1. Post #1
    The Cold Wind Of France
    Dennab
    November 2008
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    NEW VERSION OF THE THREAD OVER HERE: http://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=903557


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    Notes before you start speculating/reading:

    [LIST][*]:siren: :siren: :siren: LOOK AT THE LATEST BBS DUMPS OVER HERE: http://kevin.fobby.net/portal_puzzle/bbs_dump_pictures/[*]:siren: BEANS ARE IRRELEVANT AND ONLY PLACEHOLDERS. THEY. ARE. IRRELEVANT.[*]:siren: THE BABEL SITE IS NOT AN OFFICIAL SOURCE, DON'T REFER TO IT. IT IS FAN-MADE.[*]:siren: http://www.aperturescience.com HASN'T BEEN UPDATED SINCE 2007, STOP USING IT![*]:siren: DO NOT DIAL THE BBS NUMBERS. All this will do is slow down the people who are actually able to use it.[*]:siren: People who have been able to get onto the BBS have been prompted with a login screen for GladOS v3.11 3/11 is March 11st, when Gabe Newell is set to receive an award. We are likely to get more news on that day, so stay tuned![*]:siren: This thread bases its "days" on Valve Time. Day 1 was thus considerably shorter than the others. For us western europeans, it means that we increment days around 7 a.m. ![/LIST]
    This O.P. will be updated as soon as a new valuable and believable piece of information has been discovered. P.M. to me stuff that could be added, thanks!

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    LATEST UPDATES AND HAPPENINGS - In reverse chronological order (most recent above)

    DAY 4: FOLLOWING THE PROGRESS BAR / XEN SKYBOXES IN THE PORTAL GCF - (see wiki page)

    [LIST][*]The progress bar is apparently not advancing linearly. It might be tied to the number of connection to the BBS, or the percentage of Portal players who have the "Transmission Received" achievement.[*]The bridge from Episode 2 might be referenced in the ASCII art (this one might be the Portal 1 scaffolding near the end, look at this one which resembles the bridge more closely too).[*]Also, dinosaur images are getting cleaned up by the IRC team, and new stuff is being found.[*]A Xen theory is emerging ; and people found Xen skyboxes in the Portal GCFs (and it's not fake ; more proof). It may, however, be a false trail thrown at us by the Valve overlords...[*]Another new crazy theory: the Apollo dino images are referring to the satellite which is mentioned near the end of Episode Two.[/LIST]


    DAY 3: VALUABLE ASSET RETRIEVAL - Pastebin BBS log


    [LIST][*] escape_02 updated, new ending where a robot drags you away talking about the Party Escort. Here's the robot voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcQFZU2_zIg. Here's the new ending: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJruBtuUACo[*] No images in the two new dinosaur fizzles[*] The BBS progress bar is randomly updating with messages such as "Estimated Time Remaining: x" where x can be "until the heat death of the universe", "prehistoric age", "last thursday" (note that March 11th is a thursday...[*] Here are all three fizzles combined: http://servage.sforum.nl/gits/dinosaur_fizzlecombi.wav[*] Loads of new ASCII : here are raw dumps, images are below this list - #1 - #2[*] Voices isolated from the fizzles : "Chell, get out of here, I'll follow you" - http://servage.sforum.nl/gits/voice.wav or http://servage.sforum.nl/gits/voice2.wav (one might be more understandable depending on your hearing). These come from the three fizzles. Get out of here is in the first one, Chell is the last part of the second, I'll follow you is the last part of the third.[*] Crazy theory: Chell is the valuable asset.[/LIST]


    DAY 3: MYSTERY OF THE BBS BANNER - see the original post

    The MOTD of the BBS seems to alternate between SYSTEM DUMP DATA BACK-PRESSURE HIGH: USE BACKUP ACCOUNT TO RELIEVE, and SYSTEM DUMP DATA BACK-PRESSURE LOW: ALTERNATE RETRIEVAL PENDING, apparently depending on which account we log in.

    DAY 2: CLEANED-UP SOUND FILE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7ALEgQeBS4

    People mostly recolored stuff (see the Valve BBS section), while some weird folks leaded the whole megathread populace on false trails. However, you can clearly hear Alyx at 0:14 on this video : "get down, they're everywhere". Here's a different version, rougher but with more voices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hD_Q6MVHJM

    DAY 1: THE RADIO TRANSMISSIONS - 26 dinosaur sound files

    Each of the in-game radios has a new freaky sound upon their vaporization, and for each one, another unique sound sometimes morse code, but deep within most of the latter, images were actually encoded. Using fancy stenography software, Facepunch has been able to decode them. On the third and tenth images, a string of numbers a BBS phone number was unveiled. Upon dialing it with one of these antique modems, ASCII images are sent to your terminal. We suspect Valve is slowly releasing Portal 2 / Episode 3 artwork through it. BBS images are further down this thread.

