Seeds of the word portal came from Latin, meaning a gate.

The word has grown from that simple definition over the years, so it means not only a gate. A portal can also be a door, a simple opening, or an entryway to anything. Current definitions aren’t limited to hollow openings. In medical definitions especially, the term portal doesn’t mean an airy gateway, rather a location where subtances pass.

Most of the world has been exposed to the idea of a portal from teevee shows or movies. Science fiction has taken the idea of a portal to mean a teleportation device. Within the broad category of sci-fi, there are time portals, space portals, and yes portals in which trash is discarded.


There is a fun offshoot of this idea of a portal being a passageway to somewhere else. It has to do with one of the most popular video games of all time, Portal.

A fantastic puzzle game, it involves traveling from place to place and solving problems while manipulating portals. Despite being a relatively short game, it requires some brainpower to strategically maneuver through the world.

And, let’s not forget, the game was successful enough to spawn a second version: Portal 2.

If the first iteration wasn’t enough, a person could renew the thrill with the next. Like entering another place, through a passageway…or something.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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