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Portal 2: 5 Down, 8 to Go

According to GLaDOS@Home, computations are now also complete for Cogs, Rush, and AaAaA, so the contributions of five of the 13 games in the potato sack towards an early release of Portal 2 are now done. As Dr. Rumack once (or twice) said: "We're all counting on you."

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54. Re: Portal 2: 5 Down, 8 to Go Apr 18, 2011, 01:47 Dev
 
7 down, 5.5 hours shaved off.

Monday 2am PST is what the current timer is set for. EVEN if you double the time taken off if all the games finish its not even going to be earlier than midnight EST.
Razumen wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 01:06:
All the debate aside, I'd say criticism on Valve saying the game could be 'released early' through community efforts has some validity.

Yes, releasing it a few hours ahead of schedule can be considered 'early' in the strictest sense of the word, but to the average person, and more importantly-to the average gamer, a early release constitutes at least a one day difference. Valve's wording here can be seen as misleading at best.

With 7 of the 13 games completed, and the projected release date still hovering around midnight on Tuesday, and the fact it is now almost Monday, it seems very unlikely that completing the rest of the games will result in the game being released significantly earlier.

The gist of it all is, Valve should have started this promotion LAST week, it would have still given the Indie games some spotlight, while giving gamers a decent time frame to actually work for a SIGNIFICANT early release of Portal 2.

TLDR: A few hours difference is not (really) an early release.
Yes but thats what valve intended all along. For people to get swept up by the hype and generate a pile of new sales of other games, play the games and more pre-orders of portal 2 as well.
I can say almost certainly that from the beginning they never intended to have the game release any earlier than tuesday. So they artificially set a few hours later release time than they normally would and setup a system whereby people think they are getting it earlier than they would.
If they'd started it earlier people would quickly realize its just a few hours early release they are doing all this for. So no, this isn't just a last minute promotion, its been planned for months (each one of those 13 games had to patch in the potato things), and the weekend timing was planned too.
 
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