Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grill

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*ATLAS and P-body
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| designer=Scott Klintworthhttp//www.nekorb.com/ Scott Klintworth's official website
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{{Quote|Please be advised that a noticeable taste of blood is not part of any test protocol but is an unintended side effect of the Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grill, which may, in semi-rare cases, emancipate dental fillings, crowns, tooth enamel, and teeth.|GLaDOS|Portal}}

The '''Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grill''', also known as '''Emancipation Grid''', '''Portal Fizzler''', or simply '''Fizzler''',''Portal'' commentary is a testing element and anti-thievery enforcement generally featured directly before the conclusion of a Testing Track|test chamber in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center|Enrichment Center.

In test chambers, the grills serve as a means of challenge and resourceful thinking, whereas in administrative areas and at the entrance of the Central AI Chamber in ''Portal'', it is used to prevent staff from stealing Aperture products. It also is very dangerous, as it can emancipate dental fillings, tooth crowns, tooth enamel, teeth, and ear tubes. (tympanostomy tubes)

== Overview ==
FileEmancipation grill office.jpg|thumb|200px|A grill guarding a maintenance area in ''Portal 2''.

During gameplay, the grills serve to reset any Teleportation|portals produced by the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device|Portal Device, as when the player passes through a grill, the portals evaporate. In that way, each new test chamber is started with a clean portal network, and must use their assets properly within that section of the Testing Track|testing area. They also prevent test subjects from teleporting back to previous test chambers.

The grill's primary purpose is to vaporize unauthorized equipment to avoid stealing of products such as the Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Weighted Storage Cubes, Aperture Science Weighted Pivot Cube|Discouragement Redirection Cubes, and Aperture Science Sentry Turret|Turrets, and to prevent them being taken into subsequent test chambers.

In ''Portal'', the grill's emitters are two curved emitters with two blue stripes running horizontally along the center of the emitters. they emit blue/white particles. 

In ''Portal 2'', the grill's emitters are also two curved emitters but have a blue stripe running vertically down the sides which disperse the fluid-like field. The field can be contained through the slides surrounding its emitters, rather than deactivating. Strangely, the broken grill found in one test chamber emits particles similar to those of the original grill from ''Portal'', implying that the field emitted by the grill is the same, but has been altered somehow.

Prototypes from the middle 20th century stages of the grills were used throughout the Aperture Science Innovators' Enrichment Shafts when testing the Mobility Gels. The prototypes featured several emitters along each side to provide the stable grill and a barrier field. Some objects such as the squared metal panels found in the maintenance area before the first Rocket Sentry are not affected by the Emancipation Grill. This is likely a developer's oversight, since the player has no reason to take these panels in the following offices.

When an object is vaporized through the grill, it turns black and begins flaking pieces of itself, slowly hovering in mid-air before disintegrating in a loud distorted noise. In ''Portal'' however, disintegration effects are silent. The effect is similar to the effect witnessed when objects are hit with the Energy Ball fired from an OSIPR|pulse rifle in ''Half-Life 2''.

In ''Portal'', GLaDOS states that it "emancipates" dental fillings, crowns, tooth enamel, and teeth, but only in "semi-rare cases". She also states that a noticeable taste of blood may occur, although this is an unintended side effect. The Aperture Science Announcement System|Announcer in ''Portal 2'' adds to this by stating that it may also emancipate ear tubes, which will cause a test subject to feel liquid running down their neck. If this happens, the test subject is to relax, lie on their back, and apply immediate pressure to their temples.

FileGlados room fizzler.jpg|A grill in ''Portal'', right before the Central AI Chamber.|thumb|200px

Rockets fired by Rocket Sentry|Rocket Sentries can also be vaporized when passing through the grill, but will before disappearing, turn on themselves at a high speed instead of slowly hovering. When clipboards are vaporized through this element, they do not emit any fire or spark and vanish upon contact with the first wall. Each time Chell passes through a Material Emancipation Grill, the Portal Device will be shaken and the light on its body is turned off until fired again, indicating that all portals have been reset.

