As a semi-direct result of one of my earlier posts, I was encouraged to purchase Portal. I found out that I
- Didn’t need an Xbox or Ps3 or whatever, my laptop would play it
- It is currently bundled with Portal 2 for $12 online
- It’s not that hard (so I was told)
So, I did. I picked up Portal and Portal 2. Immediately ran into problems. Didn’t know the controls, didn’t know how to turn and look around, and tried to configure the keys about five times. It’s taken me a few hours, but some things TheTinyEmpireofAnt has been able to explain to me, and others I’ve been able to figure out on my own.
I also always assumed I’d be too stupid to play portal. That I’m no good with puzzles and logic games. Well… I’m not at any point where GladOS is trying to kill me yet… but I’m progressing pretty nicely… considering I usually die fifty bazillion times in Super Mario Bros, a game designed for 5 year olds to beat in six seconds or less (hyperbole is your friend).
This gets me thinking. Maybe I’m not as dumb as I think I am. Perhaps this sounds like the oddest way to figure that out ever, but critical thinking is something I’m convinced I’m not that great at, for some reason. This game is very obviously based around your ability to think critically. For this reason, I am actually more than just excited about Portal. I’m kind of grateful I decided to get it. I want to see if I can beat the game. It may take me longer than most people, but if I can beat the game… maybe, just maybe, I can start letting some more good things I hear about myself from other people sink in a little deeper, cause I’ll start to believe it myself.