Student Builds Working Turret from the Portal Series

A Penn State student found a way to show off his appreciation for the Portal games while completing the final project for the “advanced mechatronics” class.  The turret has a basic skeleton at this time, but the builder claims he will complete a more authentic shell in the future.  The turret tracks targets using image recognition, and is programmed with MATLAB software.

Fortunately this turret is only armed with nerf bullets, so its attacks are non-lethal.  How long will it be until we cower in fear every time we hear “I see you!”? Only time will tell.  In the meantime, watch the video below to see this awesome project in action!

Valve Releases Awesome Trailer for Portal 2’s Level Creator

Portal fans, it’s time to rejoice!  Next month Valve is planning to release a simplified level editor for Portal 2, free.  As an added bonus, they have also made a trailer featuring more antics from Cave Johnson.  Check out the video below to see what awaits in Aperture’s “Perpetual Testing Initiative.”


Spoony Bard Podcast: Episode 26: We Miss MST3K

Never being one to do anything that would call the integrity of the show into question Stark made a very conscience choice to not play the game this week at all.  That is OK, because I went entirely out of my way to be overly bored with Legend of Legaia.  Stark talks about playing Ar Tonelico 1 and 3 and how much he really really hates PSN at the moment.  I talk about the article that I did on Valve and how everyone is complaining about DLC in Portal 2, even though that never went up on the site.  We also talk quickly about Forza 3.  There seemed to be something wrong with the recording this week, so there is some odd feedback.  I thought that it would be better to give it to you guys instead of making you wait even longer for me to figure out how to fix it in post.