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Calculus Jan 14, 2014 @ 10:03pm
Which Timeline do you prefer?
Pre-Retcon or Retconned? I prefer the original timeline. It was funnier, if only for the Take-A-Wish Foundation and the Heimlech Counter-Maneuver. Also, the original timeline had a cool website.
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Calculus Jan 17, 2014 @ 7:35pm 
No one?
[GNG] CRAZYMINER 2003 Jun 12 @ 3:12pm 
Retconned. It all seems to connect
InstaREKT Jun 13 @ 9:54am 
Timeline?

TIMELINE?

WHAT ♥♥♥♥ING TIMELINE, YOU'RE IN THE PORTAL 2 DISCUSSIONS!!
Calculus Jun 18 @ 6:38pm 
Originally posted by InstaREKT:
Timeline?

TIMELINE?

WHAT ♥♥♥♥ING TIMELINE, YOU'RE IN THE PORTAL 2 DISCUSSIONS!!

There are two timelines to the portal universe. In the original (if I recall correctly, it's been ages since I thought about Portal's lore), Aperture was primarily working for the United States military, manufacturing shower curtains. Word got around that Aperture was going to get their funding cut, so Cave Johnson made a mercury-laced shower curtain as a gift to some top-level person to get revenge, but contracted murcury poisoning in the process. On his deathbead, he devised a 3 tier program to ensure aperture would have a future. The Take-A-Wish Foundation, the Heimlech Counter-Maneuver, and the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. The original timeline was far more rediculous and zany than the retconned one that we see in Portal 2. I honestly think I prefer the retconned one more these days, but I still love the writing on the (now innaccessible) website detailing the old timeline + the job application and other stuff.

Anyway, maybe learn your lore a bit before acting like someone discussing the lore of a game is an idiot who doesn't know what they're talking about.
Poison Dart Frag Jun 18 @ 6:47pm 
Hm, that stuff got thrown out, and not just expanded on?
InstaREKT Jun 18 @ 10:05pm 
Originally posted by Stone Crowbar:
Originally posted by InstaREKT:
Timeline?

TIMELINE?

WHAT ♥♥♥♥ING TIMELINE, YOU'RE IN THE PORTAL 2 DISCUSSIONS!!

There are two timelines to the portal universe. In the original (if I recall correctly, it's been ages since I thought about Portal's lore), Aperture was primarily working for the United States military, manufacturing shower curtains. Word got around that Aperture was going to get their funding cut, so Cave Johnson made a mercury-laced shower curtain as a gift to some top-level person to get revenge, but contracted murcury poisoning in the process. On his deathbead, he devised a 3 tier program to ensure aperture would have a future. The Take-A-Wish Foundation, the Heimlech Counter-Maneuver, and the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. The original timeline was far more rediculous and zany than the retconned one that we see in Portal 2. I honestly think I prefer the retconned one more these days, but I still love the writing on the (now innaccessible) website detailing the old timeline + the job application and other stuff.

Anyway, maybe learn your lore a bit before acting like someone discussing the lore of a game is an idiot who doesn't know what they're talking about.
Funny how I've never even heard of those timelines.
And as far as I know, Cave Johnson died of moon rock poisoning...

Now we have THREE timelines to think of.
We've got the Portal's story told as it is, we've got the Multiverse one (PTI) and we've got yours I can't get any sense out of. But the question is...

...what if cave was not kill?
Mobilmaster Jun 18 @ 11:23pm 
hey, i'm a a huge fanboy of portal, glados and basically know all the trivia, easter eggs etc. but i've never heard of alternate timelines. could someone explain this to me please?

i've alredy made a steam discusion theory proving that combne found the borealis etc. but i haven't heard of this lol
InstaREKT Jun 19 @ 4:35am 
Originally posted by Mobilmaster:
hey, i'm a a huge fanboy of portal, glados and basically know all the trivia, easter eggs etc. but i've never heard of alternate timelines. could someone explain this to me please?

i've alredy made a steam discusion theory proving that combne found the borealis etc. but i haven't heard of this lol
Me neiter....
...welcome to the club of sane people, mate...people without crazy conspiracy theories...
Calculus Jun 19 @ 10:53am 
Originally posted by InstaREKT:
Originally posted by Mobilmaster:
hey, i'm a a huge fanboy of portal, glados and basically know all the trivia, easter eggs etc. but i've never heard of alternate timelines. could someone explain this to me please?

i've alredy made a steam discusion theory proving that combne found the borealis etc. but i haven't heard of this lol
Me neiter....
...welcome to the club of sane people, mate...people without crazy conspiracy theories...


http://web.archive.org/web/20100408211755/http://www.aperturescience.com/

(warning: this webpage plays a christmas version of still alive)

type login into the command prompt. People who have played Portal would know that the login is cjohnson and the password is tier3. Type help once you're logged in to get a list of commands. This website contains the history of Aperture according to the original portal timeline, under 'notes,' as well as a bunch of other interesting bits. It's well worth a read even though it's all been retconned.

If you want to read more about the website, the Combine Overwiki has a page on it here: http://combineoverwiki.net/wiki/ApertureScience.com
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InstaREKT Jun 19 @ 10:58am 
Originally posted by Stone Crowbar:
(warning: this webpage plays a christmas version of still alive)
I don't see why that would need a warning.

Also, I've played Portal, but I don't see why I'd magically know Cave's computer password.
He's not voiced at all in the game, nor did I see any monitors with the password and username.
Calculus Jun 19 @ 11:01am 
Originally posted by InstaREKT:
Originally posted by Stone Crowbar:
(warning: this webpage plays a christmas version of still alive)
I don't see why that would need a warning.

Also, I've played Portal, but I don't see why I'd magically know Cave's computer password.
He's not voiced at all in the game, nor did I see any monitors with the password and username.
Most people absolutely hate being linked to websites that make noises.

It's written on the wall of a ratman den. http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File:Overlay_scrawlings006a.png
InstaREKT Jun 19 @ 11:03am 
Originally posted by Stone Crowbar:
Originally posted by InstaREKT:
I don't see why that would need a warning.

Also, I've played Portal, but I don't see why I'd magically know Cave's computer password.
He's not voiced at all in the game, nor did I see any monitors with the password and username.
Most people absolutely hate being linked to websites that make noises.

It's written on the wall of a ratman den. http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File:Overlay_scrawlings006a.png
Oh. I've already seen the wall, I've read a bit of the top, but I never really cared so much as to read the entire thing. Also, never noticed the login box there.
Calculus Jun 19 @ 11:11am 
Originally posted by Poison Dart Frag:
Hm, that stuff got thrown out, and not just expanded on?
Yes
InstaREKT Jun 19 @ 11:41am 
Anyway, to answer your OP,
I prefer the timeline you get in the Portal games.
Calculus Jun 19 @ 11:59am 
Originally posted by InstaREKT:
Anyway, to answer your OP,
I prefer the timeline you get in the Portal games.


Why exactly did we discuss this a year and a half after this thread was created?
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