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News Blips: Portal 2′s “Perpetual Testing Initiative,” Torchlight 2 pre-orders go live, and The Old Republic expands

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I recently discovered that the entire series run of Charles in Charge is available to stream on Hulu. I'm enjoying it, but if I can't stop humming that theme song soon, it might start affecting my work.

News Blips:

Developer Valve has announced a free Portal 2 update coming to Steam for PC and Mac on May 8. It's a map editor, but Valve being Valve, they're calling it the "Perpetual Testing Initiative." The PTI will allow players to create, edit, and share their brainbusting masterpieces without leaving the game. Once published, levels will go straight to the Steam Workshop, where other gamers will reduce your hours of hard work to a series of two- or three-word comments. It'll probably be better than that. [GamesBeat]

The next step in anticipating this summer's release of Torchlight II begins today; pre-orders for the PC action-RPG are now live. Players have a couple of options of where to drop their $19.99, each with their own bonuses. Ordering the game directly from the official site will get you a key to the closed beta of upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter when it launches later this year. Steam is running its own deal and is offering pre-orderers a free copy of the first game to tide them over until the sequel launches.

Say hello to the new boy in the neighborhood: BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic is now available in 38 more countries. Good news if you live in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen: you may start building that Zabrak Smuggler you've been dreaming of. Gamers in the new territories may purchase either the Standard or Digital Deluxe editions from participating retailers or publisher Electronic Arts' digital distribution platform, Origin, and full details are available at the game's buy page. Be careful, though; MMOs have a habit of taking charge of our days and our nigh–GET OUT OF MY HEAD.


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