When the ESRB gave Portal a “T” rating, I don’t think they meant “T for Toddler”. But your tots can get this hysterical “Where Babies Come From” C-Section graphic on an infant body suit, tiny t-shirt, or a baby bib over at CafePress.
Portal crafts will never die, and why should they? We’re all still deeply attached to our Weighted Companion Cubes (sniff)… so attached, in fact, that some of us build furniture in homage to our six-sided pals.
And there’s even cake… but I don’t know, something tells me it might be a lie.
Somewhere out there, one dedicated Valve devotee is driving around in a sinister white Aperture Laboratories van, thrilling and terrifying random people. Imagine: you’re just walking your dog, minding your own, and suddenly, this van.
I can’t decide if I would run the hell away or start high-fiving random people.
Oh, Portal, why can’t I quit you? The adorable Aperture Science safety diagrams probably have a lot to do with it. Keep your cute little Weighted Companion Cubes; I want to decorate my house with the signs.
I’ve seen a lot of geeky shirts, but these ones take the cake. Or not. Think Geek‘s April Fools offering for this year are “interactive portal shirts”, that mimic the portal effect popularized by Valve’s first-person puzzler.
Valve’s twisted puzzle game, Portal, may sport the stark, empty environments of the title’s test center setting, but even with a minimalist backdrop, Portal’s rich with atmosphere. One of the most memorable things about the game?
Just when you thought it was safe to surf the Internet again without running into custom Portal gear working to lure you back into your addiction to Valve’s hit game, the fandom rush has returned in pony form.
There’s just something about most holiday decorations that screams fire hazard, but this one really takes that idea and runs with it. This Christmas tree, by deviantARTist Maire, is done up almost completely in papercraft. The few lone traditional ornaments look awfully forlorn (and seriously outnumbered).
The decorations are a real mix, from gaming icons like Mario, Link, and Mega Man, to upstarts like the Weighted Companion Cube from Portal, and they’re all made out of paper (and the sweat of effort).
Finally, there’s a Weighted Companion Cube mod that actually has enough heft to earn its name. This custom-built subwoofer bears a striking resemblance to that little cube that you had to euthanize the last time you played Portal.
Modder d_stilgar spent the last several months painstakingly recreating the details of the Companion Cube, carefully mounting a heavy duty subwoofer and amplifier into the cabinet.
And when the lights go down, the subwoofer glows in the dark, thanks to some cleverly integrated pink EL lighting.
D_stilgar says he’s working on a pair of matching Portal-inspired speakers, but won’t reveal what they look like yet.
I recently spotted these ‘weighted companion cube’ cookies from the somewhat obscure (or maybe that’s just me?) video game Portal.
I’ll freely admit I’ve never even heard Portal until about 15 minutes ago when I saw a picture of this cookie, but I did some reconnaissance and learned that in the game you get a weighted companion cube as some kind of reward.
Inspired by the mind-bending transportation technology in last year’s sleeper hit game Portal, this video clip uses digital augmented reality technology to produce a similar effect in the real world.
Created by EmmanuelMFr of France’s Total Immersion, the illusions in the video really are reminiscent of those in the game.
If you’re like me, you probably killed more than a few weekends back in the Fall playing Portal. As you probably know by now, the cake promised as the reward for completing all the puzzles was a big fat lie.
I’ve been keeping my eye on this Portal-inspired casemod project for a while now, watching and waiting for the builder to eventually finish his creation. And just like the cake, I guess that case was a lie.
Here’s another fun Portal-inspired craft goody — it’s a plush, knit version of the game’s Weighted Companion Cube. Now you may ask, how can something so soft and fuzzy qualify as “weighted”?
I guess we just have to allow some artistic license to the creator of this handstitched wool cube.
I suppose you could take the Creative Commons licensed pattern she provided and fill yours with rocks or concrete in place of the recommended foam filling if you want the appropriate heft required for solving puzzles in the test chamber.
Know someone who’s addicted to Portal? Here’s the perfect holiday gift for the obsessive fan of The Orange Box’s mindbending first-person puzzler.
Inspired by the game’s handy Weighted Companion Cube, this pendant will accompany you through the test chamber of life.