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Old 04-19-2011, 06:39 AM   #1
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Lightbulb [SPOILER] Hidden Developer Commentary - Adam Foster

I finished the game earlier today, and now I am playing with developer commentary.

In the last test chamber before Chapter 4 (utilizing a hard light bridge and a thermal discouragement beam to raise a platform) there is a hidden room with an entrance near the ceiling. It's pretty cleverly hidden.

I was expecting some Ratman stuff, but there was actually a commentary node, the only one in the level at that.


It's apparently Adam Foster speaking - creator of the popular Half-Life 2 singleplayer mod MINERVA - but all you hear is noise, like some screwed up dial-up modem.

Here's a video of it.

I don't know how to to these ARG things, so I am asking for help.

GO!

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Old 04-19-2011, 06:40 AM   #2
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YouTube that !
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:07 AM   #3
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Updated the opening post with the video.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:09 AM   #4
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Updated the opening post with the video.
The link got censored. Tiny url it or something.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:15 AM   #5
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Finally. First it censored my youtube, link. Then it censored my shortened URL.
Anyway, it's up.

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Old 04-19-2011, 08:27 AM   #6
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It's SSTV. This is what I managed to get.

http://i54.tinypic.com/30ndrtg.png
http://i51.tinypic.com/2h2pmiw.png
http://i53.tinypic.com/302uo9l.png

I think someone else will need to try to get a cleaner copy of the third message.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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http://cl.ly/67gS
http://cl.ly/67El
http://cl.ly/67Dt

+rep for that find, man.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:47 AM   #8
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Basically, they explain the announcement ARG. The budget, who did it, estimates. Cool background!

Thanks Valve! Now spread this around, guys!
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:55 AM   #9
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Portal 2 Announcement ARG
  • Created by people working on Portal 2
  • Intended for enthusiastic superfans
  • Budget of less than $100
  • Portal updated to include radios, broadcasting mysterious SSTV images
  • Certain images contained pieces of an MD5(?) hash of a phone number
  • Phone number led to an old-fashioned BBS
  • Estimated time to 'solve': 7 hours
  • Actual time to solve: 7 hours 16 minutes

Portal 2 SSTV Images
  • Analogue format used in HAM radio
  • Watching video of ISS SSTV with SSTV software running sound from laptop speakers unexpectedly picked up by microphone
  • Peculiar squeaking and beeping degrades in visually interesting ways
  • Photos of Valve whiteboards, equipment and anything science-related lying around
  • Finding radios in Portal made for fun meta-game - everyone could join in

Aperture Laboratories BBS
  • Single analogue phone line in a designer's kitchen (phone systems in Valve office too modern)
  • Old PC running Linux, attached to a 2400 bps modem from 1987 (via USB to serial adaptor)
  • [?] to handle calls, custom PHP script looping through plot fragments and home-made ANSI-art conversions of Portal 2 artwork
  • Transmitted about 20MB of data in total
  • Phoneline constantly engaged!
  • Several spare modems in case one died - none did
  • SSH backdoor for updates and monitoring (possible to watch exactly what people were seeing as they dialed in)
  • Combined might of internets is terrifying

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Old 04-19-2011, 09:02 AM   #10
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I don't like bumping, but I can't be the only one who appreciates this Easter Egg, surely? Or is the [SPOILER] in the thread title stopping people from viewing it?
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:16 PM   #11
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Pretty sure that word you can't make out in the third image is mgetty.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #12
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Thank you. Cool! ARG-credits, ARG-style!
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:08 PM   #13
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Just came across this developer commentary node. Any News?
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:16 PM   #14
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how do you get those images from sound?
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:26 PM   #15
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how do you get those images from sound?
Ever send or receive a fax? Well it sounds the same.
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