Portal has become so culturally ingrained that it can be hard to look past the memes and what made it special. Dare we say that the short film "Outside Aperture" has that magic in spades, taking the original ending of Portal and imagining Chell's new life outside of Aperture science.
To most, "the cake is a lie" is little more than (an overtired) joke. To Chell, at least the version of her portrayed in this film, it's deadly serious.
Portal, a puzzle-oriented add-on game for Half-Life 2: The Orange Box and Half-Life 2: The Black Box takes players' perceptions of spatial reality and literally throws it for a loop. Using a portal gun, gamers place portal ends on any surface and then run through them. The laws of physics will be bent to the breaking point, because gravitational pull can turn into upward or horizontal force to travel across distances. As puzzles become more challenging, some with dangers like gun turrets, players will be forced to think quickly, but must be careful not to fall into an infinite loop and get stuck.