Portal 2 Countdown Needs CPUs to Reboot GLaDOS

Valve’s mysterious countdown on the Aperture Science site has ended, and it’s a classical Valve reveal.

Is Portal 2 launching early? Well, that’s up to you. Over on the Aperture Science website, a new countdown has started. This one is counting down to the release of Portal 2. It started at 94 hours, but you can speed it up by just playing the right games.

Here’s what GLaDOS said:

09:00 Hello again.
09:00 Ive been waiting a long time for this.
09:00 I know its arriving later than expected.
09:00 But I have a message for you:
09:00 April Fools.
09:01 Im joking.
09:01 Seriously, though:
09:01 Youve been surprisingly competent at
09:01 Generating electro-chemical energy to jumpstart the system.
09:01 But now we need raw computational power
09:02 to speed up the reboot process.

Yes, GLaDOS needs CPUs to speed her reboot process. By playing any of the games included in the Potato Sack, you lend your CPU to her reboot, and speed up the process for all of us.

If anyone but Valve had pulled this one, I think gamers around the world would be screaming for blood, but you have to hand it to Gabe Newell and company: they know their audience, and their audience loves them.

So, what are you waiting for? Get busy playing! You know you’re going to.

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3 Comments on Portal 2 Countdown Needs CPUs to Reboot GLaDOS

Zac

On April 15, 2011 at 9:38 am

I’m screaming for blood. Maybe no one else is, but seriously WTF?

Mitchell

On April 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

Man, that’s actually pretty genius.

MrFlibble

On April 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This is a pretty good idea. Not sure if us playing the games has much, if any, actual effect on the progression of the bars but It’s a cool way to get people to play some indie games they might not have otherwise given a chance. Personally I’ve enjoyed all the games from the potato sack I’ve played so far. Good show, Valve.