Research shows Portal 2 is better for you than 'Brain training' software

Now you're thinking with Portals. Or rather, you should be - according to research from Florida State University, which has shown that playing Portal 2 is apparently better for your thinking skills than your average 'brain training' software. » 10/01/14 6:25pm 10/01/14 6:25pm

The Ending of Portal 2 Dramatically Rendered as LEGO Bookends

This LEGO creation doesn't just give us plastic brick versions of Chell, Wheatley, and the Space Core; it also captures Portal 2's final confrontation—all while keeping your books in place. Portal 2 spoilers within. » 3/10/14 3:20pm 3/10/14 3:20pm

GLaDOS explains the difference between fusion and fission for NASA

When NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory wanted a spokes-AI to explain how fusion and fission work, they tapped GLaDOS, the science-loving antagonist from the Portal games. But once GLaDOS gets inside NASA, can anyone stop her? » 2/26/14 8:00pm 2/26/14 8:00pm

Holy crap, this woman's hanging GLaDOS cosplay is incredible

Unless you happen to be a potato, it isn't easy to dress up as Portal's malevolent AI GLaDOS. But Athena Cole, a.k.a. Enayla, commits to the costume by suspending herself from a frame. » 9/07/13 7:30am 9/07/13 7:30am

Scifi and fantasy ladies pose as Rosie the Riveter for Labor Day

Labor Day isn't just an excuse to barbecue or squeeze in one last trip to the beach; it's also the day we remember the contributions of workers to society. These scifi, fantasy, and superheroines pay tribute to the wartime labor icon Rosie the Riveter—and show off their guns. » 9/02/13 12:00pm 9/02/13 12:00pm

10 Paranoid Science Fiction Stories That Could Help You Survive

It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you… » 8/01/13 10:18am 8/01/13 10:18am

Portal-themed bedroom isn't a lie, is incredible

When Portal fan Lauren moved into her own apartment, she realized that she could decorate it however she wanted, and what she wanted was a Portal-themed bedroom. She came up with a detailed design sure to send Chell running for the exit. » 6/01/13 9:30am 6/01/13 9:30am

Aperture R&D is like Better Off Ted set in the Portal universe

What went into designing all of those guilt-inducing turrets and malevolent AIs lurking in the Portal games? Wayside Creations' new web series Aperture R&D takes us deep into the bowels of the premiere mad science corporation and shows us what it takes to become Lab Team of the Month. » 3/16/13 8:00am 3/16/13 8:00am

Seriously, why hasn't a video game been nominated for the Hugo and…

Of all the landmarks in science fiction history that we predicted would happen in your lifetime, there's one that I really can't believe hasn't happened yet. Why hasn't a video game been nominated for a Hugo or Nebula Award? With games like Dead Space, Bioshock, Mass Effect and Portal featuring complex world-building… » 1/11/13 11:25am 1/11/13 11:25am

The cake is a lie, but this Portal 2 Chell action figure is not

I spoke earlier today about how my toy addiction made me feel ashamed and gross, but I can tell you this: I will be buying NECA's upcoming Chell from Portal 2 action figure with neither hesitation nor shame. It's gorgeous. It also has 20 points of articulation (insert classic cartoon wolf whistle noise here), is due… » 11/27/12 3:30pm 11/27/12 3:30pm

What if Portal was a 1980s animated movie?

I'm getting a strong Don Bluth vibe from this cartoon short by Chelsea GR, whose test animation uses dialogue from Portal 2 and transforms the game's always yapping A.I. into humanoids. Here's the original scene, and for similar Portal-mation, here's the game by way of John K. [Via I♥C] » 9/18/12 7:55pm 9/18/12 7:55pm

Incredible 2000-piece LEGO Portal gun features motorized prongs

YouTuber ferlessleedr is a LEGO store employee and a Portal fan, so he decided to merge his passions to create this incredible 2000-piece replica Portal gun, which he's brought to this week's CONvergence in Minneapolis. With changing orange and blue lights and LEGO Mindstorm-powered prongs, this may be the coolest … » 7/08/12 8:30am 7/08/12 8:30am

The Best Comic-Con Exclusive Toys of 2012

The San Diego Comic-Con is inundated with playthings and doodads you can only find in the hallowed halls of the convention center. Here are twenty of our favorite Comic-Con exclusives to hit the scene next week — the offerings range from the 4-foot-long S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to perhaps the most ridiculous Star Wars » 7/05/12 8:35am 7/05/12 8:35am

These Portal LEGO sets were too nifty for reality

LEGO's CUUSOO program allows builders to submit blueprints for just about any plastic brick recreation under the sun. Although most of these designs never get the green light, there are still plenty of fantastic models consigned to the two-dimensional realm, such as these smashing Portal sets. These models come to us… » 6/19/12 7:30am 6/19/12 7:30am

If Portal guns were readily available in real life, you'd use them to…

At least that's the conceit of Jason Craft's Portal: Terminal Velocity, a nifty short film about a group of pals who make each other's lives miserable with their new toy. The Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device really should come with a warning informing the consumer that it possesses the power to destroy all of… » 6/12/12 10:15am 6/12/12 10:15am

What if Portal was a Ren & Stimpy-inspired Saturday morning cartoon?

Take one part Portal, give GLaDOS and the corrupted cores humanoid bodies, and add a dash of John K.-inspired character madness, and you've got Sandra Rivas' imaginary Portal cartoon. » 6/09/12 10:00am 6/09/12 10:00am

Geeky Save-the-Date cards for couples joining their lives in fandom

Do you take your significant other, for better taste or worse, in Doctor Who reruns and marathon Portal sessions? Do you pledge to re-read Harry Potter together and listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio plays on long car trips? Then you might want to send out these beautiful save-the-date cards. » 5/26/12 2:30pm 5/26/12 2:30pm

Aperture Science gas mask turns your face into a Portal gun

In case you've ever wanted to transform your mug into an Aperture Science Portable Quantum Tunneling Device, crafter Two Horns United has built one that fits right on your chin. I imagine it's incredibly useful if you're the kind of clumsy individual who frequently finds yourself plummeting off cliffs face-first. Wear… » 5/24/12 7:05am 5/24/12 7:05am

Dalek + Aperture Science = The Doctor Who/Portal mash-up we dread

Is there anything in the universe more frightening than a Dalek who is obsessed with nonexistent pastries? Of course not. Behold the shiny metal veneer of your ultimate nightmare — click on the lower-right corner above for further tremble-worthy detail. » 4/20/12 8:55am 4/20/12 8:55am