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Title: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Tyrian on May 12, 2010, 08:14:43 pm
The topic says it all.  Here's proof:  http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Droid803 on May 12, 2010, 08:43:48 pm
Awesome. Getting now :D
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 13, 2010, 01:27:49 am
that looks difficult
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: blowfish on May 13, 2010, 02:03:00 am
It's available for Mac too ... and just as finals are rolling in... :blah:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scooby_Doo on May 13, 2010, 03:37:45 am
I dunno.... I'm I think 15 of the 19 tutorial parts and I'm already starting to get bored with it.  :blah:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Herra Tohtori on May 13, 2010, 03:42:34 am
This was a triumph.

Got it, played it through. Nice concept and game mechanic. Short, but I wouldn't have wanted it to be any longer.

Scooby_Doo, they aren't really tutorials, they are test chambers. After the test is over, there will be cake (and grief counseling). Just keep playing!
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Liberator on May 13, 2010, 04:20:48 am
I would get this in a heartbeat, except I can't remember my fecking secret question to recover my password nor my password, which sadly is the same on everything....
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: General Battuta on May 13, 2010, 09:01:16 am
I dunno.... I'm I think 15 of the 19 tutorial parts and I'm already starting to get bored with it.  :blah:

I thought it was a bit of a late bloomer myself, but it ultimately paid off pretty well. Stick with it.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Sushi on May 13, 2010, 09:54:17 am
Once you finish, check out some of the community maps. There are a lot of good ones out there. Some of the larger collections include the Portal: Flash Version Mappack and Portal Prelude. The latter is extremely difficult, though, so I recommend trying some other maps first in order to get up to speed.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: SpardaSon21 on May 13, 2010, 11:28:33 am
there will be cake
The cake is a lie!
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: BloodEagle on May 13, 2010, 12:41:38 pm
Once you finish, check out some of the community maps. There are a lot of good ones out there. Some of the larger collections include the Portal: Flash Version Mappack and Portal Prelude. The latter is extremely difficult, though, so I recommend trying some other maps first in order to get up to speed.

I would highly recommend never installing the rotting heap of rubbish that is Portal: Prelude.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Flipside on May 13, 2010, 02:21:29 pm
Servers too busy atm, will try again later :)
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Kszyhu on May 13, 2010, 05:32:16 pm
Is it worth it (or even possible) to create Steam account only to download Portal?
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Sushi on May 13, 2010, 05:38:13 pm
Is it worth it (or even possible) to create Steam account only to download Portal?

Yes.

Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Galemp on May 13, 2010, 08:33:22 pm
It's available for Mac too ... and just as finals are rolling in... :blah:

Oh yeah... *downloads*
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Fenrir on May 13, 2010, 09:45:27 pm
I already got it with The Orange Box, but I think it's cool that they're giving it away like that. They sure know how to get people interested in the upcoming Portal 2.

And on the subject of The Orange Box, who here plays TF2? <_<
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scooby_Doo on May 13, 2010, 09:49:34 pm
I dunno.... I'm I think 15 of the 19 tutorial parts and I'm already starting to get bored with it.  :blah:

I thought it was a bit of a late bloomer myself, but it ultimately paid off pretty well. Stick with it.

The ending part was decent.. once you get to the firepit... before that it was huge tutorial that went on far too long.


heck Hellgate was more interesting... and thats not saying much LOL
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: chief1983 on May 13, 2010, 10:40:45 pm
Wow.  Seriously guys?  The challenges aren't 'tutorial', they're the game.  If you're bored, you're probably just rushing through the puzzles.  Take the time to explore some of the levels, there's a few hidden places.  Try to find and enable all the radios (and decode the morse code if you're _really_ bored).  But especially, listen to the AI instructing you what's going on.  There's a lot of atmosphere to get engrossed in.  Try to hold off killing your pet cube as long as you can.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Dark Hunter on May 13, 2010, 10:49:42 pm
I do kinda wish you could turn on/off whether those stupid radios appear, though. That song gets old fast, and I don't always want to listen to it throughout the test chamber. :blah:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: chief1983 on May 14, 2010, 12:16:22 am
Well you have to be within like 10 feet to hear it, so just walk by briskly :P
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scooby_Doo on May 14, 2010, 02:14:20 am
Those "challenges" sure felt like a tutorial.... Here have this gun now figure out how to open a portal... good... go to the next level, learn how to use momentum.  good.. repeat...  Only at near the end did it feel like I was actually playing a game and was enjoying it before it ended way too soon.  :blah:


Actually the gun would have worked a whole lot better in Prey where there already was a wacky environment.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Fury on May 14, 2010, 02:33:30 am
I own Prey but never finished it. :( It was a bit too boring. :p
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 14, 2010, 02:34:05 am
good stuff.  but i'm stuck at what i assume to be the very end, with the fan.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: blowfish on May 14, 2010, 02:49:35 am
good stuff.  but i'm stuck at what i assume to be the very end, with the fan.

