects, but that they were in the early pre-production stages.

a Portal and Half-Life movie are things I want to see,” Abrams said at the time. “We’re also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script — just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with.”

Abrams, though, did add the caveat, “It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets.”

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Portal vs Half-Life: The Cake is Real!

If there is one thing Valve don’t like its the number 3. With fans waiting for Half-life 3 till it became nothing more than a joke, the eagerly awaited Left 4 Dead 3 being nothing more than rumours and even Team-fortress 2 looking to be the last in the line of releases. The one thing Valve do like doing, messing with physics. Nothing more so than in their ever popular Portal game series (again, a series of only 2 games). Of course, Valve mess with physics no matter what game you play, but physics means nothing when it comes to the cake!

The cake may not be a lie, as you can now even purchase the elusive cake from the Portal game series. When it comes to cake, people will do anything for a slice, from stealing that final slice to using portals and explosive barrels to get the whole thing for themselves.

In the fan-made video see Gordan Freeman from the Half-Life series fights off against Chell from the Portal series in order to gain that ever elusive cake.

It’s always nice to see fans do these kinds of videos, mixing up series and jokes into something that’s not only fun to watch but also good for a quick laugh. Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to grab some cake.

GLaDOS is the Real Star of LEGO Dimensions

Traveller’s Tales has been showing off its forthcoming “toys-to-life” action adventure game, LEGO Dimensions, which is set for its official release next week. LEGO Dimensions sees some of the most iconic characters from film, television, and video games come together after the masked villain Lord Vortech (played by Gary Oldman) collapses the barriers between different fictional worlds. Using compatible LEGO minifigures and statues, à la Skylanders or Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines, characters ranging from Batman, Marty McFly (Back to the Future), and The Doctor (Doctor Who) team up to defeat Lord Vortech across multiple dimensions.

Amid all the buzz, though, no one realised LEGO Dimensions’ greatest secret: tucked away within the game, using the relevant expansion pack, is effectively a sequel to Valve’s lauded Portal series. While the information ahead is relatively spoiler-free, if you’ve not played the pair, flagellate yourself, buy them for PC, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360, play them, love them, and come back. We’ll wait…

With the $50 Portal pack – on top of the $170 base game – you can once again play as Chell within the Portal 2 adventure level, reuniting with Wheatley (voiced again by Stephen Merchant) and, of course, GLaDOS (a triumphant return for Ellen McLain). Chell is initially tasked with building herself a Companion Cube and a Sentry Turret before negotiating her way through a number of test chambers with the help of her trusty Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.

The following video does contain spoilers for the LEGO Dimensions Portal pack:

As does this one. One big spoiler, in particular. You have been warned:

One final spoilery video shows the level’s end credits, which wouldn’t be the same without a Jonathan Coulton-penned song, performed by Ellen McLain as GLaDOS:

LEGO Dimensions is released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 on 27th September in the US and 29th September in the UK.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Portal Stories: Mel Reinvigorates Valve’s Iconic Puzzle Formula

Portal Stories: Mel is a single player community mod and designed to pay homage to the highly revered puzzle series. This mod features over 20 maps, brand new dialogue, models and a host of captivating puzzles. Rough estimations suggest the experience should last between 4-12 hours based on 30-45 minute levels. The difficulty curve has been set to coincide with the original game and should offer enough of a challenge without causing pacing problems for lower skilled players.  Even better, this unofficial expansion will be completely free to existing owners of Portal 2 and is available today!

According to the creators, here is a rundown of what you can expect:

“In the early years of Aperture Science Innovators, Cave Johnson’s scientists rushed to get everything working to catch up with the growth of the company. Unfortunately, not everything worked as it should. Mel took part in a faulty experiment, the Aperture Science Innovators Short-Term Relaxation Vault, falling asleep for years. Now, with a fake Cave Johnson telling her she needs to escape the facility, and a new device, the mysterious Aperture Science Innovators Handheld Portal Device Prototype, her mind races with questions.”

Early indications on the Steam Reviews page are extremely promising and it looks like this will be an essential add-on for puzzle maestros. The ability to mod games and expand their lifespan is at the heart of PC Gaming and I cannot wait to try to sink my teeth into this superb creation.

