Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative

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Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative
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Developers
Aperture Tag Team
Engines
Source
Release dates
Windows July 15, 2014
macOS (OS X) July 15, 2014
Linux July 15, 2014

Key points

The game has to be installed on the same drive as Portal 2, otherwise the game may fail to start. See Missing background image.
Identical video, input and audio settings as those of Portal 2.
Comes bundled with a built-in level editor along with Steam Workshop support.

General information

Official website
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
All versions require Steam DRM and Portal 2.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -novid command line argument[citation needed]

Localization Files[edit]

To have subtitles translated to a language you need to change Steam to that language. Go to Steam > Properties > Interface > Select Language. Let steam restart and now subtitles will load with the new language.

To have translated menus you need to do the following. Go to your Steam library and right click the game. Select properties. Then the Language tab. Select a language from the drop down menu.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Steam <path-to-game>/aperturetag/cfg/
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <path-to-game>/aperturetag/SAVE/

Save games not loadable from menu[edit]

Only "load last autosave" shows in menu. No load options for previously saved games.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master and music.
Surround sound
4.0, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always on.

Localizations

If you aren't getting subtitles, see no subtitles.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Spanish
Russian
Hungarian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash after logo screens on Linux or OS X[edit]

This happens because of Portal 2 updates
Copy the files from Portal[1]

Missing executable[edit]

Verify Integrity of Game Cache[citation needed]
  1. Go to your Library, find Aperture Tag, right click on it and go to Properties.
  2. Under Local files select Verify Integrity of Game Cache.

Missing background image[edit]

The actual error message being Can't find background image materials/console/startup_loading.vtf
Install Portal 2 and Aperture Tag in the same Steam Library folder[citation needed]
Edit <path-to-game>/gameinfo.txt to use absolute paths[citation needed]

Auto-saved maps still being loaded[edit]

Simply create or load a new chamber[citation needed]

Crashing when publishing a map[edit]

Setting up[citation needed]
  1. Go to your Steam Community profile page then copy your profile link.
  2. Paste your link into the converter then copy the steamID64 value.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>\Aperture Tag\portal2\maps\puzzlemaker\
  4. Replace the folder's name with your 64-bit ID.

Notes

The level editor is only available for Windows.
These steps are only required once per installation.

No subtitles[edit]

Game may default to Steam's chosen language and only show localized closed captions but not subtitles even though language is selected correctly from game's Steam properties.[citation needed]
Change subtitle language[citation needed]
  1. Open Source engine console.
  2. Type cc_lang english

Notes

You may replace english with any supported languages.

Other information[edit]

Console commands[edit]

Games running on the Source engine can utilize Source Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
Enabling the console in Source games[2]
  1. Launch the game
  2. From the main menu, select Options
  3. Select the Keyboard tab
  4. Click the Advanced button
  5. Check the box next to Enable developer console (~)
  6. Click Apply

Notes

Press ~ to open the console.
Some commands may first require enabling "sv_cheats". You can do so by inputting sv_cheats 1 in the console.
Users without a US keyboard could experience some problems.

Launch options[edit]

View this Steam Support Article regarding launch options as well as the relevant Valve Developer wiki page for further information and a list of useful Source engine launch options.
Enabling a launch parameter[citation needed]
  1. Find the game in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input your selected launch options and separate each command with a space
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 3 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 or AMD64X2
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X800
NVIDIA GeForce 7600
Intel HD Graphics 2000
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2.0b support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 2400
NVIDIA 8600M
Intel HD Graphics 3000

References

  1. http://steamcommunity.com/app/280740/discussions/0/611704730323411847/?ctp=2#c451848855001851356
  2. Console Command List - Valve Developer Community