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The Final Hours of Portal 2

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The Final Hour of Portal 2 takes you deep within the top-secret offices of Valve, creators of Half-Life, for an unvarnished look at the creative process behind the new video game Portal 2. Journalist Geoff Keighley was granted unprecedented “fly on the wall” access to Valve over the past three years to create this story. From the hush-hush Portal prequel that was shelved t ...more
Kindle Edition, 57 pages
Published (first published April 21st 2011)
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Dave Ritchie
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable backstory about the creation of the sequel to a popular game at one of the leading companies in the gaming industry.

It is a well written narrative discussing the challenge presented a new storyline without diverging to radically from the original.
Siddhant Shrivastava
It's amazing how this interactive book blended together the in-game Development Commentary, the Lab Rat comic, and the two games on which it is based.

This is a must read for anyone wants to know about the creative and intellectual process of designing a game like Portal 2. It states facts throughout and never makes outlandish claims on how awesome Valve is. It narrates how the best people suited for the job face immense challenges because of the nature of game design.

As a connoisseur of the Port
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Steven Pautz
A fun book with well-done electronic elements. Although a bit heavy on the fandom at times, it gives an interesting and entertaining look into the people, the decisions, and the moments (but mostly the people) behind the Portal and Portal 2 games.

It's admittedly rather brief about things: most of the discussion about the game itself is just blunt plot points (and spoilers, for anybody who hasn't played it) but it's entertaining nonetheless. It doesn't go deep into any topic, but does provide eno
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Jorge Figueroa
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Valve, Portal...
Se lee en unos minutos, si no fuera tan desordenado y estuviese todo el tiempo brincando de actividad, les diría que en una sentada.

Es un buen vistazo al método de toma de decisiones en Valve, su perspectiva sobre el futuro en aquel entonces (hoy podemos ver como lo están concretando con sus steam machines y el hecho de que ya no quieran ser intermediarios en la tienda de steam... y su sucia campaña contra windows 8 )


Tengo un razer hydra que compré ya hace casi tres años, sólo para jugar este t
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Krzysztof
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the video game industry and you like to read up on the stories behind the games you love, this is easy to recommend. Just keep two things in mind. First, this isn't so much a book, as it is an extended article - it's short, it's not too in-depth, but that also means it's a fast and easy read. Secondly, the title is a bit of a stretch. Yes, those titular "final hours" do figure in the book, but they take very little space compared to what this actually is - a summary of bios fo ...more
Mitchel Broussard
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For a Valve and Portal uber-fanatic like me, this was pretty much crack. It reads smoothly, perfectly portrays the intense stress that was behind the making of Portal 2, and the euphoria of its release. The behind-the-scenes theme to it all makes it feel personal and secretive; like you're the only one seeing all of it. And the snazzy iPad app features, like rotating vistas of the Valve offices, interactive demos and timelines make this any Valve fanboys (or girls) wet dream.

Now where's the cake
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Matt
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the video games Portal & Portal 2, and I'm a software developer, so this book was targeted squarely in my direction. It was interesting to read about how various ideas made their way into the game. There wasn't a great deal of substance to the book, but it was a quick, enjoyable read that makes we want to play the games again.
Inatmon
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ไมไดซือเวอรชันสตีมนะซือเวอรชัน iPad มา ไมเสียดายเงินสองเหรียญทีจายไป หลายหนาเพิมลูกเลนหลายๆอยางลงไป ทีเจงทีสุดๆมีสองอยางคือ
1. Panorama view ทีลากนิวดูสตูดิโอของ Valve แบบรอบดาน กับ..
2. ระบายภาพถูๆไถๆเปนอีกภาพนึง
ถึงทักษะอังกฤษอาจไมไดดีเด แตลูกเลนในเลมชวยไดเยอะเลย ใครเปนแฟนเกมของคาย Valve แนะนำใหซือมาอานครับ
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Andrew Mueller
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
An interesting behind-the-scenes look into Valve and the hectic life of the development team trying to put together Portal 2. I've never played the games, but I've heard many good things. There was nothing wrong with Keighley's work, its just that nothing really jumps out at me.
Jason
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Quite shorter than I expected and light on details. I suppose I was spoiled by Polygon's excellent series on Defense Grid 2. This book spent half the time introducing people that weave in and out of the product, but still had some interesting tidbits that I didn't know.
Natalia Dołżycka-Uchto
Książka ewidentnie napisana na zamówienie Valve. Wszystko jest tam świetne, bezproblemowe, a Valve to najlepszy pracodawca i basta. Niby można dowiedzieć się co nieco, ale chyba nie więcej niż z PRowej broszurki...
Daisuke Yamaguchi
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
A light-hearted but in-depth view into the creation of the Portal games. A wonderful look into the world of Valve Software and the characters that comprise it. The iPad version contains slideshows, video clips and infographic gameplay demos-THE edition to read.
Sean
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a good look into the world of software development. if there is a programmer in your life, you should read it. It's very entertaining as well as truthful. If you're not a gamer, it demonstrates what all the fuss is about. Amazing stories are being told.
Drew Weatherton
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great view into the development of Portal 2 and the inner workings of Valve.
Tony Grosinger
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full of information that has not been exposed anywhere else. A very interesting insight into creating games at Valve.
Katie
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Same as my comment. It is a great look at the people involved with Portal 2 and the behind-the-scenes work.
Klim
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
It's alright. Short. Maybe a little too grandly dramatized.
Ralph
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-kindle
Essential reading for Valve software fanatics; this Kindle book feels like an extended magazine article with limited insights written at a sixth-grade reading level.
David
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick behind-the-scenes account of the creative process and chaos surrounding the development of Portal 2.
Nathaniel Flannol Rosa
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read, wish I was smart enough to be a game developer - better yet a game developer at the only company I'd ever want to work for: Valve
Andy Parkes
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reading
I loved both Portal games and this insight into the goings on at Valve that led to the creation of the second game was very interested. Recommend if you're a fan of the games
Matt Davis
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun and interesting insight into one of the great game companies and one of its very best games.
Stephen Hope
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Inspirational.
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