    Here is a compilation of the cleaned-up versions of the SSTV'd images : http://filesmelt.com/dl/portal_2_sstv.jpg



    #1 : interior transmission active, external data line active, message digest active
    #5 : 9E107D9D372BB6821BD91D3542A419D6 ; MD5 hash of The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
    #12 : system data dump active, user backup active, password backup active. Includes the username and the password (both backup) to login to the BBS number, which is (425) 822-5251

    DAY 1: THE PORTAL RADIO UPDATE - http://filesmelt.com/dl/ohohohwhatsthisdoinghere.png

    Valve released a sneaky update that added radio transmissions to the original Portal radios. They only appear after you've completed the campaign and have the Heartbreaker achievement. Here's a quick walkthrough of the "Transmission Received" achievement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSqG-SmXriU

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    UNCONFIRMED STUFF - might be unrelevant, might be fake, we gotta sort these out

    [LIST][*] DAY 3: GABE NEWELL ANSWERS AN E-MAIL IN BINARY - http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/7637/gabewhat.jpg - Binary translation: You will know ; It will all be known in a near future ; Protocol 602. (fake until proven otherwise[*] DAY 3: CAVE JOHNSON AND HIS "BLACK MESA FRIENDS" - http://i49.tinypic.com/2cyr2w.jpg (confirmed fake by author)[*] DAY 3: SCATRATOA SOUND FILE - (download WAV here) feel free to keep investigating, but it sounds like a dead end[*]DAY 3: IS SOMETHING HIDDEN IN THE SPECTRUM OF THE SOUND FILES? - http://filesmelt.com/dl/dinoscale.png[*] DAY 2: SPOOKY PORTAL RADIO SOUNDS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyUbiCsYIdw (Ep.2 sounds slowed down)[/LIST]
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    MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES FROM THE VALVE BBS - compilation sets and single images





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    BUT THERE'S MORE! - Links to miscellaneous yet relevant stuff

    Portal Update Megathread Mark I : http://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=902578
    Portal Update Megathread Original : http://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=902479

    Transmission Received achievement walkthrough : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSqG-SmXriU
    A crazy theory about a link between Episode One and Portal : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgG3eRYQfpE

    IRC channel : #portal @ irc.chat-solutions.org
    Steam group : http://steamcommunity.com/groups/FPTR
    Facepunch Ventrilo : 69.90.34.26 / Port: 4014 / Password: imperium

    :buddy:
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  2. Post #2
    I'll Go all tadpole on you
    thefrog's Avatar
    June 2005
    1,248 Posts
    Damn!

    You had this thread set up!
    Sneaky sneaky!
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  3. Post #3
    PIRATE METAL BASTARD
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    October 2009
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    I still say back to square one
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  4. Post #4
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    July 2007
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    This better turn out to be a new portal game or any other Valve game.
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  5. Post #5
    Prince's Avatar
    December 2009
    92 Posts
    Lawl. Yes.. And you miss some information...
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  6. Post #6
    The Cold Wind Of France
    Dennab
    November 2008
    18,691 Posts
    Lawl. Yes.. And you miss some information...
    Currently recovering the other thread's information
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  7. Post #7
    I'll Go all tadpole on you
    thefrog's Avatar
    June 2005
    1,248 Posts
    Lawl. Yes.. And you miss some information...
    No, thats a mod.
    (missing information)
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  8. Post #8
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    May 2007
    12,588 Posts
    God I love VALVe.
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  9. Post #9
    lilcheeselad's Avatar
    January 2009
    8,524 Posts
    I made a fail V.2 and it got locked. :frown:
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  10. Post #10
    02browns's Avatar
    January 2006
    90 Posts
    Good collection of info, hopefully with less spam this thread can remain open and any new info can be discovered.
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  11. Post #11
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    May 2007
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    That on the bottom right of the last one looks like those initial tutorial things for portal, before it released, which had like a beige background and gave basic instructions on the portal gun. I'll see if I can find them

    that
    although now looking at it, it looks a bit less like it than I thought.

