If you're like me and anxiously awaiting the release of Portal 2 then you probably just about lost your mind when, hidden inside Valve's "Potato Sack" collection of indie games were hints pertaining to Portal 2, including the date 4/15/11 and the time 9:00 PST. Fans were eager to think that this suggested Portal 2 would be release at that time instead of the scheduled date of the 19th.
The fact that the game started to pre-load on Steam last night only added fuel to the fire.
Then, a mysterious countdown clock appeared.
We all waited with bated breath while the time ticked down to zero and then . . . nothing.
Well, no, not quite nothing.
It seems that GLaDOS did effectively hack into Steam but now she needs help re-booting so that Portal 2 can be released early. So how can you help? Buy buying and playing the 13 indie games from the Potato Sack. If enough people play these games, Portal 2 can in fact be released before Tuesday. The Aperture Science main page where the countdown was now displays a real-time meter showing the progress of this endeavor.
I'm not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand, I'm kind of pissed that Valve is all, "Hey! Give us money now so that you can give us more money sooner!" but on the other hand, it is pretty cool to see them support independent games. Plus, can we really be upset about not getting something ahead of schedule?
Valve Time schedule, that is. Remember, the game was already delayed by a month.
Of course, being a console gamer none of this really matters to me but this has been . . . interesting regardless.