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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

With souped-up graphics and processing power, Playstation 4 and Xbox One will bring us one step closer to truly “cinematic” video games. But could game developers’ long quest to emulate silver-screen cool actually limit the creative potential of next-generation console titles?

This question came to mind after the recent burst of publicity for Destiny and Titanfall, two of the “most anticipated” next-gen games. They are also both science fiction titles — a gaming genre that leans especially heavily on Hollywood-derived tropes.

A quick glance at the current console era shows just how often such games mimic cinematic sci-fi — and how limiting that approach can be when designers with a blank virtual slate fall back on the constrained conventions of film.

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2K Games Announces Borderlands 2 for 2012

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2K Games Announces Borderlands 2 for 2012

In an announcement today, 2K Games revealed that a sequel to the highly successful RPG/FPS hybrid Borderlands is in the works, set for release during the next fiscal year.

Few details have been released, but Borderlands 2 is slated for release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms, with new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons, and equipment.  It will also feature new, unexplored areas of Pandora for players to discover.

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A Claptrap Style Proposal

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A Claptrap Style Proposal

Like most gamers, I start a relationship carefully, not showing my full geeky-nees until a few months in.  That wasn’t the case for Borderland and Gearbox fan Ben.  He had written to Gearbox, explaining that he and his girlfriend Tora loved playing through Borderlands.  Ben wondered if Gearbox could help him pop the question.

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Of course you can’t have an epic proposal video without the reaction.

(Warning, the audio is super loud on this video, you may want to turn it down)

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Stuff like this is what makes some developers miles ahead of others…could anyone see EA doing this? I think not.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Love ‘em or Hate ‘em characters

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Top 5 Love ‘em or Hate ‘em characters

I have been seeing lots of videos for Bulletstorm and I have been hearing a lot of very different opinions about it.  Some people can’t think of anything greater than a game that gives you points for how creatively you can shoot a man in his kibbles and bits.  However, some people can’t get past the ridiculous machismo that the protagonist spews at an astounding rate.

With people already drawing lines in the sand on whether they love or hate the main character, I decided on this weeks Top 5 Love ‘em or Hate ‘em Characters.

5)Claptrap

I'm dancing, I'm daaancing!

The dancing robot who just can’t shut up helped us throughout our journey in Gearbox’s over the top shooter Borderlands.  Debuting in some pretty funny shorts, “Uprights!”, he helped jump start the hype that grew around Borderlands.  Once the game began Claptrap decided his favorite place to be was “all up in your face”.

If your tolerance for hearing “I’m dancing, I’m dancing” and still thinking it is hilarious is high, then you still love Claptrap.  Many gamers, however, could not stomach him.

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2k Games and Gearbox giving out early access to Duke Nukem Demo

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2k Games and Gearbox giving out early access to Duke Nukem Demo

“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of gum.” Just hearing that in my head brings back memories.  Memories of guns, strippers, and dead aliens. Now, more than 12 years later, our favorite badass is coming back into our households thanks to 2k Games and Gearbox Software.

On October 12th, 2kGames will be selling Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition.  Buying that game will give you access to the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club.

“Entry into this exclusive club will provide fans with the earliest possible admittance to the Duke Nukem Forever playable demo and more. When the demo releases prior to the retail launch of the game, this select group of First Access Club members will be the first to play it and experience the life of the King of All Shooters. Hail to the King, baby!”

Borderlands is already a badass game itself and bundling it with Duke Nukem Forever early demo access makes the deal even sweeter (or badassy-er?).

Full press release past the break.

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Borderlands DLC – Claptrap New Robot Revolution Screens

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Borderlands DLC – Claptrap New Robot Revolution Screens

Don’t you just love those games that come so highly recommend that you are told to buy immediately. Then of course you start to question said friend’s instruction and decide you’ll rent it instead. Figuring that you’ll only need the game for 5 days. Only to discover shortly after you rental period is up that you friend was right. Unfortunately  that’s what I did with Borderlands, shortly after my rental time I dragged my cheap ass to the my local Game Stop.

Well it appears Borderlands is far from over with Gearbox’s continual support with DLC. Check out the screenshots below from Borderlands latest DLC: Claptrap New Robot Revolution.

Top 5 Things to do in a Wasteland

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Top 5 Things to do in a Wasteland

Wastelands seem to be the hottest trend in gaming right now, with games such as Rage, Fallout: New Vegas, and Borderlands exploring the arid climate that used to belong exclusively to Mad Max.  Even movies have been jumping on the trend, with The Road and The Book of Eli showing us that Vigo Mortenson can sure grow a beard and Denzel is still the coolest guy around.  With the newest Fallout right around the bend and Rage not to far behind that I thought it was time to do a Top 5 Things to do in a Nuclear Wasteland.

5) Find a Hobby

Mad Max's Hobby is making sweaters for his dog

With the world around you deteriorating into mass chaos, what better time is there to become really good at one particular thing?  Maybe that thing is building cars that can spirit you away from approaching raiders.  Maybe that thing is building guns to blast said raiders in the head.  Or maybe you have found your own little piece of wasteland paradise and can now spend your days painting desert landscapes.  It’s all up to you.

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Borderlands PC updates to 1.30

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Borderlands PC updates to 1.30

Gearbox has finally gotten around to releasing a much needed patch for the PC version of Borderlands.  The patch includes a few balance changes and some much needed fixes for items in the game. One fix that some PC gamers might not like is the game will no longer load invalid weapons into the game. With a lot of gamers taking advantage of the modding capabilities the game offers, some might want to wait on updating.  The patch arrives the same day as the DLC, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, is released for PC. See below for the list of things being fixed in the patch.

Addressed issues:

  • Invalid weapons or items can no longer be loaded into the game
  • Brick’s Centurion class mods now regenerate health correctly
  • Brick’s Bombardier class mods now regenerate rockets correctly
  • Roland’s Tactician class mods now regenerate shields correctly and display the correct bonus values
  • Roand’s Rifleman class mods now apply damage increase to all machine guns
  • Certain powerful legendary item names should now be displayed in the appropriate color
  • Opening the bank in the Mad Moxxi DLC no longer prevents other players from moving
  • Multiple copies of DLC missions can no longer be obtained
  • Corrected some incorrect icons in the ammo vendor
  • Fixed a crash caused by killing the final boss while zoomed in with a scope
  • The “Careful, he bites” achievement should now properly unlock when playing in French
  • Added icons to the server browser that indicate which DLCs the server has installed
  • The server browser now displays the name of the DLC a server is playing instead of the plot mission
  • Adjusted scrolling in menu options in long server lists
  • Added a notification if a player attempts to continue a game saved in DLC that is no longer installed
  • Fixed DLC notification dialogs that were not closing properly
  • Alt-F4 no longer closes the game if it is not in focus

Balance adjustments:

  • Chests in New Haven have been adjusted to contain more appropriate loot
  • The duration of daze effects has been reduced to 6 seconds, and the amount by which it decreases the speed of enemies and their projectiles has been reduced
  • Damage from shock elemental effects has been increased
  • Repeater pistol damage has been slightly increased, accuracy slightly decreased
  • Sniper Rifle critical hit bonus has been increased
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