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Borderlands 2 at PAX East

03.29.12 - Chris Faylor

Borderlands 2 will be playable at PAX East, where attendees will be able to take control of Maya the Siren or Salvador the Gunzerker and explore Caustic Caverns! You'll find Borderlands 2 at the 2K Games booth -- check out the map here. Plus, everyone that plays Borderlands 2 will leave with an exclusive PAX East baseball tee, complete with the Vault logo.

Oh, and don't miss the Gearbox Software panel on Sunday, April 8th at 4:30pm in Manticore Theatre!

For those of you who aren't coming to PAX East, we'll be streaming Borderlands 2 coverage LIVE at twitch.tv/2k. Tune in on Saturday, April 7th from 1 - 4 PM ET and Sunday, April 8th from Noon - 1 PM ET to see exclusive direct feed gameplay and interviews with the team, including Borderlands 2 Creative Director Paul Hellquist, Art Director Jeramy Cooke, Concept Designer Scott Kester, and David "The Voice of Claptrap" Eddings!

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Past, Present and Possible Future

03.28.12 - Chris Faylor

Check out Vox Games' chat with President and CEO Randy Pitchford about the past, present and possible future of Gearbox Software - From 'Half-Life' to 'Borderlands': Gearbox rides the rocket.

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Aliens: CM Press Showing

03.28.12 - Chris Faylor

We recently showed Aliens: Colonial Marines to the press! Check out pictures of the event on the Aliens Facebook, and look for previews and impressions to hit beginning April 4!

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Borderlands 2 PhysX and TXAA

03.26.12 - Chris Faylor

In unveiling its new GeForce GTX 680, NVIDIA invited Gearbox Software to demonstrate the new hardware with Borderlands 2. Check out what the press had to say:

The PC version of Gearbox Software's upcoming Borderlands 2 is set to support many PhysX enhancements. These include water that reacts accurately to a player's movements, rippling and splashing around the environment as you walk through it. Borderlands 2 also makes use of PhysX to render destruction. For example, fire a rocket launcher into the ground, and huge chunks of earth and gravel fly into the air. The resulting debris settles on the floor, where you can kick it around by walking through it. - GameSpot

TXAA is a combination of hardware anti-aliasing, higher (“film style”) quality AA resolve and optional temporal components for increased quality (in TXAA2) ...Not every game will support TXAA right off the bat this coming year, (Borderlands 2 and MechWarrior Online are among a few that already will)... - PC Gamer

At NVIDIA's Editor's Day, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford showed off Borderlands 2 and how it implemented PhysX. Fluids pooled and flowed in complete real-time, and even reacted to explosions -- splashing about into numerous smaller puddles. Cloth materials reacted accordingly to foreign objects, and could even be torn and shredded when fired at. It was quite incredible how these effects could be handled with such relative ease in real-time, when just five years ago it took me several hours to render them for 3D animations on a high-end PC. - Destructoid

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Gearbox at PAX East!

03.22.12 - Chris Faylor

Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines will both be at PAX East! Check out the map here -- you'll find Aliens: Colonial Marines at SEGA and Borderlands 2 at 2K Games.

Oh, and don't miss our our panel Sunday, April 8th at 4:30pm in Manticore Theatre!

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Real-Life Pulse Rifle

03.21.12 - Chris Faylor

Did you know that we have a functional Pulse Rifle on-hand here at Gearbox? You can learn more about it over on the Aliens: Colonial Marines Facebook (facebook.com/aliensgames).

We'll be posting more images and information over time, including (hopefully) a video of it in action.

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Gearbox Roundup

03.19.12 - Chris Faylor

It's a busy time for us here at Gearbox Software!

Here's a quick roundup of the latest news and events:

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On User Research

03.19.12 - Chris Faylor

Recently at SXSW, Gearbox's Stephanie Puri (Focus Test Manager) and Matt Armstrong (Game Designer) hosted a panel to detail the role of user research in our games, particularly in the case of the original Borderlands.

Fortunately for those of us unable to attend the presentation, some press members were in the audience and have written about it:

In addition, you can find the slides from the presentation here.

To learn more about eligibility and requirements for Focus Testing at Gearbox Software, visit gearboxsoftware.com/focus

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Aliens: CM at PAX East

03.14.12 - Chris Faylor

Aliens: Colonial Marines will be at PAX East! We'll have more details before the show kicks off, but one thing's for sure -- you will NOT want to miss this.

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BL2 Pre-Orders

03.13.12 - Chris Faylor

The Borderlands 2 pre-order page (borderlands2.com/preorder) has been updated with the latest international retailers offering Premiere Club access!

That list can also be found on the Gearbox Software Forums in this thread.

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March Mayhem

03.12.12 - Chris Faylor

Vote for Gearbox Software in The Escapist's March Mayhem Tournament!

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Dessert Challenge Throwdown 2012

03.12.12 - Chris Faylor

Building off the success of the annual Gearbox Chili Cook-Off, the culinary competition inside the studio recently expand into the arena of desserts with the first-ever Gearbox Dessert Challenge Throwdown.

The competition was split amongst three categories -- Cake, Cookie, and Misc. Desserts -- each judged on presentation, taste, aroma, texture and creativity.

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Gearbox Shop

03.09.12 - Chris Faylor

Orders for the Lilith Screenprint Poster are now open in the Gearbox Shop, but act fast: only 250 are available!

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Borderlands in the News

03.08.12 - Chris Faylor

There's been a lot of going on with Borderlands and Borderlands 2 recently. Here's a quick rundown, just in case you've missed anything:

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Borderlands Sale on Steam

03.08.12 - Chris Faylor

Save on Borderlands and DLC on Steam as part of the 2K Games Weekend that ends March 12!

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DNF DLC on Mac

03.08.12 - Chris Faylor

The Hail to the Icons Parody Pack and The Doctor Who Cloned Me add-ons for Duke Nukem Forever are now available on Mac via Steam. In addition, Duke Nukem Forever and its DLC are discounted on Steam until 3/12 as part of the 2K Games Weekend!

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Gearbox at SXSW

03.07.12 - Chris Faylor

Attending SXSW in Austin, TX this weekend? Stop by the Gearbox panel on Sunday for some insight into the making of Borderlands and the chance to come away with some swag!

User Research: Lessons from Borderlands
Palmer Events Center
Sunday, March 11 at 11:00am

Matthew Armstrong (Gearbox Software), Stephanie Puri (Gearbox Software)

User research was vital to the success of Borderlands. Puri (User Research Manager) and Armstrong (Creator/Designer/Director of Borderlands) share concrete examples from the development of Borderlands that demonstrate how anyone with a need for information and some creative thinking can get the feedback they need with the resources they have.

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Lilith Screenprint Poster

03.07.12 - Chris Faylor

Orders open in the Gearbox Shop on Friday, March 9 at 11am Central. Only 250 will be available!

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Xbox Live Deal of the Week

03.06.12 - Chris Faylor

All of the downloadable content for Borderlands is half-off on Xbox Live for Gold members until March 12, with some Borderlands avatar items also discounted!

For the discount to take effect, make sure you're signed into an account with Xbox Live Gold!

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Aliens and Borderlands 2 on X-Play

03.05.12 - Chris Faylor

During DICE, Gearbox CEO and President Randy Pitchford sat down with X-Play's Blair Herter to talk about Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands 2. You can check out the segment covering both games by clicking here or the image above.

In addition, an extended Aliens: Colonial Marines interview and extended Borderlands 2 interview are also available for your viewing pleasure.

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