Portal 2 will release early with enough indie game love

Rumors that the completion of the Portal 2 ARG would result in an early release of Portal 2 on Steam were half right. The game isn't available just yet, but after GLaDOS' countdown completed, a new page appeared which indicates that more Potato Sack players are needed to generate the "computing power required for launch."

Very clever, Valve. At least it's not as if contributing to the early launch is so bad, given that it involves playing some great indie titles, like Bit.Trip Beat, Audiosurf, and Super Meat Boy.

Apr 15, 2011




  • D0CCON - April 17, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    Now I really don't get the hate. It is now coming out in less than 48 hours. Considering that today is the 17, that means it'll be coming out on the 19th at the earliest and it was supposed to come out the 21st. Happy now?
  • Lowlander2 - April 17, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    The problem is that Valve is essentially blackmailing us into buying games so we can buy another one earlier. Why not just release Portal 2 now if they have the power to?
  • chriszewski - April 16, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    I don't understand the logic behind the ire over Valve's marketing. Perhaps someone could explain it to me? You might have to dumb it down for me a bit.
  • Crimmy - April 16, 2011 4:10 a.m.

    Aaaargh, I spent all my extra moneys on P2! The only game I have from the sack is AaaaaAA!, and I still need to get the potato. (To anyone that has a Potato Sack Game on Steam, join the public group NELIPOT, and you get a free potato! I tried it myself, and it works)
  • hllywd212 - April 15, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    Everyone who owns one of these games should keep it running in the background all day. And if you dont own one you can get great titles like Super Meat boy for just over 7 bucks. Win win.
  • D0CCON - April 15, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Wait, people are complaining about this? You might as well add this to part 2 of how gamers can be pricks. We have the opportunity to make a game launch early! How awesome is that? Even if we fail, the game still comes out on time. Nothing gets delayed. Oh, and our task for getting early access to an amazing game? Playing other amazing games! How on earth can you complain about this. Valve didn't have to do anything cool like this, they just wanted to.
  • festafreak - April 15, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    I'm not going to buy the potato pack. I own two games from it on steam and I got those two potatoes, but I own maybe 5 on other services or from retail so it wouldn't make sense to buy them all again just to forward a release date a couple of days. Like seriously, I've waited what, a year for Portal 2, a few more days isn't going to make a world of difference. You can argue it will but I assure you it will not.
  • insertdisk - April 15, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Will I get my pre-order from amazon early too?
  • Crabhand - April 15, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    This reminds me a bit of the Golden Wrench event in TF2. Valve tries to do something fun and interesting to generate excitement (in this case in indy games, which is great), but some people on the internet take it as a slight and jump down Valve's throat. It didn't see people rioting about the release date before Valve started this, so there's no reason to do it now. Because Valve is awesome.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - April 15, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    Clever Gabe. I was surprised, a little ticked off at first, but in retrospect, gives me a chance to play some of these games I haven't had the chance too.
  • bigwill1221 - April 15, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Wonder if they'll ship portal out early too=S
  • Spybreak8 - April 15, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    I find this clever marketing and marketing done right.
  • BoltActionRevolver - April 15, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    Sounds like Valve "Want AAA game? Share some love with these exelent titles. You wont regret it!" Then Valve silently mumbles to its self *ingrates* Book of Nerds, Chapter 12, Ver 14-16 14 "And Low, did the Internets spew with persons, convinced they are owed greatness, though they did not contribute to the work of the fields, except in Farmville. 15 They mashed their mice, and through a fit, in a manner like a child. but Steam did say to them "Are you not happy with these Indie games I provided at discount? Thou must Play and see!" 16But the Internets are not easily swayed by fun games, for they are pampered, like a prize lamb. They will always nash their mice at anything that sounds like work, even if it is fun
  • Kingsman - April 15, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    I notice GLADoS doesn't have much computing yet. That's a shame. But I gotta applaud that decision as well, if we don't get an early release; it's our own d@mn fault. Touche, Valve, touche.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - April 15, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    @veryweirdguy I agree - Portal 2's release could have potentially taken purchases away from quality indie titles, but instead it's giving them extra attention.
  • veryweirdguy - April 15, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    I've seen a lot of pissed off people so far, but I applaud this decision - helping some quality indie titles get some coverage seems like a good thing. People seem to feel they were entitled to an early release, but hopefully this will do some good anyway.

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