Portal 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the unexpected 2007 video game hit Portal, finally went live on Tuesday– And there was much rejoicing (yay)! A first-person shooter based not around kill count, but around puzzles, the Portal series features a unique piece of weaponry developed by Aperture Science known as Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, often shortened to “portal gun.” Unlike most guns, this gun does not fire bullets; instead, it fires portals. For those of you unfamiliar with it, here’s how it works: The gun fires portals in two colors, orange and blue. Fire one color at one surface; then fire the second color at a second surface. Once both colors are in place, the portals create a physical connection between the two different locations. Naturally, you can see the potential such technology holds. While you COULD use the portal technology to fight self-aware insane robots, there are also a variety of every-day tasks that can be made easier with the aid of a portal gun. Here’s your guide to the many practical applications of the portal gun.
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