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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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Purr

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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New Portal 2 DLC: PSMove Only!

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From the YouTube page:

On November 6, 2012, Sixense will launch Portal2 In Motion, a motion DLC campaign for Valve’s Portal2 on PlayStationMove. Portal 2 In Motion introduces gameplay mechanics, including scaling and rotation of objects as well as portal surfing. These new abilities are all required as the player progresses through an increasingly challenging set of test chambers that look familiar from Portal 2,

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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 2 Speed Painting

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

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Video Games of 2011

This video gives us the chance to take a look at all the great games that have been released this year. Make sure you like the video on YouTube and comment too. If you’ve not already then subscribe to our YouTube channel and show your love.

We really want to get this video to as many developers and publishers as we can to show our thanks, so help

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This Gift Was a Triumph

Not sure where it came from, but this person definitely did it right. There’s some discussion about whether s/he bought two copies of the game, or just printed out the cover art a second time, or sawed the box in half.

In any case, I’m making a note here: Huge Success.

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