I'm not a huge fan of anthropomorphized versions of Wheatley and GLaDOS, but this is pretty fun. It beats the hell out of all of the video game cartoons from the 80's.
I hate Portal based geek culture bullshit, but this is surprisingly good and tolerable.
I have no idea about Portal and what its about. All I know is that this is where "The cake is a lie" thing came from.
I guess its good to know that I'm not a dork.
|American Standard |
For what it is, it's well executed. But I'm with Kleenex. One of the triumphs of Portal 2's character design was making hunks of metal and LEDs emotive and sympathetic. This just makes them people, and turned a scene I found really interesting into something I've seen before multiple times.
Plus, I have a creeping, total certainty formed over the course of 15 seconds, that human Wheatley is not only "fanon," but exists primarily to fuck Chel. Because don't they always?
I figured Gordon Freeman would be Chell's natural pairing partner, but I don't read fanfic.
I also don't know if turning the non-human Portal characters human was started in places like DeviantArt or if they were the creation of Cosplayers who couldn't think of a practical way to construct a realistic GLaDOS costume.
|Caminante Nocturno |
That may be the best anthropomorphism of GlaDOS I've seen.
|Binro the Heretic |
Excellent animation should always be encouraged.
Besides, while anthropomorphized, Wheatley and GlaDOS both appear to be inhuman androids.
At least they didn't make Wheatley a raccoon and GlaDOS a cat or something.
True, but on the other hand, if you're a nobody in the animation biz, and want to get noticed while showcasing your talents, why not use a subject that already has wide appeal in the target demographic?
Kind of a cop-out yeah, but it DID get people talkin'
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
No idea what the fuck this is, but I'm giving it all my stars for: "Look, we both said a lot of things you're going to regret."
Binro the Heretic
In a nutshell:
The bionic Lady Gaga thing is GlaDOS, a rogue A.I. who took over the research facility it was created in and killed all the scientists. She's something of a cross between Shodan and AM.
The woman in the tank top is Chell. (possibly short for "Michelle") Chell was a "test subject" in suspended animation when the facility was gassed.
In the first game, GlaDOS revives Chell long after the facility is abandoned and makes her run a sort of obstacle course, ostensibly to test a device that creates portable wormholes. Chell proves to be more clever and resourceful than GlaDOS thought, escapes the maze and wrecks her tormentor but is unfortunately knocked unconscious and put back into suspended animation by the robots who maintain the facility.
In the second game, Chell is revived by Wheatley (the guy in the glasses) another A.I. who wants Chell to help him take over as controller of the facility. In attempting to install himself in the core computer, he accidentally activates GlaDOS. He's somewhat less than competent.
The plot and dialogue were written by Chet & Eric of "Old Man Murray" fame. Your favorite line is funnier in light of the fact Chell never speaks.
Appendix: Chell never speaks because she's severely brain-damaged from an indeterminate amount of time in suspended animation. Part of the tutorial of the game involved Wheatley asking Chell to say "apple" during a post-waking diagnostic, and all she could do in response is jump.
I mention this because it delighted me.
It's definitely brain damage. Wheatley notes that's what he's testing for right before asking her to speak.
I loved Portal, and I loved Portal 2.
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