Portal

iGoogle Web portal permanently shut down after eight years of service

iGoogle Web portal permanently shut down after eight years of service

Just as we reported it vowing 16 months ago, Google today has pulled the plug on iGoogle and buried it without a funeral. The Web portal that let users customize a unique start page for the Web with RSS feeds and widgets has been permanently shut down after eight years of service. Google made no official announcement today, opting to let die-hard iGoogle users mourn on their own terms.

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Portal short film “Survive!” filmed in YouTube Space

Portal short film “Survive!” filmed in YouTube Space

In Los Angeles, California, there's a film location called YouTube Space, one where users are able to rent the floor for free - just so long as the product heads to YouTube. Here we've got one of a wide variety of videos shot at this lovely location, presented here by Colin and Connor McGuire and centering in on the Valve video game series Portal. This story is part of a grand scheme which involves both the Portal video game and the tie-in comic "Portal 2: Lab Rat."

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Portal gets very real in “Terminal Velocity” video

Portal gets very real in “Terminal Velocity” video

It's time for some IRL Portal with filmmaker Jason Craft and his very own POrtal gun, taking some fabulous camera skills, some 3D tracking, and a little bit of movie magic to make the whole world smile. This fan video is completely non-official and not tied to the makers of the Portal video game series, but it sure as heck has impressed us to no end. Have a peek at what happens when one goes in, one goes out, and physics happen.

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Mini-golf course inspired by Minecraft, Portal, et al

Mini-golf course inspired by Minecraft, Portal, et al

If you happen to be a nerd who also likes miniature golf, then online personality Tom Scott has created something you would probably think is cooler than Disney World. He, along with a bunch of hackers who had nothing better to do, created a 12-hole miniature golf course with designs that were inspired by some of the greatest video games of today. And it will actually be playable to the public.

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Portal Gun replicas sale details revealed

Portal Gun replicas sale details revealed

There's a limited edition Portal Gun coming to your doorstep via ThinkGeek, all you fans of the fantastic cult classic game, and its the 1:1 replica you may never have known you've always needed. This gun is the same you've seen in the Portal Series in both the first and second editions, you being able here to toss some C batteries in, start it up, and blast some GLaDOS friendly sound effects and lights into the atmosphere at will. This Portal Gun replica is limited to 5000 pieces worldwide and has been announced for sale on the 18th of May by ThinkGeek today!

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Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

There are now two Portal games out there in the wild, both of them created with Valve ultimately simple concept of a factory testing technology on you, the player - but that's not all the writers on the team had in mind at one point or another. As all games begin with an idea, so too did Portal 2 begin with a notion that even though Portal could exist as a one-off game, it certainly didn't need to. Speaking up this week at an event in San Francisco, Valve writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw spoke on how iterations of the game Portal 2 existed in which there were no portals, no character Chell, and no GLaDOS factory at all - a maddening set of realities indeed!

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