Been getting emails and YouTube comments with some reasonable questions. You might want to check my General FAQ first for camera/software related stuff.
In regard to breaking Portal story canon: Outside Aperture was first written before the story of Portal 1 was retconned with the Party Associate dragging you back into the facility. In the first ending, Chell blacks out on the asphalt of Aperture Laboratories’ parking lot, her future (and pulse) completely unknown. Also of course, this happened before anything Portal 2. Unfortunately I was not able to finish the film before Portal 2′s release.
We took the route of her waking up, and finding an apartment on the Aperture Laboratories campus, which would still have power in 200X due to Aperture’s significant nuclear power plants. As for it being stocked with food—I’d expect that everyday life at Aperture kind of froze on the Bring Your Daughter To Work Day massacre. (where did Ratmann get his beans?)
Also brought up was that Chell’s apartment needed to be coated in moon dust, a la Portal 2′s conversion gel. The games in the past, and Portal 2 itself show us this is not true. In Portal 1 during the ‘Escape’ levels and before that in the Rattman dens, you could portal over any way as long as it was flat. Exceptional rust and dirt didn’t prevent portal placement. Also note in Portal 2 that the oldest test chambers had portal-able surfaces constructed before the moon landing.
In regard to the Portal timeline’s crossover with the Combine Invasion of Half-Life, a small homage to this (a Citadel out the window, combine soldiers running by outside) was originally included in early iterations of the script, but it turned out to be so obscure and on uncertain ground canonically that we omitted it.
As for her cyborg leg attachments, they fell off after defeating GLaDOS according to the Portal 2: Rat Lab comic. Also, no Long Fall Boots. This is assuming Portal 2 never happened.
The mural that Chell draws in the end was written before any knowledge of Doug Ratmann. It was commonly assumed back then that the murals were made by Chell herself, having been restored from GLaDOS’s backup multiple times to do the same tests again.
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