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J.J. Abrams Rekindles Hopes for Portal and Half-Life Films

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Portal: No Escape short film

In a recent interview with IGN about 10 Cloverfield Lane J.J. Abrams addressed the progress of the Portal and Half-Life films that he and Gabe Newell—head of Valve, the studio that made both games—announced back in 2013. Abrams told IGN, “Not yet, but they’re in development… And we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.”

It’s interesting to imagine what a Portal movie would be… especially considering that Abram’s collaborator on 10 Cloverfield Lane, Dan Trachtenberg, created a live-action short film called Portal: No Escape back in 2011. In case you missed Trachtenberg’s short, it’s a great proof-of-concept:

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Episode 32 – That Sounds Like an App!

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Alienware Steam Machine
Alienware Steam Machine

We’re back! We fell down the SummerHole for a few weeks, but we’re recording again and should be back in the groove for a good long time. This week we gab about three fun-sized topics:

  • Steam Machines: Valve announced for-real hardware available for purchase this fall. This is big news for PC gaming, and may have a long-term influence on console gaming as well.
  • Castle Panic: Paul and Rob have enjoyed this cooperative tower defense board game, and you might, too!
  • SimCity BuildIt: The SimCity franchise goes free-to-play with this iOS/Android app. Mary built her city on rock and roll.