Valve played it cute at tonight’s Game Developers Choice Awards, rigging up a fake Blue Screen Of Death during boss Gabe Newell’s time on stage. Course, it wasn’tjust a BSOD. It also contained some cryptic Portal 2 marketing.
A poster over on Penny Arcade has cracked the code contained within the message (pictured above), a short statement from Valve (or GlaDOS!) buried beneath the jokes lying on the surface. Always pays to have someone able to translate hex to EBCDIC around at a time like this.
Here’s the full translation, thanks to Penny Arcade forum goers:
A fatal exception (S) has occurred at (U)(S) : (P)(E)(N)(D) in (U)(N )(T)((I)) *
(L)(E)(E)(E). The current application will be terminated.
* Press any key to flood the facility with deadly neurotoxins.
* Press CTRL+ALT+DEL again to reinstate testing. You will lose any
Non-vital personnel and their progress through the current test.
Press any key to continue _
So what does it mean?
SUSPEND UNTIL EEE = Us Pending Until e3
Looks like big news is coming at E3
Valve has been creatively hinting at the release of Portal 2 through cryptic messages embedded into the game. This is a great example of viral marketing for games.