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“Portal 2” Gets Free DLC This Summer

“Portal 2” Gets Free DLC This Summer (photo)

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The rise of post-release downloadable content for video games often ges driven by mercenary motives. Thinking goes that if a consumer loves your game enough, he’ll either (1) buy whatever add-ons come out for it to prolong the experience or (2) not trade in the game with the hope that DLC’s on the way. The latter consideration is an important one, because games that gets sold back to retailers go on to make another profit as second-hand goods. The used-games racket is a revenue stream that game developers and publishers don’t see any portion of. And often DLC for a game is a way of keeping people engaged so that there are less $25 copies of a game, forcing people who still want it to buy it at the full $60 price.

Valve’s one company that’s bucked this trend. All of their PC games get robust support after launch, mostly in the form of free DLC. Yet, while they’ve done these freebies for the PC versions of “Left 4 Dead,” for example, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game games have required a purchase.

But, the Seattle genius collective is switching things up this time. They recently divulged that “Portal 2” will be getting DLC Pack #1, which augments the on-disc offering with additional challenge rooms, online leaderboards and more new puzzles for single-player, too.

Now, it may seem like poor business sense to give something away for free when you’ve got millions of potential buyers. But, Valve’s Gabe Newell speaks often about how games can be examples of entertainment-as-a-service. Continually refreshing the experience can go a long way towards creating a real relationship with people who would’ve otherwise put a game or movies on the DVD shelf.

There’s no word as to how the new content will affect the excellent story of “Portal 2” but seeing how “Portal 2” improves on the already nearly-perfect “Portal,” there’s probably no cause for alarm. Part of Valve’s success comes from being a big, well-respected developer/publisher that still manages to think and react with the flexibility of an indie. Free DLC for a game that players made a hit says thank you and keeps those players on the hook for more o the good stuff. Well-played, Valve.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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