Hello, *Insert Test Subject Name Here*, and welcome to the Aperture Labs Modular Testing Facility. You are no doubt the pride of *Insert Test Subject's Hometown Here*. For this next test, we have replaced the defective test facility with a live fire course designed for military androids.

A few days ago, I made the discovery that my wife had never experienced the majesty that was the original Portal. A few dollars on steam later, we set about remedying this unfortunate oversight. "So, what the heck is this? A First-Person Puzzle game?" She asked me, a bit incredulous. "That sounds kind of dumb:"

Having not steered her wrong on games before, she was willing to give me the benefit of the doubt. She delved into Aperture Labs, oblivious to the trials and tribulations ahead of her. She hears the calming tones of GLaDOS pushing her along, encouraging her to continue testing. She laughed as she realized lining up a pair of portals on the ceiling and floor makes for a lot of speed, and the right portal afterwards sends her ceiling-bound. Promises of cake kept her moving to the next test chamber,

Then came the Rattman. She stumbled upon a broken section of wall, and curiosity got the better of her. "What's this?" She wondered aloud. "The Cake Is A Lie? But she promised!" Suddenly, that wide-eyed joy was replaced with a hint of concern. She wondered who to trust. The dulcet tones that have led her every step of the way so far, or the hasty, erratic graffiti obviously scrawled by a desperate, if not mad man. We moved on, a bit uneasier, but still completely enthralled.

By now, we've met most of the cast. GLaDOS has been whispering in our ear the entire time, and the Rattman has left his mark on our test chambers. As she stepped out of the elevator, our last cast member introduced itself. Muck like our beloved Chell, it is silent, resilient, reliable, and a little bit adorable. The Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube has found its way into our lives, and she couldn't be happier. As she smiles and hops along with her new friend, I'm filled with an increasing sense of dread, knowing what comes next...

To Be Continued.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/27/2013 at 12:05am

For sure. When I lost the companion cube I remember my wife was in the room and she was like "Hey, wait what, YOU DIDNT HAVE TO DO THAT!" I was like, "yeah I think I did." Funny how nearly everyone reacts badly to that scene.

Have you played Portal before?

Nick_Donahoo   Post Author wrote on 03/27/2013 at 12:42am

I played it years ago. I was surprise when I realized she hadn't. I was watching her more than the game, It's kind of a surreal experience knowing the twists when the other person doesn't.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/27/2013 at 01:01am

For sure. Before Portal 2 came out I played the original again. It was still very fun and enjoyed myself.

Have you played Portal 2?

Nick_Donahoo   Post Author wrote on 03/27/2013 at 01:14am


Um, yes. I have. It was a masterpiece. And half of it was voiced by Nolan North, who you might recognize as the voice of EVERYTHING. I have a thing for good voice acting, and this was incredibly well done. Absolutely everything was right about it. I should be doing a write up of my wife's first playthrough. Heck, that might just become a thing. "My Wife Plays ____" The story of a gamer sharing his lifelong passion with his until recently non-gamer wife.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/27/2013 at 01:15am

Hahahaha that sounds awesome.

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