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PAX 2011: “Quantum Conundrum” Will Shift Perceptions Next Year


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In “Portal,” players were the ones that moved through rifts in space. In Kim Swift’s new game, all of reality is the thing experiencing a dimensional shift. Developed by irtight Games, Quantum Conundrum casts players as the nephew of a famous if peculiar scientist named Prof. Fitz Quadwrangle, who’s gone missing after an space-time experiment. Using the professor’s Inter-Dimensional Shift Device invention, you’ll need to hunt through various rooms in his technologically advanced and (unexpectedly dangerous) mansion to find clues that can help you find him.

The IDSD will switch reality between four dimensions to help players complete objectives. So, shifting into the Slow Motion dimension will put the brakes on the speed of anything moving through a particular space. The non-Einsteinian Fluffy Dimension will layer a furry pelt over everything but also make items super-light. You’ll also be able to shift dimensions on the fly so if you throw something heavy while it’s fluffy, you can shift things back so it regains its full weight while in flight. One more Dimension–the self-explanatory Reverse Gravity–was shown at PAX, with one more being held in abeyance until a later date.

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The initial impression of “Quantum Conundrum” seems to make it out as very like “Portal” with a wider variety of game mechanics. And, given how awesome the first “Portal” game is, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. “Quantum Conundrum” will be a downloadable title available on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 early next year.

Are you excited for the possibility of more dimensional shenanigans from Kim Swift? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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