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Old 03-02-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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Exclamation Update News! (in first two posts)

-Portal gets surprise update March 1st
-People see new mystery achievement
-People play and see the radio in the beginning room now has a green light
-Carry it around and notice it makes strange broadcast interference noises in certain places
-Locate and place all 26 of these mystery radios for achievement
-Smart people yank .wav files out of game content folders and run them through SSTV programs [http://i49.tinypic.com/s4b7zn.jpg] [Edit: link should work now. Yes, it's darker than the original.]
-Produces 22 cryptic image files in a numbered sequence, 4 morse code
-Somebody runs the number string through an md5 hash translator and gets a landline number
-Internet traces it to Kirkland, WA (near Valve HQ)
-People find out its not a phone/fax line but a data line hosting a BBS and telnet it
-Use a clue from one of the files to figure out the BBS user/password login info [backup/backup]
-End up with a bunch of weird ASCII artwork:
http://i.imgur.com/tz3l7.gif http://i.imgur.com/7rfEH.gifhttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/...b95fd393_o.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/116597/Portal/human.png
Raw BBS stuff: http://kevin.fobby.net/portal_puzzle/raw_bbs_logs/
New ASCII from the BBS: http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/5197/bbsn.jpg
Cave's memos: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...7&postcount=56
Dino22 is http://www.flickr.com/photos/twoseve...7623315938604/, which is the MINERVA creator/Valve employee's stream.
-http://store.steampowered.com/news/3547/
The valuable asset appears to be Chell, as after you beat GLaDOS she gets dragged off by a robot who says 'Thank you for assuming party escort position'.
VIDEO OF THE EVENT: http://www.xfire.com/video/2393cf/
NEW CREDITS AFTER STILL ALIVE: http://www.xfire.com/video/23947f/ Gotten when using Godmode, noclip, and Impulse101.

-Not at all current: http://i47.tinypic.com/1zzgy9k.png
http://i.imgur.com/tabKQ.png/
http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1172206 Top post are the images from last night.

---PORTAL 2 ANNOUNCED: http://store.steampowered.com/news/3559/
http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archi...-revealed.aspx
http://portalwiki.net/index.php/Portal_2

The best place for information about the ARG and Portal 2: http://portalwiki.net/index.php/Main_Page


Other threads/places to go:
http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1168990 [General thread, mostly for theories and puzzling things out]
http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1169096 [How to get each radio]
http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1169218 [The radio sounds]
http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1169929 [The radio sounds decoded, a bit]
http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1169084 [The morse code translations]
A private SomethingAwful thread
#portal on irc.chat-solutions.net
#portal-update on irc.chat-solutions.net

Other summaries:
http://pugsoft.info/radio/index.php?title=Wave_Dump
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news...eases-Portal-2 [Cogent but very incomplete.]
http://netshroud.wordpress.com/2010/...ission-update/
http://goonlinegames.net/2010/03/02/...-clues-so-far/

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:03 PM   #2
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Theories, etc.

- Since GLaDOS is in version 3.11, and Gabe Newell is receiving an award on March 11th [http://www.gdconf.com/news/gdc/valve...eive_2010.html], there will be an announcement.

--This announcement has three popular theories in itself:
-The Orange Box 2
-Half Life 2: Episode 3
-Portal 2
-Combining the HL and the Portal worlds.

-Someone drove out to Kirkland, WA and scouted around. See original post here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...7&postcount=93

-The US radio frequencies do not go as low as 85. Possibilities of it being on a different continent, possibly in relation to HL2.

-Stuff about the chemical equations and the apples:
Quote:
him: the compound resembles catechol-type enzyme inhibitors
him: which are found in apples
him: catechol-ortho-methyl-transferase is a catechol transferase enzyme that upregulates dopamine production in the brain and can be used to make activities more pleasureable
him: catechol-ortho-methyl-transferase is a catechol transferase enzyme that upregulates dopamine production in the brain and can be used to make activities more pleasureable
him: there's a drug COMT, that I mentioned
him: catechol-O-methyl-transferase
him: usually used to treat parkinson's
him: but recently has been applied to people with severe amotivational syndrome
him: because it creates pleasure in otherwise unappealing activities
me: like killing?
him: perhaps
--It's also been brought up that cyanide can be derived from apple seeds...

-The baby/crib/couple/cake/whatever photo: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/...9e7819ac_o.jpg
http://img10.abload.de/img/portalimagepossible1efmd.jpg <-- Unknown origins
--Theories run the gamut:
-Chell's parents, who GLaDOS then killed so that she'd be a proppa test subject
-Alyx/parents
-A companion cube
-Gordan and Alyx
-The room Barney pulls you into
-Cake

-Witchcraft? http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1171672

-http://docs.google.com/View?id=dd57fghp_107hhphr9d5

-About the ASCII:
New pics virtual sonagrams?
Old Portal1 rooms?
Possible pregnancy/baby themes, this post http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...postcount=4739

--http://www.xfire.com/video/2393cf/
-Military android working for GLaDOS
-GMan
-Someone European/Asian (due to the voice)
-CJohnson
-Ratman
-A chicken (related to dinosaurs and were a failed experiment at AS

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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DAmn you're good!
fail on the very first link though ^^
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:07 PM   #4
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- Since GLaDOS is in version 3.11, and Gabe Newell is receiving an award on March 11th [http://www.gdconf.com/news/gdc/valve...ive_2010.html], there will be an announcement.
Or it may also be a reference to Windows 3.11 as a joke.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:07 PM   #5
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Bravo! Very good finds.

I can't wait to find out what happens.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:09 PM   #6
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rep for summary

Non-nerds everywhere thank you
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:10 PM   #7
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Im siting on the edge of my seat waiting D:
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:14 PM   #8
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Very concise and informative, thank you.
I had to sleep/work through most of the frenzied posting, this is nice to see.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:15 PM   #9
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DAmn you're good!
fail on the very first link though ^^
Thanks for the catch. Fixed.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:16 PM   #10
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Is it just me, or does there appear to be a black turret in the big image?
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:18 PM   #11
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-Produces 26 weird cryptic image files in a numbered sequence
Small error there: Only 22 of the audio files were images, 4 were simply morse code.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:21 PM   #12
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On the "new bit" It looks like the sentry's are smallest to biggest. Baby sentry, normal sentry, and black sentry. And then a black cat on the right?
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #13
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Thanks for the catch. Fixed.
Haha great! now is the first link in your second post messin' instead ^^
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #14
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Great summary. Please sticky this so we don't get more threads of people who think they are the first to decypher it, when it has already been done so.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:25 PM   #15
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WAIT! The black cat on the right? Wasent there a black cat on the left down side of that third party page which had absolutley nothing with half-life to do?
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