When I first heard of Portal, it was through a single line reference to the game in an email someone sent to a group list, a sort of inside joke that instantly piqued my interest – “The cake is a lie.” I spent some time trying to figure out what this meant, and soon found the ending video for the game.
After that I became a bit obsessed with the game. I downloaded Portal wallpapers, I played through the entire platform-style flash game, I watched video walk throughs of every level of the actual game (with many encore performances of the final level), and I listened to the ending theme song “Still Alive” about forty-thousand times. It got to the point where I’d walk around town and think about how much faster I could get around with portals, and what the most efficient routes would be.
Some have asked me why I don’t just buy The Orange Box and experience all that is Portal first hand. The simple answer is that a multi-dimensional, fast-paced, FPS would probably not sit well with my vertigo. I guess I’ve also sort of technically spoiled it by watching everything online. In any case, it’s one of the most interesting games I’ve seen (though not played) in a while, and it’s nice to know that other reputable sources agree.