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Portal 2 sales hit 3 million

By David Jenkins

Thu 23 Jun 2011 7:45am GMT / 3:45am EDT / 12:45am PDT

Sequel success is proof that educational games sell, says Valve's Newell

Worldwide sales for Portal 2 have reached 3 million units, according to Valve co-founder Gabe Newell.

Newell was speaking at the Games for Learning Institute's Games for Change conference, where according to Gamasutra he revealed the figures to an audience of educators - while discussing how the game could teach lessons about physics.

The figures presumably include Steam sales and suggest the game will eventually outsell the 4 million sales (not including Steam) of the original. Although direct comparisons are difficult given that the first Portal was initially sold only as part of The Orange Box compilation.

Portal 2 has been one of the most critically acclaimed games of the year, with a uniform 95 per cent score for each of its three formats on Metacritic.

The game enjoyed two weeks at number one in the UK, where it kept Warner's Mortal Kombat reboot from the number one slot. In the US though the situation was reversed.

Valve's game was not without controversy though, with many PC users venting their anger at the game being a console port by purposefully marking down the user review scores on Metacritic.

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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I wonder, if Mr. Newell spoke before parliament, had he claimed Portal 2 teaches its players about governance efficiency?

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James Prendergast Research Chemist

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@ Klaus, surely you meant to say "teaches its players about the pitfalls of forming alliances too quickly" :)

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Jaakko Heinonen Student - Computer Science

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@Mr. Prendergast Now now, most important teaching was that Power Corrupts.

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Dmitriy Yazovitskiy Internal Communications, Wargaming.Net

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Seeing 'Portal 2' and 'console port' in one sentence makes me cringe...

As for the sales, I'm assuming this is only retail. I find it hard to believe that it takes Portal 2 two months to make 3 mil, while Medal of Honor made 2 in the first two weeks after launch.
Portal 2 appeals to a much wider audience after all.

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James Prendergast Research Chemist

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@ Jaakko,

Haha, well, i'm sure it wouldn't hurt me. Just plug me into the mainframe and it'll turn out okay!


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