Portal 2 Writer: Enough With the Cake Jokes Already

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Portal 2 Writer: Enough With the Cake Jokes Already

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Portal 2 writer Erik Wolpaw is sick of cake and that's why he says he "absolutely does not want to resurrect a three-year-old meme" in Portal 2.

For being a short, relatively straightforward puzzle game, Portal had a pretty big impact on gamer culture. The cube, the cake, the triumph; it really is hard to overstate the satisfaction gamers took away from it. But while some critical elements of the original game, like GlaDOS and the companion cubes, will show up in the sequel, Wolpaw says he's not interested in merely rehashing an old success.

"If you thought you were sick of the memes, I was sick of it way ahead of you," he told Gamasutra. "For instance, cake. I've had enough cake jokes."

"The cubes are in there because they're a gameplay element, and obviously, GLaDOS is back, but there's a bunch of new gameplay and we want to tell an interesting new story," he continued. "We didn't jettison everything, but I absolutely do not want to try and resurrect a three-year-old meme. That seems like it would be kind of sad. It's not a good idea."

A Valve sequel that doesn't just repeat the formula of its predecessors? It's a novel idea but it might just work. We may or may not have the opportunity to find out someday; Portal 2 is currently scheduled for release in 2011, which according to Valve Time translates into somewhere between "16 months from now" and "eventually."

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So does that mean that if we find a cake in Portal 2, that the lie about no cake was a lie?

My head a-spode!

No cake? But it's delicious and moist!

Yeah, Pie is the new Cake.

Calumon: The Cheese is the truth!

Straight from the horse's mouth.

I doubt people will finally shut up about it though.

All I can say is "Good". It's been done to death and I'm glad Portal 2 isn't going to wallow in the original like so many bad sequels. I have high hopes for this game.

Yeah I'm sick of Cake jokes. It's not that funny.

Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake...

We're out of cake.

Damn it.

Casual Shinji:
Straight from the horse's mouth.

I doubt people will finally shut up about it though.

Course they won't. It will become annoyingly 'cool cos it's retro' like Thundercats and even people who weren't born on its release will think they're cool for referencing it. ;o)

I'm glad they're moving on from the cake, I am sure this one will have lots of fun little tidbits and catchphrases to get attached to.

Wow!

They are going against the fans?

Valve really do have balls of steel!Or brains of an imbecile!

Well thats good. I honestly don't think I can take another cake joke or else my head will explode.

ShadowKatt:
So does that mean that if we find a cake in Portal 2, that the lie about no cake was a lie?

My head a-spode!

-Writer of Portal writer wants to kill a meme from a game he made.

-4chan take it as a challenge and extract 3 new memes from the next game.

Tf2 has more memes then you can count.

RAM'S new and lame internet meme: THE SANDWICH IS A LIE!!!

Yeah, it was bad. Imagine that we've suffered 3 years of badly placed jokes all around the Internet.

Thank you Valve.

So we won't be taking that rocky road to the black forest?

I'll admit that it was funny in game. All those idiots repeating it verbatim a dozen-hundred times over ruined the effect. That's in addition to missing the point.

Andy Chalk:

A Valve sequel that doesn't just repeat the formula of its predecessors? It's a novel idea but it might just work. We may or may not have the opportunity to find out someday; Portal 2 is currently scheduled for release in 2011, which according to Valve Time translates into somewhere between "16 months from now" and "eventually."

Well someone got out of the wrong side of bed this morning.

I'm sick of memes. Let alone Portal ones. Never quite got them.

FINALLY!

I got sick of it the instant I heard it the first time.

Yahtzee has said it, many other people have said it, now an actual writer for the game has said it, the cake is not funny.

So wait...was the cake a lie? Or was it real in the first game?...I need to lie down.

Obviously he is saying that he is tired of hearing "the cake is a lie"
So he plans on making the cake true

Woodsey:

Andy Chalk:

We may or may not have the opportunity to find out someday; Portal 2 is currently scheduled for release in 2011, which according to Valve Time translates into somewhere between "16 months from now" and "eventually."

