Aperture Science Weighted Pivot Cube
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|Discouragement Redirection Cube|
- "This next test involves discouragement redirection cubes. I'd just finished building them before you had your, well, episode. So now we'll both get to see how they work."
- ― GLaDOS
The Aperture Science Weighted Pivot Cube, also known as the Thermal Redirection Cube and referred to as Discouragement Redirection Cube by GLaDOS, is a testing element used in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center.
- The purpose of the Redirection Cube is solely to redirect a Thermal Discouragement Beam to achieve a set task.
- It can also be placed upon a Super Button, like a Weighted Storage Cube, and can be propelled by Excursion Funnels.
- Redirection Cubes can be placed on Cube Buttons, but this never occurs in the game.
- One side of the Redirection Cube has a second, smaller lens (presumably to help focus the beam) in front of the normal lens, with the other five sides featuring only one lens.
- When a Thermal Discouragement Beam makes contact with the cube, it is redirected through the marked side. When the cube is picked up, this "output" side is turned forward if possible, to better assist aiming redirected beams.
- According to GLaDOS, the Redirection Cubes were to be tested for the first time shortly before Chell made her first escape.
- In the Cooperative Testing Initiative, guiding a Thermal Discouragement Beam into a receptacle will automatically "snap" to the center of it if it's close enough, making the process slightly easier. This feature doesn't exist in Singleplayer.
Behind the scenes
- The Redirection Cube was first introduced during the Portal ARG, in one of the ASCII art images given by the BBS, that later appeared to be a diagram depicting its use with a Thermal Discouragement Beam, as revealed by the April, 2010 issue of Game Informer. During then, it was named as a Weighted Pivot Cube.
- An updated and moving diagram was revealed during E3 2010.
Aperture Science Weighted Pivot Cube icon in Perpetual Testing Initiative.
List of appearances
- Portal ARG (First appearance)
- ApertureScience.com (Non-canonical appearance)
- PotatoFoolsDay ARG
- The Final Hours of Portal 2
- Portal Pinball (Non-canonical appearance)
- Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Lego Dimensions (Non-canonical appearance)
- Weighted Storage Cube
- Edgeless Safety Cube
- Cube Button
- Edgeless Safety Cube Receptacle
- 1500 Megawatt Super Button