Turn your ASUSTOR NAS into a PC with new VirtualBox App

ASUSTOR released a new App for their Portal, and you can now turn your NAS into a computer with 24/7 availability and tremendous energy efficiency. The new VirtualBox app allows you to run a long list of virtual machines directly from your NAS. No matter if its sending emails, editing Word, Excel or PowerPoint files, or even Skype, all can be done on one machine, your NAS.

There are a few limitations as to which of the NAS devices support this new feature as it does require some CPU power as well as RAM to run properly. The supported models are the AS50, AS51, and AS57 models and it is recommended to have at least 4GB RAM in the system. The ASUSTOR Portal can also just run one virtual machine at a time, but it’s still really awesome.

Due to license limitations, users will also need to install the VirtualBox extension pack for USB 2.0 devices and Virtual RDP. You can get the pack on VirtualBox’s website as well as see a full list of supported operating systems.

The VirtualBox should satisfy all your virtual machine needs. From the numerous supported operating systems, importing and exporting virtual machines, creating virtual machine snapshots to designating physical NAS network ports for use by specific virtual machines, all can be done with VirtualBox.

VR Portal Tech Demo Screenshots Give First Glimpse of Source 2 Engine

Valve has released the first screenshots of its new Source 2 game engine, taken from the VR Portal Tech Demo it screened at GDC2015.

Joe Ludwig, a programmer at Valve, confirmed before the show that the Portal Tech Demo was powered by Source 2:

The screenshots are little more than a tease, especially since the tech demo itself was designed more to show off the VR capability of the engine, rather than to exploit its graphical capabilities.

For those interested in seeing the Source 2 Engine in action, MaximumPCMag managed to capture a short video of it during Valve’s GDC presentation:

Source: Dark Side of Gaming

3D Print Your Own GlaDOS Robotic Ceiling Arm Lamp!

Earlier today we brought you news of a very cool 3D printed guitar, which is great for musicians to tinker around with. However, if you’re more excited by the world of amateur robotics and the legendary GlaDOS from Portal, this may be a lot more exciting for you!

Someone has created a guide on how to 3D print your own GlaDOS, which you can then fit to your ceiling as a robotic lamp; it may very well be one of the coolest things I have ever seen!

Unfortunately, there’s a few manufacturing problems at the moment, where the GlaDOS gets quite hot, some of the build would require electrical wiring and no doubt a fair bit of skill with fitting servo motors. However, the 3D files are there, so you could always build a stationary unit that would require less skill to construct. There’s certainly room to tweak and improve the design, but the core concept is no doubt too awesome to resist for any budding engineer with a 3D printer at their disposal.

Of course, if the GlaDOS lamp is too hard, you could always just make the potato version!

Now, if someone can get me a 3D printer and a model of FFVII Midgar, with working train and Mako reactors, that’d be great.

3D Printed Moving and Tracking Portal Turret is Full of Win

Got a 3D printer and a few basic electronic components at your disposal? Then good news, you too can build your own motion tracking Portal gun turret, and lets be honest, why wouldn’t you want to do this!

Using 3D printed body panels, an Arduino for the movement and light, and a PC to process video from the built in webcam which decides not only where the turret needs to aim, but also the sound effects.

Without a PC connected, the turret because remote controlled, allowing you to use a joy stick and aim it manually. I wish I had the skills to do something similar, perhaps even equip it with a Nerf gun for maximum effect.

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Thank you Instructables for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Instructables.

Portal 3 Trademark Has Been Filed And Approved

Remember the Half Life 3 trademark that cropped up last week? Well that did seem a little rumour happy at the time and it’s recent disappearance (of the trademark) suggests that it could have been a hoax overall, or the legal team at Valve doing a fine job of covering their tracks, who knows! This new one however seems all that more legit as Portal 3 gets trademarked, but also passed further legal authentications with the OHIM (Office of the European Union).

Either trolls are getting brave and risking fraud charges, while also being through enough to fool several major legal departments without Valve catching on, or this is the real deal. However, this doesn’t mean squat without a game announcement.

