The Final Hours of Portal 2
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Video game design
Ola Balola LLC
April 21st, 2011
The Final Hours of Portal 2, also known as Portal 2 - The Final Hours, is a Windows, Mac and iPad interactive book chronicling the development of Portal 2. Written by Geoff Keighley who also authored The Final Hours of Half-Life (2000) and The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 (2004), it was released on April 21st, 2011 on iPad and May 17th, 2011 on Steam, and is available for $1.99, €1.99 or £1.49.
The book provides exclusive information about the game's development, as well as numerous previously unreleased concept art images and early screenshots. It also contains interactive features set around standard text.
 Foreword by Geoff Keighley
 About the game
 About the developer
 Chapter 1: Let the Games Begin!
Describes a typical day at Valve.
 Chapter 2: Prince Squid and Judge Dredd
 Chapter 3: A Triumph, Huge Success
 Chapter 4: Two Bots, One Wrench
Talks about the Two Bots, One Wrench design experiment as part of the "Directed Design Experiments".
 Chapter 5: Eccentric Dead Billionaire
Describes the fifth Directed Design Experiment, F-STOP, or the failed attempt at a Portal prequel that did not feature any portals.
 Chapter 6: The Aha Moment
Documents Valve's issue of how to make a storyline-filled game from Portal and how Personality Cores were the answer.
 Chapter 7: Just One Person
 Chapter 8: The Power of Paint
 Chapter 9: The Odd Couple
 Chapter 10: Making Games is Hard
Summarizes the "surprise" Gabe Newell made at E3 2010 and Valve's need to delay the release date for 2011.
 Chapter 11: Used to Want You Dead
 Chapter 12: The Final Hours
Talks about the last few steps before completing Portal 2, including details from inside the "test chamber", or playtesting area.
 Chapter 13: The World is About to Change
Closes the book by describing the thoughts and feelings of Valve after Portal 2 was finished and released.
 Chapter 14: Unlikely Architects
Describes development on the Portal 2 DLC Peer Review and the Portal level editor.