He Co-Wrote Portal 2. Who Is His Favorite Character?

Valve lead writer Erik Wolpaw lent his clever pen to sci-fi shooter Portal 2. If you've played the game (this post has spoilers!), you might have your favourite character. Wolpaw does.

According to Wolpaw, his favourite character (co-writer Jay Pinkerton's, too) is Rick the Adventure Sphere, the jabbering AI sphere with a Texas twang.

"The problem with the adventure sphere, from a under-appreciation perspective, is that you kinda miss his best stuff unless you play the final battle a few times and leave yourself a bunch of time with him," Wolpaw told blog New World Notes.

Wolpaw said "pretty much" all of his dialogue was written before hand, but voice actor Nolan North improvised some stuff in the recording studio.

"As for inspiration, we just thought it's be funny to have this totally impotent charming rogue sphere," said Wolpaw. "All man, loves the ladies, but can't do anything about any of it because he's a slightly malfunctioning metal ball." Regardless, added Wolpaw, they wanted Rick to be confident and upbeat. "Nothing gets him down."

New World Gaming: Valve Writer Erik Wolpaw on Rick, Under-Appreciated Star of Portal 2 [New World Notes]


    I'm also disappointed at the lack of love for adventure sphere, he was far superior to space sphere.

    Wait, wait, wait.
    Nolan North is in Portal 2!? Hurrah!

      I find myself more surprised when Nolan North *isn't* in a game.

    Sci-fi shooter? Really?

    nah, space core FTW!

    You are the farthest ever in space
    why me space?
    because you are the best
    i'm the best at space?

    just awesome!

    What would you call the last sphere?
    That thing made me piss myself with the total nonsense it was speaking.

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