Well someone got out of the wrong side of bed this morning.

Hardly. I'm not even much of a Valve news follower and I know their reputation. And he even linked a page chock-full of citations that Valve announcing "2011" could literally mean anything from Novemberish 2011 on. Wrong side of the bed would be "Scheduled for release in 2011 but we know Valve employees couldn't tell you the right time if your face was a clock."

That's cool with removing an obviously dead meme, but I wonder if there will be secret areas like the ones in Portal

SirDerick:

Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake...

We're out of cake.

Damn it.

Crap were screwed. NOOOO oh well, time to pull out my emergency stash of cup cakes.

I blame Jonathan Coulton concerts for the continuation of the 'cake' jokes, although he does still manage to make it funny.

Formica Archonis:

Woodsey:

Andy Chalk:

We may or may not have the opportunity to find out someday; Portal 2 is currently scheduled for release in 2011, which according to Valve Time translates into somewhere between "16 months from now" and "eventually."

Well someone got out of the wrong side of bed this morning.

Hardly. I'm not even much of a Valve news follower and I know their reputation. And he even linked a page chock-full of citations that Valve announcing "2011" could literally mean anything from Novemberish 2011 on. Wrong side of the bed would be "Scheduled for release in 2011 but we know Valve employees couldn't tell you the right time if your face was a clock."

I'm well aware of Valve-time, I was mainly referring to the start of the final paragraph; the entire thing was a bit bitchy though.

I'm sure that 4chan thing will stir up enough from the next game to last three more years.

It was a good series of jokes in Portal, killed as many things are by being overused to the point of being butchered and downright annoying (see: meme). It would have been a mistake to include it again for fanservice. New game, new ideas.

MR.Spartacus:
So we won't be taking that rocky road to the black forest?

O.o!

I'm pretty happy to hear this. I enjoyed the cake theme in the game, as well as the song in the end, but God, did I get sick of it after hearing every mention of cake or lies being linked back to Portal, followed by some half-ass use of the famous song's lyrics in an attempt to sound clever, as seen in places like, hmm, let me think...this very article.

Thank god! Yes! Somebody making new jokes! That is what we needed in a sequel! Things are looking good already!

afaceforradio:

Casual Shinji:
Straight from the horse's mouth.

I doubt people will finally shut up about it though.

Course they won't. It will become annoyingly 'cool cos it's retro' like Thundercats and even people who weren't born on its release will think they're cool for referencing it. ;o)

I'm glad they're moving on from the cake, I am sure this one will have lots of fun little tidbits and catchphrases to get attached to.

Retro is cool, is that why we get all these over the top re-imaginings of 80's series, like A Team and Transformers?, so we'll get Michael Bay directing "Cake".

Soylent Bacon:
I'm pretty happy to hear this. I enjoyed the cake theme in the game, as well as the song in the end, but God, did I get sick of it after hearing every mention of cake or lies being linked back to Portal, followed by some half-ass use of the famous song's lyrics in an attempt to sound clever, as seen in places like, hmm, let me think...this very article.

Me and a friend on an F1 website saw that the meetup was going to have cake, but the person bringing cake couldn't make it..

Yeah you know what happened next, needless to say the owner was completely baffled when he got an influx or "Cake is a Lie" messages since he doesn't play computer games.

The pie has always been the true lie.

"The cake is a lie", is not a lie.

So the cake really was a lie... :'(

I'm against the idea of Portal 2 anyway. The original was great because it was a short, funny game that came as a surprise. I just don't see them replicating the success now everyone knows what to expect. Too much hype, too many high expectations, too many comparisons.

Portal was brilliant, let it be; not everything needs a sequel.

THANK YOU. I agree wholeheartedly. Plus, the joke doesn't work. There was a freakin cake at the end of the game. It's not funny. It really isn't, and I'm so happy the developer thinks the same way.

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