Portal's GlaDOS Invades Steam With Potato-Related ARG

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Portal's GlaDOS Invades Steam With Potato-Related ARG

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Steam's Potato Sack bundle features 13 games, each with mysterious new updates that reference Portal.

On April 1, Valve innocently unleashed a game bundle on Steam called the Potato Sack. The bundle features 13 games such as Super Meat Boy, Killing Floor, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Secretly, it may have also introduced a new Portal-related ARG, with players discovering strange new updates in each of the 13 titles.

Some of these updates are potato references that don't appear to extend beyond the tuberous crop. The ball in The Ball's title screen has been changed into a potato, Super Potato Boy was patched into the world of Super Meat Boy, and potatoes are now scattered around Killing Floor's levels. Pretty silly.

Other updates are just plain mysterious, but potentially related to Portal, leading to the idea that there's an ARG here. The best example so far is in Cogs, where entering "potato" on the main screen unlocks a new level called "<Test>" and some very GlaDOS-like messages. After beating the level, the game writes: "Well, look at that. I guess you got lucky. Everyone gets lucky if they play long enough. Your score is "x." I bet you didn't even know I was keeping score. If you play again, I sincerely doubt you can do any better."

As Cogs runs, the score given for <Test> gets lower and lower, until eventually it becomes 0 and the message is replaced by odd text and symbols. Outside of Cogs, other titles now feature weird glyphs and and other aspects that don't seem like part of a potato joke.

All of the discoveries are being chronicled on this wiki. One theory states that Valve is trying to lead-in to the April 19 release of Portal 2 with the idea that GlaDOS is somehow invading the digital world (and these games). If this is an ARG and not an April Fools prank, there's still a lot of work to be done, so get to it.

Source: Reddit

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Oh goodie, Valve is at it again.

Now we know where those Episode 3 manhours went, into devising The Valve Codex.

the pack is nice but the constant advertising for Portal 2 is getting annoying.

Well, I had to Google 'ARG' since that's not an acronym I see very often, but I suppose 'alternative reality game' fits, despite sounding a bit awkward. I might end up picking this up after all.

Hmmm, well I didn't get that pack as it didn't strike me as being *that* good a deal, especially seeing as I owned a lot of the games to begin with.

The idea is amusing, but I'd be hoping there is more to it than a connection to "Portal 2".

We'll see what happens given time. If this is little more than a glorified advertisement, I can't help but wonder what people who spent $30 for the pack think about it.

This is the 2nd time this has happened both with the portal franchise :|

Tom Goldman:
the April 19 release of Portal 2

April 19th?

EDIT: oh you sill Americans getting things early!
*sulks in corner*
Even the silly Aussies get it before me!

I'm glad other people have the spare time to decode these ARG clues, because I won't.

I remember how deep the rabbit hole went with the portal ARG. I do love a good internetz treasure hunt.

And just when we thought that ARG was done. Darn you Valve! Will your masterwork craftsmen ever stop making us dig deeper for more incredible discoveries?! (Hopefully not. =D)

EDIT: The second symbol in that box is the logo for Dejobaan's new game titled "1...2...3...Kick It!". I actually own "Kick It!". TO MY COMPUTER FILES!!!

V8 Ninja:
And just when we thought that ARG was done. Darn you Valve! Will your masterwork craftsmen ever stop making us dig deeper for more incredible discoveries?! (Hopefully not. =D)

EDIT: The second symbol in that box is the logo for Dejobaan's new game titled "1...2...3...Kick It!". I actually own "Kick It!". TO MY COMPUTER FILES!!!

Interesting, please tell us if you find out something :)

OT: Oh, this is cool. Too bad i can't afford the potato sack :(

the text on that board sounds like a troll, or hater or maybe just provocative.
people will get affected by that and try and try and try again and again and again...

very psycological. but i saw it through. besides i can not play portal, i get sick just watching someone else play...
guess i am not portal compatible.
(brain and three-dimensional imagination / spatial imagination ... getting confused)

Soo...what is ARG?

DustyDrB:
Soo...what is ARG?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternate_reality_game
Basically, in this case, its a story or mystery woven into various forms of media in the real world for clues and what not.

OT: I tried looking into some clues, but then I gave up because my brain can't think right now.

So I found something that could or could not be related.

looking at the wiki it was talking about the song ...and potatoes from the Super Meat Boy soundtrack. Looking at the tags for the song, the last one is "Mesa" as in Black Mesa maybe? Upon clicking on the tag many songs pop up, but one of them stuck out as peculiar...
The theme to our very own Anthony Saves the World, also taggged with "Mesa"

Being that AStW is also another alternate reality themed thing the two may be related some how.
I don't know anything about the other songs tagged with "Mesa", but you can find them here

Carrying garden gnomes around is so 2009. This year we will surely get to carry around a potato. For science.

Haha. Excellent! I kind of wondered why Super Meat Boy looked so ugly recently.

Calling it now, potatoes are the new cake.

No doubt it is an ARG, Ichiro from Dejobaan has confirmed as much under heavy questioning. He also confirmed that 1973 is relevant. The 'And Potatoes' track is irrelevant though, we've already gone through everything we can think of related to that and its highly unlikely this extends beyond the Potato Sack. Currently the focus is on Defense Grid since that's where the biggest clues have been found.

As for people who spent $30 to get the pack, they've got 13 great indie games. No reason to complain.

ARGs make me so very happy.
I can't wait till I get me some Portal 2.

So that's why my copies of Amnesia and The Ball were updated...huh. Good to know.
I doubt it's an ARG, I think it's just a joke. But if it is: Yay ARG!

gigastar:
Oh goodie, Valve is at it again.

Now we know where those Episode 3 manhours went, into devising The Valve Codex.

IKR.

I understand the Radio ARG that they released last year at E3, but seriously guys, the game is almost 2 weeks from release, stop working on ads!

I loved the Portal 2 ARG, so I hope that this is something similar.

I was playing Killing Floor practically half the weekend and didn't see any potatoes :(

I always knew the voice you hear after every RUSH level was related to GLaDOS somehow!

So that explains why Bit.Trip beat has potatoes on the main menu.

<Would prefer it if portal refrences stayed out of Amnesia.

It is definitely an ARG, there are all sorts of hidden things going on. Check out that wiki link in the Original Post

Haha did anyone see the fixes they put up on April first? They were for each of these games and in the descriptors said things like "Introduced more bugs" and hash tagged with #Happypotatoday or similar. I wondered what all that was about.

Edit: They were tagged with #PotatoFoolsDay apparently

Baldry:
Calling it now, potatoes are the new cake.

Well, they would've had to come up with something new, seeing how the cake meme has been run into the ground, dug back up, and then buried again.

Oh so that rock was a POTATO in "The Ball?" Tricky Valve.

Baldry:
Calling it now, potatoes are the new cake.

Pshh, that's such a lie.

...

Oh come on, you totally asked for that.

Knusper:
I was playing Killing Floor practically half the weekend and didn't see any potatoes :(

Try throwing money.

Amnesia has Glyphs, Egyptians ones. they decode into a poem that reference each of the 13 games. There is a rumored secret room too.

Of all objects Valve could have chosen to go memetic, they choose potatoes?

That is, assuming potatoes have any significance in Portal 2.

Twilight.falls:
Of all objects Valve could have chosen to go memetic, they choose potatoes?

That is, assuming potatoes have any significance in Portal 2.

Oh, you have no idea. They've got cake in the first game, now we're getting potatoes.

Really though, I think this is more related to the upcoming Defense of the Ancients II than Portal 2.

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