Valve On Portal 2: Spoiler Interview Part One | Rock Paper Shotgun
In the next Test Chamber, GLaDOS introduces Chell to the Companion Cube, repeatedly . during the tests, which would be then put to use on her real objectives. .. There is also an image of the Black Mesa logo, reinforcing the connection. Chell's mother-daughter relationship with GLaDOS is literal or metaphorical. with the express purpose of building the dumbest moron who ever lived". The original goal was the have the sense of Portal, the feel and vibe of Portal, and what else People wanted more portals, they wanted GLaDOS, they wanted to be Chell. A character with whom you have no connection.
Additionally, it was difficult for players to detect when they were hit, so the developers switched the gameplay to feature rockets. This incarnation of the final boss was dubbed "Portal Kombat", which Swift describes as a "high intensity rocket battle". While it went over well with hardcore shooter fans, the people who liked the puzzle-focused gameplay were turned off by it. Wolpaw sharply criticized the pacing, which caused the players to wander around until they found the corridor, at which point a series of pistons would spring out of the walls.
One play tester helped them by pointing out the quality of the fire pit puzzle, a puzzle that has the player-character riding on a moving platform that is descending into flames, requiring players to find a way to survive. He stated that it was both dramatic and exciting, but also a difficult puzzle.Chell's and GLaDOs' relationship at San Japan: Mach 5
Wolpaw stated that this made no sense, commenting that it was one of the easiest puzzles in the game. He added that the battle was a dramatic high-point, since it was being the first time GLaDOS directly tries to kill the player-character and the first time that players have to use the environment to their advantage.
After learning about what fellow Valve developers had planned for the final boss battle in Half-Life 2: Episode Two, the Portal developers decided to implement a neurotoxin that would kill the player-character in six minutes. As a result, they scaled the game back, intending to ensure that everyone was able to see the game to the very end. Here come the test results: However, the demand for all of these to be implemented into Portal 2 was great enough that they chose to do so.
Originally, the character Cave Johnson was intended to be the antagonist instead and Portal 2 to be a prequel. They felt that she should "go someplace" and that since GLaDOS is "kind of likeable in the first game" and players "enjoy being with her", they would utilize Wheatley as an "other, external threat". He compared her transformation into a potato and having her power stripped away to the game Jenga: They found that play testers were not interested in her when she was powerless and insulting players and would question why they were "carting this person along".
In order to keep players from feeling that they should want to abandon GLaDOS in her powerless form to prevent her from becoming powerful again, the designers made sure to give players reason to bring her with them. The co-operative campaign includes additional dialog from GLaDOS; the original dialog Wolpaw wrote for GLaDOS was aimed to two women, Chell and a new character "Mel", with the assumption of "image issues", but this dialog remains in place even after the change of the co-op characters to robots.
Valve considered initially to have separate lines for GLaDOS that would be given to each player individually, but found this to be a significant effort for minimal benefit.
The writers also attempted adding GLaDOS lines that would make the players attempt to compete against each other, such as the awarding of meaningless points, but playtesters did not respond well to these lines.
They felt however that this would "get old pretty quick" if they did not put her "into another space".
They accomplished this through a combination of her anger with Wheatley and her conflict with her past life as Caroline. Through the course of the game's events, GLaDOS' personality shifts significantly; however, at the end, she resets her personality to her original personality, an action Wolpaw sums up as "explicitly reject[ing] it" and saying "You know what?
The designers also intended to make it vague whether or not GLaDOS was under the control of the machine that she was attached to. These games were all a part of an alternate reality, based on a cryptic narrative that suggested the awakening and relaunch of GLaDOS. Valve provided the developers access to their art assets to include Portal 2-themed content into them, and in some cases, McLain recorded new dialog specifically for these games. The alternate reality game ultimately led to "GLaDOS Home", a distributed computing spoof, which prompted players to play the independently-developed games to awaken GLaDOS ahead of schedule, effectively promoting the Steam release of Portal 2 about 10 hours earlier than the official time.
The song "Still Alive" has garnered significant attention from fans and critics alike. It was released as a part of The Orange Box Official Soundtrack and appeared in other video games, including the Rock Band series and Left 4 Dead 2the latter which was also released by Valve.
Del Toro contacted Newell directly to secure McLain's voice, with his daughter's influence on the call helping to finalize the deal. He also compared her to an ex-girlfriend who sent text messages that went from friendly, to aggressive, and finally to apologetic.
They stated that she had the most defined personalitiy in gaming, adding that she "redefined passive-aggressive". However, he added that it had an "air of epicness". They added that during the final encounter, her mood swings provided some of the most memorable dialogue in video game history. GLaDOS' voice is based on voice actor Ellen McLain 's attempts to mimic the playback of her original lines through a digitization process followed by further computer modulation.
