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Real sports teams are broadcasting fake sports while we isolate

Sitting in a stadium surrounded by thousands of other folks is the exact opposite of self-isolating. To help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus by preventing large gatherings, sports organizations around the world have been cancelling and postponing their live sports events. All is not lost though, because some are now livestreaming and broadcasting simulated versions of scheduled matches inside games like NHL 20…

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Borderlands 3 is coming to Steam on March 13, and it’ll let you play with Epic folks

The Epic Games Store exclusivity of Borderlands 3 will end on March 13th with a Steam launch, developers Gearbox Software announced today. They had previously said the looter-shooter's exile would end in April 2020 so apparently the Steam launch has been bumped up a bit, now coming exactly six months after the Epic debut. Steamers will be able to join Epiceers in multiplayer to burst…

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It looks like Hostel director Eli Roth will be making the Borderlands film

The long-forgotten Borderlands film might actually be making some headway, as Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted that Eli Roth has joined the team to direct it. Roth is known for making a fair few horror flicks (as well as that one weird family film where Jack Black plays a warlock that saves the world), so, yeah, no idea what his link is with Borderlands really.…

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Borderlands 3’s Broken Hearts Day event starts tomorrow

Rejoice, for one of the capitalist high holidays is upon us. Valentine's Day is this Friday in our world, which means that every one of your online games will need a pink-themed event to keep you grinding for special pink items. This is Borderlands 3, so it involves hearts and shooting because if "guns" were a personality trait, they would be Borderlands'. The Broken Hearts Day…

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For the second year running, the Glaad awards look like they’re missing the mark on celebrating queer representation

Glaad (formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) have brought their media awards back for the 31st year, and for the second year in a row they're recognising video games "for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives". Last year, Jay Castello wrote about how these video…

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Borderlands 3’s first expansion is out now

While every other game is adding snowflakes and presents, Borderlands 3 is skulking off to a dingy old casino ship for its first story expansion. Moxxie's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is out as of yesterday. If you were missing dear dead Jack, he's back in hologram form to berate you as you shoot and loot your way through his derelict money trap.

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A new BioShock is being made at 2K’s new studio

Pretty pop-philosophy FPS series BioShock is to return, 2K announced today, with a new game coming from a new studio. 2K don't reveal even the name of the new game, let alone in which sort of strange city it'll (surely?) be set, but it's official: BioShock is back, baby. 2K have muttered about resurrecting it several times in the years since the release of BioShock…

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Here’s the first 13 minutes of Borderlands 3’s first DLC

Get ready for more gear and more guns. The shoot 'em up and loot 'em up Borderlands 3 has its first actual campaign DLC coming on December 19th, called Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot. You'll apparently be giving up vault hunting for Ocean's-style casino heists by wrecking Handsome Dead Jack's gaudy gambling den. Gearbox have released gameplay footage of the first 13 minutes of…

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Gearbox’s Battleborn shutting down fully in January 2021

Gearbox Software's 2016 flop of an FPS Battleborn now has a clear path to its death. Publishers 2K announced plans to shut down the multi-hyphenate hero shooter's servers in January 2021, rendering the game fully unplayable - singleplayer and all. Battleborn's competitive multiplayer side went free-to-play in June 2017 but the game is now barely played. This is not surprising. You can still download it…

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WWE 2K20 gets a much-needed patch

2K today slapped a patch on the glitching wound of WWE 2K20, hoping the game's juddering body wouldn't phase through a floor then launch into orbit before the process could be completed. The game was mighty buggy when it launched last week, see, and not in subtle ways. Our Matt looked at how fun WWE 2K20 glitches were as long as you weren't the person…

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WWE 2K20 promise a patch for all those wrestling mishaps

Many people, including myself, have only been clued into WWE 2K20’s existence because of some wonderfully gif-able glitches that have been whizzing around the internet like a character model caught in the rapidly-twanging arena ropes. But there are those who actually wanted to play the game as it was intended, and developers Visual Concepts have taken to Twitter to say that they’re aware of the…

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Borderlands 3 Halloween event adds Terror

There's a bit in The Borderlands Show where creative director Paul Sage says he "wants to talk about terror", and for a second it sounds like he's going to launch into a philosophical exploration of fear. The Aristotelian notion of catharsis, perhaps, in which the experience of 'negative' emotion within fiction can cleanse or purify inner emotional trauma. Turns out he actually wants to talk…

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Feature: Putting the fiery coat back on

Borderlands 3’s creative director on funs and guns

It's amazing how quickly you get back into a routine, even when you've been out of it a while. I got to play a bit of the Proving Grounds, one of Borderlands 3's endgame challenges where you run a timed gauntlet and try to survive waves of high-level enemies and/or kill them efficiently. It was like putting on a big explodey coat. Which is not…

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Feature: Hey, teachers, leave those kids alone!

The best tutorials in PC games

I reckon that when I was growing up I spent longer reading the manuals for games than I did playing them. The thicker the better (as the someone said to the etc.), and if it were up to me every game would come with a chunky instruction booklet. The standard these days is the in-game tutorial, and many of them feel like afterthoughts. Either they’re…

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Borderlands 2 gets one last round of looty shooty DLC, free until July 8th

Borderlands 3 is on the way, and developers Gearbox really want everyone to know, so they've launched one final piece of epilogue story DLC for enduringly popular looter-shooter Borderlands 2. Commander Lilith And The Fight For Sanctuary is free until July 8th brings the cast back together (including folks from Tales From The Borderlands) for one last fight.  They've also slashed the price on Borderlands:…

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Borderlands 3 may launch September 13th according to deleted tweet

April Fools silliness, or just a foolish slip-up? Hard to tell, but a message went out from Gearbox's official Borderlands 3 twitter account earlier that was swiftly deleted. "Mayhem is Coming September 13. Pre-order now for the Gold Weapon Skins Pack!" says the tweet, now archived on The Wayback Machine, so you can verify for yourself. Also tweeted was a new video containing the Epic…

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Borderlands 1, 2 and Pre-Sequel remastered for free

Borderlands 3 wasn't the only looty shooty announcement Gearbox and publisher 2K had lined up today. They also announced yet another re-release of the original trilogy (including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel), this time with a few technical improvements, some optional 4k textures and some quality-of-life improvements for the first game. The good news for us PC folks is that if you already own the original Borderlands…

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Feature: Avengers vs Aliens

Have you played… XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen?

My favourite XCOM is XCOM: Enemy Unknown*, a pure and direct, no mess/no fuss modern-day remix of metagame-augmented turn-based tactics. My second-favourite XCOM is the polar opposite, XCOM 2 DLC War Of The Chosen, an absurd explosion of superheroics that throws internal logic to the wind.

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