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Giant Bombcast Portal 2 Spoilercast!

Ryan Davis sits down with Valve's Erik Wolpaw, Jay Pinkerton, and Chet Faliszek to discuss the inner workings of Portal 2. WARNING! Do not listen if you haven't finished Portal 2 yet. You will ruin Portal 2 for yourself.

The Giant Bombcast is the world's most beloved video game podcast, and now it's available in video form.

Apr. 24 2011

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These game specific podcasts are pretty cool. I like 'em.

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bombcast!
edit: :Looking forward to hearing about the inner workings of portal.

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Ooooh, I shall save this for when I have actually played the game... Love the idea of game-specific podcasts.

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been a long time since a game specific one. Guess I'll download this but need to get portal 2 and play it before I listen

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I'm about 2/3rd into the game. Will finish it first, then listen to the BC. 
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I haven't played Portal 2 yet, and I'm still going to listen to this; time to live dangerously.

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No spoilers in comments! I will delete any spoilers.

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I've heard that this podcast also spoils Shutter Island. You've been WARNED!

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This podcast also kinda spoils the film Moon.

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havent played portal 2 so ill skip this :(

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@rjayb89 said:
" This podcast also kinda spoils the film Moon. "
not fully, but spoils a big key in the ending
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That was really good. It's a shame that Valve games are just about the only games that tell a decent story (as opposed to most games which just have a movie hap-hazardly cut into them that tell a decent story), maybe the success of games like Portal and Bioshock will create more people in the industry like this.

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Love the leopard print turret. Also fat turret was awesome too.
F-ing Moon!

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I finished the single player, but not the co-op.  Is this podcast safe for me to listen to?

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One of the best parts about Portal 2 to me is realizing that they avoided giving in to creating any memes for people to saturate the internet with for the next couple years. Instead, there was just great dialog.

The only thing that sort of annoyed me was how at first it seemed like every line coming from GlaDOS was an insult at Chell. The first few times were haha but the next fifty was diminishing returns, especially fat jokes and whatnot.

I hope someone captures audio from all the turrets as well. Those were some funny lines.

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@Spoonman671 said:
" I finished the single player, but not the co-op.  Is this podcast safe for me to listen to? "
Yes. They barely talk about the co-op story at all (and none of that goes into spoiler territory).
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@filthreaper said:
" @Spoonman671 said:
" I finished the single player, but not the co-op.  Is this podcast safe for me to listen to? "
Yes. They barely talk about the co-op story at all (and none of that goes into spoiler territory). "
Alright then, thanks.
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This podcast spoils Old Yeller.

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@filthreaper: Thanks for the reply. I was wondering the same thing. Time to listen to it.
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Man I do need to finish Portal 2 but MK won't let me :(.

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They spoiled shutter island...those damn bastards

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@BrickRoad said:
" These game specific podcasts are pretty cool. I like 'em. "
100% this :)
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I just finished Portal. Get into my ears!

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He is a ghost the whole time!

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I was waiting for this one...

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According to Wikipedia, Melvin Jerome Blank (IPA: [blæ̃ːŋk]) changed his name to Blanc, the French word for "white" (IPA: [blɑ̃ː]), with the final consonant unpronounced. But he kept the original pronunciation. Had he francisized it, as some with the name Blanc do, then it would be [blɔ̃ːŋk] as Ryan said.

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I wish this spoilercast was longer! There's so much more questions that could've been asked!

That being said, thanks Ryan for the spoilercast.

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... and now I am disappointed. Ryan did his best, but the guys are so not talking about anything interesting, IMHO. They are stuck in meta-jokes, talking about things not related to anything really interesting, and saying nothing really interesting.

It's not 'developers commentary'. No "behind the scenes" explanation why they did what, to what extend, for what reason - or going for which effect. This is just another 30 min with 'the developers' during the Valve/Portal 2 media event (journos playing/reviewing the game in Seattle).

Rather funny, that the 'writers' are the ones having the least thing to say about the game. The Portal 'fiction' also isn't really the most compelling element of this game? It's ok. I like parts of it. Would have had a couple questions on my own - but now I'm done.

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This was far too short a podcast! I feel Ryan just barely scratched the surface.

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I really enjoyed this podcast. Ryan is a great moderator. 


Listening to this (and the commentaries in their games), I am struck by how much care Valve puts into making their games. They really think about everything, and will completely revamp a game if they feel it isn't working. That's why their games take so long to make. 
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As far as Portal 2 goes, this podcast was pretty unenlightening.

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Spoilercasts are the best!

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That music is so chill.

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I'm glad I finished Portal 2 so now I can listen to this!

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@buckybit: yea I was getting tired of their "jokes" they were being kind of jerks. 
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Pam Ewing dreamed the whole thing!

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Edited for Spoilers.

^^^... wait. I can't post spoilers on a Spoilercast thread?
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I stopped listening after he said Shutter Island wasn't a very good movie. 

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Pinkerton! I'm a fan of his writing going way back. Wondered where he went after This Is Vegas fell apart. Awesome to find out he had a hand in Portal 2.

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@PyratesRum: Jaja I'm there with ya.
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WAIT....what is this?New intro music yet I still see season 3 and the same banner...what is the meaning of this!?

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Portal 2 for the Northies!

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I saw the title and i went "YES giantbomb i love you so" out loud to myself keep doing these spoiler casts i love to hear your detailed opinions on specific games!

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Just finished the game, listening now.

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sorta of...some what disappointed it's not a GB crew portal cast

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Fuck yes, animal king!

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@Agent47 said:
" WAIT....what is this?New intro music yet I still see season 3 and the same banner...what is the meaning of this!? "
Spoilercast music. I believe they've used it before.
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i listened to the podcast and am now downloading the game

It might be a bit backwards but whatever, I got portal 1 when it was on mac for free so I can wait

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is Portal 2 worth the hype ? It looks mundane . I never played the first one and I think the game looks kinda weird .