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Cube and Portal

Postby Gizzmo0815 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:01 pm UTC

I wasn't sure whether to post this in the Movies forum or the Games forum so I flipped a coin and it came up heads...Movie forum it is.

To those of us movie lovers who ALSO love video games...How much of an influence (if any) do you think the movie Cube had on the development of the game Portal?

While playing Portal I couldn't help but think about the film and wondered (since the game had so many damn cubes in it) if there were any other links between the two. Or perhaps someone had come across an interview where the devs mentioned the movie.

And since this is the movie forum.

Did we all like Cube and it's successors Hypercube and Cube Zero??

I just watched all three last weekend while I was sick, and have to say that the two sequels were SUB par. But the first was definitely thought provoking.
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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby Jessica » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:48 pm UTC

Saw hypercube before cube. Both are pretty bad, but also pretty awesome. Still haven't seen cube zero, but I'm sure it's just as bad and maybe not as awesome.

Cube is great because it has Mackay, and the younger Dax.
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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby Yuri2356 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:56 pm UTC

Hypercube would have been better if they actually tried to lay out a 4-d environment, instead of just using the exotic shape to say "MAGIC!" and dispense with the random mindfuckery. Not that a real hypercube isn't a bit of a findfuck in and of itself, but it still has a recognizable pattern to it. It is geometry, after all.

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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby Robin S » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:01 am UTC

Cube felt to me like an excuse to put a bunch of cool trap ideas on the big screen. I haven't played Portal, but from what I've heard of it I can't see much connection between the two, except for the fact that in both cases the protagonists are trapped in a puzzle-like, otherwise-deserted testing ground of some description. Even that's stretching it.
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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby Zohar » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:24 am UTC

I mostly agree with Robin S. I played Portal and watched the first Cube. While Portal was awesome, Cube was... not. I found it boring, didn't like the characters... It felt silly. Didn't bother watching the sequels.
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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby Blatm » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:27 am UTC

I enjoyed Cube, but I thought Hypercube was terrible. Cube Zero I liked, too. However, (having seen all three a few years ago) I don't see much of a connexion with Portal. Could you elaborate?

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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby no-genius » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:45 am UTC

I guess maybe the traps, and stuff? (I haven't played Portal). I liked Cube, Hypercube and Zero were OK.
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Re: Cube and Portal

Postby Princess Marzipan » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:15 pm UTC

I find Cube has more in common with Saw than any particular video games.
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