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What does it takes to transform that twinkle in someone's eye into a fully realized playable character like Borderlands 2's Salvador the Gunzerker?

To find out more about that process, I spoke with some of the folks responsible for his inception and realization...

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PAX Easter Egg Winners

06.22.12 - Chris Faylor

Because the final day of PAX East 2012 happened to coincide with Easter, we thought we'd have some fun by hiding some Gearbox Easter Eggs around the convention. Each egg contained a slip of paper with a code that, when redeemed on the listed web site, entered that person into a contest to get their name of choice in either Aliens: Colonial Marines or Borderlands 2 as an easter egg.

Today, we're announcing the winners along with a look at how they'll appear in-game:

  • Aliens: Colonial Marines Grand Prize Winner - James B. of Texas ("Civ. Crow")
  • Borderlands 2 Grand Prize Winner - Christopher M. of New York ("Johnny Waffles")

James and Christopher will also be receiving a free copy of the game they appear in, and our five runner-ups -- Edwin C., Kevin T., Paul S., Tony D. and Andrew C. -- will receive their choice of Aliens: Colonial Marines or Borderlands 2 upon release.

Keep an eye out for Civ. Crow and Johnny Waffles in your future adventures, and be sure to watch Gearboxity as well as our Twitter and Facebook for more contests in the future!

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In the Box: Meet Brad Sierzega

06.20.12 - Chris Faylor

Each and every thing we do at Gearbox Software is the work of a team that's comprised of extremely passionate and talented individuals.

With "In the Box" we'll be spotlighting those hard-working individuals to learn more about what they do, how they got to be where they are, and what advice they have for those looking to follow in their footsteps.

Today we talk with Brad Sierzega who, as a Multiplayer Level Designer on Aliens: Colonial Marines, helped create the multiplayer maps previewed at PAX East and E3 2012. Check it out!

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Full Borderlands 2 E3 Gameplay Videos

06.15.12 - Chris Faylor

Above is one of the new Borderlands 2 gameplay walkthroughs released today -- check them all out here!

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E3 2012 Roundup

06.14.12 - Chris Faylor

Now that E3 has come to a close, we've rounded up more of the new Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines previews that emerged from the show:

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Best of E3

06.13.12 - Chris Faylor

Borderlands 2 awarded "Best Shooter of E3 2012" by Game Informer!

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Claptrap Goes to E3

06.11.12 - Chris Faylor

Claptrap had quite an adventure at E3 2012, and thanks to the GameSpot crew, you can re-live the experience here.

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E3 2012, Pt. 3

06.07.12 - Chris Faylor

As the third and final day of E3 2012 drew to a close, we started running out of space to display our awards and nominations. Here's the latest batch of Aliens: Colonail Marines and Borderlands 2 previews:

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E3 2012, Pt. 2

06.06.12 - Chris Faylor

The latest on Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands 2, straight from E3:

  • Aliens: Colonial Marines Hands-On Preview
      New at E3 is the outdoor map, Origin … a much more open map than the previously revealed environment.
  • Borderlands 2: Zer0 Gameplay Video
      Gearbox's Randy Pitchford narrates a loot-filled Walkthrough of Borderlands 2 and debuts the sniper class character, Zer0.
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines Preview
      Lurking from above and skittering along the walls, the developers methodically stalked their human prey, waiting to pounce at the opportune moment. The drastically different style of gameplay was fascinating, and seeing it from the other side had me dying to get some hands-on time with the aliens.
  • In Praise of Cartoon Violence: Borderlands 2 at E3 2012
      blue skyscrapers, bright red and yellow mechs looming large, and changing pace from the first game’s endless deserts. All the while, the game’s new arch-villain, Handsome Jack, taunts the player with snarky banter.
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines E3 2012 Gameplay Video
      The scary world of Aliens comes back alive in Aliens: Colonial Marine. Watch Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford tell Kevin Pereira all about how the story game together. Check it out in our Aliens: Colonial Marine E3 2012 gameplay demo video.
  • Hands On - Exploring Borderlands 2
      In 2K'S E3 hands-on session with Borderlands 2, the returning co-op gameplay was very much in demand. The assembled journalists were able to play new characters Zer0 (yes, with a zero) the Assassin, and Axon the Commando, and this session specifically showcased a new multi-stage, objective-based co-op.
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E3 2012, Pt. 1

06.05.12 - Chris Faylor

The first day of E3 2012 has come to a close, with tons of new Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines previews beginning to make the rounds. Here's a glimpse of the action:

  • Borderlands 2 E3 Gameplay Demo
      Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford joins Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb to discuss the sequel to Borderlands in this world premiere Borderlands 2 E3 2012 gameplay demo video.
  • Wii U - Aliens: Colonial Marines Developer Interview
      Learn more about the unique and exciting features coming in the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines.
  • Borderlands 2 Preview: Playing the Assassin
      The Assassin felt like the most skill-based of Borderlands 2’s classes, because precision shooting had such a dramatic impact. By comparison, the Gunzerker, who can dual-wield weapons, and the Commando, who can drop down automated turrets, were more about widespread damage output and support.
  • #SegaE3 - Aliens: Colonial Marines
      The demo features four loadouts to dispatch the Alien threat, including the Pump Shotgun, Pulse Rifle, and Assault Rifle – all with their own underbarrel options.
  • Borderlands 2 in PlayStation Home
      PlayStation 3 owners can visit the E3 Booth in Home this week to get more information on Borderlands 2, complete a photo quest with Salvador and Maya, and earn wearable costumes for Zer0 and Maya!
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines Video Interview
      New multiplayer details and footage, including your first glimpse of an all-new multiplayer map!
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Off to E3 2012

06.02.12 - Chris Faylor

E3 2012 is upon us, and Gearbox Software will be there with Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands 2!

Members of the press will be going hands-on with both games and experiencing new never-before-seen content, so be on the look out for new details and previews all week!

Also, be sure to keep an eye on the Gearbox Software Twitter -- we'll be updating with the latest happenings and pictures straight from the show!

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Mordecai Screenprint Poster

06.02.12 - Chris Faylor

The latest screenprint poster in the Gearbox Shop features Mordecai from Borderlands!

Better act fast, only 250 will be available...

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