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Valves latest release is winning gamers and critics over all around the world. If you would like to see what all the noise is about, here is your chance to win a copy of Portal 2 on PS3.

Welcome to Aperture Laboratories

The highly anticipated sequel to 2007’s Game of the Year, Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science.

Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories.

Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.

Head over to the ButtonMasher forums to see how to enter.

It’s been a week of milestones at Buttonmasher Towers, first Podcast episode 100 – which is always worth a listen, secondly our ever friendly forum celebrated community post 100,000!

Being a nice round number and as a way of celebrating the boys and girls that make our community such a great place to hang out we decided to run a secret competition to reward the poster that broke the 99,999 barrier. Which means every member has been active in this competition without having to do anything unusual – how cool is that?

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Most ingenious products share a common theme – a simple concept that immediately has you thinking “why didn’t I think of that”. The newly released “Grip-iT” analogue stick covers fall into this category – an incredibly simple (and inexpensive) product that serves a useful purpose and is hard to fault.

Grip-iT covers are simply rubber covers for your analogue sticks, which serve several functions:

  • Provide additional grip between your thumbs and analogue sticks, which allegedly improve your k/d ratio (YMMV)
  • Protect your analogue sticks from wear – the sticks are usually the first and fastest part of your controller to deteriorate
  • If your sticks are already worn down or damaged, these covers will breathe new life into an old controller which might otherwise have been thrown out

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There’s always plenty to talk about when screenshots of an upcoming game are released, we get right into the minutia of the new Call of Duty screens and also gaze forward into the future to look at what is on the gaming horizon, i.e Crackdown 2!

This week a GaR free podcast, and we experience both perfection and discovery, next week? Probably some little creatures.

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Wugga doesn’t have a computer at the moment, so most of this weeks podcast came via GaR’s programming services and a piece of paper.

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Sometimes publishers put together some awesome themed press kits to adorn titles when sent out to media, God of War 3 got such treatment. Instead of hogging all the fun I think it should find a better home. The prize includes the game, a boxed set including a stamped coin and some papery type artwork things. Along with the kit comes a poster signed by the developers that Wugga and GaR interviewed last week, plus it’s addressed to you, ButtonMasher.

To enter just send an email to me with a story about Kratos, something about what he gets up to when he’s not killing gods and harpies. My address is brian at buttonmasher.co.nz

The clever folks at Sony have a new contest that has you constructing your very own origami bird. A secret code will be revealed to you if you follow the instructions correctly. The second part of the competition gets even more interesting. On the 26th of February you will be sent clues to locations in the four main city centres to find the whereabouts of some sweet Sony gear.

The main prize is getting to play Heavy Rain in a cinema in your town with 29 of your mates. A little weird but hey, it might give some of your non-gamer friends a chance to see the game in action. Other prizes include PS3’s, copies of Heavy Rain, Sony ericsson phones, Sony CyberShot S-Series cameras, MP3 Walkman B Series, Movie passes, blu-ray discs and music vouchers for bandit.fm.

Check out the PlayStation NZ page on Facebook to enter.

Now Dark Void from my experience is not a game worth buying, but if it’s free then why not give it a go?! I am giving away Dark Void for the Xbox 360. Note that it is a review copy and has been previously used (but treated and handled with the utmost care of course).

Tell me in the comments what you would do if you had a jetpack. You have until next Sunday at 9am when I pick the winner. All decisions are final, entry only open to kiwis, yada yada.

Sometimes when your fellow castinites don’t want to come record their monotonous voices onto a solid state drive you need to revert back to the old school way of doing things. This weeks podcast is powered by wooden wheels and a steam engine, that’s right, Wugga and I ate some Mango Chicken Curry and a Limoncello Creme Brulee and we done recorded ourselves a duet. Such a sweet sweet harmony you haven’t heard in many a pod.

There is also a competition with in. The spoils are copies of games, the challenge will evoke the child within, so get out your crayons and Etch A Sketch, no skill required, artists need not apply.

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