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Removed section regarding timeline/sequence of events[edit]


Roughly thirteen years later, work on GLaDOS was completed and the untested AI was activated during the company's first ever bring-your-daughter-to-work day in May 2000.[19] Immediately after activation, the facility was flooded with deadly neurotoxin by the AI.

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Events of the first Half-Life game occur shortly thereafter, presumably leaving the facility forgotten by the outside world due to apocalyptic happenings. Wolpaw, in describing the ending of Portal 2, affirmed that the Combine invasion from Half-Life 2 occurred during Portal's events.[1]

The first part of this section is saying Half-Life occurs shortly after Portal. Then it says that (either) the 7 hour war and invasion of the combine took place during Portal, or that events from Half-Life 2 take place during portal.

The problems with all of this: First, Eric Wolpaw has previously had his dates declared incorrect by Marc Laidlaw:

On March 24, 2010, an updated and expanded Aperture Science timeline originally given on in 2006 and submitted by Erik Wolpaw was published on Game Informer. Several dates were changed, and the last paragraph was expanded with facts suggesting that the Black Mesa Incident had occurred in 1998, the same date as that of Half-Life's release, instead of the original "200-". However Marc Laidlaw dismissed "1998" as the date for the Black Mesa Incident, as the date "200-" given when the first Half-Life was released is the only correct one.[12] It is unknown why Erick Wolpaw made that mistake, and if it was intended or not. For convenience and consistency, that "1998" will always be replaced by "200-" on the wiki, even with the dates pertaining to Aperture Science.

Second, there's a lot of conflicting information here. Various official sources at various points in time have placed Portal as before, during, and after both HL1 and HL2.

Third, and most important, by following that link you'll see that the claims attributed to that link are nowhere to be found. (talk) 04:35, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

You're misreading it: it says that HL1 takes place after GlaDOS kills everyone at Aperture; when Chell is awaken is supposedly after the 7 hr war completed with HL2 (that is, from Gordon's awakening) taking place after Chell destroys Glados. That is, chronologically:
GLADOS activated/kills all --> HL1 --> 7 hr war --> Chell wakes/kills Glados (Portal 1) --> HL2 ----------> Chell brought back awake (Portal 2) . --MASEM (t) 04:43, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
Okay, the first section is understandable. The second section is not, and is completely wrong: "Wolpaw, in describing the ending of Portal 2, affirmed that the Combine invasion from Half-Life 2 occurred during Portal's events" (talk) 04:48, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
Also: The thinly veiled hostility on your edit comment "(and do not remove again until you get consensus)" is uncalled for. I had left a note, had you bothered to read it, right their in my edit, stating if someone left a comment they could readd it. (talk) 04:50, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
Rereading it several times, I see that it's mostly correct, just horribly worded. Problem is the "Combine Invasion" (the 7 hour war) did not take place in HL2, as the sentence says, it was between HL1 and HL2. It would be more correct to change "from Half-Life 2" to "after Half-Life 1". It's a small error, but it completely changes the meaning of the section into "Half-life 2 takes place during Portal 1". (talk) 04:57, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
I agree that could be clearer, I'll make the change there. --MASEM (t) 05:14, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

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Can it really be called a mod if it is created from scratch instead of by modifying the existing game?[edit]

If modifying an existing game isn't necessary for something to be called a mod, what is not a mod then? --TiagoTiago (talk) 03:00, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Stanton, Rich (2011-04-26). "Erik Wolpaw on Portal 2’s ending: "the [spoiler] is probably lurking out there somewhere". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2011-04-26.