Friday, September 7, 2012

Play 'Borderlands 2,' see cool panels, give to charity and party with Gearbox ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Plano-based Gearbox Software has developed quite a massive fanbase. When I was at PAX in Seattle last week, the line for Borderlands 2 was consistently one of the longest (the first thing I heard from a fan as he ran into the expo hall on day one was “WHERE’S BORDERLANDS?!?”), and the “Inside Gearbox Software” panel was so full that I couldn’t get access to it even with a media badge â€" and I showed up more than an hour early to get in line.

Thankfully PAX isn’t the only place gamers can congregate, and the developer is treating its local fanbase to another one of its Community Day events. Community Day 2012 will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a Borderlands 2 launch party immediately following from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Attendance is free (first come, first serve), but you have to be 21 to get into the party, and anybody under 18 has to be accompanied by a separately registered adult (these are M-rated games they’re showing off, after all).

What will happen during Community Day? For one thing, you’ll get a chance to play Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines before they’re released. You can also attend panels, enter a costume contest and more (you can check the schedule for more information). It’s an event all about the past, present and future of Gearbox Software. You can see photos of last year’s event on Gearbox’s Facebook page (Duke Nukem Forever was the new release then).

Again, Gearbox has proven to be pretty darn popular, especially in the wake of Borderlands‘ success, so show up early if you want in for free. Want to guarantee your spot? You can buy a ticket online, which will also net you cool perks like a swag bag and the ability to skip lines, depending on what tier you buy.

Also, if poker is more your game, Gearbox will be hosting a charity celebrity poker tournament the night before, also at the Palladium Ballroom. There will also be silent auctions, meet-and-greets and live art shows. The website does not list what celebrities will be in attendance â€" only that they are “considerably more attractive” than the already “physically attractive” developers at Gearbox. So there’s that.

Mostly, this just makes me more and more anxious to play Borderlands 2, which has gone gold and should be on store shelves Sept. 18.

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