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In Memoriam: Weighted Companion Cube

Not in cruelty,
Not in wrath,
The reaper came today;
An angel visited
this gray path,
And took the cube away.


Rest in peace, dear friend.

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slartibart
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
The link is blocked by our firewall at work. What happened?
datan0de
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
***MINOR PORTAL SPOILER WARNING***
The post is basically an in-joke for anyone who has played Portal, the excellent but far too brief video game that's part of Valve's "Orange Box" (along with 4 other games).

The Weighted Companion Cube is... well... it's hard to explain. It's an inanimate metal box with some hearts on it that only appears in one level of Portal, but that level seems to have been designed as a bizarre psychological experiment to try to develop an emotional attachment between the player and the cube. For example, the poem I posted is scrawled on a wall in in one room of the level, and foreshadows the fact that the player must drop their faithful companion into an incinerator in order to complete the level. GlaDOS, the insane AI that you struggle against throughout the game, later taunts you about having "murdered your only friend".

It's silly but on some level it seems to have worked, as the Weighted Companion Cube has become a runaway cultural meme among gamers (kind of like "All Your Base" only with a narrower audience). A Google search for "Weighted Companion Cube" turns up 271,000 hits. YouTube is full of WCC "tribute videos", and WCC plush toys are going for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

Wacky fun. :-D
zotmeister
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
The cube is a lie.

The cake is a misconception.

Or something. - ZM
datan0de
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
No NO NO!!! The Weighted Companion Cube is not a lie! The Weighted Companion Cube is your best and only friend, and will never threaten to stab you!!!

The cake, however, is a lie. I know this because it was written on a wall and GlaDOS says that the cake is real and everyone knows that GlaDOS is insane and by her own admission makes outright fabrications!

Wait. GlaDOS says that the cube will never threaten to stab you. Oh God...
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