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Valve unveils Steam for Schools, Portal in the classroom

Well this is pretty awesome, Valve has made an entrance into the education sector. They plan to release a new version of Steam for education uses in schools.

Valve will call this service Steam for Schools, an education version of the Steam client that allows administrators to limit what its users can access. The idea of Steam for Schools is to use the platform as a teaching aid. Valve has already put together a number of educational lesson plans for using Portal 2 and its level editor to teach math and physics.

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Portal 2 Shower Curtain Review

Our good friends over at ThinkGeek have endowed us with this invention of wonder from Aperture Laboratories. Now with less than 1% Mercury a genuine Aperture Laboratories shower curtain!

I have spent a fair amount of time playing Portal 2 since it came out. Thanks to our friends at Nvidia with a GeForce GTX 570 3D Vision set, Portal 2 is even better. When I first saw this shower curtain I flipped and said I GOTTA have this!

The curtain is made of the finest materials and you can’t have the finest materials without a little risk. ;) The curtain also comes with an ever so friendly message from Aperture Laboratories.

The Enrichment Center reminds you that the material emancipation grid will not emancipate dirt, oils, or body odor from your person. For the benefit of your fellow test subjects, cleanse your body in the provided bathing facilities. To avoid expenditures on eye bleach, please do your personal cleansing behind this curtain. Thank you for your cooperation. :)

This curtain is by far the best shower curtain I have ever used and deserves the 5/5 Gear rating that I have given it. If you would like to have one head over to ThinkGeek.

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Developers, Design Around Your Gimmick

When a developer is trying to sell their new game the most important thing they stress is what makes the game different. Bulletstorm, Metro 2033, Singularity, what makes them worth a look that Call of Duty doesn’t already have? These games are each developed around a specific and unique concept, and they certainly have no trouble marketing that idea to the consumer. We run into a problem though if they fail to follow through with what they sold us on. Certain modes or even the entire game’s design can directly contradict the supposed focus of the title.

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Holy Crap You Can Get Portal For Free

Part of an educational tool to teach science, technology, engineering and math in a way that can interest students (since even as adults this can be a problem) Valve has decided to lend a helping hand by offering the original Portal for free until September 20.

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New Video Brings Portal to Life

The Portal series was an amazing blend of gameplay, storytelling and puzzles, which left players wishing there was a portal gun they could use in real life. A recent YouTube video bring a cinematic view on what it would be like to see a portal gun in real life. The video appears to be a homage to the game rather than a live-action version of the original story, with a girl who appears to be stuck in some kind of cell. As the video continues you watch her continue working out and being monitored until she figures out a cryptic code on the wall which she then acquires a portal gun from behind a wall panel. She then attempts to escape, running from guards and using the portal gun to out maneuver them until finally escaping, or so she believed.

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