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Borderlands 2 Level Design – An Insider’s View

Concept drawings for Flanksteak, Borderlands 2 NPC, courtesy of Gearbox Software.

Borderlands 2 has been one of our favorite games to blow hours on over the last year.  Seriously, who doesn’t love farming Mick Zaford endlessly for shiny new Maggies?

With all our hours spent on Pandora – almost as many as spent in Tamriel – we’ve developed a genuine fondness for the locales and inhabitants of Gearbox Software’s dysfunctional dystopia.  Naturally, we’re pleased any time that Gearbox gives us a glimpse behind the veil with their “Inside the Box” blog series, posted on their Gearbox community blog.

In this “Inside the Box” article, Gearbox Senior Designer Keith Schuler gives Borderlands 2 fans a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the level design process for the BL2 mission “Hunting the Firehawk.”

Warning, if you’ve not already played Borderlands 2, Keith’s article does contain some major spoilers.  If you’re past the “Hunting the Firehawk” mission, however, you are guaranteed a few AHA! moments while reading Keith’s article.

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Have a Moxxi Monday!

Hey Sugar – here’s a little Moxxi love for your Monday.  Enjoy!

Borderlands 2 Cosplay - Mad Moxxi

Enough Moxxi for your Monday, Sugar?

Thanks to Flickr user Erik Estrada for sharing this great Borderlands 2 cosplay. Check out more of Officer Estrada’s fantastic cosplay photography on his Flickr photostream, here.

The Tamriel Beer Garden at PAX East – You’re Invited!

Bethesda's Tamriel Beer Garden Invitation

Invitation to the Tamriel Beer Garden hosted by Bethesda

If you will be lucky enough to attend PAX East this week or are near the city of Boston, check out this sweet invitation to the Tamriel Beer Garden, hosted by the good folks at Bethesda.

The Tamriel Beer Garden will take place on Saturday night, March 23rd, at the Castle Meeting Space in downtown Boston, from 6PM to 11PM; admission is on a first come, first served basis.

According to the BethBlog:

We encourage fans of The Elder Scrolls to gather for themed food and drinks, music, merchants, cool giveaways, and more. And if you didn’t get your PAX tickets before the event sold out, the event will be your first chance to play The Elder Scrolls Online.

This sounds like an amazing event to check out for fans of the Elder Scrolls Series – wish we could attend.

Postcard from Skyrim – The Glare of the Dragon (Wallpaper)

Hey there!  Sorry for not being in touch for a while, but we’ve been busy forging our way through the Rift, slaying ice trolls, frost dragons, you know the drill.  Plus our 4G connection is cr@p in there with all those durn mountains.

In any case, we were thinking of you when we saw this interesting vista  – enjoy.

skyrim wallpaper dragon's glare

Where the h@ll did I put my Oakleys?

Good Morning: Sunrise in Skyrim Wallpaper

Skyrim Sunrise

Nice morning for some fishing.

Click the pic for the wallpaper.  Hope it brightens your day.

Fallout Cosplay – NCR Ranger Combat Armor

Fallout New Vegas NCR Trooper Ayacon 2011

Check out this sweet Fallout: New Vegas cosplay of an New California Republic Ranger in NCR combat armor, shared by Flickr user @MangaChild.
We’re not sure who the cosplayer is, but kudos to them for the great work on the NCR combat armor set.  Thanks to @MangaChild for sharing these great pics.

Fallout New Vegas NCR Trooper Ayacon 2011

Fallout New Vegas NCR Trooper Ayacon 2011

Check out more of @MangaChild’s cosplay photographs at @MangaChild’s Flickr page.

Some Gorgeous Skyrim Cosplay to Start Your Week

Katsucon Skyrim-1 courtesy of LJinto

‘Nuff. Said.

Katsucon Skyrim-3

Katsucon Skyrim-4

 

Please check out more of LJinto’s great cosplay work here.

