Wouldn't you like to see....
We've played Portal in all its fun cake infused glory. Its fun and amazing, and the technology behind it is quiet useful and interesting.
So here is my proposition for using similar concepts in Natural Selection.
Phase gates, and Infantry Portals are the first things that come to my mind as benefiting from using portal tech. I remember times where I rappidly mashed my Use key to warp to the right place via phase gate and either killed a teamate by warping inside him or got chopped while getting my barings after the warp.
What to do?
Why not have a max limit of four phase gates per map. When you go up to one phase gate and hit the Use key it brings up a portal two way door way to the existing phase gates, four portals if there are four phase gates, one if theres only one etc. These portals are simple two way portal doorways aranged around in a circle or square like fashion around the phase gate. You can look through them. You can shoot through them, and go through them. But these portals only stay open for four seconds so you can't camp with them. Then they recharge for four seconds, rinse and repeat. This helps because A) You can see where your going before hand B) You can shoot at where your going before hand, and C) No exploding teamates with your existance.
Can Kharaa go through phase gate two way portals? Why yes they can, so be smart with using it.
Infantry Portals would use it in a specific fashion to stop spawn camping. First you start in a room, it could look like a ship hanger, dropship, asthetics don't matter, all that matters is that you have your gun and your in a safe place. Then you go to a button. You press it. A one way portal opens up to an infantry portal. You can shoot throught, you can jump through, and they can't come in. It stays open as long as you need to exit it. The portal faces only one direction, so Kharaa can camp the back of the IP and chomp it, there by closing the portal.
These are just some thoughts about possibilities and they seem to be very Marine side oriented. So if you have any good ideas for Portal tech for Kharaa or Marine your thoughts and speculations are just as valid as mine. Personally, I think portals are very cool when used in moderation and could make NS2 a very interesting and fun game.
You are really good at killing things. I'm impressed.