Serenaded by a Portal turret

Fans have banded together to create a bunch of Portal turret-themed videos for the unofficial "Turret Week".

Fans have banded together to create a bunch of Portal turret-themed videos for the unofficial "Turret Week".

If we had to pick just one thing that demonstrates the brilliance of Portal, we'd pick the turrets. Yes, really. They're faceless, expressionless little robots with little robot voices that shouldn't be able to demonstrate (or inspire) the range of emotion that they do — and yet, somehow they can induce a gamut of feelings, from delighted glee to poignant sadness.

Last month, Valve released the Source Filmmaker (SFM) on Steam — the tool that Valve uses to make in-game movies inside the Source game engine.

Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilising the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment, so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.

Basically, it gives everyone access to Valve's movie-making tools and assets, and we love them for it — and so do a lot of other people. Last week saw the first Valve theme week for the SFM: Turret Week.

Entries came in from amateurs all the way through to professionals, creating a playlist of 39 short videos all about turrets.

The video below came from BioWare cinematic designer Zachariah Scott (Ronaldthecock on YouTube), who submitted a total of 13 videos to the playlist. It shows a single, lonesome turret playing "Turret Wife Serenade" from the Portal 2 soundtrack all by himself (well, to a security camera).

There are so many brilliant creations in the playlist that we were hard pressed to choose just one to showcase — do yourself a favour and go take a look at all of them.

Featured Video

Why do so many of us still buy cars with off-road abilities?

Cities are full of cars like the Subaru XV that can drive off-road but will never see any challenging terrain. What drives us to buy cars with these abilities when we don't really need them most of the time?

by Drew Stearne