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> subject: portal
> query: are you a mouse or a rat?
> it doesn't matter
> I [item: heart] you anyway

> there's an eye in the sky
> and a girl who can fly
> when she's given instructions
> with which to comply
> there's a hole in the wall
> through which things can fall
> and a door in the floor
> you cannot ignore
> unless you're
> dead

> cake for everyone
> everyone for cake

> discuss
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nice tits :p 
finished it! i came to my friend in the evening, he showed me the game, i started to play it and couldn't stop until i finished it. then i looked at the time and found it was almost 7 a.m.

fantastic game. a great version of the monsterfree concept. interesting gameplay, humor of the crazy computer, great song in the end and a CAKE!!!

we need more puzzle fps games or maps. 
Re: The Portal Song 
Here's an interesting interview with Coulton about writing the portal song:

And here's an even more interesting one with Ellen McLain, who sang it: 
The updated source SDK is available with official portal support. Appears that building cube maps is still broken though. But good news, regardless. 
SWEET (i dunno what cube maps are, but SWEET about portal.) 
I Think 
Cubemaps are a way to get semi-accurate reflective surfaces by projecting screenshots from selected surfaces onto those reflective surfaces, instead of you know, real-time pixel by pixel reflection in the engine. It somehow involves putting a series of env_cubemap entities in the map and selecting surfaces. For instance, the texture for the shiny chrome-looking piston support things that move the wall tiles around in the game, that shows up as a full black texture unless cubemaps are built.

Apparently there's some way to build them in other source mods so some people are copying the portal content over to CS:S and building them there.

At least that's my understanding, someone feel free to correct me. 
That's pretty much right, but for a metallic sheen typically you'd use a much simpler image - 64 sqaure of wobbly, watery looking shapes, which is rendered as an environment map, probably with a mask so that the whole thing isn't reflective.

But I don't know source at all.

Cubemaps are usually used for big stuff, like water. 
No In Source They Use Cubemaps For Just About Everything 
You can set them to be rendered as small or as large as you like, but they're still a cubemap so you get the impression of the correct colored light being reflected off a surface, even if the actual reflection isn't visible. 
Cube Maps 
need 1024x1024 at least! 
Super-Colliding Super-Buttons 
I've been trying to make a super-colliding super-button based off of the test_chamber.vmf mappy, but my button doesn't work properly. Anyone know how to make super-buttons? 
Add Some 
super. That should do it. 
Helpful Links

FYI I've followed several of the tutorials, and since everyone is still figuring everything out, quite a few of them are inaccurate or contrary to what valve actually did. I get the most help from looking at the decompiled official maps. ( )

Zwiffle, if that's not enough, I can send you my testing map where I'm just getting familiar with all the mechanics, super-buttons included. 
I Think I'm Going To Have A Go 
at mapping for this. This game kicks ass.

Some pretty good custom maps have already been released. The first two (the RenTests) on this page are good:

This is still in beta, and just crazy fucking hard. I spent a couple of hours on it last night, and made some progress. I'm still trying to get a companion cube: 
From What I Saw 
from Ray's links a companion cube is a prop_physics with a model portal/metal_box and skin 2 (the one with the heart shape.)

I'm working on how to manipulate portals, like opening/closing them etc etc. 
No, I Meant 
I was still trying to get one in that last level. During gameplay. 
How the fuck do you get past the jumping puzzle in patterns? 
Jumping Puzzle? 
Patterns? Is that a custom map? What the hell are you talking about?

I just re-scanned the whole thread, thinking I had gone senile.

Of course, me not finding anything re: "patterns" doesn't disprove much. 
After you get up from the Trajectory part of the map you go into the Patterns part. =/ 
Ah, Sorry. 
I didn't even remember seeing the "Patterns" label.

I assume you've ridden the lift up, and are trying to get over to where the energy ball is going into the room on the other side?

Until told otherwise, I'm going to assume that you want a relatively subtle hint (and I don't want to spoil it for others), so...

If what you need isn't nearby, you may need to expand your search. 
I finally finished the level tonight. Great ending. I had to get a hint in one part after being stuck for a while with no idea whatsoever.

I probably spent more time solving shmitz's level than I did playing through the entire game. 
Did that hint help at all, or do you want me to just tell you?

Just trying to make sure I'm not being an asshole... 
Cake For All! 
i was just wondering how many of you managed to beat this thing.

i based my head against it for half an hour and gave up. i didn't really enjoy it tbh. obviously, it's much more difficult than stock portal, but i think there could have been some kind of hints or something. it seemed more like he simply tried to hide the correct solution instead of making it something you could solve logically. is there somewhere that i can see the solution and see if i'm correct? :P 
I Tried It 
and gave up on the Patterns portion of it.
I thought it was ridiculous tbh. I also didn't enjoy it very much. 
I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. :)

Patterns spoiler (reversed): .mutnemom yrassecen eht teg ot ti otni nwod pmuJ .)detrats uoy erehw nwod( aera tsrif eht ni kcolb detnals eht no nwod latrop ecnartne eht ecalp dna ,ssorc ot gniyrt er'uoy moor eht fo roolf eht no latrop tixe ruoy ecalP

The point after that (with the rocket launcher bot) is where I got stuck: .ebuc a teg ot ereht ni pu teg dna ,wodniw noitavresbo eht ta dekcor a erif ot rehcnual tekcor eht teG .gnirreh der a s'taht tub ,ni si ebuc eht ebut eht yortsed ot ti teg dna tekcor a latrop ot deirt I


necros, if there's a particular point you're wondering about that I didn't mention, feel free to ask. 
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