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I believe in the original Portal there was an achievement for knocking down all the cameras. It doesn't look like there's a related achievement in Portal 2. Does knocking down the cameras have any effect (aside from nostalgia?)

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The only thing I've noted so far was that in co-op I attempted to fire a portal at an unportable wall, and GLaDOS said "don't do that. humans do that", or words to that effect. – user821 Apr 19 '11 at 22:56
Taunting in front of the cameras in co-op (a few times) yields an achievement – Nick T Apr 20 '11 at 0:45
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There doesn't appear to be an achievement for removing cameras in Portal 2. I wondered the same thing. It is, however, fun to watch them burn with the lasers. I don't think there was a fun way to destroy cameras and other objects in the original Portal.

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Other than the material emancipation grid and or incinerator? – Raven Dreamer Apr 19 '11 at 23:21
Yeah but it's just walking through the grid and then disintegration. With incineration, it just disappears. Now with the lasers there's a bit of burning before an explosion for those of us who enjoy the dark pleasure of destroying turrets and cameras. Still in the middle of the game somewhere so I can't comment on any other fun destroyable objects that may lie in the levels ahead. :P – Melanie Shebel Apr 20 '11 at 2:41
I once gathered all boxes, milk cartons and tin cans from a level to drop them down the incinerator. Then I fell down myself and died. Guess what, the items weren't destroyed. Does that mean her pieces weren't destroyed either? You simply cannot trust anything in that game. – Uskok May 11 '11 at 20:00

It has no effect, and as far as I can tell GLaDOS never reacts to you breaking the cameras; there is a related achievement in Chapter 8 where you're challenged to break monitors, however.

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I guess Glados is beyond caring about cameras at this point :) – ripper234 Apr 22 '11 at 15:49

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