    And that tube thing is obviously the tubes you use to get around aperture, where the boxes come from.
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  12. Post #12
    Is, in fact, a real hedgehog.
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    Do we have a theory for dinosaur filenames?
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  13. Post #13
    lilcheeselad's Avatar
    January 2009
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    Do we have a theory for dinosaur filenames?
    Yeah, I'm interested in knowing why their called that. I don't think anybody found at though yet, but I'm probably wrong
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  14. Post #14
    Dennab
    August 2009
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    I made a fail V.2 and it got locked. :frown:
    Ha ha.
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  15. Post #15
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    August 2006
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    so what have I missed since last night?
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  16. Post #16
    I'll Go all tadpole on you
    thefrog's Avatar
    June 2005
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    Do we have a theory for dinosaur filenames?


    Could be joke related. (age)
    Ex: How long borealis has been lost?

    Hell, what if it is literal?
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    November 2007
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    was posted on first thread, I'd like to know if this was from BBS because if it was and it's not on the compilation, there might be more missed images.
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  18. Post #18
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    January 2009
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    I really think that when Gabe says we'll know in the future, it means he'll announce something big at the convention
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    November 2007
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    Could be joke related. (age)
    Ex: How long borealis has been lost?

    Hell, what if it is literal?
    Borealis disappeared in 90's I think.
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    Don't think so
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  21. Post #21
    I'll Go all tadpole on you
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    June 2005
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    I really think that when Gabe says we'll know in the future, it means he'll announce something big at the convention
    If they announce anything, it may be a stepping stone for back story.

    Edited:

    Borealis disappeared in 90's I think.
    I am a bit rusty on hl2 back-story, but what was to be on the Borealis?
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  22. Post #22
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    June 2008
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    This:



    Somehow reminds me of the EP3 concept art:



    It's not exactly the same image, but the wires and beams are similar.
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  23. Post #23
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    January 2009
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    I think this is related to the companion cube because the companion cube had a heart on it, but you had to throw it in the incinerator, the blue lines mean its taking the cube in and the yellow on the inside of the heart being fire. I don't really know, just brain storming.
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  24. Post #24
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    August 2006
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    the colors don't mean anything

    the guy who did it said so
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  25. Post #25
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    On the Protocol 602 thing:

    http://www.602communications.com/ind...=52&Itemid=104

    I mean, it has nothing to do with this, but talk about coincidence.
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  26. Post #26
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    January 2010
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    When gabe talks he wont tell us the answer, he will give us a big hint though
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  27. Post #27
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    January 2006
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    on the protocol 602 thing:

    http://www.602communications.com/ind...=52&itemid=104

    i mean, it has nothing to do with this, but talk about coincidence.
    wow! :o
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    Is, in fact, a real hedgehog.
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    This:



    Somehow reminds me of the EP3 concept art:



    It's not exactly the same image, but the wires and beams are similar.
    Different angle?
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  29. Post #29
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    March 2009
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    Oh my god that email from Gabe.

    The 11th is shitstorm day. Oh my god brace yourselves. Get inside the fucking bunker.
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    I think this is related to the companion cube because the companion cube had a heart on it, but you had to throw it in the incinerator, the blue lines mean its taking the cube in and the yellow on the inside of the heart being fire. I don't really know, just brain storming.
    Please note that the originals did not have colors.
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    yeah
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    Please note that the originals did not have colors.
    I know
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  33. Post #33
    Dennab
    August 2009
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    Valve's evil plan:

    Destroying websites

    http://www.602communications.com/ind...=52&Itemid=104 is next.
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  34. Post #34
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    Please note that the originals did not have colors.
    So maybe those rays coming from the center could be flames?
    (companion cube has evolved into Zombie revenge cube!)
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  35. Post #35
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    January 2009
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    So maybe those rays coming from the center could be flames?
    (companion cube has evolved into Zombie revenge cube!)
    It will stab you this time :ohdear:
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  36. Post #36
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    Dennab
    November 2007
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    Sounds like a helicopter. At 0:47 you can hear an enemy helicopter charging it's gun.
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    August 2006
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    where are we getting these sound files from (not the dino)?
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  38. Post #38
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    January 2010
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    I downloaded them
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  39. Post #39
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    September 2005
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    was posted on first thread, I'd like to know if this was from BBS because if it was and it's not on the compilation, there might be more missed images.
    The image on the left is on the colorized compilation. The one on the right is fan made.
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  40. Post #40
    aurum481's Avatar
    November 2008
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    VALVe hired Teta for the AI of the cube
    Edited:
    goddamnit im few posts slow
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