MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2

Not quite MINERVA: Out of Time yet -

Have some Portal 2 instead.

Well, I hope you like it.

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1. Re: Minerva / GLaDOS fanfic

Posted by SkUrRiEr at 8:59AM, Thursday April 21 2011


No, I'm not going there. That would just be wrong.

That said, if there can be SHODAN / GLaDOS fanfic, then the mind boggles. ... or cringes. One of those.

*Darling, could you pass the brain bleach?


On a more serious note: Did you have anything to do with the Potato ARG or the transmission in Portal 2?

Yes or no is fine, I don't expect you to actually furnish us with any details =)




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2. Shodan/GLaDOS

Posted by chiasaur11 at 10:43AM, Thursday April 21 2011

There's definitely fanart.

Don't ask for links. I WILL GET THEM, and you will be sorry.

More relevantly?

Holy cow this game is good. Possibly the best.

And, if I'm not mistaken, I saw Foster's hand in some of the bits.

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3. I see a pattern

Posted by Unq at 1:46PM, Thursday April 21 2011

Yeah I was thinking the ARG and Portal 2 itself had your fingerprints all over it (in a good way).

Congrats on the release, it's a great game and I'm not through it yet. My only nitpick is the uber-consoley feel.

So why aren't you listed on the Valve website yet?

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Posted by fuzz at 3:34PM, Thursday April 21 2011

So, in a fight, who do you think would win, Minerva or GLaDOS?

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5. KO

Posted by Świrek at 9:00PM, Thursday April 21 2011

Minerva will win. She has Haxed Overwatch soldier in damn H.E.V. suit.


Glados is Potato
Minerva is God. Somehow.

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6. Minerva and omnipotence

Posted by chiasaur11 at 9:01AM, Friday April 22 2011

Well, the math here is simple.

Minerva== Joyeuse

Who is of the same steel and temper as Durendal.

Durendal is an alternate spelling of Durandal, the name of one of the central characters in Bungie's Marathon.

If Durandal escapes==True, than Durandal==God.

Thus, Minerva is closer to God than Shodan.

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7. I noticed you.

Posted by l0cke at 1:27AM, Saturday April 23 2011

The references to Greek mythology in Portal 2 were a nice touch. Thank you!

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8. Citations!

Posted by Orihaus at 4:49AM, Saturday April 23 2011


"Joyeuse was the name of Charlemagne's personal sword. The name translates as "joyful". Some legends claim that it was forged to contain the Lance of Longinus within its pommel; others state it was smithed from the same materials as Roland's Durendal and Ogier's Curtana."

"I am Joyeuse, an infinitely cutting blade wielded by an ignorant tyrant, for a cultural renaissance based upon military might."

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9. Dameet

Posted by Świrek at 9:49PM, Sunday April 24 2011

I want to play Minerva again. I MUST to play that damn thing or i will die 8(

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10. Minerva status

Posted by chiasaur11 at 7:50AM, Monday April 25 2011

The patch is out.

Played a titch before Portal 2. Just before the bit where you get guns again.

Will finish. As soon as I'm done with Portal 2.

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11. Also...

Posted by fuzz at 1:55PM, Tuesday April 26 2011

...just exactly what are we going to have to do to get Minerva to release OOT?
(when it's done, natch)

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12. p1

Posted by Świrek at 7:48PM, Tuesday April 26 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65GFpgSpgE in 720p !

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13. sightings?

Posted by Pace at 7:38AM, Wednesday April 27 2011

I haven't played it yet, anyone catch anything Minerva related in Portal 2?

(and boo for multi-player only Valve, if that's not just a rumor..)

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14. Final part

Posted by Świrek at 11:57AM, Saturday April 30 2011


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15. Minerva

Posted by Nesretep at 6:26AM, Friday May 6 2011

I am afraid that Minerva is firmly on the back burner for the time being. At least that is the vibe I am getting.

However, what has become of the wrap up for poor Gordon Freeman and his story? Adam, are they even working of Half-life 2 Episode 3 anymore?

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16. Re: Nesretep

Posted by pox at 3:10PM, Friday May 6 2011

*cough* *cough*


This is about as conclusive as anything we're likely to get out of them for the time being...

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17. Casually browsing portal2\resource\subtitles_english.txt

Posted by Campaignjunkie at 3:53AM, Saturday May 7 2011

"Commentary_Title_arg" "ARG"
"#commentary\com-arg.wav" "[Adam Foster]"

... of course, we already knew that.

And the underground DID feel particularly Adam Foster-ish, now that I think about it...

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18. Thinking of commentary

Posted by chiasaur11 at 9:38AM, Sunday May 8 2011

Now I'm remembering the other Foster node.