Spoiler:
Look where you came from, and up.  I won't tell you how, but it's possible to get there.

Now the real game begins! ;)
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scooby_Doo on May 14, 2010, 03:36:04 am
Hmmmm not sure if it's the same place I remember, the one with the fan on the bottom and a bright light at the top?

Spoiler:
You can shot through fans too just aim right  ;)
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 14, 2010, 04:18:14 am
i never even saw that >.< 

doh.  done now :)
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: chief1983 on May 14, 2010, 08:19:31 am
The 'figure out' stuff you described, that's the game.  It's a puzzle game.  If you don't like puzzle games, that's fine, but that's what it is, take it or leave it.  If you really like puzzles try the advanced chambers afterwards.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 14, 2010, 10:04:24 am
i didn't even finish the first one before i ragequit :P
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Liberator on May 14, 2010, 01:32:41 pm
 :wtf:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: CP5670 on May 14, 2010, 01:38:04 pm
I'll need to get this. I played the first few levels on my brother's machine a year ago, and liked what I saw.

If you liked Portal, The Ball and Prometheus are freeware games that are somewhat similar in concept (although The Ball is going commercial with its next version). They were originally UT3 mods but are now standalone games. I think a combination of all three of these would make the ultimate first-person puzzle game.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Mongoose on May 14, 2010, 02:59:07 pm
I'm utterly astounded that so many of you are just playing the game for the first time now.  I'm a full five or six years behind the gaming curve, and even I managed to get the Orange Box a year or two ago. :p
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: CP5670 on May 14, 2010, 03:36:17 pm
I would have gotten it when it came out if it was sold as a standalone title for $10-15, but I didn't care about the other orange box games and wasn't going to buy it just for Portal. The price has probably fallen since then, but I had mostly forgotten about the game until now.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: SpardaSon21 on May 14, 2010, 04:15:30 pm
I don't care about the Orange Box since I'm not interested in TF2 or was interested in Portal before it was free, and I'm not buying the OB just for HL2 Ep. 2, which is why I bought the Episode Pack since I didn't have Ep. 1.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: General Battuta on May 14, 2010, 04:24:53 pm
I don't care about the Orange Box since I'm not interested in TF2

what

how

why

i don't
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Mongoose on May 14, 2010, 04:28:48 pm
What he said.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: SpardaSon21 on May 14, 2010, 04:37:52 pm
I don't play online FPS games.  Is that simple enough for your blown minds to comprehend?
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: General Battuta on May 14, 2010, 04:38:19 pm
I guesssss.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: The E on May 14, 2010, 04:53:44 pm
Yes, as amazing as that seems, some people don't like online FPSing.

Still, the Orange Box is certainly one piece of software that is worth the money....
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scooby_Doo on May 14, 2010, 04:59:58 pm
Nope, I stay away from online FPS as much as possible, in fact about the only online games i play are those simple facebook games.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Sushi on May 14, 2010, 05:08:47 pm
I wasn't interested in TF2 either. I got the orange box anyway for Portal and the HL2 games, and enjoyed them immensely.

Several months later, I decided to give TF2 a shot. Guess which one I've now sunk the most time into? :)
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Dark Hunter on May 14, 2010, 06:58:10 pm
Nope, I stay away from online FPS as much as possible, in fact about the only online games i play are those simple facebook games.

I quite agree.

Online gaming used to be fun, and then voice chat and matchmaking were implemented, and suddenly it was just... not fun anymore.
I'll stick to single player. Or multiplayer with friends. Not online.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Flipside on May 14, 2010, 07:40:48 pm
I enjoyed MMO's for a while, but the whole thing got internally politicised, and an evening online became sort of like a second day at work, which wasn't really what I wanted from my relaxation time.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: BloodEagle on May 14, 2010, 08:34:58 pm
I enjoyed MMO's for a while, but the whole thing got internally politicised, and an evening online became sort of like a second day at work, which wasn't really what I wanted from my relaxation time.

There's a new MMO out there that stripped out all of the nonsense, giving you only the core of the MMO experience.

Let me see if I can dig up the link....

.....

Yep. Here (http://mmo.smbc-comics.com/login.php).
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Mongoose on May 14, 2010, 09:30:19 pm
I've played TF2 only once or twice myself, but I still recognized it as being a fantastic game; besides, Portal and the HL2 series more than carried their weight.  (Hell, I think I would have payed $50 for Portal itself.)  The only game I've traditionally played online is Descent 3, but I'm willing to try out a good thing when I recognize it.

Speaking of, we really need to try organizing another HLP TF2 gameday.  We have that Steam group going, so we might as well use it.  The reason I haven't broken into TF2 is because I don't know what I'm doing with it (I really wish Valve had included some sort of singleplayer training/tutorial mode), but I'd love to change that.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: BlueFlames on May 14, 2010, 11:19:19 pm
I'm making a note here:  Huge success!

