Portal, As A Very Short Cartoon (Well, GIF)

Portal, As A Very Short Cartoon (Well, GIF)

British artist Pinali sets our hearts aflutter with this animated take on Portal’s Chell (in her Portal 2 outfit).

I keep thinking, if I watch it long enough, the “camera” will pan across and just follow her as she starts shooting the place up.

Portall [Pinalinet]


    • `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
      All mimsy were the borogoves,
        And the mome raths outgrabe.

      “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
        The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
      Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
        The frumious Bandersnatch!”
      He took his vorpal sword in hand:
        Long time the manxome foe he sought —
      So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
        And stood awhile in thought.
      And, as in uffish thought he stood,
        The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
      Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
        And burbled as it came!
      One, two! One, two! And through and through
        The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
      He left it dead, and with its head
        He went galumphing back.
      “And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
        Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
      O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
        He chortled in his joy.

      `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
      All mimsy were the borogoves,
        And the mome raths outgrabe.

  • Cry me a damn river, all of you. . .

    You complain when something isn’t related to video games, you complain when something is related to video games but is only like 3 sentences, you complain when someone posts an image/video related to video games, and when the stars align and they post something that is of decent length and appears to have some level of research behind it, and is of somewhat interest and relatable to the concept of video games YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT TOO.

    It seems unless you are one of the Australian writers (i.e. someone who actually works for Kotaku Australia, thx Jack) you just can’t win here. . .

    • I can’t speak for others, but if it’s around this level of quality then it can’t possibly be called journalism.
      It’s a goddamn .gif of a game, with two sentences accompanying it. It has no impact in the world, and is completely pointless.
      It seems like most of Plunkett’s articles are similar to this one..

      • But it is news. (at least to me)

        I must be the only person here who comes here to get game news and not even bother with who the author is. In fact 9 times our of 10 I don’t know or even can’t tell if it’s a Luke Plunkett or Brain Ashcraft post until I see all the hate comments.

        We all enjoy the nice big Australian-centric articles with plenty of investigative journalism, but we don’t need it for every little report, or even interest topics like this one. IT’S A TABLOID WEBSITE AFTER ALL

      • I appriciate your responce, you’re the first person who previously made a negative comment who has responded to me.

        Do I consider this journalism. . . no.
        Do i consider this harmful. . . no.

        The fact is, I’ve never really considered Kotaku to be a site where people would go to get high quality journalistic news regarding video games, especially since there are a plethora of other sites that already accomodate to that sort of need (ign, gamespot, etc) I always thought of Kotaku as a place where I would find some info and at the same time also read up about some quirky little tidbit or interesting irrelevance that is for the most part completely harmless.

        The Australian contributors (Mark, Tracey, Logan, anyone else I missed – sorry) all tend to put a little bit more effort in since to my knowledge there isn’t really that many options available for Australian Video game centric news that is actually written by Australians online. (I may very well be wrong on this, and if I am, I’m sorry)

        But the quality of their work is causing people to get an unrealisitic sense of expectation for the rest of the contributors from around the world who don’t have that sort of requirement of unwavering journalistic integrity. . . This had led to as I have said before, nearly every article written by them to be flooded with negative and flaming comments, even when it’s hardly justifiable. . .

        • Or perhaps it just means that the writers not showing the same integrity that you point out, should find some.

          While I agree that not every article needs to be of award winning quality, there has been a preponderance of fecal matter to come from Lukes proverbial mouth (or fingers, whichever you please). Some of the US writers are pretty good.

          After seeing the article i expected the “cartoon” to at least be more than the character crouching and jumping through a portal. This is portal after all and is nothing out of the ordinary or noteworthy.

    • Perhaps we should migrate to the American comment section. I hear they’re less judgemental and actually discuss about things rather than hate and all that razzmatazz.

      • Yeah bagging authors has become a stupid meme here. Idiots like Kettenkrad and name ruin the whole thing for everyone.

        It’s a website. If you don’t like it, fuck off.

        • Hi, I’m Kettenkrad.
          I’ve posted no more than 6 comments and only been here for a few weeks.

          In my humble opinion, as I stated, this isn’t journalism. I was just following a common trend with the whole ‘i hate you luke’ flaming thing, to express my distaste for this article.
          I like the website, just not some of the articles on here. Most of which just happen to be written by our friend Luke here.

