Questions tagged [portal]

For questions about Portal, a single-player puzzle-platform video game published in 2007 by Valve. The player solves Test Chamber puzzles using a Handheld Portal Device to create a pair of portals that objects can pass through.

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How did GLaDOS open portals in the beginning?

If you look at the beginning of the original Portal game, GLaDOS opened portals for us. While the portals were opened on plain white surfaces, how could GLaDOS do it ...
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What exactly happened to GLaDOS after Portal?

The different games and additional material seem to have conflicting evidence: In Portal, In Portal 2, Also, in Lab Rats, So did she
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What are the requirements for a portal from a portal gun (in Portal/Portal 2) to form?

I was under the impression from some of the quotes in Portal 2 that the portal gun only worked on surfaces painted with moon-dust paint, or other moon-related surfaces. However browsing through Portal ...
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In the "Portal" games, what personality traits do the cores represent?

In the first Portal game, it's made quite obvious what most of the cores represent. The silent, purple one is morality, the orange one that asks constant pointless questions is curiosity and the red, ...
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Is Using a Portal the Same as Teleporting [closed]

This question stems from the game portal and some scifi concepts of Teleporting. The question stemmed from an office conversation following everyone seeing the internet meme of a guy licking his "...
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Was Wheatley initially corrupt?

On my most recent playthrough of Portal 2, I couldn't help but notice something. This is Wheatley: We all know him, right? But I noticed, that's not what he looks like at the start of the game. ...
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How long is the portal tunnel in Portal?

Just how long is the portal tunnel? By tunnel I mean the intermediary portion between portal ends through which you travel. If it has no thickness and stuff that crosses the portal surface ...
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Does it occur to GLaDOS that the Black Mesa incident was a great achievement?

At the time, Aperture Science and Black Mesa were having a race over portal technology. The Black Mesa incident opened a giant portal connecting Earth and Xen. My theory is that GLaDOS thought that ...
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How did Chell end up at Aperture?

I have been looking around the web for an answer but I can't really find anything. How did the character in the video game Portal end up at the lab, trapped by GLaDOS? It is clear from answers to ...
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Why does GLaDOS say "again" in her greeting?

At the very beginning of Portal, GLaDOS greets the player with these words: Hello, and, again, welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center. Why again?
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What is the link between the Portal series and Half-Life series?

I already know they shared the same universe through some mention of the Black Mesa organization - namely in the first Portal's Still Alive end song and the second game's Cave Johnson comment that ...
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What are the clues that could indicate who are Chell's parents?

While searching for a quote to answer an other question, I read this passage in portalgame.wikia article about Chell. Some people think that Caroline and Doug Rattmann are her parents. This ...
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How was Chell picked?

Chell is the tenacious lead character of the Portal Games, but I was wondering why out of all the former employees of Aperture Science was she picked? Was she just the last survivor, or was there a ...
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In-game references to Chell being a clone?

On a recent Giant Bomb Podcast a fellow from Valve said they hadn't heard of the theory that Chell in the Portal games is a clone. This was a common explanation for the in Portal 1 and 2. It also ...
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