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EXP Podcast #86: Lay Off the Cake

Released Wednesday, 14th July 2010
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Aperture Science was a meme factory.  Years after Portal’s release, we are still quoting the jokes and phrases that helped give the game its unique personality.  With the forthcoming release of Portal 2, writer Erik Wolpaw is grappling with the memes spawned by the original.  Making cake references might be an easy way to wink at fans, but there is a danger of the game collapsing under the weight of its own baggage.  This week, we discuss the unique challenges facing Portal 2 and consider the ways in which memes function in video games and the video game community.  We’d be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments, be they on the subject of cake, cubes, or Keyboard Cats.  

Some discussion starters:

- Will it be hard for Portal 2 to distance itself from the baggage of the first game?  Would you be disappointed if there were not cake references?

- What are some of your favorite game memes and why?  Is there a specific purpose they serve either in or out of the game?

- Is it possible to have gameplay memes?  

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Show notes:  

- Run time: 25 min 03 sec

- “Portal 2's Wolpaw: 'I Do Not Want To Resurrect A …,” by Chris Remo, via GameSetWatch  

- Music provided by Brad Sucks

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