Borderlands 3 profiles the world of Promethea

We’ve known for a while now that one of the planets you’ll be visiting in Borderlands 3 is an urban world called Promethea. Gearbox have just released some more info about it, including the video above. 

Huge glowing skyscrapers, guns powered by alien tech, Rhys from Tales From the Borderlands with a cool mustache, this was all known stuff we’d seen in the demos. What we did not know is that Rhys has a surname now. And it’s "Strongfork"?

Moving on from that we get to see the enemies of Promethea, including troops from the Maliwan corporation (rivals of the Atlas corporation run by Rhys), floating robots with no legs, and local toothy "rodent/insect hybrids" called Ratches.

It looks pretty different to the landscapes of Pandora so thoroughly explored in the first two games, which stretch from desert to icecap but are always frontier wasteland kind of spaces, you know, as the name ‘Borderlands’ suggests. Promethea seems like it could have some more built-up locations, and maybe we can get up on those rooftops.

There’s a gallery of screenshots from Promethea below. OK, honestly though, Rhys Strongfork?

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One of our favorite gaming chairs is on sale for $138

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Where do you do most of your gaming? On the couch? At your desk? No matter your answer, you could probably use a nice, new gaming chair. Whether you’re trying to save your back, keep comfortable during long periods of time, or just want to color match the other things in your home with a new piece of furniture, this deal is definitely something to consider. 

Amazon is currently running one of our favorite gaming chairs, the Respawn 200, for just $138 right now, which is $77 off its normal price of $215. That’s 36 percent off what it typically goes for. 

The Respawn 200 gaming chair comes in five different colors: gray, blue, green, red, and white, so you can match it to your gaming setup. It’s also comfortable, most importantly, and its ‘racer’ aesthetic keeps it in-line with the look most gaming enthusiasts have come to expect from chairs like these. It’s worth grabbing one, especially if you’re not getting any younger (like yours truly) and a regular office chair just isn’t doing it anymore.

While the blue color (shown here) is the most heavily discounted at the moment, the other colors are currently offered at other discounts as well; the black and red chairs have the smallest discount at only $20 off, but you can save an extra $7.29 if you apply the coupon before adding it to your cart.

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Looking for a different kind of design for your office and gaming chair? Need something a little more substantial? There are plenty of options out there. Check out our picks for the best gaming chair and go from there to seek out the kind of daily comfort you deserve. 

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GTA Online's 'Diamond Program' offers exclusive rewards for casino patrons

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GTA Online’s Diamond Casino & Resort opens its doors to the world tomorrow, July 23, offering patrons the finest in high-flyin’, stylin’, and profilin’ luxury in a Master Penthouse suite that comes complete with Silver Status VIP Membership. That gets you the exclusive "She’s Loaded" artwork to hang in your new abode, and a swanky Diamond Classic t-shirt to hang on yourself. But if you want more—and if you’re willing to work for it—then your adventure is only beginning.

Silver Status members who help casino owner Tao Cheng fend off the unwelcome advances of wealthy, corrupt Texans by completing the second co-op mission will be upgraded to Gold Status, which unlocks a new livery for the Truffade Thrax supercar and a matching t-shirt. Do a solid for casino head of operations Agatha Baker (five of them, technically) and you’ll be bumped up to Platinum Status, with a Lucky 7s Tattoo and the Kronos Ära Watch—and you’ll earn some GTA$ and casino chips in the process.

Diamond Status is reserved for players who go all in: Platinum members who complete all casino-related co-op missions will be given a livery for the Annis S80RR supercar, while those who host all the casino-related missions will get one "for a highly coveted brand-new vehicle." Do both, get both, and be counted among the elite: "Work together to host and participate in the complete mission strand to unlock both," Rockstar said.

Like all good things in life, the rewards program is time-limited. You’ve got from the casino opening—July 23, remember—until August 7 to wrap it up. Rewards will be delivered between August 8-13. Full details are available from Rockstar.

Dragon Age 4 setting all but confirmed by upcoming short story collection

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Ever since the ending of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s final DLC, Trespasser, fans have been guessing which country the next game would take place in. In the final shot of Inquisition’s closing storyline, the Inquisitor stabs a knife directly into the Tevinter Imperium on a map. Fans have of course speculated since then that Dragon Age 4 would head to the mage-ruled nation. An upcoming collection of short stories authored by several BioWare writers titled "Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights" lends a lot of extra credence to that theory. 

