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Portal • Acquire the fully powered Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device

Of course I’ve played Portal before. Of course I have. For the life of me I can’t work out why I haven’t played it on my normal Steam account, but all I can think of is that I’ve played it on different accounts over the years I have become increasingly frustrated with my username and switched accounts more frequently than I switch my underwear.

And we’ll leave it at that.

Nonetheless, Portal is a great game to revisit at almost any time. Now that I have the purpose of getting some achievements on it at the same time, I have to say it makes it that much sweeter. GLaDOS, Chell, Cake, all of the usual tropes are there ready to be enjoyed, and the thing that makes the game so good … the puzzles. Oh how nice it is to have the brain challenged once every now and then – leaving it just long enough to have forgotten all the puzzle solutions.

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The main reason I went with Portal today is that I wanted to test out my new graphics card, and see if I got better or worse performance than my MacBook booted into Windows. The verdict? Well, the jury is still out. I suspect that the net result is going to be ‘about the same’, because I’d rather scale down my games and play with smoothness rather than crank everything up and have my eyes bleed from the sharpness of the image – and when you set your benchmark that low, it’s difficult to ascertain. Steam is currently updating DOTA2, which I want to use as my benchmark, but I’m almost scared to be disappointed. I’ll still give it a go a bit later today, but I’ll remain cautiously pessimistic.

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