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Free Portal: First Slice for GeForce Owners

Valve announces the release of Portal: First Slice for free for owners of NVIDIA GeForce accelerators, offering a sample of Portal, their first-person puzzler, to those who favor their favored hardware:

January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam® Hardware Survey (http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html) shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.

Effective immediately, all NVIDIA gamers may receive a free copy of Portal™: First Slice, a special version of the award-winning new game from Valve, by visiting www.steamgames.com/nvidia1 and "Taking the test." Steam will then auto-detect the presence of NVIDIA hardware and make Portal: First Slice available immediately, free of charge. To make it easy for all NVIDIA customers to redeem this offer, a link to the Steam offer will also be included in all NVIDIA drivers.

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45. Re: I could be wrong... Jun 14, 2008, 07:33 the
 
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44. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 11, 2008, 04:03 Prez
 
Best you stick with that wacko conspiracy website you have in your sig. Knowing you are into that stuff explains a lot.

LOL! Actually, I found that site fascinating. I love good conspiracy theories!
 
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43. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 10, 2008, 18:20 xXBatmanXx
 
It's the first four levels from the original game.

What is that, about 10 minutes of game time?

Depends on how you play or listen.
It took me a hell of a lot longer than 10 minutes for the first 4 levels when I played the game the first time.
Lots of looking at every single inch of the maps.

oh well.

People will bitch - even when something is free....

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42. Re: No subject Jan 10, 2008, 17:58 Belgradar
 
KARmA you loser steam hater


worked sweet for me that karma for steam haters

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41. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 10, 2008, 10:04 nin
 
Hey mOOzilla, if you had the problem you say you had with steam and valve, why are you even bothering with their free demos?

Exactly...

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40. Re: No subject Jan 10, 2008, 08:30 basis
 
Yes I too had that problem. I think there's 19 puzzles. I'm not sure why there's this bug

 
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39. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 10, 2008, 08:22 cronik
 
It's the first four levels from the original game.

What is that, about 10 minutes of game time?

 
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38. No subject Jan 10, 2008, 02:28 SamuraiSaint
 
I'd been resisting Steam forever, so I thought I might give this a try.

I downloaded and installed Steam, set up an account, and clicked the button to download this demo.

After I accepted an enormous and unread EULA, I was served with an error message that this demo had "already been registered to a different account", or some such nonsense.

I immediately closed and uninstalled Steam. It's crap, just as I suspected.

I am sorry but you are flat out an idiot. plain and simple.

 
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37. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 10, 2008, 01:51 PropheT
 

That means their focus is on pushing NV orientated products.

Why they are limiting products to specific hardware is stupid, they are just limiting their revenue potential. Demo or not, its not a good idea, it seems they are making more money from NV than the "user" in this case since they are bending over for NV.


I find that extraordinarily unlikely, considering that I got the entire Orange Box for free by buying an ATI card.

 
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36. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 10, 2008, 00:34 Kosumo
 
Hey mOOzilla, if you had the problem you say you had with steam and valve, why are you even bothering with their free demos?

To badly quote some famous dude whose name I cant spell "Me think he dose protest to much" - sorry to the William Shakespeare's fan in the broad for the lack of what he acturely said but if I had to look it up I would just be cheating.

 
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35. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 10, 2008, 00:04 mOOzilla
 
"In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware"

That means their focus is on pushing NV orientated products.

That is their "effort" that is their own words.

As for lost coast, its a pile of crap.

Why they are limiting products to specific hardware is stupid, they are just limiting their revenue potential. Demo or not, its not a good idea, it seems they are making more money from NV than the "user" in this case since they are bending over for NV.





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34. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 9, 2008, 22:47 The Half Elf
 
Enahs if you have a Geforce Desktop machine... why would you need to download it anywhere else?

 
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33. No subject Jan 9, 2008, 22:30 jfedor
 
On my PC, after passing testchamber 10, the game freezes on a "loading" screen. Anyone else gets that? Is that the end of the "slice"?

 
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32. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 9, 2008, 21:36 Rufus
 
I'd been resisting Steam forever, so I thought I might give this a try.

I downloaded and installed Steam, set up an account, and clicked the button to download this demo.

After I accepted an enormous and unread EULA, I was served with an error message that this demo had "already been registered to a different account", or some such nonsense.

I immediately closed and uninstalled Steam. It's crap, just as I suspected.

 
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31. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 9, 2008, 20:29 Enahs
 
Just FYI, if you do want this and have a ATI product. Just load up steam on any computer with an NVIDIA card you can borrow, or a laptop or something.

I loaded by steam account up on my laptop and it allowed me to get the HL2DM/Lost Cost free deal as it has an integrated ATI video card.

It is then in my account and is loadable on my Geforce desktop machine.



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30. Re: No subject Jan 9, 2008, 19:43 SirKnight
 
So I already have Portal and it's still installed and everything. I went to download First Slice and nothing happened. I guess since First Slice is really the same thing as the full Portal (except only a few levels of it), Steam didn't see any point in downloading it.

I was really hoping it would be a demo sort of like the half-life demo where it featured a mission not in the full game. Oh well.

 
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29. Re: No subject Jan 9, 2008, 18:57 Fion
 
Since when does Valve not bend over backwards to accommodate ATI users and insist Nvidia products won't run their games nearly as well?

Seriously though, the first 4 levels of the game is like.. 15 seconds of gameplay lol. It's certainly no 'free HL2, free HL2 DM' that some ATI users got.

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28. No subject Jan 9, 2008, 18:47 rist3903
 
More cake please.

 
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27. Re: I could be wrong... Jan 9, 2008, 18:41 Ant
 
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26. Re: No subject Jan 9, 2008, 18:14 MacD
 
Now that's a dumb comment on two levels. I'd say that an 'extended demo' (or whatever) does point to something more than a standard demo, and reaching that conclusion is a typical case of 'reading between the lines'.

 
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