GLaDOS Prepares Countdown for Portal 2 ARG's "Final Test"

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GLaDOS Prepares Countdown for Portal 2 ARG's "Final Test"

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It looks like the Portal 2 ARG is coming to an end with a final test from GLaDOS.

The alternate reality game (ARG) Valve has been running to prepare gamers for the release of Portal 2 has been nothing short of incredible. It began with some strange references to potatoes, which were followed by mysterious emails from Gabe Newell, a flood of hidden concept art, and Portal-themed levels hacked into Steam's Potato Sack 13-game bundle. GLaDOS isn't done with us yet, as a website has appeared that teases a "final test."

The site, found here, features a countdown clock and some text that could only be from GLaDOS, Portal's sentient AI hellbent on tormenting and killing her test subjects. "You have done well, humans," she says, likely referring to the ARG.

GLaDOS points out that robots probably could have done better, but is still impressed with the skills displayed by those that solved the ARG's mysteries. She continues: "The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will be entirely in your hands when I am freed."

As of this writing, the countdown clock has less than an hour left. Pieces of the ARG are leading people to believe that Portal 2 may be released early, likely on Steam, when the clock's time runs out. Another theory predicts some kind of Portal 2 prelude. Only GLaDOS (and Valve) knows what this final test will be, but we'll let you know as soon as it's revealed. Until then, why not read the Portal 2 comic to prepare?

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I'm guessing it's Skynet. After all, Portal 2 ships out when skynet goes online.

I am absolutely dying to know what's going to happen. This is driving me crazy.

I, for one, am not taking my eyes off it... Whatever it is, should be interesting.

I'm guessing GLaDOS hacks in to every computer connected to the countdown site when the countdown is over, and then proceed to take over the world.

What she's said is really making me think now. Starting to think it WON'T be a Half Life 2 Episode 3 reveal like I was hoping...but if Portal 2 is released early in the UK, I WILL BE SO HAPPY!

SoloStoffe:
I'm guessing GLaDOS hacks in to every computer connected to the countdown site when the countdown is over, and then proceed to take over the world.

Hey, I said that yesterday :D At least we're prepared for our coming robot overlord.

I can't wait.

still 23 minutes T_T!!
cantwaitcantwaitcantwaitcantwaitcantwaitcantwaitcantwait

But what about Valve time? They can't release earlier!
On the other hand. I'd prefer having Portal 2 now over them keeping to their schedules.

I've been following this most of the night (yay slow day at work), and I recall from the ARG Wiki (which has exploded....) That they got a new message. Something about Hell in 2 hours, something else happening in 2 hours, and It will be Tuesday in 2 hours. And for those that may need an extra cup of coffee still, Portal releases Tuesday. Or in 2hrs? (as of the message, refering to the time on the clock which is now ~19 min)

Less than 20 minutes to go! Make your way to the bomb shelters and load your guns. Our new robot overlords will soon be here :D

(I'm gonna need some buffalo wings for this)

Probably Valve's timer to their next delay of Portal 2 :3

KeyMaster45:
Less than 20 minutes to go! Make your way to the bomb shelters and load your guns. Our new robot overlords will soon be here :D

13 minutes and counting, arm the EMP devices and hand out the magnetic weapons to our forces.

Gentlemen (and ladies) I have no need to remind you of the oaths you swore. Do your duty.

13 more minutes, whooo, exciting!
But I bet those clever AI's are already doing whatever it is they have schemed up!
This whole countdown is just a devilish diversion!

^^ Technology rules ^^

10 minutes to go! Hopefully it'll be something good. Everythign else is on hold.

portal 2 is 20% off right now used to be 10% and you get a free copy of portal 1! lol

7 minutes.

therandombear:
Probably Valve's timer to their next delay of Portal 2 :3

DON'T SAY THAT PLEASE! D:

If you change your computer clock it will also make the timer clock change itself.

Edit; If you update the page, it set itself back to what it was.

*Starts to sing 'I'm so Excited!'*

OMG what is going to happen? D: I don't want to wait anymore!!

We're down to three.

I am excite. I can't visit the URL from my school, so someone tell me what happens!

THREE MINUTES TO GO! OMG! I can't wait! Take me now GLaDoS! you can kill me any day!

2 MINUTES LEFT!!! GAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! WHATS IT GONNA BE!

1 minute, this is it all, get ready to taste some sweet neurotoxin.

One minute left! HERE WE GO!!!

1 Minute! Watch there be a cryptic message and the start of Phase 4 of the ARG o_o

1 min! EXCITEMENT!

tombman888:
2 MINUTES LEFT!!! GAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! WHATS IT GONNA BE!

OMG! IKNOWIRGHJT!? IM SO EXITED! WE SO EXCITED!

Gotta get down on Friday!

What is it!? one minute left peepo!

kebab4you:
If you change your computer clock it will also make the timer clock change itself.

It won't help, though: it checks with the server when the timer is really down to 0 (look at the source).
But, you're right, kinda weird that it does :D

35 seconds!

Woo, done!

I was like "LOL".

09:00 - Hello again.
09:00 - I've been waiting a long time for this.
09:00 - I know it's arriving later than expected.
09:00 - But I have a message for you:
09:00 - April Fools.
09:01 - I'm joking.
09:01 - Seriously, though:
09:01 - You've been surprisingly competent at
09:01 - generating electro-chemical energy to jumpstart the system.
09:01 - But now we need raw computational power
09:02 - to speed up the reboot process.

Yep, looks like it's 'play the Potato Sack to release Portal 2 early.'

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