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  • Donncha 10:12 am on August 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wonderful Portal 2 Videos 

    No doubt you’ve already seen the engagement video above but here’s a short live action movie called, “Portal: No Escape” worth watching too.


    • getcrackin 8:48 pm on August 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That was nice. I hadn’t, actually, seen either of these.

    • Dvotee 8:57 pm on August 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow I hadn’t seen them either and I’m actually blown away by the 2nd one – amazing!

    • Donncha 5:46 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, glad I could be of service and deliver some new content then! 🙂

  • Donncha 7:27 am on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Chell in the rain 

    Check it out here but not if you haven’t completed Portal 2 yet.

    Great song and I wish I had noted which PC gaming blog I found this on because they waxed lyrical about it.

  • Donncha 11:38 am on May 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Portal 2 Level Editor 

    Yet another reason to hope PSN comes back. I want to play Portal 2 on PC! Pleaaaassseee!

    According to the Portal 2 blog a level editor for Portal 2 has been released.

    Today we’re opening up the beta of the Portal 2 Authoring Tools to everyone! It’s available as a free download for all owners of the PC version of Portal 2 and can be found under the “Tools” tab in Steam.

    The Portal 2 Authoring Tools include versions of the same tools we used to make Portal 2. They’ll allow you to create your own singleplayer and co-op maps, new character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.

    Pity Steam won’t accept the Portal 2 code until PSN comes back. I don’t suppose anyone has tried contacting Steam support to ask if they’ll relent due to the extended outage?

    • getcrackin 1:11 am on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ah. I was wondering how the first two statements were related. Nothing mentioned in any forums?

  • Donncha 9:04 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Not got Portal 2 yet 

    I guess last week was a good time to go on holiday. Portal 2 was released early in the week but it didn’t come out in Europe until Friday (and retailers broke that embargo by a day or two). My copy from Amazon.co.uk should hopefully arrive today. Woohoo!

    I ordered the PS3 version like a few of my gaming friends who also have gaming PCs. Unfortunately PSN has been down for the last 5 days and there’s no indication it’s coming back any time soon. This post on Joystiq (and this reddit post has more details) suggests it’s because a custom firmware allowed users to add money to their PSN wallet using fake credit cards. Odd that since they boasted that the latest firmware update was supposed to stop all firmware hacking …

    Well, it also turns out that some people over at NGU found out that you could provide fake CC# info and the authenticity of the information was never checked as you were on Sony’s private developer PSN network (essentially a network that Sony trusted). What happened next was extreme piracy of PSN content. Sony realizing the issue here shut down the network.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to playing Portal 2. I know several of you have already finished the game so no spoilers please! I’ve avoided every single review of the game so far except for the glowing tweets from friends. Hopefully when PSN comes back up I can connect my Steam account to my PSN account.

    While away from my consoles I’ve been digging into Half Life 2 and I think I’m near the end of the game. What a ride! Such a good game. If you haven’t got it yet, grab the Orange Box on console or login to your Steam account on PC and go buy this beautiful game!
    I have to admit I’m playing it on easy setting. I just want to enjoy the experience in the small chunks of time I have available to play games.

    In other news the Minecraft server has been updated with the latest version of Bukkit so the Bukkit plugins are back and working!

    Update: Late this evening Sony announced that personal information, possibly including credit card details, may have been stolen. If that’s true, Sony will be in a world of hurt with the authorities for their lax security.

    • JeremOLED 9:06 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck trying to play Portal 2 in small chunks… I tried that and ended up playing the whole thing in one sitting… Happened to me with Half-Life 2 as well, so I suppose I might just be addicted to Valve.

      Either way, you will not be disappointed.

    • tyewebb 11:43 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hopefully the PSN gets turned back on soon so you can play the Portal 2 co-op. The single player was a good time but I think the co-op is what really made this game amazing to me.
      Saw you playing Half Life 2 on steam and it motivated me to start to playing it as well. I thought I had beat it previously on the xbox but I quickly realized it was one of those games I started and then stopped for some reason.

    • Donncha 11:55 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The postman just delivered Portal 2, and I will resist playing it until after work! Really really wishing PSN was up so I could register it on Steam too but I can wait ..