Actually, I bought Portal when it got released as a standalone title, but kudos anyway.  Pretty good way to market Steam for Mac and build hype for Portal 2 in a way that doesn't come off as being a huge marketing ploy (or at least a ploy that provides enough benefit that one doesn't care it's a ploy to begin with).
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 15, 2010, 12:01:08 am
i've got to ask what they sold this for originally.  it's a well-designed concept and game, but it's so short it really seems more like a demo.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: General Battuta on May 15, 2010, 12:02:28 am
i've got to ask what they sold this for originally.  it's a well-designed concept and game, but it's so short it really seems more like a demo.

It was part of The Orange Box, which was sold for the price of a single game but included Half-Life 2, both of its episodes, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.

Probably the greatest deal of all time.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scourge of Ages on May 15, 2010, 12:30:18 am
Speaking of, we really need to try organizing another HLP TF2 gameday.  We have that Steam group going, so we might as well use it.  The reason I haven't broken into TF2 is because I don't know what I'm doing with it (I really wish Valve had included some sort of singleplayer training/tutorial mode), but I'd love to change that.

We do!?? I must have in I say.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 15, 2010, 12:50:07 am
i've got to ask what they sold this for originally.  it's a well-designed concept and game, but it's so short it really seems more like a demo.

It was part of The Orange Box, which was sold for the price of a single game but included Half-Life 2, both of its episodes, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.

Probably the greatest deal of all time.

nah, C&C The First Decade contained TEN games/expansions for $20.  THAT was a ****ing deal! :nod:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: CP5670 on May 15, 2010, 12:52:47 am
Quote
It was part of The Orange Box, which was sold for the price of a single game but included Half-Life 2, both of its episodes, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.

Probably the greatest deal of all time.

If you're like me and basically only care about Portal, it wasn't a good deal for $50. TF2 looks like it might be decent though.

I played several multiplayer games obsessively from about 1997-2002 (especially UT, D3 and FS2), but have largely fallen out of online gaming since then. I rarely have time to get deep into a game these days, and I don't like the trends that multiplayer games in general have followed over time. The FPSs have become very slow paced and lack the gameplay depth of their predecessors, and the space sims have all turned into MMOs. I did play C&C3 a fair bit a few years ago though, and it was a lot of fun despite its network bugs.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Klaustrophobia on May 15, 2010, 01:26:53 am
i've never actually played C&C online.  i did used to play RA2 in high school in our programming class, but 8 v 8 battles never got finished.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: MP-Ryan on May 15, 2010, 11:51:57 am
TF2 is a blast online.  I play regularly.  My Steam profile is here if anyone ever wants to join me:  http://steamcommunity.com/id/mpryan
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: BloodEagle on May 15, 2010, 07:53:52 pm
Speaking of, we really need to try organizing another HLP TF2 gameday.  We have that Steam group going, so we might as well use it.  The reason I haven't broken into TF2 is because I don't know what I'm doing with it (I really wish Valve had included some sort of singleplayer training/tutorial mode), but I'd love to change that.

We do!?? I must have in I say.

They still haven't added me (http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197995941084). :/
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Scourge of Ages on May 15, 2010, 08:27:55 pm
So that's how you do it...

http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197984903491

Now we wait for Axem to stumble along and let us in the group.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Axem on May 16, 2010, 09:39:46 am
Invites sent. Just how many Boschs are there on Steam anyway? :p
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Galemp on May 16, 2010, 03:01:14 pm
I think I'm a member. I don't use Steam much. :nervous:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Flipside on May 16, 2010, 03:39:46 pm
Steam, to me, pretty much consists of a grey box that appears for a few seconds before some of my games run, well, that and the store.
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: BloodEagle on May 16, 2010, 07:48:34 pm
Invites sent. Just how many Boschs are there on Steam anyway? :p

44, on the first of four pages.

Oh yeah, funny story: It turns out that the 'ignore-invite' button within the 'friends' pop-out menu overlaps the 'accept' button. Funny note: there doesn't seem to be a way to say "Whoops! Let me undo that!" to Steam.  :ick:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Axem on May 16, 2010, 08:49:52 pm
And I don't appear to be able to reinvite you...  :doubt:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: BloodEagle on May 16, 2010, 09:28:11 pm
Problem solved. I just had to go to the group page.  ;)

You'd think that they'd have an 'ignored' list, though. :/
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Liberator on May 17, 2010, 02:57:42 am
But why would you want to ignore anyone?  We're all supposed to be happy good time friends!
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Solatar on May 19, 2010, 02:19:00 am
Downloaded and played it (never had before).

Interesting little game, honestly.  Some of the bonus puzzles are pretty difficult.  Glad they offered it for download.  :yes:
Title: Re: Portal on Steam for Free!!!
Post by: Fenrir on May 19, 2010, 04:58:57 pm
Speaking of, we really need to try organizing another HLP TF2 gameday.  We have that Steam group going, so we might as well use it.  The reason I haven't broken into TF2 is because I don't know what I'm doing with it (I really wish Valve had included some sort of singleplayer training/tutorial mode), but I'd love to change that.

We do!?? I must have in I say.
Same here.