Gearbox ‘wouldn’t go union’ for Borderlands 3 — so Troy Baker couldn’t voice Rhys

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Gearbox ‘wouldn’t go union’ for Borderlands 3 — so Troy Baker couldn’t voice Rhys

Tales from the Borderlands actor Troy Baker, who played Rhys Strongfork in Telltale Games’ adventure game, “turned down” the role in Borderlands 3, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said earlier this year. But what he left out was that it was because Gearbox reportedly refused a union agreement that would allow Baker to work on the game.

Baker told VG247 that he turned down the role because Gearbox “wouldn’t go union.”

Duke Nukem 3D composer suing Gearbox over the game’s music

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Duke Nukem 3D composer suing Gearbox over the game’s music

Composer Bobby Prince is suing Gearbox and its CEO, Randy Pitchford, for using the Duke Nukem 3D music without proper acquisition. Valve Corporation is also being sued for distributing Duke Nukem 3D World Tour on Steam and allegedly ignoring a takedown notice from Prince. The composer is asking for “maximum statutory damages per infringement.”

Prince composed the music for Duke Nukem 3D, which was released in 1996, and its sound effects and “dialog recordings,” according to the lawsuit filed in Tennessee court over the weekend. The suit was first reported by PC Gamer. Music was licensed through Duke Nukem’s original developer, Apogee, Prince alleges in the lawsuit. The agreement gave the developer “limited right” to using Prince’s copyrighted music “in exchange for a royalty equal to $1 per unit sold.”

Fallout 76’s doctor is the hero that video games deserve

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Fallout 76’s doctor is the hero that video games deserve

A man robed in full protective gear raises his gamma gun and takes aim at a woman’s butt. As his finger pulls the trigger, green shockwaves pass through the target and bounce around the walls of the clinic. The patient wants to change her character’s genome, in the hopes it’ll give her an advantage in Fallout 76 — and the doctor is more than happy to oblige. He’s not even going to charge her for the consultation. It’s just another day in the world of CJ Martin, Fallout 76’s most dedicated role-player.

Brent “CJ Martin” Fairchild has been playing Fallout 76 since launch day, but he hasn’t finished the game’s tutorial. Instead, since day one, CJ Martin has donned scrubs and lab coats, dedicating himself to be the closest thing that Fallout 76 has to a non-playable character. He dispenses lore, quests, and restorative items for those anyone in need. He plays the part well, partially because the wasteland is already familiar to him.

Flight Simulator is Microsoft’s power move back into PC gaming

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Flight Simulator is Microsoft’s power move back into PC gaming

The last version of Microsoft Flight Simulator came out in 2006. Many, myself included, had written the franchise off for dead. Now it’s back, due out for PC and Xbox One in 2020, with a sophisticated set of assets pulled directly from satellite imagery on Bing. Earlier this month I traveled to Seattle for a hands-on demonstration of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Later, I sat down with Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, to answer the question: Why now?

“I think there’s probably two answers to the question,” Neumann told me. “One is more of a corporate answer; Phil got promoted.”

The director of Skyfall made his new WWI epic with ‘one shot’

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The director of Skyfall made his new WWI epic with ‘one shot’

James Bond director Sam Mendes wants to put audiences right in the center of World War I with his new war movie 1917. To do that, he shot the movie in one long, perfectly choreographed shot. In a behind-the-scenes featurette released on Monday morning, Mendes and some of the cast and crew go into detail on the challenge of shooting a movie this way, and why it was worth it.

1917 follows two soldiers in WWI on a mission to deliver a message that could save thousands of lives. However, to do so, they have to carry that message across some of the war’s most harrowing battlefields. And Mendes wanted to make sure that the audience got to see every single step of that journey.

Death Stranding’s Bridge Baby will communicate through your controller

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Death Stranding’s Bridge Baby will communicate through your controller

When you’re rocking Death Stranding’s Bridge Baby to sleep via your DualShock 4 controller, you’ll be able to hear its cries from the device itself.

In a tweet on Sept. 27, designer Hideo Kojima tweeted that BB’s voice will come through the DualShock 4 controller when playing Death Stranding. It sounds like a setting you’ll be able to turn off if you’re creeped out by your controller crying — we won’t judge you.

Glitchy Pokémon Go images hint at possible Team Rocket bosses

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Glitchy Pokémon Go images hint at possible Team Rocket bosses

Over the weekend, the Pokémon Go Twitter account began teasing an upcoming update, leading to three new images posted today. There are three figures visible in the images, with the iconic Team Rocket R also shown.

While nobody (well, outside of Niantic and The Pokémon Company) knows exactly who these figures are or what’s going on, there’s a good amount of speculation on who these mystery people are. The prevailing theory is that these three figures are Team Rocket bosses, meant to foil the three team leaders we have now: Candela, Blanche, and Spark.

We Met in May is a warm, romantic look at the weirdness of dating

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We Met in May is a warm, romantic look at the weirdness of dating

My partner and I started joking about names for potential future children before bed last night, spurred by a meme about pop culture that’s ruined people’s names.

The name John Leguizamo popped into my head, not as a name that had been ruined by pop culture, but as a way to ruin a potential child’s life. Not because John Leguizamo of the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie is bad — he’s great! — but because her full first name would be John Leguizamo. We spent the next 30 minutes riffing on the scenarios that would be weird for this future child. (Spoilers: It’s all of them.)

Destiny 2 is down for 24 hours pre-Shadowkeep

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Destiny 2 is down for 24 hours pre-Shadowkeep

With Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Destiny’s first free-to-play play offering, New Light, only a day away, Bungie is taking Destiny 2 down for 24 hours on Monday, Sept. 30. Starting at the normal reset time, 1 p.m. EDT, Destiny 2 will go down. The game will return on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at reset — re-launching alongside the two new releases.

If you’re trying to log into Destiny 2 today, you’re probably bumping into the “Destiny 2 servers are not available” warning. Don’t panic. There’s nothing wrong with your install. It’s just a warning that the game is down for maintenance, and will return Tuesday with Shadowkeep’s launch.