Lonely Laughs: the Dark Humor of Portal

I. Overall Storytelling Portal is a short first-person puzzle platformer through which the player progresses by shooting a portal gun to escape from Aperture Science’s testing facility and from the insane AI that lies within. On its surface, the game seems straightforward enough: create portals, drop the cube, and reach the end. However, the appearance and solitude of the facility as well as GLaDOS’ constantly-evolving dialog set Portal apart from a typical puzzle platformer, creating more of an interactive experience than a game. Instead, the player acts as a witness of the deterioration of GLaDOS’ sanity and of Aperture Science itself. a.Environment: VISUALS The testing facility – the main

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