"The Enrichment Center reminds you that the Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you and, in fact, cannot speak. In the event that the Weighted Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice."
                                                               - GLaDOS

     For my third art project of the year, I made a replica of the Weighted Companion Cube from the video-game Portal. I'm a huge fan of the games, and, like all Portal fans, I especially loved the Companion Cube.

    For anyone who hasn't played Portal, the game revolves around an artificial intelligence program called GLaDOS making the player, represented by a character named Chell, solve tests. These tests often involve lasers, potentially lethal falls, or GLaDOS's favourite, neurotoxin. Chell is equipped with a gun that shoots both an orange and a blue portal. When both portals are active, you can enter one and come out the other.

    In one level of the game, GLaDOS gives Chell a Weighted Companion Cube, which she has to take with her through the entire level. At the end of that test chamber, the player is forced to throw their Companion Cube into an incinerator, destroying it.

    I based my version of the companion cube off of a tutorial I found here. I started with six 11"x11" squares of foam core, and glued them into the shape of a cube. Originally, I wasn't sure if glue would be strong enough, and tried to attach them by placing paper clips in between the layers of the foam core. However, I realized that lining them up was very difficult when trying this method, and so I switched to using glue. Now that the project is finished, the glue has proven to be more than strong enough.

    After creating the cube shape, I cut out the eight corner pieces, and folded and glued them together. After I had glued them onto the cube, I found a YouTube video which had suggested to reinforce the corners by putting newspaper between them and the cube. I regretted not finding the video earlier, but by this point it was too late to do anything. While gluing the corners on, I also debated whether or not I was going to add the edge pieces. As you can see in the picture below, the Weighted Companion Cube created by the game designers has raised pieces along the edges which my version lacks.
    I decided not to add in the edge pieces for a number of reasons. I couldn't find any very good online templates, and it would have been very time-consuming. Because there was a deadline for this project, I didn't want to waste time cutting out, folding, assembling, and gluing on twelve edge pieces.

    When I'd attached the corners, I started painting the cube. The only real problem I ran into while painting was getting the colour right. The grey from the bottle had a slight greenish tinge to it, which I didn't want to use for my companion cube. I mixed my own grey out of black and white paint, which worked fine.

    The Companion Cube used in Portal is designed to replicate a human's weight. Obviously, my hollow and miniaturized version is mostly air. The entire thing probably weighs only a pound or two at most. Therefore, I say that my creation is an UNWeighted Companion Cube.

    Overall, I'm extremely happy with my Companion Cube. There are versions of the Companion Cube all over the internet, ranging from replicas like mine to plush version to fuzzy dice. I'm definitely looking forward to creating more Portal-based artwork. Maybe I'll crochet a Companion Cube next...
 


Comments

05/23/2012 5:28am

What is that Cube?

Reply
06/04/2012 12:43am

Excellent! I admire all the helpful data you've shared in your articles. I'm looking forward for more helpful articles from you. :)

Joseph Aidan
www.arielmed.com

Reply
07/12/2012 7:50pm

This is of course brilliant information sharing is a major contribution, I would like to add your blog anyway, so please continue to share with us. Good job I love your work is really great, it really helped me in my research.

Reply
07/17/2012 1:28pm

Hiya! Wonderful weblog! I happen to be a daily visitor to your website (somewhat a lot more like addict ) of this site. Just wanted to say I appreciate your blogs and am looking forward for much more to come!

Reply
07/20/2012 6:57pm

have been harvesting adequately h2o to lessen its reliance on municipal supplies.EarthCheck CEO Steward Moore stated the pursuing of Sandal achievements,his accomplishment high

Reply
09/11/2012 6:43pm

I have read your article, I am very much impressed because you way of explanation quite good and very informative. And one more thing I have got to know that everyone has a different style to write the article, but I must say your article sounds very good.

<a href="http://www.tulleeho.org">internet savvy</a>
www.tulleeho.org

Reply
02/07/2013 10:38pm

Whoa. That was a great report. Please preserve writing mainly because I love your style.

Reply
02/07/2013 10:38pm

Interesting thoughts, just wanted to mention I came from Google.

Reply
02/07/2013 10:39pm

Wow! I am really impressed by the way you detailed out everything. It is really going to help me a lot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts so clearly.

Reply
02/07/2013 10:40pm

I could not resist commenting. Very well written!#####

Reply
03/14/2013 5:45am

This cube that you have made for the comparison and research looks amazing and I like the idea of your research. Before reading your article, I didn’t know that the games are made this way. Thank you for providing this information.

Reply
04/08/2013 9:59am

designers has raised pieces along the edges which my version lacks.

Reply
04/25/2013 3:41pm

This is such a great website to search for different opinions of people from all over the world. Thanks very much for the great contribution.

Reply
04/30/2013 3:19am

When someone writes an paragraph he/she maintains the thought of a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware of it. Therefore that's why this paragraph is great. Thanks!

Reply
06/12/2013 3:57am

The companion cube is truly a great game and it was really great to know about your art project which was replica of companion cube. I personally think it is a difficult job to prepare a companion cube and it’s great that you succeeded in making companion cube replica.

Reply
06/20/2013 6:50pm

This is such a great website to search for different opinions of people from all over the world. Thanks very much for the great contribution.

Reply
07/08/2013 1:09am

The companion cube is truly a great game and it was really great to know about your art project which was replica of companion cube. I personally think it is a difficult job to prepare a companion cube and it’s great that you succeeded in making companion cube replica.

Reply
08/29/2013 1:27am

The companion cube is truly a great game and it was really great to know about your art project which was replica of companion cube. I personally think it is a difficult job to prepare a companion cube and it’s great that you succeeded in making companion cube replica.

Reply
09/02/2013 6:32pm

First time reading this blog, just wanted to say hi.

Reply
01/30/2014 8:09pm

One more thing. In my opinion that there are quite a few travel insurance websites of respectable companies that let you enter your holiday details and find you the insurance quotes. You can also purchase your international travel insurance policy on the internet by using your own credit card. Everything you need to do would be to enter your travel details and you can begin to see the plans side-by-side. Just find the plan that suits your allowance and needs after which it use your credit card to buy the idea. Travel insurance on the web is a good way to begin looking for a reliable company to get international travel cover. Thanks for giving your ideas.

Reply
02/06/2014 12:15pm

I've come across that right now, more and more people will be attracted to cams and the area of photography. However, like a photographer, you will need to first spend so much period deciding the model of photographic camera to buy and moving via store to store just so you could buy the most economical camera of the brand you have decided to pick out. But it isn't going to end now there. You also have to take into account whether you should obtain a digital video camera extended warranty. Thx for the good points I gathered from your web site.

Reply



Leave a Reply