Portal 2, the physics bending puzzle game is finally out and its developer Valve has released a slew of Portal 2 merchandise both in-game for PC gamers and IRL with a variety of new Portal 2 related items like t-shirts and posters in their Valve Store. The stuff in the actual store looks very nice and my favorite shirt is definitely the "Three Turret Moon" t-shirt, it's delightful and I've ordered seven.
But what's even more interesting is the in-game store for PC gamers where microtransactions allow players to deck their multiplayer bots ATLAS and P-body out in new skins, accessories, gestures, and of course, hats. Trading hats in Team Fortress 2, another Valve title, has become almost like an underground marketplace at this point. Players spend as much time playing TF2 as they do trading hats to turn a profit. I doubt Portal 2 will follow the Team Fortress 2 model as Portal 2 isn't primarily a multiplayer game like TF2 is, but it's still interesting to think about as future Portal 2 DLC comes out.
To access the store in Portal 2 all you have to do is go to the menu screen and click "Robot Enrichment". You can customize your bots anytime while playing the game, not just in the main menu. This will allow you to change both ATLAS and P-body's skin, headwear, accessories (flags, glasses, etc), and gestures. The best gesture I've found is the ATLAS Dribble, where he takes his head out of his leg chamber and dribbles it around like a basketball.
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The price of the items are all pretty cheap, ranging from about $1.99 to $4.99. The items in the store aren't tradeable at this time but according to the store the feature will be available soon. It's also important to note that if you're playing multiplayer with someone using Steam on the Playstation 3 they won't be able to see your cool skins, only other PC players.
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