Valve wants to help you out this Valentine's Day with a video that has absolutely nothing to do with Portal 2 pre-orders. Honest.
Valentine's Day is upon us, and romance is in the air. Many of you will have already bought your special someone a token your deep and lasting affection. Unfortunately, some of you will have forgotten, and now face the difficult task of finding the right gift, and quickly.
Choosing that perfect present is harder than it looks, however. Seemingly innocuous choices, like flowers or chocolates, are fraught with hidden dangers. You might think that you're safe with jewellery and/or precious stones, for example, but the truth is that 80% of people given giant diamonds on Valentine's Day are later crushed by them.
Thankfully, Aperture Science has the solution, in the form of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, which is perhaps more commonly known as the "Portal Gun." According to Aperture's figures, an amazing 100% of couples who participate in co-operative portal testing are still completely in love. Fortunately, Portal 2 is now available to pre-order, so you can save your relationship with ease. A more cynical man might suggest that encouraging people to pre-order was the point of the video all along, but that seems unthinkable on this, the most romantic day of the year.
Joking aside, this video is pretty neat idea on Valve's part. Valentine's Day is the perfect venue for the quirky humor that Portal is famous for, and it's a much more memorable way to announce that a game is available to pre-order than a press release. Unfortunately, while you can pre-order Portal 2 now, you've still got a couple of months to wait before you can actually play it.
Portal 2 comes out for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on April 18th.