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GLaDOS Explains Fusion for NASA

Thanks to JASAGOLLHUHHRHRRRRRR for this excellent video featuring GLaDOS working for NASA to explain how fusion works.

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GLaDOS Cosplay

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Companion Cubes and the Question of Consciousness

The Companion Cube is one of the most enduring symbols of the Portal franchise. Beyond the game’s idiosyncratic imagery of test subjects cuddling with the thing — and GLaDOS’ encouragement to treat it well — the real-life impact of the Cube can be seen in the endless array of consumable paraphernalia sporting its likeness.

Reasons for our affection are obvious: It’s the only part of Aperture Science that isn’t trying to catapult us toward death. The act of protection creates a bond in all humans. It’s got a cute little heart on it.

Beyond these factors, however, lies an intriguing question: Is the companion cube conscious? The answer may surprise you.

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As I begin another playthrough of Portal 2, I realize something I’ve never noticed before: A reference to Schrödinger’s Cat. For a discussion of that concept as applied to Bioshock Infinite, see this post.

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Aperture Science Adverts featuring Cave Johnson

How did I never see these before today!?

More after the jump!

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Portal: Terminal Velocity

POrtal: Terminal Velocity from Jason Craft on Vimeo.

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Portal 2 Speed Painting

I thought this was pretty cool. I’m always impressed by people who have this sort of impressive artistic skill.