Got Nvidia? Get a Slice of Portal.
Nvidia and Valve have teamed up to bring Nvidia powered hardware owners a “special version” of the game (free of charge) they are dubbing Portal First Slice. Straight from Steam:
Effective immediately, all NVIDIA gamers may receive a free copy of Portal: First Slice, a special version of the award-winning new game from Valve, by visiting www.steamgames.com/nvidia and “Taking the test.” Steam will then auto-detect the presence of NVIDIA hardware and make Portal: First Slice available immediately, free of charge. To make it easy for all NVIDIA customers to redeem this offer, a link to the Steam offer will also be included in all NVIDIA drivers.
Of course, this does require one to 1. own some type of Nvidia hardware (video card = safe bet) and 2. have the Steam client installed with an account setup. While I doubt non-Nvidia hardware owners will feel too left out, it does seem kind of silly (at this point) to see Nvidia pimp itself in this way. And sorry Doug, it’s not exactly impressive these days to learn that Nvidia hardware is on more machines than any other gpu (not that there’s alot of competition to pick from). I think Nvidia’s dominance in 2007 pretty much speaks for itself.
Marketing hubbub aside, this is still a nice way to inspire gamers to investigate what Portal is all about. Seriously though, if you haven’t checked Portal out by now…