Are there any stories that go deeper into these the histories and purposes of locations like Black Mesa and Aperture?
- Location: Upper Michigan
- Purpose: Originally created as a shower curtain manufacturer by a successful shower curtain salesman, the company eventually evolved "into an experimental physics research institution and a bitter rival of Black Mesa" after the owner became deathly ill and brain-damaged.
- Location: A city called "Black Mesa" in New Mexico
- Purpose: Helmed by the U.S. Government, Black Mesa conducts research in various theoretical and applied science fields.
Valve had a "GLaDOS Terminal" set up at www.aperturescience.com for a long time. With the right logon and commands you could see a compressed history of Aperture Science. It appears to be gone now (replaced by a Christmas video) but you can still access it here. Type
login, Use the username
cjohnson and the password
tier3 to log in, then issue the