I was just wondering if The Final Hours of Portal 2 is available somehow for people who don't own an iPad?

Thank you!

EDIT: It is now possible to get it on Steam : http://store.steampowered.com/app/104600/

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    I'm torn, is this really still Game related?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 26, 2011 at 20:43
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    It's clearly game-related, but loosely gaming-related. I'd be OK with allowing it. Apr 26, 2011 at 21:09
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    This is fine. There are dozens of questions that are purely lore related and not really "gaming" questions themselves.
    – Nick T
    Apr 26, 2011 at 21:52
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    @GnomeSlice Shopping advice is "should I get this? will I like it? what's my best choice?" Shopping advice wouldn't be off-topic if it could be objectively answered. This has been objectively answered. Ergo, it's not shopping advice. It isn't even asking for advice, let alone the shopping variety. May 9, 2013 at 4:03
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    Can't we all just get along?
    – GnomeSlice
    May 11, 2013 at 22:46

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Straight from The Final Hours of:

Q: Why would you make this for iPad? I don’t own an iPad but really want to read it. It’s not fair!

A: I know this will be a frequent question. I started with iPad because I love the device; in many ways it helped inspire me to write this story. It’s a good platform to publish log-form journalism with multimedia elements. But I do realize that iPads are expensive to own and many Valve fans may not have one. If the iPad version is somewhat successful I am committed to getting this story onto other platforms. I appreciate your patience.

But Geoff Keighley changes his mind quickly so he fixed your problem by making it available through Steam.

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And just to mess with my answer, they even removed the top part of my answer from the site's FAQ. But I guess we don't care ;-)

  • Ping. This is no longer true
    – juan
    May 18, 2011 at 1:50
  • Should we delete it @Juan?
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 18, 2011 at 4:33
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    I think editing it to reflect the current reality is better. I didn't want to do it myself because it's changing the entire post, and I wanted to let you write it in your style :)
    – juan
    May 18, 2011 at 12:32

Directly from Geoff Keighley twitter channel, couple of hours ago he said

To everyone asking, YES, you'll be able to experience Final Hours of Portal 2 on other platforms soon! Thanks for your interest.

So it is just a matter of time now.

UPDATE: Portal 2 - Final Hours is now available on Steam (Mac/PC platforms)


This was covered in another answer. The app is essentially using .pngs, so if you were desperate, I imagine you could open the app that you've downloaded from iTunes and peruse the PNGs at your leisure.

Check out the comments on the answer here:

Was GLaDOS Initially Too Mean For Portal 2

chrismear said: You can buy it, unzip the application file, and all the pages are just PNGs, so you can read it without an iPad. Not the best experience, but at least the content is accessible.

  • Actually, it isn't just using .pngs. It's an interactive experience.
    – user56
    May 3, 2011 at 21:58

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