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In an interview exclusive with IGN, J.J. Abrams made sure to keep fans updated on the long-rumored Portal and Half-Life movie adaptations that have been in development hell since their announcement three years ago. When prompted about whether or not the movies were still happening, he informed IGN that:

“We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon”, said Abrams.

via IGN

However, he made sure that he let nothing slip regarding the plot, where it was going, etc:

“We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom…once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing.”

via IGN

Personally, I don’t think it would be a horrible idea if the writers chose to play around and alter the storyline from the Half-Life series or the Portal series. The Portal series, in particular, would be an interesting one to adapt because there is so much room to build and grow the backstory behind Chell, the protagonist in the Portal series, given that so many questions are left unanswered in the game series. The fact that both game series exist in the same universe gives the writers plenty of inspiration to work off of.

The synopsis for the first Half-Life game is as follows:

When Dr. Gordon Freeman, a scientist who is a research associate at the Black Mesa Facility in New Mexico, is assigned the task of helping out the scientists in the Anomalus materials lab with an experiment, things go horribly wrong when the artifact gets jammed into the emitters and opens a portal to Xen, an alien planet where an infestation has begun on the facility. As, Gordon Feeman, you must fight your way to the surface from the laboratory you started in, to the lambda complex on the other end of the facility, to teleport to Xen and stop the infestation of aliens. Along the way you will need to pick up weaponry such as close quarter weapons, pistols, machine guns, shotguns, crossbows, experimental weapons, and explosives. You will encounter many aliens, who bite, shock with electric current, shoot, and even poison you. And if things weren’t bad enough, you have the military to try and kill anyone associated with the project and the aliens themselves. You also must seek the help of the scientists and Barney, the Black Mesa security guard who is quite useful in combat. Good Luck!

via Paul Lacayo

This was the Valve Corporation’s first well-known game. here have been several Half-Life games that have been released since then, with the graphics and storyline getting more intense and strange. It takes the gameplayers deeper into the world that Valve Corporation has been developing over the years, taking us all on a twisted ride through alternate dimensions. I’ve included a video that has most of the trailers from the Half-Life series, so that you can take a gander at them.

Valve Corporation really became well known after the release of the first Portal game. Although criticized for being too short and having a limited story, it was praised for its originality, unique gameplay and dark story with a humorous series of dialogue. Portal is the favorite of the Valve Corporation series because it’s simple enough for non-game players like me to play and the dark humor really keeps us guessing as to what is happening next.

The synopsis for the game is as follows:

Portal is a puzzle action game set in the Half Life universe. The story takes place in a secret research facility owned by the fictional company Aperture Science Inc. The game follows an unnamed character (and only visible by creating portal mirrors) as she is lead through a series of dangerous tests by a sinister robotic voice known as GLaDOS. The character must use inter-dimensional portal technology to overcome the challenges of the test chambers and come closer to discovering the mysteries behind GLaDOS and Aperture Science.

via Adam Pope

I’ve made sure to include the trailer for the first game below! Check it out!

What do you think of this news from J.J. Abrams? Are you excited for a Portal or Half-Life movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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