When being put through a grill, a Aperture Science Sentry Turret|Turret will emit a long "owowowowow" yell before vaporizing, whether it is disabled or not. When a Aperture Science Radio|radio passes through the Material Emancipation Grill, its music stops as the radio disintegrates. Since the March 2010 updates made to ''Portal'' as part of the Portal ARG|ARG, the radio now has fizzling sounds ("dinosaur_fizzle.wav", "dinosaur_fizzle2.wav", and "dinosaur_fizzle3.wav") when disintegrating. These sounds are typical throughout ''Portal 2'' whenever any object is fizzled.

As seen on FileBorealis plans 02.png|one of its blueprints, the ''Borealis'' contains a Material Emancipation Grill.

== Behind the scenes ==
FileFizzle early.jpg|Early Material Emancipation Grill.|thumb|150px

*The ''Portal Prima Guide'', the ''Portal'' subtitles and FileBorealis plans 02.png|one of the ''Borealis''’ blueprints refer to the term "Grid" instead of "Grill". "Grid" is used once in a subtitle through GLaDOS, while she pronounces "Grill" in-game. The subtitle token names also use the term "Grid". This suggests the term was originally "Grid", changed later to "Grill".

*Despite ''Portal'' having a common problem with the subtitles and it's Prima Guide constantly referring to the Grills as "Grids", the mistake of using both "Grid" and "Grill" occurred yet again throughout ''Portal 2'', even pronounced within the developer commentaries itself by http//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,264697/ Bronwen Grimes when explaining the changes of the design. And since the developer commentaries are usually made after a game's development is finished, it renders that "Grid" may not only be an alternate name, but a more official name rather than "Grill".

*According to http//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,228048/ Garret Rickey, the combination of the Material Emancipation Grills and the elevators serve a dual purpose. They provide a clearly identifiable end-point for each Test Chamber, while also addressing the more practical problem of how to keep players from portaling across level loads, eventually leading to the integration of Material Emancipation Grills in the tests themselves.

== Trivia ==
*The track "Taste of Blood" in the Portal soundtrack|''Portal'' soundtrack is a reference to the Material Emancipation Grill.
*There is a bug in ''Portal 2'' co-op that allows transporting testing elements through the Material Emancipation Grill. One robot should stay in the Material Emancipation Grill while another robot should give him/her the testing element.{{YouTube|cogmG4E_KPQ|''Portal 2'' Emancipation Grid Glitch}}
*In ''Portal'', any irrelevant NPCs spawned from ''Half-Life 2'' will also be vaporized by the grill.

== Gallery ==
===''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''===

FileBorealis plans 02.png|The grill as mentioned on the Borealis blueprints.

=== ''Portal'' ===

FileMaterial Emancipation Grid trailer.jpg|Another early version of the Grill, shown in "http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5paXrfkYmI Orientation Video no. 1."
FileElevator tchmb8.jpg|The grill as featured before an elevator at the end of Test Chamber 08.
FileTestchmb15.jpg|Emancipation grill as seen in Test Chamber 15.
FileSpeaker system and grid.jpg|The grill before a door and a Aperture Science Speaker System|Speaker System device in an office area.

==== ''Portal 2'' ====

FileSp a2 fizzler intro0002.jpg|The grill in Test Chamber 08 of GLaDOS' Testing Track (Portal 2)|GLaDOS' testing tracks, resembling one of the earlier development stages of the grill in ''Portal''.
FileEarly Grill Test Shaft 09.jpg|The 50s Grill as seen in Test Shaft 09.
FilePortal2 2011-05-27 23-15-31-37.jpg|Ditto.
FileDetailed Aperture Science Material Emanicpation Grill Portal 2 .jpg|Ditto, detail.
FilePortal2 2011-05-28 21-08-23-40.jpg|50s grill before an elevator as seen in Test Shaft 09.
FilePortal2 2011-05-28 21-36-05-40.jpg|70s grill as seen in Pump Station Gamma in Test Shaft 09.

== List of appearances ==
* ''Portal'' {{1st}}
* ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' {{C|''Borealis'' blueprints only}}
* ''Portal First Slice''
* ''Portal Still Alive'' {{Nc}}
* ''Portal 2''
* ''The Final Hours of Portal 2''

== References ==

CategoryAperture Science technology
CategoryAperture Science testing elements
CategoryScott Klintworth designs
CategoryPortal 2