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Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released

Steam News announces the release Perpetual Testing Initiative, the promised free update for Portal 2 that adds new content and a level editor to Valve's puzzle/platformer sequel. Here's word:

The new free Portal 2 update titled "Perpetual Testing Initiative" is now available on Steam!

The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" allows players to easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles. The Initiative comes with a simplified puzzle maker that allows that creation of mind-bending puzzles without ever leaving the game.

The puzzle maker can directly publish maps to the Steam Workshop where users can browse, vote on, and select to play them. Selected puzzles will automatically be downloaded and installed inside Portal 2.

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19. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 9, 2012, 10:51 Sacrifice
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 8, 2012, 17:33:
EA has a very different approach with Origin, which involves charging more for games than any other place on the planet. For instance, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is 26.99 on Steam - 39.99 on Origin. Or Batman: Arkham City, which is 19.99 - 24.99 on Origin. And all their new high profile releases are either 40/$65 or 45/$73.

EA is trying to increase the price of gaming, while Valve is doing the opposite. And Valve offers the better service. Bizarre. Absolutely bizarre. It is any wonder that EA was voted the worse company in America? I think not.

I agree entirely!

For some reason I never got around to playing the Mass Effect series. I picked them both up via a big sale on Steam a few months ago. I finished the first one, the PC version had the main DLC already included. I looked into playing the Mass Effect 2, but it will cost me over $50 to get all the DLCs. Ridiculous! It is a game that is two and a half years old. Why don't they have a "Game of the Year" edition already? At the very least they could have a reasonably priced bundle with all DLCs included.

I use to pirate games, but no longer with reasonable services like Steam. Origin and EA are seriously tempting me to pirate again...

This comment was edited on May 9, 2012, 10:58.
 
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18. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 9, 2012, 07:25 shul
 
why would anyone want to troll this?

Portal 2 was an excellent game and this addition is great. I'd like to see more companies doing this much for the players. 12,000+ maps in the workshop already!!
 
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17. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 9, 2012, 03:23 xXBatmanXx
 
Verno wrote on May 8, 2012, 16:06:
deqer wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:54:
"Please buy our game. We forecasted that a portal 2 would sell, and it hasn't. Here is our attempt #5(free dlc(editor+share)) and #6(on sale) on getting you to buy it."

I was about to say no, but then I heard "editor", "share" and "$6"

Portal 2 sold really well so I'm not even sure where that comes from. It's a free content addition, they aren't desperately doing anything except giving you stuff.

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16. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 23:23 Dev
 
Tumbler wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:17:
Portal 2 is $6.79 on sale today!?

Holy Shit Valve. Just holy shit.
As valve has said in the past, when they do a big sale, they get exponentially more revenue from the sales. Like if they do a 50% off sale they don't just get twice the sales, its more like 10 times the sales. So its not desperation as that other guy was implying, its smart business.
 
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15. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 21:21 Pigeon
 
I expect to see some amazing maps, can't wait to see what people come up with. I know I've already made a quick map.  
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14. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 20:58 Beelzebud
 
Bradley wrote on May 8, 2012, 20:47:
Beelzebud wrote on May 8, 2012, 16:56:
deqer wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:54:
"Please buy our game. We forecasted that a portal 2 would sell, and it hasn't. Here is our attempt #5(free dlc(editor+share)) and #6(on sale) on getting you to buy it."

Portal 2 sold 4 million copies. I'm not sure how you can claim it hasn't sold well. Also, you're finding a reason to bitch about free content? You're perfectly free to not play Portal 2, and continue buying overpriced map packs for other games.

He must come from the camp of people that believe that if something doesn't absolutely crush everything else it competes with then it must be a total and utter failure. Anything less than 1st place is alwas an epic "epic fail" to them.

Ironically these are people who will most likely never sell a million of anything in their entire lives.
 
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13. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 20:47 Bradley
 
Beelzebud wrote on May 8, 2012, 16:56:
deqer wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:54:
"Please buy our game. We forecasted that a portal 2 would sell, and it hasn't. Here is our attempt #5(free dlc(editor+share)) and #6(on sale) on getting you to buy it."

