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Portal 2 Countdown Explained

Steam News explains the Portal 2 Aperture Labs Countdown timer in the story below:

This weekend is the last chance to pre-purchase Portal 2. Get your copy now, save 10% and be ready to play the moment it is released.

Help release Portal 2 early: From now until release, play any or all of games in The Potato Sack to expedite the launch of Portal 2. Your efforts will be tracked on the official GLaDOS@home page.

Each game in The Potato Sack has received a massive Portal-themed update, making a collection of 13 hit indie games even better. So why not get a taste of Portal 2 now while you help launch it?

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50. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 19:15 SpectralMeat
 
Did you guys figure out what the auxiliary power thing means on the bottom of the screen?  
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49. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 19:10 reisub
 
I assumed the more popular the game prior to the countdown, the more hours needed to be logged. Although looking at the page again it seems more like unique users rather than hours.

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48. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 18:33 Ray Marden
 
I would imagine that only new purchases count towards the potato-themed auxiliary power, but the current CPUs is some combination of unique launches and length of play.

This way they can market the potato sack while encouraging playing of game by both old and new purchases alike. That would tend to make sense since these games have been updated/tweaked in various ways as part of the lead up to Portal 2.

Otherwise, I would guess-timate that the needed totals vary from game to game based upon prior sales numbers. Regardless of the reason, it is obviously that X number of current CPUs varies from one game to another, at least as a matter of percentage of completion.

Meanwhile, with regards to unlocking the game early, it looks like this would not happen prior to Sunday night, if not more likely sometime on Monday. I am hoping they will reduce the requirements, else it is not much of an early unlocking and misses the big, open period of the weekend.
Even more of a letdown since the countdown was to a countdown.
Not sure what I would have done Friday night...but just waiting on Amazon now,
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47. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 17:26 xXBatmanXx
 
Something tells me only NEW purchases count towards this, as currently there are 6,430 people playing Killing Floor and it isn't even 10% done. There are also 4,013 people playing Audiosurf and it isn't even 40% complete, yet there are 4,276 people playing AAAAAA! and it is over 60% complete.....

Weird. I know it calculates total concurrent users and also purchases or plays, but I am thinking it is new purchases only.
 
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46. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 14:30 Ray Marden
 
You got all the radios, right?
Go play again! Hee hee.
Dying to see what Portal 2 does with the world/story,
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45. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 14:06 Dev
 
Jim wrote on Apr 15, 2011, 20:51:
I'm preloading Portal 2 now. Hopefully it runs decent on my iMac or else I'll probably need to build a new PC.
Well do other source games run ok for you? HL2, L4D 1/2, TF2, portal 1, etc.

Pick up that $300 dell, throw a $50 gaming card into it, and you have a gaming PC.
 
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44. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 13:26 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Nameless Again wrote on Apr 16, 2011, 13:09:
Quit yer bitchin'.
He's not bitching, he's pointing out one of those cold harsh reality mistresses that people like to hide in the back corner. Pretty to look at, but will stab you repeatedly in the back.
 
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43. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 13:09 Nameless Again
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Apr 16, 2011, 11:27:
My last comment got deleted. So here is the PC version.

"I am just so happy that we get the joy of having all the console versions leaked and everyone except the PC version playing the game. And I thank everyone for making us play and buy FANTASTIC games like the Potato pack for a solid week. I would never claim that paying and buying things that end up giving it to the PC community up the ASS is anything except what we want because doing so might get my comment deleted and god help us if we are not Politically Correct here on Blues Fucking News."

Quit yer bitchin'.
 
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42. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 11:27 [VG]Reagle
 
My last comment got deleted. So here is the PC version.

"I am just so happy that we get the joy of having all the console versions leaked and everyone except the PC version playing the game. And I thank everyone for making us play and buy FANTASTIC games like the Potato pack for a solid week. I would never claim that paying and buying things that end up giving it to the PC community up the ASS is anything except what we want because doing so might get my comment deleted and god help us if we are not Politically Correct here on Blues Fucking News."
 
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41. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 07:32 SpectralMeat
 
oops double post  
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40. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 07:30 SpectralMeat
 
Actually all this anticipation for Portal 2 made me finish Portal1. I've never finished it before always got stuck on chamber 18 and gave up I've never realized pretty much the whole game is chamber 19.

Anyways I've finished it last night and holy shit what did I miss with this game, it was awesome !! Now I really can't wait for Portal 2.
 
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39. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 04:56 rist3903
 
I own Amnesia and while not having played it due to being chickens**t I fired it up again for this and found found a new game called Justine. I tried to get through it but got stuck in a room with who knows what scaring the bejesus out of me while I cowered in a corner and went insane. Had to call it quits.  
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38. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 16, 2011, 02:03 xXBatmanXx
 
jimnms wrote on Apr 15, 2011, 22:19:
I wonder if they have a way to know if you're actively playing the game. I loaded up RUSH and played for a little bit since I haven't played it much since I bought it. Then I minimized and muted it. Steam still shows I'm in the game RUSH. If I leave it running over night, I wonder if those hours will count?

It counts concurrent users AND total that have played. I don't think you need to have it going the whole time.
 
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37. removed Apr 15, 2011, 22:24 [VG]Reagle
 
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36. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 15, 2011, 22:19 jimnms
 
I wonder if they have a way to know if you're actively playing the game. I loaded up RUSH and played for a little bit since I haven't played it much since I bought it. Then I minimized and muted it. Steam still shows I'm in the game RUSH. If I leave it running over night, I wonder if those hours will count?  
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35. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 15, 2011, 21:58 xXBatmanXx
 
Portal 2 is already available for 360 on the internets.

DAMN YOU PC PIRATES!!!!!!!!!

Talked to some people who have played it - said it is better than the first, has great scripts, super funny, and is a blast. Probably going to be a 10/10 game.
 
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34. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 15, 2011, 20:51 Jim
 
I'm preloading Portal 2 now. Hopefully it runs decent on my iMac or else I'll probably need to build a new PC.  
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33. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 15, 2011, 20:44 Beamer
 
ok so it seems the most popular game in The Potato Sack atm is a bad looking Katamari rip off - I thought Katamari looked bad but "The Wonderful End of the World" makes it look wonderful.

Edit: I actually love the Katamari games - but I don't want to play a western remake of a quintessentially Japanese game.

I agree, from watching the movie.

I'm saddened that The Ball isn't doing better as well.
 
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32. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 15, 2011, 20:03 Vulkan
 
Some rather popular website or something decided to concentrate on single games instead of spreading out, "The Wonderful End of the World" was the first game in the list for some reason.  
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31. Re: Portal 2 Countdown Explained Apr 15, 2011, 19:51 Lorcin
 
ok so it seems the most popular game in The Potato Sack atm is a bad looking Katamari rip off - I thought Katamari looked bad but "The Wonderful End of the World" makes it look wonderful.

Edit: I actually love the Katamari games - but I don't want to play a western remake of a quintessentially Japanese game.

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