          • Following a common trend isn’t always a good thing, especially if one of the Australian editors has made his displeasure of it known.

            Your initial comment didn’t really accomplish much other than associating yourself to those people whom many assume just see an article writen by Plunkett or Ashcraft then proceed to scroll down to the comments section to flame without even reading the article. You can claim that you hate the article, but since it’s a gif related to the video game Portal (relevant to the source content kotaku is known for) and also gives props and attention to the artist who drew it that they would not recieve otherwise, I don’t see much reason to be hating on the article.

          • That was more in reply to Lachlan.
            Once again you’ve proposed some very good arguments, and unfortunately I’m too tired to rebut. I also have a tonne of homework to do, so I concede to your point. Especially that about recognition to the artist.

            I wouldn’t mind some more news from Plunkett though, or if he sort of combined all these two-sentence articles into one large-ish post. At least the feed wouldn’t be clogged up with relatively useless, erm, ‘news’…

          • I am aware that you replied to Lachlan, but due to the confrontational nature of his comment I have doubts he’d come back into the article to respond, and you made a comment in your response I wanted to address and I did.

          • The i hate luke bullcrap isn’t a common trend you should follow, and bans have been threatened. It’s just trolling, you didn’t even post constructive criticism, you just trolled, and that’s one of the first comments anyone will see.

      • Each to their own, I suppose. Excellent job in clarifying your opinion, and I’m inclined to agree on the raising of expectations part.
        It still get’s me that he’s being paid for pieces like this, though :/

    • At this point people are just keeping this running “joke” going. Annoying and juvenile, but it is what it is.

      I personally don’t mind Plunkett or Ashcraft. Sure not everything they put up is worth reading/looking at, but they do have some interesting stuff every now & then too.

      • Is that what the ‘stfu’ group really thinks? that people are just ‘trying to keep a running joke going?’
        I try to avoid Luke’s articles for the most part now and try to avoid commenting when they’re horrible, but seriously, I can’t believe that’s what people are doing, people are genuinely annoyed/dumbfounded/disgusted with what Luke posts, the fact is Kotaku claims to be a gaming news website that employs games journalists, whether you CONSIDER them that or not, that is what for all intents and purposes they pass themselves off as, and what Luke posts is not something a journalist with any journalistic integrity would do, it’s something that anyone could do, it’s something that my 14 year old cousin DOES do. (actually, he probably does it better, and that IS NOT hyperbole).

        Furthermore it’s not as though the comments on these articles are cluttering up what is otherwise a deep interesting community discussion, the very fact the articles are just reposts of a single gif/jpeg whatever from Reddit already ensures there’s not going to be a discussion to ruin with spam, seriously what can you say about this picture other than “that’s cool, good job artist?” The hypocrisy of the people that spam Luke articles with hate comments about people that spam Luke’s articles with hate comments truly astounds me, the utter failure of logic.
        “Luke’s not going to stop so stfu’
        Well it’s pretty clear at this point that the people who like to attack the articles aren’t going to stop either so…. why bother?

        • Ahh ok, so people are simply jealous of Luke because he (seemingly) has an easy job. I wouldn’t know whether it’s easy or not, and I’m not one to assume. Either way, life’s unfair, stop crying and deal with it.

        • ‘Well it’s pretty clear at this point that the people who like to attack the articles aren’t going to stop either so…. why bother?’

          Because at this point it has already been indicated by a member of the Australian staff that if the flaming doesn’t tone down then they’re going to bring back moderation of comments, which will effectively kill any form of discussion amongst commenters.

          I reiterate a point I made earlier, I’ve never really considered Kotaku to be a site where people would go to get high quality journalistic news regarding video games. If the American site attempted to do this and solely this they would be quickly forgotten under a sea of like minded sites which do the same thing and do it better. If you want a gaming news site that values journalistic integrity to the letter, there are many other sites that cater to your needs, but as the American articles have apparently told many people, Kotaku US is not one of them.

          Kotaku tends to provide a more mixed bag approach which caters to many facets of fandom in reation to its name (Kotaku is an amalgamation of the Japanese words ‘ko’ which means small, and ‘otaku’ which means obsessive fan – usually associated with Japanese fans of Anime, Video Games, Cosplay, etc) which explains many of the articles that Brian Ashcraft brings up.