Portal 2 sold 4 million copies. I'm not sure how you can claim it hasn't sold well. Also, you're finding a reason to bitch about free content? You're perfectly free to not play Portal 2, and continue buying overpriced map packs for other games.

He must come from the camp of people that believe that if something doesn't absolutely crush everything else it competes with then it must be a total and utter failure. Anything less than 1st place is alwas an epic "epic fail" to them.
 
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12. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 17:52 SimplyMonk
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 8, 2012, 17:33:
EA is trying to increase the price of gaming, while Valve is doing the opposite.

EA is too beholden to brick and mortar (GameStop) to offer titles at a lower price. They aren't willing to challenge them head on by undercutting physical sales. Same reason Microsoft said they won't follow the Sony path of selling digital games on physical release date or sell the digital at lower price.

They will sell the digital version on Games On Demand six months after the physical release and for full retail value. Doing anything else is just asking for a fight from brick and mortar (GameStop).
 
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11. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 17:33 theyarecomingforyou
 
Tumbler wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:17:
Portal 2 is $6.79 on sale today!?

Holy Shit Valve. Just holy shit.
EA has a very different approach with Origin, which involves charging more for games than any other place on the planet. For instance, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is 26.99 on Steam - 39.99 on Origin. Or Batman: Arkham City, which is 19.99 - 24.99 on Origin. And all their new high profile releases are either 40/$65 or 45/$73.

EA is trying to increase the price of gaming, while Valve is doing the opposite. And Valve offers the better service. Bizarre. Absolutely bizarre. It is any wonder that EA was voted the worse company in America? I think not.
 
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10. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 17:08 Bill Borre
 
That's a really cool idea. Now if they'd just do that for a game that I'd have any interest in playing...  
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9. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 16:56 Beelzebud
 
deqer wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:54:
"Please buy our game. We forecasted that a portal 2 would sell, and it hasn't. Here is our attempt #5(free dlc(editor+share)) and #6(on sale) on getting you to buy it."

Portal 2 sold 4 million copies. I'm not sure how you can claim it hasn't sold well. Also, you're finding a reason to bitch about free content? You're perfectly free to not play Portal 2, and continue buying overpriced map packs for other games.
 
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8. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 16:26 The Pyro
 
The low sale price must be effective, as I've seen Valve do the exact same thing with other games such as L4D2. The games will go on sale for 66% off on the same day that new (free) DLC is released.  
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7. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 16:08 SpectralMeat
 
Just finished the SP last week. Perfect timing!
Looking forward to see some community created puzzles. The voting and feedback system will help weed out the shit ones
 
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6. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 16:06 Verno
 
deqer wrote on May 8, 2012, 15:54:
"Please buy our game. We forecasted that a portal 2 would sell, and it hasn't. Here is our attempt #5(free dlc(editor+share)) and #6(on sale) on getting you to buy it."

I was about to say no, but then I heard "editor", "share" and "$6"

Portal 2 sold really well so I'm not even sure where that comes from. It's a free content addition, they aren't desperately doing anything except giving you stuff.
 
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5. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 16:01 JaZeeL
 
meh, I don't really see it as desperation at all. More sales = more potential Portal 2 shop sales = more potential new steam users = more revenue from Valve's slice of other title purchases.  
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4. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 15:54 deqer
 
"Please buy our game. We forecasted that a portal 2 would sell, and it hasn't. Here is our attempt #5(free dlc(editor+share)) and #6(on sale) on getting you to buy it."

I was about to say no, but then I heard "editor", "share" and "$6"
 
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3. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 15:35 Verno
 
Sweet, I'll do up some puzzles tonight. Nice to see Steam Workshop usage picking up a bit.  
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2. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 15:28 Beelzebud
 
Yeah if you don't have portal 2, now is definitely the time. That is a steal.  
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1. Re: Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Released May 8, 2012, 15:17 Tumbler
 
Portal 2 is $6.79 on sale today!?

Holy Shit Valve. Just holy shit.
 
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