Adventures in the life of a gorram nerd

Chell at PAX Prime

Last month, I went to PAX Prime* (!!!). My buddy scored tickets at the last minute and surprised me (and I had been having the worst week ever so it was extra special). I had been wanting to do a Chell** cosplay for awhile, so this seemed like a good opportunity. Most of the items were purchased from Amazon. I made the boots with a tutorial here.

Here is Chell from the video game:

Chell Portal Aperture science laboratories  long fall longfall boots portal gun PAX Prime 2015

And this is me. In the picture on the left, I have just used a portal to come out of the wall. I borrowed my other friend’s light up Portal gun (because of course he had a light up Portal gun… and it made the portal noises).

Here are the boots up close.

In the game, she uses a companion cube to assist while solving the puzzle.

Chell Portal Aperture science laboratories long fall longfall boots portal gun PAX Prime 2015 Companion Cube Fusible interfacing

I made a companion cube shirt for my buddy, using fusible interfacing. It has the cube on both the front and back.

Chell Portal Aperture science laboratories long fall longfall boots portal gun PAX Prime 2015 Companion Cube Fusible interfacing

In the game, she uses the gun to move the companion cube, so here I am moving my friend.

Chell Portal Aperture science laboratories long fall longfall boots portal gun PAX Prime 2015 Companion Cube Fusible interfacing

Probably the coolest moment was when we were at the Alienware booth and the booth person had a Valve lanyard (Valve is who makes the Portal games). He said “you need this more than I do” and gave me his lanyard, which did complete the outfit. Including an Alienware pin (I love Alienware).

 

*PAX Prime – Penny Arcade Expo. It’s a massive gaming convention located in Seattle that sells out in about 7 minutes. It’s sort of a pilgrimage that all gamers/geeks/nerds must someday take. This is the main convention in Seattle. There are 2 others, but it’s not like a Comicon where each city has its own.

**Chell – Character from the video game Portal. It’s a puzzle game where you’re trying to get out of locked rooms. Chell uses her portal gun to create portals and go through walls/floors/etc. Her longfall boots allow her to safely fall long distances.

 

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