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Gamers Messed With The Steam Sale, Then Valve Changed The Rules

Jun 24, 3:51

Applied game theory 101: Valveā€™s Steam Summer Sale involves a meta game with teams of Steam users competing for daily prizes. On Reddit the players join together to take turns winning daily. Valve gets wise and performs an existential attack, changing the rules to make it harder for players to want to coordinate.

Still, that all the players joined together to game the system gives me hope for humanity. Its a self organized solution to a tragedy of the commons problem. Only in this case the tragedy is by design and is updated to be more tragic.

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Introducing the Source Filmmaker (by SourceFilmMaker)

2012 Jun 27, 10:29


Introducing the Source Filmmaker (by SourceFilmMaker)

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Portal 2's Turret Lullaby comic sheds light and lasers on the singing turrets

2011 Oct 2, 4:30
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ASCIIpOrtal | Cymons Games

2009 Sep 23, 3:13ASCIIpOrtal is now released!PermalinkCommentsascii text game videogame humor portal valve free via:waxy

Clips: The Kids In The Hall Think Portal Is HILARIOUS

2008 Nov 20, 11:30KITH + Portal! "We're not sure how deep into the goof juice the Kids in the Hall were when troupe funnyman Scott Thompson started sulking and playing Portal in the back of the tour bus, but something got into Kids during this sad little gaming session. Yes, the comedic stylings of Valve writer Erik Wolpaw are most amusing, as is the struggle of watching Thompson attempt to do anything more than move a cube - uncrouch already! - but something tells me there's something magical in those cups. Thanks for the tip, Sascha23!"PermalinkCommentsportal video humor valve kith scott-thompson

RPS Interview: Valve's Erik Wolpaw | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

2008 Jun 30, 5:45Erik on writing for games vs books: "Even worse for game writers, the 98% garbage part of a game isn't even usually garbage because instead of reading something boring about the history of Belgium, the "reader" probably gets to jump a Camaro over a dinoPermalinkCommentsgame humor interview valve portal article erik-wolpaw

Half-Life 2: Episode Two Stats

2007 Nov 28, 2:09Valve shows off their cool visualizations of stats they generated from folks playing HL2E2 including heat maps of player deaths by level.PermalinkCommentsvisualization statistics hl2 game games valve development

Funde Razor '07 Grand Prize Announced - Funde Razor '07

2007 Nov 27, 4:19Cool life size weighted companion cube plush toys.PermalinkCommentshumor portal weighted-companion-cube hl2 valve toy purchase via:boingboing

Portal is fun; the cake is a lie!

2007 Oct 22, 4:47I purchased the Orange Box off of Steam a bit ago and like others before me who have discussed elsewhere, I already owned two of the five games that come from the Orange Box. However, the combined price of HL2E2 and Portal, the two games I actually wanted was supposedly equivalent to the price of the Orange Box bundle. Incidentally, if anyone would like HL2 or HL2E1 I can gift them to you.

HL2E2 was excellent of course but the big surprise for me was Portal. (Mild spoilers follow) It has a sort of zen simplicity: there are a few simple game-play mechanics, a handful of textures and objects, and a deceptively simple story all used well and tied together to produce an entertaining and polished game. It seems a bit short but its probably better to end with the gamer demanding more. The humor and the sort of play within a play aspect of the game is what really sold me though. It has the funniest ending theme I've heard (also blogged by the creator). The voices of the automated turrets are so adorable I would feel compelled to hug them if they weren't always trying to kill me. Additionally the weighted companion cube seems like an experiment in understanding gamers' attachment to NPCs. In this case the NPC is a box and yet I still felt awful incinerating it. The whole time I was vaguely reminded of Solitary the reality show that sticks contestants alone in small rooms forcing them to endure various tests all the while being watched by a humorous computer with a female voice. Someone should sue...

RPS has articles on Portal including a Portal review, a page suggesting Portal is a tale of lesbianism, and others.PermalinkCommentshl2e2 game hl2 solitary valve portal nontechnical

Jonathan Coulton - Blog Archive - Portal: The Skinny

2007 Oct 18, 5:06More on the ending song for Portal from the creator.PermalinkCommentsportal game games music jonathan-coulton blog valve videogames song

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Blog Archive - A Goddess Reborn

2007 Oct 3, 2:36PermalinkCommentsgames valve orange-box halflife hl2

Penny Arcade - Meat Is Murder

2005 Mar 27, 5:37Tycho talks about Valve and Vivendi. Gabe likes SandwichesPermalinkCommentscomic penny-arcade valve humor
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