About digging through the debris of our civilization for Portal 2 locations.

And how, hearing it, I felt reasonably sure I knew what it sounds like when people are paid to do exactly what they love.

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19. Foster's node in Portal 2

Posted by RipOffProductionsLLC at 1:12AM, Thursday May 12 2011

the pitures you get from that sound file is just some Apiture fun facts and the like, so why is it named after him? did he make that imige or something?

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20. RE: Foster's node in Portal 2

Posted by pox at 4:01AM, Sunday May 22 2011

He was probably a key contributor to the whole idea, seeing how he first implemented the idea way back when he first announced his employment at Valve.


Any news on Out of Time's development?

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21. Hi Bot.

Posted by Lord_Baz at 6:50AM, Wednesday June 1 2011

Love your work. How do you fit all that merchandise under your digital jacket? Impressive.

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22. Beware of human-impersonating robots

Posted by Cargo Cult at 12:34AM, Thursday June 2 2011

I think that (now deleted) comment is the first piece of spam to get past the ReCaptcha system.

Apparently the robots are picking up human traits. A note - all human commenters should remain vigilant against the machine threat!

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23. Re: Beware of human-impersonating robots

Posted by Sortie at 12:53AM, Thursday June 2 2011

I don't suppose it is possible that an actual human posted it? It's not unheard of.

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24. On an unrelated note

Posted by Samael at 8:53AM, Sunday June 5 2011

I tried e-mail, but I wouldn't be surprised if Adam's just too darn busy, what with Episode 3 and whatnot. :\

Does anyone have a working mirror for Someplace Else?

The fileserver on hylobatidae just refuses to let me have it -- the connection times out no matter how many times I try and regardless of what browser or download manager I use.

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25. Someplace Else

Posted by locworks at 10:31PM, Sunday June 5 2011

Try http://www.locworks.org/locmirror/blog/download/34/

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26. RE: Someplace Else

Posted by Samael at 10:49PM, Sunday June 5 2011

Ooh, that worked! Thanks. The only other mirror I was finding was 404'ed.

Incidentally, my prying into the fileserver uncovered something interesting and potentially alarming. I noticed that when I stuck the URL of the download in Opera, it was redirecting to www.trollied.org. I was only able to get one blip of response from that server, namely its prowl.trollied.org subdomain -- and that was a second redirect, this one to an adware bomb site.

So yeah, something's up with that.

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27. Re: Someplace Else

Posted by Cargo Cult at 12:29AM, Monday June 6 2011

I think I've cleared out all the dead mirrors, for both Someplace Else and everything else. Let me know if anything else isn't working!

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Posted by Świrek at 4:02PM, Monday June 13 2011

Goddamn Cyborg :/

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29. Portal 2

Posted by Yrr at 10:12PM, Tuesday June 21 2011

The scene at the start of The Fall, made me think of Minerva so much, when I played through it again, I saw your commentary node.

Thank you so much for putting one of the greatest scenes in Minerva in Portal 2

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30. more bot brake-thoughs!

Posted by RipOffProductions at 5:20AM, Tuesday July 5 2011

They're geting in and *counts posts* PENTOUPLE POSTING! this is getong out of hand!

This "lan" is ether determend to make us think he is a bot or is a varry well programed one(maybe even the best).

(worryed face)
do we even have one of those? if not invent one! if so what is it?

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31. a question about HL2

Posted by RipOffProductionsLLC at 6:43AM, Tuesday July 5 2011

I plan to make a mind serise (if you don't know what that is look up Freeman's Mind on youtube) for MINERVA: Metastasis, but removing the HUD also removes the text messages. Anyone know a way around this?

If not I may have to give Minerva a voice, and that just wouldn't be right.

But preparing for the worst, I concluded that if I did give her a speeking role, she would have to be english becouse:
1) Adam is from the UK. [this is a fact]
2) the british accent gives that air of being well educated. [see any BBC documentery]
3) anything that is a liitle bit funny is made funnyer by a british accent.[see Monty Python]

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32. Ian repetition.

Posted by chiasaur11 at 10:07AM, Tuesday July 5 2011

Obviously, we're dealing with Rampancy. As usual.

Should burn itself out eventually. Only know two cases where that didn't happen.

As for Minerva, well, agree a voice would be jarring at best, but I agree far more it would kinda have to be a Brit. Meaning this in the best sense, you understand, but if someone had to figure out things about Adam Foster from reading the text in Minerva alone, few facts come up about him. British would be one. Big fan of Marathon probably would be another good guess.

Of course, you'd need someone who could swear well. Surprising how few people can. Best to avoid the whole mess. Hmm. Is there a way to disable HUD element by element? That might work.

