Portal 2, in total, won 5 awards: “Best PC Game”; “Best DLC”; “Best Multiplayer”; “Best Performance By A Human Male” and “Best Performance By A Human Female”. It also took home a whopping 12 nominations. However, it didn’t win “Best Song In A Video Game”, which absolutely sucked in my opinion. The loss of “Best Original Score” is… well, disappointing, but it didn’t win “Character Of The Year” or “Game Of The Year”, and Valve should have taken both “Studio of The Year” and “Gamer God”.
But hey, this IS the VGA’s. Did you really expect something good? Something you’d really agree with? I mean, come on, guys. Modern Warfare 3 won “Best Shooter Of The Year”. Not Serious Sam 3, which wasn’t even nominated.
However, we did get something good out of this whole ordeal! A Wheatley short for his “Character of The Year” nomination! Check this out:
Wait… where’s the Space Core? What the hell, Wheatley? What did you do to him? Answer m- Oh, the feed broke down. Well, in any case, this was a pretty great short. What I find interesting is the Russian writing on the camera feed (remember that we launched a former Soviet missile to shut down the Combine’s Superportal, back in HL2: Episode Two), and the fact that he says “1, 1, 1” instead of the Soldier’s “1, 1, 1, 1” in “Meet The Spy”, which that was a reference to. The Soldier’s mentions of the number one added up to four. Wheatley’s mentions add up to precisely the number three. Pretty interesting stuff – maybe Valve’s giving us a little heads-up? But, as for the Cyrillic lettering up at the top – well, that just means “Observational Satellite ‘Lanthanum‘“. Nothing big or interesting, just a little added detail, and the rocket we launched back in EP2 was a ballistic missile, not just a satellite.
However, there’s a difference between noticing a few minor possible references… and believing that a new ARG is going on. No, I’m not joking. Some fans believe this short signals the beginning of an ARG that will lead to the reveal of the new Half-Life. Apparently G-Man’s somewhere in that film static effect, or the numbers on the right mean something… or something. Yeah, it’s just silly.
P-Body also showed up on stage in Augmented Reality form, which I thought was pretty neat. And I think that’s… probably all the stuff we can talk about. God, if only we had Black Mesa Source to keep us sane during this monstrous wait…