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Portal 2 Release Disrupts Educational System

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The release of Portal 2 has apparently halted the earth's rotation for the day so that fans can play Valve's highly-anticipated sequel.

Valve Software's eagerly-awaited sequel to Portal launched today after nearly a four-year wait, landing on Windows PC, Mac, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 consoles. The game combines the first-person shooter viewpoint of other popular Valve games, a large dose of humor, and a unique portal-based puzzle element into an award-winning combination that earned Portal the coveted Game of the Year award at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards, among others.

That said, it's no surprise that the Internet has seemingly come to a halt as fans currently flock to stores and online digital distributors (like Steam) to get their copy of Portal 2. Even teachers are canceling classes because students are calling in sick to play the just-release sequel.

"I have already have had several students email me today and ask for tomorrow's lecture notes because they will be too sick to attend class," one teacher wrote to students via email on Monday. "Due to the high number of students that are feigning illness to play Portal [2], there will be no class tomorrow, April 19."

For the record, all articles published today on Tom's was actually written on Sunday and Monday, as we’ve closed the office to spend all Tuesday playing Portal 2 (or for me, the Gears of War 3 beta). If you have yet to purchase a copy, get out from under that rock and head over to Steam. Those who purchase the $59.99 PlayStation 3 version seemingly get the best deal out of all four platforms, receiving the PC and Mac digital versions for free.

For the uninitiated, here's a brief overview ripped from the product details:

"The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game. The game's two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively."

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    jhansonxi , April 19, 2011 11:28 PM
    "Due to the high number of students that are feigning illness to play Portal [2], there will be no class tomorrow, April 19."

    Sounds like a lame excuse for the teacher to play Portal 2.
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    11796pcs , April 19, 2011 11:19 PM
    Wow, this sounds like an advertisement for Valve... good work Tom's! Now you have set a precedent and have to do this for episode 3 as well.
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    jhansonxi , April 19, 2011 11:28 PM
    "Due to the high number of students that are feigning illness to play Portal [2], there will be no class tomorrow, April 19."

    Sounds like a lame excuse for the teacher to play Portal 2.
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    LuckyDucky7 , April 19, 2011 11:38 PM
    That picture was on Failblog, BTW.

    And it's not disrupting the people who actually have exams at this point in time- such as myself.

    If it was high school/other I'd be playing Portal 2 now!
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    aftcomet , April 19, 2011 11:47 PM
    I call major BS. No educational institution would do this. NONE.
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    linford585 , April 20, 2011 12:16 AM
    aftcometI call major BS. No educational institution would do this. NONE.


    No where here did it say that an entire university was shut down. A professor canceled their class, as they may do, at any time, to their own discretion.
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    maestintaolius , April 20, 2011 12:21 AM
    I don't care if it's so awesome that the radiance shining off of it will power my house with free energy for 1000 years. I'm still holding out for the inevitable 50% off sale.
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    bustapr , April 20, 2011 12:22 AM
    WTF, I was going to buy the ps3 version for my little brother when I had the money, and I already bought the pc version. if I had known I could save 40 bucks with the ps3 version I would have bought that!

    Valve seems to be screwing me intentionally lately!
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    TheCapulet , April 20, 2011 12:22 AM
    jhansonxi"Due to the high number of students that are feigning illness to play Portal [2], there will be no class tomorrow, April 19."Sounds like a lame excuse for the teacher to play Portal 2.

    An excuse, sure. But hardly lame.
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    maestintaolius , April 20, 2011 12:22 AM
    linford585No where here did it say that an entire university was shut down. A professor canceled their class, as they may do, at any time, to their own discretion.

    My old ChemE professors would just have taken a mental note to test heavily on anything lectured on that day and held class as normal.
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    ithurtswhenipee , April 20, 2011 12:32 AM
    aftcometI call major BS. No educational institution would do this. NONE.

    Spoken like someone who has never been to college.
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    f-14 , April 20, 2011 12:52 AM
    meh before all this steam b.s. we just played as a LAN in class and used our headphones. it brought juvenile 3rd grade hijinx back into play on a grand scheme to disrupt your opposition with a spit wad on their laptop screen around their recticle as they were trying to shoot you.
    ya we got lectured about other things then class material on those days.
    i miss college, i would go back and do it all again for another degree in something else except nobody leaves their wifi areas any more and the dude you just shot a spit ball into their ears turn out not to be the jerk that kept cappin you with an invincibility hack because he's on a different server or in a different session of the same game +_+
    and yes i have had a professor un officially cancel a class by giving out a book reading assignment inorder to sit down and play with the rest of us,twas the best!
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    eddieroolz , April 20, 2011 3:47 AM
    Several graduate student friends of mine just skipped work on their projects to play this.
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    nebun , April 20, 2011 4:21 AM
    this is sad...i personally would never, ever stand in line just to get an over-rated game unless you pay me 1 billion...zillion dollars :) 
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    web11 , April 20, 2011 4:43 AM
    Too bad portal gives me motion sickness :(  I've had Portal 2 for the 360 for a week now but haven't bothered to play because of that.
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    lilotimz , April 20, 2011 5:08 AM
    so thats why i have spring break this week.... woot
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    pacapaca , April 20, 2011 5:52 AM
    nebunthis is sad...i personally would never, ever stand in line just to get an over-rated game unless you pay me 1 billion...zillion dollars


    Digital download...
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    growup , April 20, 2011 7:13 AM
    pacapacaDigital download...



    DERP! LOL
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    agnickolov , April 20, 2011 7:50 AM
    I think Best Buy had it for $35 for preorder... Amazon.com too. Not any more, however...
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    pclee , April 20, 2011 8:41 AM
    I think steam is ending the age of RTFM. Who's gonna bother to RTFM when you can download the game and you would have to transfer the pdf to an e-reader or other device before you could take it to the "reading room" (that's the toilet folks)? Anyway...to Portal 2!
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    fishyfish , April 20, 2011 10:00 AM
    jhansonxi"Due to the high number of students that are feigning illness to play Portal [2], there will be no class tomorrow, April 19."Sounds like a lame excuse for the teacher to play Portal 2.


    Same thought here! :D 
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