Dec 16, 2008
Portal - PersonGuy
These Portal themed custom PCs were created by extra tech-savvy fans:

This Weighted Compaion PC was build with scrap pieces of acrylic and a spare week.
<A HREF="http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2008/01/21/the_weighted_companion_pc/1" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>

A month of work went into this replica of the computers terminals found behind the scenes of Aperture Laboratories.
<A HREF="http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1244054" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>

Here's a dedicated termial programmed in 8080 Assembler to play the Portal credits sequence complete with a chip-music version of Still Alive.
<A HREF="http://www.gamingsa.com/?nid=869" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>
Left 4 Dead - Gregori
Because Left 4 Dead is a new property for us, we wanted to provide some basic player training prior to the start of the game. Traditional in-game training mechanics didn't make sense for Left 4 Dead, because they would take away from the sense that players had been immediately dropped into a very real, very dire zombie apocalypse. We didn't want a slow ramp-up in gameplay to take away from that tension. As a result, we decided that it would make sense to begin the game experience with a non-interactive introductory movie that could get players revved up and subtly cue them to important gameplay mechanics such as "light disturbs the witch" and "car alarms attract the horde."

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Left 4 Dead - Gregori
The PC version of Left 4 Dead, Valve's zombie thriller, is now available via Steam to gamers around the globe. The title will be available for the PC and Xbox 360 at retail stores on Tuesday, November 18 in North America, and worldwide on Friday, November 21.
Nov 14, 2008
Portal - PersonGuy
These crafty Portal fans have created some triumphant projects for the good of all of us:

The cake is a cookie! These deliciously moist cookies take only 15 minutes to bake and require no fish-shaped crackers, candies, or solid waste.
<A HREF="http://www.snackordie.com/2007/10/portal_cake_cookies.html" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>

This next papercraft project could take a long time. If you become lightheaded from hunger, feel free to eat the cookies you made in step 1.
<A HREF="http://tubbypaws.blogspot.com/2007/10/this-is-my-little-paper-tribute-to.html" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>

When you're ready to graduate from dolls to the real thing, you can construct your very own Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.
<A HREF="http://granades.com/2008/10/28/how-to-create-a-portal-gun-in-many-easy-steps/" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>

If the above projects aren’t a huge success, you can create a Companion Cube tissue box to comfort you.
<A HREF="http://www.instructables.com/id/Companion-Cube-Tissue-box/" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>
Left 4 Dead - Gregori
In case you haven't heard, the demo of Left 4 Dead is now available, free of charge, on Steam. Get it now, then get three of your friends together for some co-op action.
Left 4 Dead - Gregori
Less than a week from today, everyone who pre-ordered will be playing the Left 4 Dead demo. We know! We can't believe it either. To make the wait easier, we've released the five minute movie that opens the game.

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Left 4 Dead - Gregori
As part of our ongoing marketing campaign, we're airing a pair of commercials on network and cable television, including ABC, FOX, Spike, ESPN, MTV, Comedy Central, CBC and more.

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Left 4 Dead - Gregori
Want to win a free copy of Left 4 Dead? How about a new gaming PC? All it takes is a snapshot of you in front of a Left 4 Dead billboard, bus, Jumbotron or other piece of outdoor advertising. So fire up your Leica and get over to the official contest page.

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Portal - PersonGuy
Welcome to the Steam Community’s Offical Portal Game Group! We'll be using this space to announce upcoming Portal content and spotlight the growing pool of awesome Portal community contributions. To get us started, here's a slice of both:

As of today, Portal: Still Alive is available for download on Xbox LIVE! It features the entire original Portal game, as well as, new achievements and 14 bonus puzzles.
<A HREF="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/p/portalxboxlivearcade/" TARGET="_new">[link]</A>

If you're short on cash, but still looking for new test chambers to solve, give these free Portal-like browser games a try.

<A HREF="http://portal.wecreatestuff.com/portal.php" TARGET="_new">Portal: The Flash Version</A>
This polished 2D puzzle game is based directly on Portal's gameplay and setting. Its 40 levels use all of the familiar buttons, energy balls, and turrets. (And cake.)

<A HREF="http://www.dissoluteproductions.com/flash_popup.php?ID=442261" TARGET="_new">Epsilon</A>
Epsilon uses a set of interlinked portals in each Experimental Sciences Research Facility test course. Manipulate the portals with a simple point-and-click to guide the ball to the goal.

<A HREF="http://armorgames.com/play/751/shift" TARGET="_new">Shift</a>
<A HREF="http://armorgames.com/play/964/shift-2" TARGET="_new">Shift 2</A>
<A HREF="http://armorgames.com/play/1846/shift-3" TARGET="_new">Shift 3</A>
The Shift series contains some sly Portal references and uses a unique "shift" mechanic that is arguably even more mind-bending than portals. Pressing the shift key turns everything upside-down and inverts the world's solid and empty spaces. (Of course, spikes are always spikes.)

<A HREF="http://www.joelesler.com/games/fold/" TARGET="_new">Fold</A>
Fold's creator, Joel Esler, cites the Portal trailer as an inspiration for his gravity anomaly orbs. Think with gravity to overcome these sharp puzzles while avoiding sharp objects.

<A HREF="http://www.king.com/game/hunted_forever" TARGET="_new">Hunted Forever</A>
Hunted Forever includes several references to Portal, from the "Loading Portal Rip-off..." text in the beginning to the "neat gun" you make if you're "still alive" by the end. Run, jump, and climb to gather gears and hide from the ever-present death lasers and chainsaw drones.
Left 4 Dead - Gregori
The guys over at Left4Dead411.com just launched a new contest all about getting your picture taken in front of a horde of zombies.

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