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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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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? Apr 19, 2011 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 Apr 20, 2011 at 2:41
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    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, 2011 at 20:00
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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, 2011 at 15:49

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