Lend your CPU to GLaDOS by playing Potato Sack games

Friday, 15th April 2011 16:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve has updated its Aperture Science page for Portal 2, and the countdown clock has ended. Now, the site is asking to to re-boot GLaDOS by playing games included in the Potato Sack offering.

The countdown to end all countdowns ended a little bit ago with the following message:

09:00 Hello again.
09:00 Ive been waiting a long time for this.
09:00 I know its arriving later than expected.
09:00 But I have a message for you:
09:00 April Fools.
09:01 Im joking.
09:01 Seriously, though:
09:01 Youve been surprisingly competent at
09:01 Generating electro-chemical energy to jumpstart the system.
09:01 But now we need raw computational power
09:02 to speed up the reboot process.

After this, another countdown of sorts appeared, with the timer starting at 94 hours. So far, it’s at around 93 hours as of this post.

You want Portal 2 early on Steam? Then this is what you need to do: Play any of the games included in the Potato Sack, which will in turn offer up your CPU to GLaDOS, so to speak, thus speeding up the process for one and all.

That said: stop reading this and get busy, soldiers!

Portal 2 hits retail on Tuesday.



  1. Dralen

    Arrrrgh my god! What’s going to happen? My brain is going to melt.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB


    This is definitely the best launch I can remember. Regardless of whether the actual launch happens in 30 minutes, this shit is awesome.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Debabrata Nath

    Ok,I am excited. :S

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    15 minutes! *checks blood pressure*

    #4 4 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    I’m actually getting a later train to my girlfriends so I can see what this is and possibly wrangle 30 minutes of gameplay

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    I wouldn’t put it past them to add one final puzzle, just to make people go absolutely apeshit.

    The final test is either playing Portal 2, or solving a puzzle that unlocks the game. Fingers crossed. 10 minutes!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    3 minutes! *faints*

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Dralen

    I’m literally counting down the seconds now xD.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. AHA-Lambda

    oh what?!! D=

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    Everybody get on their indie games! The more we play, the quicker it launches.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Dralen

    Oh no Oh god no

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    Pffffffff… Nothing special =\

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Night Hunter

    What the Fuck just happened? Did we get another Countdown? If so … Fuck You Valve

    If not I apologize, bu a countdown to another countdown would be unforgivable

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    Nothing special besides mobilizing all of Steam to play the same 13 games?

    Yeah, nothing special besides that.

    FYI: The more people (CPUs) that play any of the games in the Potato Pack, the more the countdown to Portal 2s release is accelerated.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. TaTaTow

    Now official: The more we play the potato sack the earlier comes Portal 2!!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dralen

    It’s basically we have to collect the potatoes on the potato sack game that valve has released to get Portal 2 released early.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. TaTaTow

    Well I guess this is only for the steam version. What about the retail versions… Will they also release earlier?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    @16 The numbers correspond to Steams realtime stats of how many people are playing the games. All you have to do is start up one of the 13.

    The ammount of people playing at any one time speeds up the countdown.

    The idea is that Glados have infected those games, and are using our CPUs as we play them, to boot herself back up.

    Rally the troops Steph. Get goin’!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. mojo

    all u have to do is buy the games and play it.
    Important difference.
    nice way of selling shit and saing its candys.

    utter bullshit.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    looks like I wasted my time then :p


    #20 4 years ago
  21. LOLshock94

    can you nerds not wait till Tuesday or Friday

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    Haha Carrot on a stick.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DarkElfa

    What an incredibly smart sales strategy.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Stephany Nunneley

    @18 Rallying to commence!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. someguy2

    Do you have to buy the sack or just one game that’s in it.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. LOLshock94

    retardedest thing ever and all u suckers will suck into this

    #26 4 years ago
  27. someguy2

    @26 It’s not a bad thing. We give money to indie devs and we get to enjoy their game and get Portal 2 early, there’s no harm in that.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. onlineatron


    The only thing ‘retardedest’ about this is your phrasing.