The change from her robotic voice to her more human-sounding voice required different modifications to be made to her voice after recording. GLaDOS is frequently cited as both a quality villain and a quality computer character. IGN called her the greatest video game villain of all time, stating that while their time with her was short, she left a mark on players like no other villain has.
They cited her uniqueness as being because no other players existed in the game. They also added she was more human than most video game villains. He stated that not only is she the best insane computer in video games, but in films and books as well. He explains his choice by citing her eagerness to kill the player-character, but not being overt about it until the end. He also cites her feminine voice and passive-aggressive manner for his decision. He adds that he can imagine it not being easy to be a super-intelligent computer trapped in a single building.
The review adds that while the game may be short, GLaDOS will "resonate with players long after players finish it". He described her as the "humorous, clinical, savage and poignant heart of Portal". He states that she is the reason he keeps returning to play Portal, describing her as funny, unexpected, and beguiling. It had the best end credits song of all time. It was funny, smart, fresh and managed to feel like the plucky, accidental hero". He stated that "it literally pokes fun for not having parents", and stopped playing when he first heard the insult.
He added that "it throws the ultimate question that that child is ever going to have for you He also pointed out that "morons and the overweight are also mocked by robots" in Portal 2. GameSpot's Chris Watters wrote that GLaDOS was a "complex character who evolves throughout these early levels" and that "before all is said and done, you'll once again come to cherish your relationship with that cruel AI".
He added that "GlaDOS's character progression is a joy to follow, as she progresses from bitter, to angry and eventually even finding a bit of heart". She is as vindictive and bitchy as ever, coating pure unadulterated hatred with a veneer of cool science" and that "for fans of GLaDOS, her return from her unfortunate death in the previous Portal is fabulous, and her literal transformation within the game will shock, wow, and humor even jaded gamers tired of cake quotes".
He compared her to Cave Johnson, who has a similar "comically sociopathic approach to science". Simmons' character surpasses the malevolent AI even though she's as amusing as ever". She added that "the prospect of being shut down causes them to act out in deadly ways". He suggested that the scientists either never read A Space Odyssey, or read it too much.
They do, however, describe her breakdown as hysterical, desperate, and hilariously childish, calling it the most finely controlled breakdown since Patrick Bateman 's in the book American Psycho.
He commented that while shooting games in general feature enemies as bullet magnets, both Andrew Ryan and GLaDOS do not provide an opportunity for players to shoot them.
However, he adds that both characters end up defeating themselves, but in different ways.
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He stated that she was "so entertaining", but also that he wanted to kill her. The book's author Tom Bissell stated that in addition to these similarities, both were well written, describing them as "funny, strange, cruel, and alive.
He discusses how the "backstage" of the institution is hinted at and gradually revealed through GLaDOS's slip-ups, from the momentary glitch during her initial instructions to the player "the first flaw in the routine" to her ultimate abandonment of the formal language of the institution as she desperately pleads with the player to return to the testing area the "front stage", where the institution's inner workings are supposedly hidden from view.
It seems to be a more important focus. I think in the first one all that snuck up on you. One telling thing, people often forget how minimalist the first game is. When they think about it, they tend to think about the break-out scene at the end. You want to think where to go next from there. You guys and Erik Wolpaw.
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So which of you is it that has the horrible mother? They can get genuinely tender, they can get genuinely villainous. The passive-aggressive nature of her is definitely the through-line. Which again was super-fun for us when Wheatley was in charge, and trying the same thing. I think a lot of it was the wishlist of: One thing I wanted to try was: So that required some last-minute rejigging. What would happen if we did that?
What would happen if we put her in a potato? What happens when we strip away that power. A lot of that was a game of Jenga.
But as a potato, she does seem to be a nicer person. When the player first stumbled on GLaDOS in early tests, the idea was that you as the player would turn her on. But no one wanted to. Playtesting really helped us get that right. Were they in recently?
Not everyone picks that turret up. She told me about Caroline. How did she know about that? Which tells you everything you need to know. My favourite Easter egg, which people can go find, is in the final act.
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Evil Wheatley has you on a conveyer belt which you can jump out of, with a spinny blade wall. You can jump out of that thing again and again, and he starts begging you to get back in, before restarting his super-villain speech.
I loved the dismissive treatment of the Weighted Companion Cube. Obviously there was so much lunacy about a box with a heart on it — did that take Valve by surprise? Yeah, if we would have known we would have had more cubes to sell.