Wing-Tipping: Crazy, Brilliant, British, Bad-Arsedness

Holy cr@p check this out – have you heard of “wing-tipping?” If it sounds like some sort of sophomoric shenanigans perpetrated by young punks, you're not too far off. Only these “punks” were young RAF fighter pilots over the skies of England, circa 1944, and their “shenanigans” involved fighter plans and Nazi V-1 rockets, the earliest cruise missiles… wait, what?

See, back in 1944, following the Allied invasion of Europe via Normandy, Hitler was pretty pissed. In addition to landing at Normandy, the Allies had not only achieved air superiority, but dominance over the skies over Europe. So Hitler was really bent, but lacked a way to strike back at England without his broken Luftwaffe. This led to the development of a host of infamously strange & innovative weapons systems, some which worked better than others. (Research “foo fighters” if you want to explore some real weirdness.)

One of the more successful of these “vengeance” weapons developed by the Nazi mad scientists was the V-1 rocket, which would come to be known as the “buzz bomb” due to the distinctive noise made by the V-1's rudimentary pulse-jet engine. These precursors to the modern cruise missile were launched from the European continent and guided towards London by a basic gyroscopic guidance system. Pretty soon, Hitler's goons were lobbing these terror weapons at England as fast as they could build them, eventually launching nearly 10,000 V-1's.

Needless to say, the Brits were not going to take this abuse from Hitler lying down. They in turn developed a number of crazy countermeasures of their own, including “barrage balloons” with steel cables that were intended to cut the wings of incoming buzz-bombs as they flew by.

Perhaps the craziest of the British countermeasures came to be known as “wing-tipping.” And, yes, it's as freakin' balls-to-the-wall nutso as it sounds. RAF pilots learned from hard experience that shooting down a V-1 would often lead to huge explosions of debris that would damage or take down the RAF interceptor. So, the iron-sacked pilots of the RAF did the only thing they could: they used their own planes to tip the wings of incoming V-1's, hopefully disrupting their gyroscopes, sending them off-course. Wuh?!?

The technique involved the RAF interceptor flying alongside the V-1, carefully lining up his wing within six inches of the Nazi rocket's horizontal stabilizer, and gently “nudging” the V-1 off course by disrupting airflow over the rocket's stabilizer. WTF?!?!

Check out this amazing photo of an RAF plane in the act of “wing-tipping” a V-1 buzz-bomb… freakin' incredible:

This has to be one of the most brilliantly crazy examples of ingenuity and heroism we've ever heard of. In our opinion, the famous Brit slogan of WWII is better stated as “Keep Calm & Carry On Your Giant Balls.” In other words, pure bad-assedness, Brits: we bow down in awe.

 

Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim Coming December 4th

Bethesda has just released its first trailer video for the new DLC/expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, entitled Dragonborn.

Skyrim fans first discovered clues to this new DLC when Bethesda released its 1.8 update for Skyrim in October; we previously reported on these clues here.

A definitive clue was released by Bethesda in the form of a tweet last Friday.

According to Bethesda’s post today, Dragonborn will be available on Tuesday, December 4th, on XboxLive for 1600 Microsoft Points.  No word yet on when the PC version of Dragonborn will be available.

PS3 owners?  Sadly, at this point, there really does not seem to be any sense in asking or wondering.

Bethesda Game Studios' Tweet re Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim

Skyrim Devs’ Tweet Teases Upcoming DLC

 

Bethesda Game Studios, developer of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, recently tweeted out a new tease of their rumored, upcoming DLC for Skyrim.

In addition to the picture above, the tweet promises a full trailer on Monday, November 5th.

The rumored DLC is expected to be called “Dragonborn,” based on clues found in the recently released 1.8 update for Skyrim; we previously reported on these clues here.

The definitive discussion of all the related clues and the rumored DLC can be found here in the Bethsoft Forums.

It’s no secret that we’ve been playing an unhealthy amount of Skyrim recently, especially in light of all the other new games available to play (Dishonored, MOH: Warfighter, Borderlands 2 etc.); this new teaser does not bode well for our escape from Tamriel any time soon.

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