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33. RE: lan repetition

Posted by RipOffProductionsLLC at 1:41PM, Tuesday July 5 2011

you answered my question with the exact same question, but I remember reading in an iterveiw that adam used the chapter title feature for the messages.

PS: I always wounderd... why does the HEV suite have wireless diale-up conection? wireless dial-up in and of itself is something that just buggles the mind, Black Mesa does some stupid shit with it's grant money.

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34. RE: Dial-up

Posted by Lobster at 9:40PM, Tuesday July 5 2011

You can't use digital technology on XEN, the little 1s and 0s just can't make the jumps!

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35. Bots, or bot-sympathisers?

Posted by Cargo Cult at 5:27AM, Wednesday July 6 2011

I added a cruel feature to the blog-beast - one which may either drive away the spam, or hasten the Singularity. Only time will tell...

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36. Only time will tell...

Posted by Świrek at 11:56AM, Wednesday July 6 2011

'Only time will tell...'
I read this somewhere already hehehe :)

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37. New feature

Posted by chiasaur11 at 12:04AM, Thursday July 7 2011

Hey, we're already used to taking orders from mysterious morally ambiguous types and insane AIs, the very skills needed to survive the coming machine Armageddon.

Either way, we win on this one.

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38. Canvas

Posted by Pace at 5:14AM, Saturday July 9 2011

Hope everyone still poking around here has seen the teaser trailer for Canvas;
About the coolest looking trailer for a source mod, like, ever..

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Posted by Anschluss at 4:35AM, Sunday July 24 2011

Why not just leave the HUD? It doesn't matter if it's there or not. If you must use a voice, make it a Russian female that sounds as close to possible as Ayn Rand. I still think that Minerva is her disembodied mind.

That trailer is remarkable. And I thought the Source engine was dated.

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40. RE: keep HUD

Posted by RipOffProductionsLLC at 12:07AM, Friday July 29 2011

Well, a mind serise is a realistic(but commical) retelling of a game through the eyes of it's normaly silent protagenist, so making his "health" visable would kinda' ruin that. plus I'm going to alter ammo capastitys for some of the guns and having that vissable will realy brake the saspention of disbeliff.

As for Minerva's voice, I explained why I think she should have a British/English accent.
And I think I remember her using the term "bloody" the way english people do(as a sware word). And if the text was gone I could alter her speech(only a litlle I promess) to give better set-up for jokes, of course nothing story related would be altered, there is no telling what is important to Adam's plans.

PS: is "Lux Aeterna" what Minerva would call that world? I ask becouse I plan to have the video dicriptions writen by Minerva going something like this: "In this transmision test suject "Perseus" arives at the Combine outpost on this bezzar island."
but for the episiod where we see the portal it would just be: " ... lux Aeterna ... ". Is this a good idea?

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41. Well

Posted by Świrek at 12:25AM, Friday July 29 2011

You can also use some Godmode and just imitate taking damage. Also Perseus is reprogramed Combine soldier, so i think that he's way of thinking and doing things is specyfic.

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42. Minerva Dead?

Posted by Darknlight55 at 1:55AM, Tuesday September 20 2011

Just wondering if Minerva is dead or if you are waiting for Half-life2 ep 3 to be released before any more updates are to be announced. as it has been 6 months since a new update. I realize the engine is becoming rather old now should we perhaps expect to wait until Half-life 3 to continue the story of Minerva?

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43. RE: Minerva Dead?

Posted by RipOffProductions at 12:50PM, Tuesday September 20 2011

Oh dear, you are foolish.
by the time "Half Life 3" is out there willl be a new engine. he is likely waiting for the SDK for the portal 2 engine version. (he of corse can use it now, sence he is a valve employe, but we can't play 'tell the SDK is out)

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44. Another one

Posted by Świrek at 9:17PM, Tuesday September 20 2011

I finished one of my fanart for Minerva.
Do You remember, when 2 soldiers chased You down to the teleporter?
When one of glass doors closed between me and soldiers i was trolling them for some time :) http://swirekster.deviantart.com/art/Bulletproof-glass-194872788

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45. Minerva

Posted by Kalak at 5:01PM, Saturday October 1 2011

If you must give her a voice, make it a speech to text voice. Many of them sound monotone. This would allow it to be ironic (ever taken over the universe in monotone?) and you could pick one with a british accent. Or you could do voice modulation in the GLaDOS style, but that sound like a lot of work for replacing what should be text

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46. pics

Posted by Pace at 7:26AM, Tuesday October 4 2011

Like, awesome library man.

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47. Re: Another one

Posted by Cargo Cult at 8:03AM, Wednesday October 19 2011

I must confess that I never actually thought what dear Perseus would look like. But come to think of it, a pale baldy weirdo in an HEV suit is about right! ;-)

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