PORTAL, YOU'VE BEEN COMPLETED (PLUS GIVE-AWAY)It's been a while since my last entry, I'm certainly becoming Mr Inconsistent. As much as I love writing about video games and the mad industry surrounding our obsession, I only like writing one of these up when it's worth my time and yours. Same can be said for reviews, which I haven't been to frequent with over the past year. Though let's be honest here folks, there are more talented and skilled user reviewers here on Giantbomb. But anyway, onto the subject at hand. Yes you guessed it, let's talk about Portal and the pathetic truth that it was only yesterday that I completed it for the very first time.
I'm ashamed! I'm disgusted with myself! I should go to virtual video gamer hell for not having completed this smart, witty and charming puzzle solver until very recently. But to tell you the truth dear reader, Portal never captured me like it captured so many gamers upon my first experiences with the game all the way back in 2007 upon it's release. Why? Well to be frankly honest I found the first hour or two awfully dull. I don't particular care for the actual puzzle mechanics in Portal, especially when so clearly displayed. Thankfully the later stages of the rather short experience gave me a newly found nerd excitement for Portal 2, and I know exactly why.
It's all about how the mechanics of Portal are presented to me, the gamer. Now I'm perfectly fine completing these early puzzles, but I never felt there was enough reason to do so. The odd, somewhat creepy voice of GLaDOS and her wonderfully written dialogue was of interest but I never felt the real urge to venture forward and see what was actually going on here. I might not be describing myself perfectly well, but let's just say that Portal didn't make a stunning first impression back in 2007, explaining the long delay in finally completing the game. But once more of the actual mystery started to show itself, boy did I start to 'get' the love this game as received over the years.
This is where I realised how much I preferred using the mechanics of Portal in a more varied tone, rather then just applying them to a 'complete puzzle, move onto next puzzle' method which appeared so obviously (for purpose I might add) in the first hour or so. Escaping from GLaDOS felt better blended into the game play mechanics on offer, which worked considerably better for me. Again, I feel I'm not explaining myself. But needless to say that I ended Portal with a much stronger opinion of it then I did all those years back, and finally ridding myself of the curse of having not completed the original Portal felt great to. Feel free to leave comments questioning my right to call myself a gamer.
THE VALVE RELATED GIVE-AWAY!Yep, I thought this would feel dirty and it does. I'm not usually one for giving things away just to get more attention or anything like that, it's wrong and can promise you this will be a one time only thing. But anyway, I have three specific Steam games to give away. You can no doubt guess one of them, and there's an awfully good chance you'll already own the other two so keep that in mind. So I have a copy of Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode 1 and Portal to give away. Now I think the best way to do this is for any interested Giantbomb user to leave a comment (stating which they might be interested in) and I'll decide in a day or two who gets what. One per user I should add.
Please leave your SteamID in the comments to, so I can easily transfer the games once I've chosen winners. Like I said, I have one of each that can go to a happy home. Especially to those who might not have experienced these wonderful Valve titles. But for now I'll leave it at that and will be choosing select Giantbomb users in a day or so. Now I'm off to wash this dirt off me and scrub my skin until it's red and raw. As always, your time is appreciated.
UPDATE: Winner of the copy of Portal is oldschoolthrasher.
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