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PAX 2011: Warp presents a novel twist on the teleport game mechanic

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“Portal 2” came out this year and Valve’s instant classic showed how powerful and imaginative their mind-bending physics-based experiences can be. You’d figure that there wouldn’t be any room for another game to impress folks with a teleportation mechanic. But, “Warp”–being developed by Montreal-based Trapdoor–stood out amongst the crop of new games being shown at the annual Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle.

This indie game puts players in the role a cute, captured alien named Zero. Zero’s slated to be subjected to the usual slate of tests and dissections by his captors. But, the scientists and soldiers who captured the antenna-sporting extraterrestrial don’t know that he can teleport and he promptly proceeds to effect an escape. The giant underwater research facility that Zero’s trapped in is a series of connected rooms and corridors, with most occupied by a scientist or soldier that he’ll have to get past to progress through the game. If soldiers spot Zero, they’ll immediately try to hunt him down. Scientists don’t have guns but they’ll call for armed back-up to try and nab the teleporting critter.

The gameplay for “Warp” operates on a simple premise: Zero can teleport across a certain range of space, marked with a small reticule. It doesn’t matter whether there are walls or objects in the way, either. Actually, it’s the combination of objects and teleportation that makes “Warp” extremely unique. Zero can teleport inside objects and then explode them from within. Trapdoor call this ability ‘fragging’–done by rapidly waggling the left stick on a controller left-to-right–and it’s the only real thing that passes for offense in the game. Teleporting into and fragging a biohazard canister stuns nearby humans so that Zero can get out of their line of sight. How offensive does fragging get? Well, Zero can teleport inside people, too, and fragging an occupied human blows them up in an detonation of blood.

You can also teleport out of a human just at the cusp of a frag explosion and the buildup of energy will leave them stunned long enough for Zero to sneak away. It’s this twist of the frag mechanic that will players complete the game in a non-lethal way, if they so choose. Along they way, Zero will find film canisters that contain footage of his existence–scheduled to be deleted–that players must hunt down to unlock special rewards in the game. Zero will have one other ability that helps his efforts at stealth and that’s his echo power, which lets him create holographic decoys to mess with the enemy AI’s awareness of his location.

Trapdoor says that they’ll be revealing more about “Warp” as time goes on. It’s going to be a downloadable title and should be out early next year.

How interesting does “Warp” sound to you? 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 IFC.com

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…