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Forget videogames as art—they’re games. Portal was genius and its sequel will take the cake

By Sam Leith   May 2011

I was told there’d be cake: Chell and her reality-blasting gun in the videogame Portal

A shooting game that isn’t; a puzzle game that tells a story; and a joke that became a meme. Indulge me if I depart from my habitual tone of Arnoldian high-mindedness to shout yippee at the release of the sequel to one of the most interesting videogames of all time. If you’ve never played Portal, you’ve missed out on something big. Forget the old videogames-as-art thing; here’s videogames as videogames—and as artful as you could want.

Portal was remarkable because it was a “first-person shooter”:…

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