Trade Mark Name: Portal 3
Trade Mark Number: 012190286
Officially Checked: Yes

The rumour mill is in full swing recently, with Valve working on the SteamOS thing, SteamBox and all kinds of little projects. Yet you have to think, if Valve really are trying to take a bigger chunk of the gaming market, they’re going to need some games! Portal, Half Life, Source and a few others are prime real estate to launch their SteamBox and we have to keep hoping they’ll see the light of day soon.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of WCCFTech.

Portal 2 Sunburst Turret Statues Coming In Q4 2013

I think it is safe to say that Portal and Portal 2 are extremely popular games, but then again I guess we need something to keep us busy while we wait for information about Half Life 3! The portal series is full of iconic designs and characters, so much so that people buy the companion cubes, which is a nice way of saying “box”.

Yet one of the most popular collectors items from the series has to be the turret, which has sold pretty well in many forms, although mostly inflatable or miniature statue. Now Gaming Heads are to release a gorgeous 16″ tall model of the Aperture Laboratories Sunburst Turret from Portal 2 and it’s easily a must have for collectors and fans of the series.

“Valve’s Portal series has sold millions of copies worldwide to dedicated fans, and as fans of the series ourselves we’re incredibly happy to be able to provide unique, high-end statues in unmatched
quality.” – Gaming Heads

It has been crafted to the finest detail using actual assets from the 2011 game, and measures a sizeable 16” tall from the base to the tip of the antenna. Fitted inside the eye of the statue is a motion sensor to control a light, and even a speaker so that Turret will speak aloud key, iconic phrases from the game whenever movement is detected!

“It truly is a special and very exciting piece of merchandise that will form the cornerstone of any collection with its innovative features.” – Gaming Heads

The Portal 2 Sunburst Turret will be available worldwide from Q4 2013. The statue will be limited to just 350 units worldwide, and can be ordered exclusively from the Gaming Heads website. It won’t be made available anywhere else. The standard White Turret is also still available.

Thank you Gaming Heads for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gaming Heads.

Is The Cake Really A Lie? Custom Portal Style Bedroom!

The cake is a lie! Or so that is what we found out from playing the Portal series. It takes a die hard Portals fan to design a bedroom, at least I think so. Today I was able to find just that, an bedroom that has been customized to look like a room straight out of the Portal franchise.

We do it all in the name of science.

Interior designer ljraider17 is apparently a die hard gamer, as well as an artist. Not everyone will take you into their bedroom, a place of privacy for most. Lucky for us we have been given a special portal in which we are able to view this terrific design. Today I found this most impressive work via a facebook posting from Portal, I then went on to view more photographs of the designs. I only picked out 4 photos to show with you, all four are panoramic views two that are lighted, and two that are while it is dark. These photographs show off the epic detail that this person put into their special place.

You might have a bland bedroom, something that is boring and simple, and you might be fine with that, others carefully and meticulously plan out how their bedroom will look. For most people their bedroom is a safe haven, a place to get away from it all. A place that many of us spend the most time, though most of it we are probably sleeping, it should be a stress free environment.

Title Photograph courtesy of Donsolo

Check out this EPIC soundboard while you’re at it!!! Portal 2 Sounds

Don’t forget to check out the Source for all of the photographs.

 

Portal For Linux Is Now Available Through Steam

It is one of the most popular Valve games in their selection and now Valve have announced that Portal has made its way to the Steam Linux platform. Portal (1) was released back in 2007 alongside the likes of Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2 and it is arguably one of their most successful games, although, the majority of Valve’s games seem to be successful and have good gamer followings.

The original Portal game is now available on all Linux distributions that support the Steam for Linux client.

Portal is a 2007 first-personpuzzle-platformvideo game developed by Valve Corporation. The game primarily comprises a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using “the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device”, a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes” says Wikipedia.

Anyone who currently owns a copy of Portal will automatically have a Linux version available when they install and log into the Steam for Linux client on a Linux based system. Anyone that doesn’t have Portal but would like it, for Windows and Linux, can get it from the Steam Store where it is currently £6.99/€6.99/$9.99. My advice would be to wait for a Steam sale if you don’t want to pay that much as Valve games always seem to be on sale.

What are your thoughts on Portal arriving on Linux? Are you happy about this?

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