We all know about companion cubes. There’s Wheatley and of course the cores that are used to jam up Central AIs. If these cores didn’t exist we all would have been dead from Neurotoxin a long time ago!
The first personality cores were introduced in the first Portal game, but I think the most memorable and more well-known ones are in Portal 2.
In Portal the morality, curiosity, and anger core are thrown into an incinerator in order to defeat GlaDOS. In a tragic twist of fate, it turns out that this isn’t the last time personality cores are necessary. Let’s make this into a list as opposed to a giant essay style narrative on spherical AIs.
The morality core has to be one of my favorite cores…not only because it represents everything that STOPS GLaDOS from killing Chell, but also because it stays blissfully quiet when you are carrying it around. The space core is cute and all, but when it takes you a long time to get that little sucker on Wheatley, he can get annoying. “Space space? Space. Wanna go to space.” The morality core is the first one to be incinerated, and it just so happens that losing her sense of morality makes GLaDOS want to start pumping out that neurotoxin. There has been a lot of speculation that the loss of the morality core is what allows GLaDOS to be such a bi-scuit in the second portal game. I’m not sure if I believe this because I’d be pretty vindictive too if someone caused me to implode.
After incinerating the first core, the curiosity core is the next one to go. It doesn’t really do much except be an annoying little bugger. He just asks looks around and asks where he is going (hint hint, curiosity core– your death)
The last core to go is the anger core. I don’t really have much to say other than he…or she…growls. It’s funny because it’s suppose to embody anger- and people don’t usually growl when they are angry. I always thought it would be yelling profanities or insulting Chell (kind of like how GLaDOS does), but growling is an extremity of anger. You’d have to make me pretty angry to get me to growl, or you’d have to get near me when I’m playing games ^_^”
A core that some people don’t count is the cake core. It’s a cake recipe rambling, cute little ball of blue! It looks like it could be a prototype of Wheatley. This cake is seen before the credits of Portal, and is my favorite one…for obvious reasons (the cake is not a lie to me)
Crossing into Portal 2, we have what are called- the Corrupted Cores.
They were thrown away because they are seen as just that- corrupted, and therefore incapable of doing their…core duties.
Space Core…he’s the first up for obvious reasons (he’s the first one you attach to Wheatley) I’m not going to lie- he’s freaking adorable and his space antics are the best. SPAAAAACE. I used to have an app that would recite all of his sayings and I had some fun annoying the hell out of people. Point is his love of space and his hyper-ness makes him an instant fan favorite. Everyone’s happy and laughs when he gets flung into space with Wheatley, but we all feel a pang of guilt to hear him say , quote on quote “Don’t like space. Don’t like space. It’s too big. Too big. Wanna go home. Wanna go to earth.” Ah! The feels.
Then there’s the adventure core…or Rick, if you want to refer to him by his self assigned name. I think he’s funny in a way. He thinks he has the need to protect Chell from the “manly adventure” she is facing at the moment even though she has been dealing with testing and near death experiences FOREVER. Not to mention the fact that he’s a useless sphere of junk that tries to hit on Chell and act all chivalrous. Indiana Jones Core.
Last of the cores- but certainly not least- BECAUSE HE IS SO HARD TO ATTACH TO WHEATLEY!!! – is the Fact core. He’d be an unbearable prick if it hadn’t been for the fact (lol) that all his “facts” were complete bullshit. Later on when I would replay Portal 2 and was actually good at the boss battle, I would still stall the fact core part because I liked to listen to him.
As a bonus, I don’t know if this counts, but Wheatley is the Intelligence Dampening Core! I tagged this on at the end, sorry for the abruptness.
Which is your favorite core? Least favorite core? Talk about it!