Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Portal: Prelude!

Posted by Nicolas (permalink)

Today, it's been exactly one year since we first released Portal: Prelude. It was a hell of a year, but even if there's still some people discovering or playing the mod for the first time right now as I write, things highly cooled down.

We tried to calculate the total download count, but this is just too hard to do after one year. Some websites have gone down, some websites don't count downloads, some others resetted their counters and some didn't even changed for a few months. There was an approximate additionnal 200,000 downloads during the last 25 weeks, which means people still download the mod on an average basis of 1150 times a day. That's still a good score.

According to statistics and extrapolations, the mod was approximately downloaded 1,000,000 times since the release. But that still doesn't count magazines, sharing websites and peer to peer softwares, which probably represent at least 50% more players. I guess you, people, liked what we did. So, thanks, and if you don't get what I'm talking about, refer yourself to the 'Reminder' article.

31 comment(s)


 October 9, 2009 9:40 PM, Blogger Koen said :
Then let me the first of 2 000 000 people to congratulate you.

 October 9, 2009 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :

 October 10, 2009 12:05 AM, Blogger Gamer_Z. said :

 October 10, 2009 1:32 AM, Anonymous ydna said :
Congratulations, good job, and I sincerely hope to see more. ^^

What else would I say? I've got nothing to complain.

 October 10, 2009 1:38 AM, Blogger ToBa said :
Follow this blog since a year but downloaded the mod just 2 hours ago. I played till chamber 5 so far, I guess you can call me kind of a casual gamer. But as far as I can judge all this, you did a great job. I have to congratulate! And to thank!

 October 10, 2009 9:11 AM, Anonymous Erick Cano said :
I loved Portal, and Portal:prelude is a dream. Thank you for making it.
Hope to see more from you, like I hate mountains.

 October 10, 2009 5:13 PM, Blogger Mr.Yeah said :
It was a great time while playing Portal and Portal: Prelude.

 October 10, 2009 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :


 October 11, 2009 4:21 PM, Anonymous Nolog said :
I just finished PP for the first time.

It was a great job, congratulations.

 October 11, 2009 9:38 PM, Blogger AnimaguS said :
awesome job guys!

 October 18, 2009 10:27 PM, Blogger nCom said :
It's been a while since I played Portal: Prelude, but I can still remember it's awesomeness. Happy Birthday! Thank you for your hard work creating this mod, it has been worth it!
Keep up the good work with I Hate Mountains. let me taste some of the CAKE.

 October 27, 2009 8:06 AM, Anonymous Redhawk[KR] said :
I'm Rly Late But
P.S Can u update Subtitle File In next Week?[I'll Resend u Korean Subtitle File]

 October 28, 2009 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Ok, i just went on this website so i hawe question-will "Portal Prelude" overwrite original portal or i can play prelude and orginal?

 October 28, 2009 6:30 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
It will leave Portal alone, don't worry.

 November 4, 2009 1:27 PM, Blogger Ben said :
I just want to say, I love this mod and you're a sadistic bastard. The puzzles aren't too hard to figure out, but you need the precision of a machine to pull them off. I am a better man for this mod, thank you.

 November 19, 2009 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
I have instaled Portal: Prelude, and it has been placed into my Sourcemods. However every time I try to play the game, I get the Warning sign and the Intro music, but then the game kicks me to my desktop and says that hl2.exe has stopped working.

I have tried to figure out what went wrong but I am unable to figure it out. The exact same thing happened when I tried to instal Portal: The Flash Version into my Portal maps incorrectly... However I am sure that I read the instructions right and installed the game right, but cannot play it.

I can be reached at either or

Thank you!

-Flame Warden Lunash

 November 22, 2009 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Nevermind. The game works just fine now.

-Flame Warden Lunash

 November 25, 2009 9:46 AM, Anonymous Charles said :
Congrats guys. Loved the mod for many months now :D

 November 30, 2009 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :

I've just finished playing the mod and I really like it.

Thank you!

-Darth Postal

 December 9, 2009 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Nice! I'm downloading it now :)

 December 13, 2009 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Congratulations, PP is a very polished and thorough mod that has the feel of a professional release. A joy to play if somewhat frustrating (but that's sort of the point really).

Thank you.

Bandwidth Bandito

 December 17, 2009 1:12 PM, Anonymous Davo said :
Congratulations: fantastic mod! Learned some new creative thinking (with portals!) and some greatly varied gameplay.

 December 21, 2009 4:41 AM, Anonymous HARVESTO said :
I've just reached the test chamber 6 and all I want to say is: you guys are SICK! Levels are waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too tough!! By the way, I love it. Thanks.

 December 31, 2009 11:29 AM, OpenID dirt-andpretty said :
Those download stats might be slightly skewed since I know ~SOME~ of us have installed/uninstalled/re-installed/uninstalled/re-installed a few times. Congrats though.

 January 1, 2010 3:08 AM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Yeah, probably, but that doesn't represent a large chunk compared to one million downloads.

 January 3, 2010 7:19 AM, Blogger Tony said :
I'm one of those people coming to Portal: Prelude for the first time. Grabbed Portal cheap in the holiday Steam sells and went looking for some user content.

Looks like I hit paydirt; thanks for all the hard work guys.

 January 19, 2010 6:14 PM, Blogger jakey-pie said :
I'm one of those people coming to Portal: Prelude for the first time. i love it i just installed it and it's a dream! please make more Portal - Other games mod please!

 January 21, 2010 4:21 PM, Anonymous Twyzer said :
I have found this mod just now. Looks cool :D

 March 8, 2010 1:27 PM, Anonymous Kieran said :
this mod was fun, and stumped me at times. even though i saw a walkthrough before playing. im putting up a (what i hope to come out as) mod of portal to tell what happens afterwards. there is a bit of a jump between the end of portal and the beginning of this mod, but i can explain if you want.

 March 20, 2010 5:41 PM, Anonymous Cesarcsrf said :
this was a triumph!

 April 4, 2010 12:17 PM, Blogger Cyh said :
You must be happy that VALVe's game isn't a prequel, but a sequel! Congrats on being awesome!

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