          I said in an earlier article that when I went to the American site to see the comments to a Plunkett article that had been flamed down here, I found many of the comments on the American site were using the article as a jumping off point for discussion amongst themselves related to the general theme the article had provided, and many of the comments were very interesting and insightful. Such discussion doesn’t happen here since many articles of a similar nature down here are quickly flamed into oblivion which makes discussion an impossibility.

          I’ve said it before, I have no issue with people criticising authors when it’s justified. But in many cases of late its really hard to find that justification.

  • If you guys want hard core game journalism, your on the wrong site. Kotaku is great, but somehow i think you all miss the point of what it is ‘about’.

  • If you don’t like these articles, please fuck off so we don’t have to listen to your incessant whining anymore. PLEASE

    • But you only know the article is weak after you’ve clicked on it and wasted your time. The only reasonable thing to do is waste more of your time complaining about how you just wasted your time reading the article.

      I think that is how the internet works.

  • IMO, the “stop bashing Luke” is as much a bandwagon as “I hate Luke”. It’s funny how after a single person makes a comment in Luke’s defence, a whole flood of supportive comments come in.
    Personally, it makes me angry that Luke gets paid to press ctrl+c, ctrl+v all day.

    • urgh, please don’t say that, I really don’t want to think of myself as an instigator in all of this. . .

      If it does get to a point where there are two clear sides in all this I think Mark will throw his hands up and go back to moderating comments again, and I don’t want to be a responsible party if that was ever to happen.

    • “Personally, it makes me angry that Luke gets paid to press ctrl+c, ctrl+v all day.”

      If that’s all it takes to make you angry, you might need to see a specialist for anger management. He gets paid for what he does, deal with it.

  • After reading all of said comments, I agree whole heartedly with Ruen, the product of this website is not ‘hardcore journalism’, but an amalgamation of texts that come together. Whether it be Movies, Games, Anime, Comics, Fan Reviews, Community Reviews, Reviews in general and just fun, while I don’t think agree with the simple form of these articles, its targeting a demographic that appreciates small snippets and tidbits of information, that obviously seems to be the minority when it comes to the comment section.

    I’m a demographic that prefers in depth articles that allow the user to see different perspectives of the article, where as Luke and Brian tend to create simple articles that are short and quick to the point, enabling the user a gabble, before moving onto the next article which there are many thanks to the way Kotaku brings things together.

    I have learnt my lesson on what Kotaku is about, its about the culture, and with it the culture has imbued itself into the style of writing, short and sweet.

    • I was to emphasise something you wrote, ‘its targeting a demographic that appreciates small snippets and tidbits of information’

      This is important because in some circumstances for some reason or another, whether it be where a person is or what they’re doing, or even if they simply have a problem maintaining consentration for a prolonged period of time, people sometimes cannot read a full length sized article, in those circumstances having information, regardless of how irrelevant said information might be, delivered to them in bite sized, accessable chunks is a much better option.

      I’m not saying we should do away with all the incredably good, in depth work that the Australian contributors give us on a consistent basis, but I’m saying that a mixure of both is not the bad thing many people are making it out to be.

  • Dear everyone,

    I am going to ask you all to please tone down the language and the swearing. This starting to get out of hand. We removed the comment approval system because of the growth o=in our community and the level of trust we had in our community to be fair and not devolve into the usual level of internet buffoonery. I’m asking you to prove to me that I made the right decision trusting you.

    Constructive criticism is healthy, coming into the every US story and posting vitriol is not. Please show some restraint.

    Thanks everyone.

    P.S. I’m posting this whilst on holiday! I’m supposed to be sleeping and doing fun stuff!

  • Lukes clever use of dem book learnins makes me think hes gunning for a cameo in Mass Effect 4. This is IGN level journalism after all.

  • Wow. 54 comments on a story comprising of a .gif.
    I wonder how many people clicked the link to read the article, as opposed to clicking the link purely to dump on/defend Plunkett.

    • I was expecting a short cartoon.
      Even knowing that it would only be a gif, I was expecting something worthwhile.

      This was NOT worth while. Whoever animated should be proud of themselves for achieving that much, but its nothing to write about.

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