Portal 2 is going to be Awesome

Yes, Portal 2 is going to be awesome way more awesome than the original Portal. Hopefully.
Here is 10 minutes and 53 seconds of exactly why Portal 2 is going to be awesome.

That is a compiled video of all demo videos released during E3

Of course, as long as Wheatley’s voice is not retained. (We are used to forced cuteness without emotion, aren’t we?) There is of course, much that will be added in due course. ALSO we are missing our dear companion cube! What is that wretched box of glass that has taken your place, my dear friend-that-has-a-heart-on-all-six-sides? What other opinions do you have about Portal 2?

Gaming Friday: Valve Games on Mac, PlayStation Move And Lot More

It has been one heck of a week for gaming enthusiasts – let’s have a quick recap on what’s been going on.

  • Ubisoft’s servers DRM servers, which are used to authenticate games like Assassin’s Creed II went down, rendering all legit users copies useless as they were unable to play the game. Ubisoft was quick to point out that the servers were down because of hackers – like paying customers are going to give a damn about why they aren’t able to play a $60 single player game without an Internet connection.
  • Mac gamers were delighted when Valve announced that all of their Source engine games, including Portal 2 would be ported over to the Mac. Pretty certain Mac gamers went ballistic after Valve’s confirmation that existing   owners will not have to purchase the games again, and the games would be native to Mac, and not emulated crap.
  • OnLive, the online gaming service which allows you to play games similar to how you can stream movies using Netflix or Hulu, announced that their service would go live on June 15.   If you have a good enough Internet connection and the $15 per month fee plus additional fees for actually owning/renting the game   doesn’t deter you, then OnLive just might be a good option.
  • Sony finally realizes that motion controlled gaming is the “in” thing, and introduces us to a rather silly named contraption, the PlayStation Move.
  • Palm announced that the awesome Unreal Engine 3 has been ported over to webOS. Wonder if will boost Palm’s fortunes significantly.
  • To round off, Steam has been having an Eidos Square Enix Deals week, and on the final day we have Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause on sale at 50% off for individual games, and at 66% off for the full collection.

Happy gaming weekend, everyone!

Answers to Common Questions About Team Fortress 2 on Mac

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Earlier, we had posted about Valve’s Portal 2 and other Source engine based games headed onto the Mac. Now if that wasn’t good enough news, you have lot more to be happy about. In a post explaining some of the most commonly asked questions, that they have received via email, Valve has   confirmed the following points:

  • You will not have to purchase the Mac version of Team Fortress 2, if you own the PC version. Alternatively, once the Mac version is available, purchasing it would mean that you own the PC version as well
  • Team Fortress 2 will not running under emulation, via Cider / SwiftShader /API wrappers / what not. The build will be a clean native code build running on OS X.
  • Mac and PC users will be able to play against each other simultaneously.

So Mac folks, get your gaming gear ready and warm up to frag your PC counterparts!

Portal 2 for Mac Confirmed

Portal, the short but extremely brilliant and critically acclaimed shooter, will be out for the Mac, in addition to the PC release. The confirmation of this news comes via image scans of the latest edition of GameInformer magazine as reported on Macrumours, which features Portal 2 as the cover story.

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Since the past couple of days, Valve had been hinting Portal’s imminent release for the Mac via teaser images which closely resemble Apple’s cult advertisements.

The hints were further boosted by a beta version of Steam ( Steam is Valve’s digital delivery and content management platform), which moved away from IE’s rendering engine to a Webkit based rendering engine, dumping the platform specific lockdown. Some enterprising folks had found OS X menu components in the Steam file directory, further providing proof of Portal 2 and Steam heading to the Mac.

For those living under a rock, Portal is an FPS game where the player must solve a series of puzzles by teleporting using what is known as the portal gun. The player is continuously egged-on by a voice-over AI, known as GLaDOS. Upon completion of the puzzles,   the user said to be rewarded with a cake .

Are you excited about Portal 2 coming for the Mac ? How many of you have played the original Portal ? Do drop a comment and let us know.

New Steam Client Opens for Public Beta

Steam is by far the best commercial digital distribution website around. It does have the advantage of being more visible than the other digital distributors and being Valve’s platform. That company makes games that can only be described in a word as awesome, and nothing else. The Steam client is the one portal through which you can play games that you have downloaded.

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Valve has apparently become bored of the original user interface (UI) and has decided to release a new UI. The result is like playing Counter Strike 1.6 and then switching to Counter Strike: Source. The revamped UI, though marginally slower than the previous, looks slick and functions very well. If you have the Steam client installed, you can click this link and choose 2010 UI Update’ under the Beta Participation dropdown menu.

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The UI update requires a restart of the client and revamps it entirely. The interface looks far more modern than the previous one, fitting with my Windows 7 decals. The store page itself looks far better than on the browser. The browser performance was marginally better than earlier (though I can attribute that to my faster connection today) and it looks really slick.

Library

The library can be sorted according to your wishes by grouping them into custom categories. This is especially useful when you have a really large collection of games on Steam.

GamePage

The game page is really cool. It shows you the number of friends currently playing the game, and all your friends who play that game. Recent news pertaining to the game is also shown below the friends section. Valve had always wanted to make the Steam platform social and it seems that they have come close to that.

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The in-game overlay has also been drastically changed, allowing you to access Steam in a more streamlined fashion.

News

Community

The news and community links have largely been left untouched (as they are merely web pages).

In all, Valve has launched a pretty decent update to their client. They will therefore be hoping for a positive reaction from most of the users and only time (involving a lot of gaming) will tell if they have struck gold. Nevertheless, I advise you to go ahead and switch to the new UI, it does look great!