Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby ad_hominem on Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:48 pm

Yeah, now that the system behind the progress thing is a little clearer, I'd have to agree that it's going to take longer than I originally guessed.

Still, with each progress bar that we complete, there seems to be a time 'bonus' (possibly in proportion to the amount of time needed to fill that game's progress bar - WEOTW's completion took off an extra hour, and that was the lowest played game), which should help speed the game along a little ahead of the projected finish time.

Nothing wrong with having a positive outlook, instead of your dour stance. It's hard to see how 'play loads of great indie games, and get Portal 2 early' can be seen as a bad thing.

[Edit] On a related note, has anyone else noticed that the potato counter has been renamed 'auxiliary power' from 'challenge status'? Maybe lends a bit more credibility to the theory that more potatoes = multiple power.
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby Gradius on Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:53 pm

Getting a three hour time bonus because three thousand people idled on a game overnight just seems like such an anti-climactic end is all. They raised my hopes up for a release a couple of days early... then brought them down with unrealistic goals.
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby joe_rogers_11155 on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:00 pm

I fucking hate 123 Kick It. It wont even play ANY of my music because of ????????? wrong format or something I guess. But the game is just not very fun anyways. Audiosurf is a million times more fun and plays all my music. I'm a few minutes away from just giving up on the ARG's fruitfulness and pretending the release date is the 19th.

I feel like ive been swindled by valve. i would never buy the potato sack or play a lot of these games if it werent for the prospect of releasing the game early. i'm just not that into music games...and the other games are the ones i already owned (killing floor, the ball, cogs). so yea... :(
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby Dr. KillPatient on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:36 pm

It's a little silly to buy all that just to release P2 if you don't like the games. I considered getting the potato sack, just because of the low prices, but I'll probably end up getting only SMB and Amnesia instead, the others don't interest me much (not to say they're bad games, of course). It seems to me that it's just a bonus that I'd get to help with the rebooting of a certain homicidal computer.

Edit: Perhaps Valve overestimated users' playing of the Potato games. If that's the case, they'll probably modify the countdown.
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby Gradius on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:39 pm

joe_rogers_11155 wrote:I'm a few minutes away from just giving up on the ARG's fruitfulness and pretending the release date is the 19th.

The release date still is the 19th. Since they've "recalculated" the release date on the site it's pretty much a confirmation that filling up a bar completely is the only thing that takes time off... so we'll probably see it two hours early.... :|
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby poisonic on Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:36 pm

good marketing :P buy and play games to release portal 2 early
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby stoopdapoop on Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:32 pm

hmm, the bar's filled up alot in the past 6 hours.

I'm not sure if this is right, but I'd guess that the rate that the bars fill up is not constant, but linearly increasing (because people are getting more and more potatoes, which multiply their playtime.

also, I don't think we get a bonus for completing bars.

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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby srredfire on Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:50 am

For anyone going for the potatoes, here's some initiative:

"There's also still time to collect all 36 potatoes. Anyone accomplishing this feat by the time Portal 2 launches will receive a very special, non-hat-based reward."


Source: http://www.thinkwithportals.com/blog.php?id=5307&p=1


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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby svbg869 on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:04 am

stoopdapoop wrote:hmm, the bar's filled up alot in the past 6 hours.

I'm not sure if this is right, but I'd guess that the rate that the bars fill up is not constant, but linearly increasing (because people are getting more and more potatoes, which multiply their playtime.

also, I don't think we get a bonus for completing bars.

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any one else notice the jump in the counter, of an hour??
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby Dives on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:20 am

svbg869 wrote:any one else notice the jump in the counter, of an hour??]


When any of the games are finished it removes some of the time on the clock. WEOTW removed 50 minutes, 1 2 3 removed 40, and AAAAAA removed 1 hour. Its so the game will still come out a bit early even if we don't fill the main bar.
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby stoopdapoop on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:31 am

Dives wrote:
svbg869 wrote:
stoopdapoop wrote:any one else notice the jump in the counter, of an hour??


When any of the games are finished it removes some of the time on the clock. WEOTW removed 50 minutes, 1 2 3 removed 40, and AAAAAA removed 1 hour. Its so the game will still come out a bit early even if we don't fill the main bar.


that's not my quote. >:|
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby Dives on Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:33 am

Whoops sorry, I should pay better attention when I'm haphazardly copy pasting those quote tags.
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby srredfire on Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:47 am

Did you guys see I have all the potatoes?
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby ad_hominem on Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:55 am

You're the man.
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Re: Aperture Science's Mysterious Countdown

Postby LordDz on Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:01 am

How many of you actually believe Valve will release this when the potato launcher finishes? Valve never releases in time.
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