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Portal 2: My First Playthrough

Thought I’d share a little bit of my first play through of Portal 2. It’s a great game and I’m sure I’ll be playing it for a while. I’m about half way through the second chapter, not too sure how many chapters there are in the game but so far its been really enjoyable. Just took a quick video of a couple of puzzles from the second chapter. Towards the end I got a little bit stuck but I eventually worked it out!

Portal 2 Is Pretty Awesome

Portal 2 has been out for over a month now and when I first took a look at it on launch it didn’t really interest me all that much. I never played the original game (sigh!) so I didn’t really know what I was missing out on, but now starting to play Portal 2 I have just one word for it, awesome! I’ve only just started playing it, I completed the first chapter last night and already I can’t wait to see what else this game has to offer.

Stephen Merchant as “Wheatley” is great, such a funny character. I’ve included the Portal 2 trailer above which as some footage of this great character. This game is built on the aging source engine that powered Half Life 2 but surprisingly the game plays very well. It isn’t the most impressive looking game I’ve seen recently but the art style of the game really works well and visually looks very good.

I’ve been having fun with it so far, if you’re looking around for a new game to play definitely don’t go past this one. I disregarded it for a whole month after it launched but glad I gave it a try, I’m totally hooked on it right now!

Building A MAME Arcade Cabinet At Home


I have had an older computer lying around for some time now. It’s an old Intel Celeron based 2.4Ghz CPU with 512MB RAM and rather than throwing it out or selling it (might as well give it away) I’ve decided to give it new life and build an arcade machine. The feeling of going back to arcade classics like street fighter, Pacman and others and getting to play them from an arcade machine would be really great. I could store it in my garage and the sound I’d hear as I started it up is getting me excited already!


There are plenty of home DIY arcade cabinet project sites out there so I have no shortage of resources online and it will be much more satisfying to build the cabinet myself rather than purchase an empty arcade.

I’ve got the plans I’ll be using to build the cabinet:

And will be referring to this guy’s website in which he documented in great detail his home arcade project as it took shape:

Based on the drawings above and the experience I’ll get out of reading from other builders I should be able to put something together that is really great. I plan to get a nice marquee printed and I’ll wire up a control panel myself.

The great thing about this project is that there are quite a lot of arcade stores and home DYI video game places in Melbourne I should be able to find plenty of people to ask questions, get equipment, buttons, T-moulding, etc.

Once completed, I plan on painting it black with fluro-blue T-moulding to run along the outside of the cabinet to give it a real 80’s retro look.

I should be able to start the project next week, just need to scrape together the funds to start it but once I do start next week I’ll post photos of my progress as I go.

A few other links I’ve come across in my research so far which will help me in my quest: