Portal is FREE! (until May 24th) (in Off-topic)


kevlar May 13 2010 1:46 AM EDT

Go get it! (if you haven't already got it ;)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] May 13 2010 7:22 AM EDT

Breaking news: Valve and Steam are still awesome...

...and I just lost a whole morning of (relative) productivity.

Demigod May 13 2010 7:28 AM EDT

The best part is that's it's marketing to boost Portal 2 interest.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] May 13 2010 7:31 AM EDT

I'm pretty sure the best part is still the cost ;)

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] May 13 2010 9:13 AM EDT

One of the best done games I've played.

Kefeck [BlackSmith] May 13 2010 9:31 AM EDT

I remember this game getting insanely hard in the late levels.

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] May 13 2010 9:35 AM EDT

Are you thinking about the advance challenge courses?

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 11:16 AM EDT

Hm, for Mac, too? Didn't realize that. Does the Mac port perform OK? (I'll find out when I get home, regardless, I suppose...)

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 11:18 AM EDT

And don't forget:

Portal (Flash Version)

I think it is still on the "out of BA" page, but I haven't been out of BA in months, so can't be sure!

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 13 2010 1:56 PM EDT

come back to the dark side Sut!

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 2:00 PM EDT

What, BA? Or Windows? *smile*

Lord Bob May 13 2010 3:25 PM EDT

Hmm, looks amazing.

Some questions about Steam: Do you have to install a generic Steam app before downloading games? Does Steam cost anything by itself (excluding the cost of games, of course)? Does it have any DRM on it at all?

iBananco [Blue Army] May 13 2010 4:38 PM EDT

Some questions about Steam: Do you have to install a generic Steam app before downloading games?
Yes.

Does Steam cost anything by itself (excluding the cost of games, of course)?
No.

Does it have any DRM on it at all?
You need to have Steam running to play games acquired on Steam. They're tied to your account, but you can install them on as many computers as you want, as long as you're only logged onto one at a time.

Lord Bob May 13 2010 6:01 PM EDT

Thanks Bananco.

Cube May 13 2010 7:21 PM EDT

Steam has an offline mode, not sure how long you can play without logging in, I think it's like a month; either that or indefinitely. So I play some of my friend's games no problem with him over LAN.

ScrObot May 13 2010 7:29 PM EDT

I used to play in offline mode almost exclusively, other than the nag on startup, I don't think it ever forces you to connect. *shrug*

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] May 13 2010 8:20 PM EDT

Is it just me, or is this game very laggy? My computer plays Counter Strike Source with no lag whatsoever, this, however, I'm having a hard time getting my mouse to move fast enough cuz of the lag, =(

I like this being free, especially as I already own it on 360, but it is not laggy on my 360, makes me not want to play it on here, lol.

Demigod May 13 2010 8:28 PM EDT

What video card do you have? I played Portal just fine with an old nVidia 5400 PCI standard, and I even played it in 1680x1050 mode (or whatever the closest is for that game).

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] May 13 2010 9:44 PM EDT

Did you play this exact one?

My laptop is the Best Buy model of the Asus G72GX, which has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 1GB GDDR3 VRAM.

Asus - Laptop with Intelᆴ Coreル2 Duo Processor - Black - Model: G72GX-RBBX05

Demigod May 13 2010 10:12 PM EDT

I can't imagine why you're lagging. The card is plenty fine, and even if the engine is CPU-heavy, the processor doesn't have weak cores.

And no, I played the original Orange Box version, but it's the same engine and graphics. The only updates should be for stability.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] May 13 2010 11:52 PM EDT

Yea, that's why Im wondering why it's slow, the first 2-3 levels are perfect, but once I get to the later levels, it's downright laggy. I have a feeling this free version is not the same as the retail version. I hope this doesn't put people off from buying the second one, cuz it was a great game, short, but great. I beat it on my buddies xbox, but still need to beat mine on the 360, lol.
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