      Tye – Saw you playing HL2 as well! Such a great game. Playing on easy really is *too easy* but the variety of gameplay and the story keeps me going. I may come back to it later at normal difficulty.

      • tyewebb 12:06 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Waiting to play Portal till after work, that’s no fun :).

        I’m playing HL2 on normal, its still mostly easy at that level. I do die on occasion in tricky situations but it is a great game. Although most of times i die it isn’t so much from enemies, it’s that I fall off of something or just generally do something stupid. Can’t really figure out why I stopped playing it before.

    • David Nicol 8:10 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to turn my Playstation on now and either play some more Borderlands or finish Assassins Creed Brotherhood. Oh the choice of not having any multiplayer 😀

    • Donncha 8:25 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      LOL, I should play Portal 2 but I just couldn’t be arsed going upstairs and playing it just yet.

    • Conor 8:30 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone going to change their credit card details on account of the hack?

      Damn you PSN for giving away my personal information, god help you if my enemies find me.

      • Donncha 8:54 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think I’ll change my credit card. Even if it’s used, there’s a very good chance the bank will notice before I do. They did before when my CC was stolen.

      • getcrackin 2:30 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Nah. I’d be small potatoes, anyway, and as I receive daily emails from my bank -I’m sure I’d notice if anything significant were missing.

    • Conor 8:27 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just want to buy the borderlands DLC, I’m nearly finished borderlands as the sniper now and its been a blast. I’ve done every mission. And I hear the DLC is better then the game itself.

  • Donncha 7:21 am on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Portal Walkthrough Guides 

    I got to test chamber 18 before I needed to get help with Portal. That level is a mind bender and I didn’t have a clue what to do! Besides Youtube, there’s also portalwalkthroughs.com if you need help.

    I have to admit, the supposed “end” of the next level was quite funny! 🙂

    • getcrackin 5:01 am on December 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This reminds me that I should get the Orange Box with the GameStop GC I got for Xmas. Thanks 🙂

  • Donncha 11:55 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Steam for Mac launches 

    Steam launched for Mac this morning and I’ve just installed it, along with the 33MB update that downloaded as soon as I started the programme. They’re giving away Portal for free until May 24th. Thanks Alex for the heads up!

    I’m downloading it even though I just got a window saying my system didn’t meet the minimum system requirements. Oddly enough it mentions “Windows driver version” so that might be just a bug. The download is very slow but it’s hit 75% so not long now. More later …

    • Donncha 2:37 pm on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Portal finally downloaded and, despite the warnings, I launched it. I probably should have shut down everything else to conserve CPU cycles and memory but by setting everything to “low”, setting the aspect ratio to 4:3 and resolution to 800×600 Portal was just about playable on my almost 2 years old 13″ white Macbook.

      Apple must be loving this. Steam comes out. All the happy Apple owners suddenly find out their fancy machines really can’t cope with the compromises made to make a cross platform game and they go to apple.com to buy a new machine. Because that’s what Steve Jobs would do.

    • Donncha 6:34 pm on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Played a bit more and it’s creaking along. I might just dig up ASCII Portal again. This ol’ laptop just doesn’t have it in her.

    • 96th 8:13 pm on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Steam is a disaster. I was fine running stuff in the background and playing Half Life 2: Deathmatch on middle quality, and now I get like 0.15 fps while running the actual Steam program ;O I could probably run it better: spinning the hard drive with my hand, drawing with my other hand and then processing with my brain. ;O

      • Mark 8:26 pm on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That has to be the best comment I have read all month 🙂

    • Mark 8:27 pm on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      PS£ Orange Box here. Downloaded the Still Alive version on the 360 when I got it hoping for different but alas, no.
      I don’t see the need to grapple with a kb when I’m better with a control pad.

      Plus Steam crashed on two restarts this morning so has been uninstalled.

      Infocom is it for now.

  • Donncha 9:49 am on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Gaming TODO list:

    1. Finish Bad Company 1. I’m almost near the end, but I kept dying in the village where you have to destroy the two bridges.
    2. Play Portal as the sequal has been announced. I have the Orange Box, and despite being a huge Half Life fan back in the day I played about an hour of HL2 before getting bored of it. I never even go to Portal.
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