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Duke Nukem

Gearbox owns Duke Nukem following lawsuit


Rights dispute settled out of court
Aug 22
// Kyle MacGregor
The legal battle between Gearbox Software, 3D Realms, and Interceptor Entertainment over the Duke Nukem franchise has ended, leaving Gearbox the "full and rightful owner" of the property. To avoid going to court over the disp...
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Gearbox

Furious 4 became Battleborn, but Gearbox plans for a new Brothers in Arms


Like Duke Nukem, it will continue
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
"Has Gearbox Software dropped Brothers in Arms: Furious 4?" Jordan asked over three years ago. Yes. Furious 4 dropped the Brothers in Arms brand and then morphed into a new game entirely, Battleborn. Hot on the heels of Randy...
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Randy Pitchford

Randy Pitchford on Gearbox's success: 'some people are sadists'


'A less sophisticated mind'
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
"You may know us from such quality games as Aliens Colonial Marines," Randy Pitchford opened with during his keynote at the Develop conference in Brighton. Oh boy. Pitchford goes on in his speech to boast of the accompli...
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Duke Nuken, forever

Pitchford: Gearbox concepting 'head-turning' new Duke Nukem


Duke Nukem, forever
Jul 16
// Steven Hansen
Lost in the litany of angry questions about bald-faced lies and dogs 69ing Gearbox's Randy Pitchford recently faced in an open Twitter Q&A: the contents of Pitchford's preceding keynote at the Develop conference. "I did n...

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#AssCandy

Did they think an open Twitter Q&A for Randy Pitchford would go well?


#AskRandy
Jul 14
// Steven Hansen
This morning, the Develop Conference tweeted, "Question for @DuvalMagic [Gearbox's Randy Pitchford]? tweet us and we'll put the question to him for the Q&A. Use the hashtag #askrandy." Unfortunately for Develop, people on...
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2K

2K announces more info for Battleborn, campaign supports co-op


'Hobby Grade'
Jun 04
// Chris Carter
Before we talk about Battleborn, let's remember this tweet from Randy Pitchford. Possibly one of the best examples of marketing gone wrong, the hype train leaving the station with missing brakes, a sale so desperat...
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Borderlands

Legendary weapons now drop three times as often in Borderlands


Orange you glad you're still playing?
May 27
// Brett Makedonski
While dedicated players still roam the fringes of the Borderlands, Gearbox has been playing the part of mad scientist. Or, at least normal scientist. The developer's been toying with the way that legendary drops function in t...
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Borderlands

Borderlands creator leaves Gearbox, abandons his baby


Left on the church steps, crying in the rain. How could they?
Apr 20
// Joe Parlock
It looks like Borderlands is going through a pretty rough time at the moment. Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch left Gearbox back in January, and Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia closed its doors for good last week. I ...
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Interior decoration

A ridiculously gaudy living room set for one big Borderlands fan


Some of it's pretty neat, though
Apr 15
// Brett Makedonski
Avid Borderlands players thrive on the thrill of picking up a rare and unique gun. 2K's triggering that same dopamine effect for one lucky fan with a one-of-a-kind living room set. The winner better like the color gold....
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Gearbox

Gearbox details process for importing saves into the Borderlands Handsome Collection


From old to current-gen
Mar 18
// Chris Carter
When you pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection later this month, you'll have the opportunity to transfer your old save file for both included titles. It's actually pretty easy this time around, as all you'll need ...
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Borderlands bug

Borderlands players: Don't go grinding purple hauls


Please stick to the commons and the blues that you're used to
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: A patch released in November added the option to grind three purples. Therefore, this is not as useless of a bug as originally thought.] Anyone that plans to hop around the moons of Pandora today might want to t...
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Borderlands 3

Gearbox 'ready to start' Borderlands 3, begins hiring process


This could be you, apparently!
Jan 25
// Mike Cosimano
During the official Borderlands panel at PAX South, Gearbox chief Randy Pitchford confirmed the company was "ready to start" production on a new game in the franchise, later taking to Twitter with an open call to developers l...
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Borderlands

Good lord, this $400 Borderlands edition has a Claptrap that's controlled with a mobile app


That's damn expensive and damn cool
Jan 20
// Brett Makedonski
Most high-end special editions of games come with the same sort of tchotchkes -- maybe a figurine, an art book -- that sort of stuff. 2K is raising the bar when it comes to limited editions, both in terms of content and pric...
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Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel with cross-saves
Rumors have circulated for months that Gearbox Software's Borderlands would be the recipient of some sort of upgraded port to current consoles. In fact, speculation was so strong that it was more a matter of what titles...

