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mojoman0
03-01-10, 08:09 PM
hilarious these guys have been trying to decipher all kinds of audio, morse code, pictures...hoping to solve it

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1168990&page=51

http://kotaku.com/5483162/portal-mysteriously-updated-with-secret-radio-codes-new-achievement

Valve's brilliant first-person puzzler Portal has just been updated. Not normally a big deal, but when that update adds a new, mysterious Steam achievement and some hidden radio transmissions and this is Valve we're dealing with, we're right to be curious.

Today's Portal update, officially, features the following addition: "Changed radio transmission frequency to comply with federal and state spectrum management regulations." Not officially noted there is the new Steam achievement "Transmission Received" which goes undescribed by the developer, but involves the use of Portal's in-game radios.

Also included, as spotted by Steam forumgoers are a bunch of new sound files, all prefaced with the word "dinosaur." According to members there, those sound files feature Morse code encoded transmissions.

While we have no idea at this point what Valve is planning—the Steam mob is currently pounding away at a solution and Morse code experts are encouraged to join the fray—we wouldn't be surprised if the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead developer was planning a Portal related announcement. If it were to announce Portal 2, we wouldn't be surprised. If it were to announce a sequel to one of its games in its own game, we'd simply be impressed.

Given the close relationship between Portal and Half-Life, we could also be looking at a separate game announcement, like the long-awaited Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Whatever the case, we're excited and keeping a close eye on updates.

Update: New sound files, including this new computerized voiceover from something that is not GlaDOS and these transmissions, have been making their way to YouTube from users. Give 'em a listen.

The game continues, with those sound files containing data for equally mysterious images. There's plenty of code-cracking to be done, as Valve is going hog wild with this multi-layered puzzle.

methimpikehoses
03-01-10, 08:12 PM
The caek is still a lie... ???

Albo
03-01-10, 08:37 PM
wow.. the portal forum is turning into the tf2 forum..

trivium nate
03-01-10, 08:46 PM
I don't get it

General Lee
03-01-10, 09:38 PM
I never cared much for Portal. Once I realized the cake was a lie, I just downloaded some porno and took care of business. ;)

mojoman0
03-01-10, 09:39 PM
What has happened so far

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13760299#post13760299

Here is a summary of what has happened today: (Thanks to an anonymous poster from a board whose name is wordfiltered)

Quote:
- Game updated, Radio achievement added.

- People find out that bringing the radios in-game to different spots in each map give soundclips

- Digging through the GCFs reveals that there are 26 sounds in all.

- Four are morse code:



quote:

1-Dinosaur 1

INTERIOR TRANSMISSION ACTIVE

EXTERNAL DATA LINE ACTIVE (Presumably the telnet number)

MESSAGE DIGEST ACTIVE


2-Dinosaur 5

9-E-J-0-7-D-3-7-2-B-B-6-8-2-6-B-D-8-1-D-3-5-4-2-A-4-1-9-D-6

(Which sanitysama says is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog")


3-Dinosaur 12

SYSTEM DATA DUMP ACTIVE

USER BACKUP ACTIVE

PASSWORD BACKUP ACTIVE

4-Dinosaur 17

B-E-E-P

B-E-E-E-E-P

B-E-E-P

B-E-E-P


B-E-E-E-E-P

B-E-E-E-E-P

B-E-E-E-E-P


B-E-E-P

B-E-E-E-E-P

B-E-E-P

B-E-E-P

And if you turn all those Beeps into individual morse code it spells LOL.

- The other 22 are all images after decoding with SSTV software. Click for a Steam Forums thread with all of them.

- Some of the images clue letters/numbers; each has a number out of 32 in the bottom right of it. Putting these together leads to an md5 hash of a BBS number. Figuring out the login is what we're currently stuck on.

Mr. Hunt
03-01-10, 10:01 PM
I really don't understand the EXTREME love with Portal. I found it to be a very fun game, but I got tired of everybody doing terrible "TEH CAEK IS TEH LY" jokes and "Still Alive" being played by everybody... it was terrible.

Like I said... fun game, but nothing worth the nuthuggery this game gets.

methimpikehoses
03-01-10, 10:04 PM
Still alive wasn't terrible! It was awesome!

RthZgszykLs

JasonPC
03-01-10, 10:04 PM
OH GUYS Listen to this song it's called Still Alive it's so funny and I bet u have never heard it before!

:D

Mr. Hunt
03-01-10, 10:10 PM
Still Alive was funny the first time I heard it. Then it became some retarded internet fad and it was just annoying. Especially the people who were still doing it months after release since that game took 2 hours to go through.

trivium nate
03-01-10, 10:11 PM
i have still alive on my ipod :D

dikinher
03-01-10, 10:14 PM
"Still Alive" is my favorite song of all time. I fall asleep and wake up with it playing. I set my ipod on repeat.

jkmetal
03-01-10, 10:57 PM
Lol. Instant classic by valve. They must be laughing their asses off at this.

t3hl33td4rg0n
03-02-10, 01:17 AM
https://wave.google.com/wave/?pli=1#restored:wave:googlewave.com!w%252BWICUVG8A A

crainger
03-02-10, 04:46 AM
"Still Alive" is my favorite song of all time. I fall asleep and wake up with it playing. I set my ipod on repeat.

I masturbate to Still Alive.

K007
03-02-10, 05:27 AM
I masturbate to Still Alive.

I thought i was alone....

methimpikehoses
03-02-10, 09:42 AM
I thought i was alone....

http://mobclub.com/resources/productmaster/Ceiling%20cat%20900.jpg

never alone....