Last not-so-brief Portal 2 commentary
I love that, in Portal 2, the Aperture Science facility is now overgrown with plant life, showing that nature will eventually conquer science and technology. It could also be interpreted as a symbol for GLaDOS’s vulnerability (which is interesting since she’s sustained by a potato for a large part of the game; not sure what that means or if it means anything at all). While I don’t know if the developers intended this, I think that their choice of having plants infiltrate the facility was purposeful. Post-apocalyptic settings aren’t usually quite so lush (read: WALL-E), and the metaphor is there! I KNOW IT. Plus, the people at Valve are brilliant enough to have thought of it.
Also, and this is probably a misinterpretation, but GLaDOS is basically a personality core, right? I know she’s not classified as one, but she functions pretty similarly to the other personality cores, and without her, the mainframe still runs. Also, Wheatley’s a personality core (well, an intelligence dampening core, but a core nonetheless), and he’s pretty much equally as developed as GLaDOS (not intellectually, but personality-wise). So, let’s make the assumption that GLaDOS is a personality core. Okay, so GLaDOS had human origins. So does that mean the rest of the personality cores had human origins? Not necessarily cores like the Cake Core, the Fact Core, and the Morality Core. More or less like Wheatley and the Adventure Core and, to an extent, the Space Core and Curiosity Core. And even if the other cores didn’t have human origins, wouldn’t the similarities between GLaDOS and Wheatley suggest that Wheatley had human origins? I mean, I know that GLaDOS specifically says that Wheatley was designed by scientists to be the biggest moron, so he could be completely artificial, but GLaDOS was also designed by scientists using Caroline’s personality, so maybe the same happened to Wheatley?
Bluh. Portal 2 makes me think a lot. It’s so good. Good games should make you think, in my opinion. More importantly, they should make people ask questions, and not just silly questions about cores, but broader questions about life. At least, that’s what I like. A lot.
Aaand I’m done.