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Borderlands

These are the most popular Borderlands characters


As decided by the fans
Jan 08
// Mike Cosimano
Per the official Borderlands Twitter account, Krieg, Claptrap, and Tiny Tina are the series' most popular characters amongst Borderlands fans. There's no clear indication which character received the most votes, but I wager C...
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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega outs Gearbox for lying in Aliens: Colonial Marines case


The plot thickens
Sep 04
// Brittany Vincent
Sega has released a statement placing the majority of the blame for the misrepresentation of Aliens: Colonial Marines to customers firmly on Gearbox, especially Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Sega has alleged that Gearbox did i...
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Borderlands

Gearbox announces Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass info


It's Gearbox, you knew a Season Pass was coming
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Another Borderlands, another set of DLC. Today, Gearbox announced their plans for the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, which yet again includes four add-ons. They will be comprised of new missions and characters,...
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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega agrees to settle in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit


Gearbox found crying by the toilet talking about how 'no one understands art'
Aug 13
// Brittany Vincent
Sega of America has tentatively agreed to pay out $1.25 million to settle a class-action suit brought against it and Gearbox Software that claimed the two companies falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by using fake ga...
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Gearbox

Gearbox thinks it should be dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit


Gearbox throws Sega under the bus
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
Last year a class action lawsuit was filed against Sega and Gearbox accusing the companies that the press demo shown at E3 of Aliens: Colonial Marines was not indicative of the final product and was misleading. Gearbox has re...
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Thunder butts and meat popsicles
I got my hands on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel recently, and I've got some hot info on the new mechanics, and one of the new player characters, Athena the Gladiator. The game's new Stingray vehicle has a neat trick to it, the...

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Alien: Isolation

It looks like people really dug Alien: Isolation at E3 2014


Check out the E3 Accolades trailer
Jun 26
// Brittany Vincent
Another day, another bit of info about Alien: Isolation. I already know I want to buy it. I don't honestly need trailer after trailer with tiny morsels of gameplay. I'm about ready to jump right in, especially after Steven's...
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Check out the new trailer
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been dated, and that date is October 14th, 2014. Of course, bonus content will be arriving along with that launch, and the "Shock Drop Slaughter Pit" has been announced, which allows peop...

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Watch along: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel playthrough


15-minute video
May 27
// Dale North
Are you down for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? Here's a great way to see it: a 15-minute narrated walkthrough. This comes right from PAX East 2014 earlier this year, narrated by James Lopez of Gearbox Software and Joel Eschler of 2K Australia. They go full co-op, showing off the new Pandora's moon set.  This article of ours on The Pre-Sequel makes for a good companion to the video.
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Borderlands 2 PS Vita bundle available May 6


Game available separately a week later
Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sony has announced a release date for the Borderlands 2 PlayStation Vita bundle today via PlayStation Blog. The bundle, which marks the first release of the handheld's slimmer hardware redesign in North America, will be avai...
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Duke Nukem

3D Realms asserts it still owns Duke Nukem in Answer to Gearbox's lawsuit


'Round and 'round we go...
Mar 26
// Brett Makedonski
In response to Gearbox Software filing a Complaint against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem trademark, 3D Realms (along with Defendants Apogee Software and Interceptor Entertainment) submi...

What was 3D Realms thinking with the Duke Nukem fiasco?

