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PaxEast gave us a lot of really cool news, but the Borderlands 3 announcement arguably dominated over everything else. But even as they got excited, fans questioned why Gearbox wanted to wait a week before announcing the pre-order and launch information. Then, as the info dropped they slowly became aware. There was a not-so-small caveat to the PC version’s launch that could have gotten Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchard booed off stage. What announcement could incur the wrath of fans so eager for the new game? What decision could’ve been made with the PC launch that Gearbox feared to announce it live and ruining the momentum of their announcement?

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The Borderlands franchise by developer Gearbox is one of the most beloved First-Person Shooters (FPS) in history. Spawning 3 full games, numerous DLC, an iOS games, and an episode game, a comic series, novels, a new card game, and plans for a movie still in development. PAXEast saw the announcement of the much-anticipated Borderlands 3. Fans were treated to a trailer of the new game at the end of the Gearbox panel as well as a quick rundown by Gearbox leader Randy Pitchford. Did it live up to expectations? If the way fans defended the game from the less-than stellar review by website Polygon, the answer is an enthusiastic “yes!”

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While Lionsgate might be trying to figure out how to do more Hunger Games after the final chapter hits theaters in November later this year, it doesn’t mean they’re not looking for the next Hunger Games franchise to cash in on. Word is that Lionsgate is looking to take everyone to the Borderlands. That’s right, Lionsgate is taking the video game to movie plunge with game developer Gearbox‘s Borderlands video game franchise. (more…)

Surprise, surprise, but another gaming company has themselves in a bit of hot water over how they cater to female gamers. When will they learn it’s not only dudes buying their games. This time it’s the developer Gearbox feeling the fury of gamer girls over the lack of playable female characters in the online multiplayer portion of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

That’s right, in a game based on a franchise that gave us one of the most kick-ass, female warriors, Ripley, you can’t play as a woman when you want to game online. Way to seriously drop the ball, Gearbox.

But here’s hoping this might change before the games February 12th, 2013 release. Fan Melissa K. has started an online petition to make Gearbox aware of their egregious error. Under the username MOOSH89, the petition has already surpassed 2,000 signatures. Here’s their official statement from the petition’s website,

Aliens: Colonial Marines developed by Gearbox Software and published by SEGA is an upcoming First Person Shooter where according to the official website “You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines.”… “Enlist in the Marine Corps: Bringing you a true sequel to James Cameron’s classic Aliens…”… ” An extensive upgrade system allows players to customize their characters to play the way they want”, yet according to Brian Burleson, Producer at GBX, You CANNOT play as a female marine.

While we fully support Gearbox, We would like to request the inclusion of playable females. The ALIENS franchise is dominated by strong females such as Ripley, Vasquez, Ferro, Dietrich and most importantly, The Queen. There is roughly 5-6 months before the game goes Gold and releases February 12th, 2013. We believe ALIENS is the perfect starting pont for developers to start including playable females in more multiplayer shooters. And what better company to start this than Gearbox with the success of Borderlands and the benchmark shooter Brothers in Arms? There are many females that enjoy playing video games and are fans of the films who are tired of playing as a male all the time. Lets let Gearbox Software see how important this is to the ALIENS franchise!

What we want is the ability to create a CUSTOM female to represent ourselves just like the men can, in Multiplayer/Co-op in order for us to “Become a Colonial Marine” as well as accurately represent the other half of the United States Colonial Marine Corps!

I don’t believe the omission of a customizable female character was intentional by Gearbox, it’s an unfortunate oversight and sadly one we see more often than not. But it would be a great first step towards remedying the disparaging lack of options for female gamers.

Want to add you name to list of over 2,500 signatures? Sign the petition here.

Source: Gamespot via TDW: Geeks

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As we all know, Duke Nukem Forever is finally, and I mean FINALLY coming out next year (even though it doesn’t have a set release date) and it seems that some fans of Duke wanted us to get pumped and ready for the 13+ year developed game.

The Duke: Fate of Humanity is a short live action clip that was made to pay homage to Gearbox for making Forever possible and playable for all. It’s done well and I think it does it’s job well as a teaser to get us wanting Duke.

If you got a few minutes to spare then I highly recommend you check this clip out and see if you start asking yourself if a live action Duke Nukem flick would be awesome… as long as it’s not directed by Uwe Boll.

Source: Destructoid

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Yes folks, if you still don’t believe it, Duke Nukem Forever will finally come out. After 13 years of developmental hell, publishing hell, and who knows what else was thrown in front of Duke, we will finally be able to see the ass kicking character on our 360, PS3, and PC. When you ask? Well it seems that retailers are “predicting” for a February 1st, 2011 release date for the game.

At the moment, Gearbox has commented that it is a placeholder and personally I hope it is because I want the game to come out in April. Why? It’s because it was April of 1997 when the game was first announced so why not make it a complete 14 years for the game to finally be released. Any of you readers excited for the game to finally come out or do you think the game will be crap and won’t play it at all? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

Source: Kotaku