    Play awesome games, get awesome game early.

    I see NO downside!

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    @25 Just one game. Then you log in and stay logged in :P

    However potatoes seem to act like a multiplier, so the more challenges you complete, and the more games you have to get them from, the faster it unlocks.

    The beauty of it is that anyone on Steam should own at least one of these. Super Meat Boy, Defense Grid and Amnesia are definitely value for money at the current prices.

    @28 Play awesome games for very cheap. A lot of these are easily a steal at the original price, now they’re just a steal.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. LOLshock94

    havnt you realized that these indie games are the most selling indie games on steam? why would they want more money

    #30 4 years ago
  31. TaTaTow

    The release date for Germany is now April 19th. (according to amazon Germany)

    #31 4 years ago
  32. DSB

    @30 So, if people have already bought these games, then it isn’t very hard to log in, is it?

    Nobody’s forcing anyone to buy the pack, or to give a shit. That’s purely on you.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. freedoms_stain

    I played 10 mins of Super Meat Boy before I left for the train. My gf’s shitty laptop can run Defense Grid albeit quite poorly. Might try audiosurf on it.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. DSB

    I’m just keeping Defense Grid running in a minimized window with the sound off. You don’t have to play it, you just have to make Steam count it as running.

    Grabbed a few potatoes for good measure. There’s no confirmation that they act as multipliers, but since they bothered to put up the counter, it doesn’t hurt.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Edo…….much……hype……..brain…can’t…take….it..any……more……….. …… … .

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Phoenixblight

    Sorry not gonna support this when it does nothing for those getting the retail version or physical version.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. DSB

    According to the Steam grapevine, simply keeping the game running isn’t enough, you have to actually be playing it over a certain period of time.

    There’s a counter that picks up each collective 48 hours (ie 48 people playing 1 hour = 1 unit) but that’s multiplied by the potatoes gathered for each game.

    So if you have 3 Defense Grid potatoes, that means each hour you play counts for 3.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Psychotext

    I’ve not been following this, how do you grab potatoes?

    #38 4 years ago
  39. szu

    who wants portal on steam for free? I have one to spare.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DSB

    Potato walkthrough here:

    The wiki is pretty messy.

    As far as I know, the only way to keep track of individual potatoes is by checking your Steam community profile and counting as you go along. It does say which game it’s for.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Psychotext

    Thanks. :)

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Old MacDonald

    I’m so impressed that Valve can pull this off. It’s insane. Awesome stuff.

    But I’m going to play Flashback this weekend, so count me out… :)

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Phoenixblight

    I am not sure but it seems to be removing a tenth of a hour of the time every 5 hours at least thats how it has been from when they started to now.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. DSB

    Yeah, it’s kinda hard to gauge.

    It looks to me like all the bars have to fill up for the ball to drop. People on Steam have been organizing to max out “The Wonderful End of the World” as the first one.

    It looks like the number of people grinding is only going up, so I’m hoping for a 48 hour head start. Far from over though.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Phoenixblight


    From 9am to 9pm it has gone from 3.75 days to 3.41. Which is .34 of hour in 12 hours. And the game unlocks at 10am PST for the states so at this rate it won’t be anywhere near midnight. Would be lucky if you get 6am at this rate.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Phoenixblight

    Sorry my bad. The status page is hard codes for the real release date not the updated version. Valve will have to update it them self to show the updated release date.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. DSB

    I think the date to aim for is the 19th.

    The idea is that everybody should be grabbing potatoes, so every bar will fill up exponentially, but judging from the progress so far I kinda doubt that it will accelerate enough to hit the 17th.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. someguy2

    @47 there’s no point in aiming for that date considering it’s the date that the PC version will be released worldwide, I’m thinking Monday hopefully.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. DSB

    @48 I meant aim to beat :)

    I was hoping for the 17th personally, but it’s gonna take a lot of potatoes.

    #49 4 years ago

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