Feb 25 // Brett Makedonski
The entire issue stems from a February 2, 2010 asset purchase agreement in which Gearbox bought the Duke Nukem IP from 3D Realms “except for very limited exceptions.” These exceptions are for the re-issuing of past games, such as the recent release of Duke Nukem 3D on Steam. Outside of that, Gearbox has the rights and control of the future direction of Duke Nukem. Despite this contract being in place, Gearbox alleges that 3D Realms then went and licensed the franchise to Interceptor to create Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. Gearbox is suing for, among other things, a permanent injunction to prevent this game from being released. It’s difficult to imagine Interceptor as anything more than an unknowing pawn in this entire ordeal -- a developer that thought it was making a legal deal because how should it know the company that was selling something didn’t actually own it? That doesn’t explain the actions of 3D Realms, though. Given the details of the asset purchase agreement, it seems clear-cut that it had no right to make this deal. Did 3D Realms think it was being sneaky and that Gearbox would never find out? Because of the companies’ history of litigation, did it want to try to stick it to Gearbox any way it could, legal ramifications be damned? Is 3D Realms just that hard-up for money that it knowingly brokered an illegal contract to have some cash in the short-term? Unless 3D Realms has a side of the story that’s wildly different than Gearbox’s, it looks like it simply put its middle finger in the air. Again, it’s all conjecture at this point, but how could these actions possibly be explained? This unsavory approach reeks of a developer that had one idea more than a decade ago and can’t move past it. However, even if 3D Realms wanted to sell, why on earth did Interceptor want to buy? The Duke Nukem brand is not in good shape right now. After the throttling Duke Nukem Forever took, there might not be a worse IP to invest in right now. The entire “rude and crude” crutch that the series depends on has aged so poorly that it’s not viable for Duke Nukem to be a successful character in 2014. The majority of the targeted audience for Duke Nuke can be broken up into two camps -- those that grew up with the franchise, and a younger crowd that reacts in kind to its trademark humor. The former has mostly matured beyond what Duke Nukem is willing to offer. That was clearly apparent given Duke Nukem Forever’s reception. The latter has absolutely no allegiance to the brand. They didn’t grow up with Duke Nukem, so the name rings evokes no sentimental emotions from them. There’s a sliver of people still fond of the franchise, but that group’s so small that it’s not feasible to market a large-scale game solely to them. The wise thing for Interceptor to do would have been to create its own IP. That way, it would have been afforded the opportunity to mold a character and world that would have stood a chance right out the gate. Duke Nukem is absolute poison in 2014. It’s going to take a miraculous effort that vastly changes the series’ core tenets to make it relevant again. To boot, Interceptor wouldn’t have had to pay any licensing fees, as frivolous as they may have ended up being. At the end of the day, it seems like Gearbox is going to come out of this one smelling like roses. Although, why didn’t it let Interceptor put out Mass Destruction and then sue for royalties? It surely would’ve been more simple to collect a check than to permanently prevent a game’s release. In the Complaint, Gearbox requests statutory damages as well as punitive damages -- the latter awarded for conduct that is found to be willful and wanton. Gearbox is smart to take this approach, the reasoning being two-fold. First, assuming that it’s successful in its litigation, it’s less of a gamble to seek these damages than to try to take a percentage of what a game sells. No one knows how Mass Destruction could be received, and if it absolutely tanks (which is certainly within the realm of possibility), there might not be much money at all to draw from. Second, by obtaining the injunction, Gearbox gets to maintain full control over its property. Duke Nukem might not have much of a reputation right now, but you’d be hard-pressed to fault Gearbox for not wanting someone else to further screw that up. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that Gearbox knows that neither of these two companies has the type of money to be able to satisfy any sort of judgment that’s awarded against them. With punitives in the mix, it has the potential to be very high. If this is the case, Gearbox is likely posturing itself to be able to obtain the work that’s already done on Mass Destruction in a sheriff’s sale -- similar to what Nintendo recently did. The saga of this game is probably far from over, and I’d be surprised if we don’t eventually see it released under Gearbox’s banner. We’ll have to wait a while for the court proceedings to play out before we know what kind of resolution this ultimately has. The preliminary evidence all points in Gearbox’s favor, though. However, this could’ve all been avoided if 3D Realms and Interceptor hadn’t made such terrible decisions in the first place. Poor showing, guys.
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Interceptor's not off the hook either
With this week’s news that Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem property, it raises the question – exactly what the hell are 3D Realms and I...

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Duke Nukem

Gearbox files suit against 3D Realms over Duke Nukem IP


Gearbox alleges unauthorized use
Feb 24
// Brett Makedonski
Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit in United States Federal Court against both 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment, alleging that the two colluded to use the Duke Nukem trademark and copyright unlawfully, and ...
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Borderlands

Headhunter Pack 4 hits Borderlands 2 next week


Love (and bullets) in the air
Feb 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
The fourth installment in the Borderlands 2 series of "Headhunter" DLC expansions will be releasing next week. Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre has been announced by 2K as arriving on February 11 for...
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Deals

Amazon has the BioShock Triple Pack on PC for $15


Required playing
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
As part of its Black Friday deals week, Amazon has five noteworthy discounts on digitally-distributed PC games, including BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite bundled together for $15. It was not long ago that I was th...
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Gearbox lawsuit

3D Realms drops its Duke Nukem lawsuit against Gearbox


One down, Colonial Marines to go
Sep 13
// Brett Makedonski
Earlier this year, 3D Realms filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software, alleging more than $2 million in unpaid royalties from Duke Nukem Forever. A mere few months later, the parties have now stipulated to the dismissal with ...

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