Each Dragon Age game so far has been closely connected to a particular location. Dragon Age: Origins took place in Ferelden, Dragon Age 2 was famously confined to the city of Kirkwall, and Dragon Age: Inquisition was largely concerned with the Orlesian Empire. Given the ongoing struggle between mages and Templars in the Dragon Age universe, it would make sense for the next conflict to take place in the Tevinter Imperium. While every other nation that Dragon Age games have visited so far heavily polices magic users and their abilities, Tevinter is ruled by mages and often serves as the boogeyman underneath other countries’ beds. 

Dragon Age’s current lead writer, Patrick Weekes, serves as the editor of the collection of stories, and tweeted out a link to the book’s Amazon listing with a clarification that he is not in fact the sole author. Weekes has penned Dragon Age companion novels alone in the past and releasing fiction set in the Dragon Age universe prior to a new game release is far from a first for BioWare.

The Masked Empire, a novel that Weekes did write, was published 7 months prior to Dragon Age: Inquisition and revolved around several characters that later featured in important Inquisition story quests. It would seem to follow, then, that Tevinter Nights is likely the groundwork for stories or characters that will show up in Dragon Age 4. So far, there’s no description of the book on its page other than a brief list of Weekes’ credits so we can only guess who the characters on the front may be.

The collection of short stories published by Tor Books is set to come out on March 10th, 2020, according to Amazon. 

Witcher showrunner confirms they won't adapt the games in the future

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Lauren Hissrich, showrunner for Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher novels, recently took part in a roundtable with the press as part of San Diego Comic-Con. A reporter for The Wrap took the opportunity to ask whether the series was likely to go beyond the novels and into the territory covered by CD Projekt Red’s games—which are set after them—at any point.

"Extreme long vision is no, we will not start adapting the games," Hissrich replied. "I can only attack one season at a time, I’m so excited for this one, the rest kind of makes my mind explode right now. If someone says ‘what happens in Season 7,’ sure I have thoughts. Fingers crossed, we get there."

I guess that’s a "no" to the unicorn scene then.

Borderlands 3 almost had a foot on the cover

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Borderlands 3 developers Gearbox have a display at San Diego Comic-Con called the Museum of Mayhem where they’re showcasing their game’s rejected cover art. Some of it’s gorgeous, and over on the Resetera forum poster vestan has photographed the highlights. It’s hard to go past the one with the foot, which solves the problem Gearbox set for themselves by having the fingerguns psycho shooting himself with one hand on the front of the first game and two hands on the second. What could have been!

Plenty of the others are great as well, especially the one with the stark black silhouetted figure on a white background, and the one with a gun for a head. It’s pretty obvious why the breastfeeding image didn’t make the cut, however.

Here’s everything we know about Borderlands 3.

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Minecraft version 1.14.4 is out now

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There’s a new version of the Java version of Minecraft. The 1.14.4 patch contains a lot of bugfixes for the Villagers and Pillagers update, which Mojang described as Minecraft’s biggest update ever. As always there’s some entertaining stuff hidden in those bugfix notes, my favorite being "Villagers will now remember their gossip after becoming a Zombie Villager". And "Gossip about players who converted a zombie villager will now last longer" isn’t bad either.

Now that these fixes are live, the team at Mojang aim to knuckle down and get to work on version 1.15, which as well as adding new features "will also focus on quality and performance improvements".

Here’s the list of changes in version 1.14.4, for the complete bugfixes head over to the Minecraft blog.

  • Fixed bugs
  • Performance improvements
  • Suspicious stew made from poppies now gives you night vision instead of speed
  • Added /debug report for getting more detailed information. Please include this while making bug reports about performance!
  • Fixed a memory leak
  • Removed camera pivot offset in first-person
  • Improved chunk loading when travelling at high speed
  • Fixed incorrect Pillager texture
  • /reload and /forceload is now available to gamemasters
  • function-permission-level is a new setting in that controls which commands functions have access to
  • Villagers now stock more items
  • Villagers will now remember their gossip after becoming a Zombie Villager 
  • Improved performance of Villager pathfinding
  • Villagers can now work without also restocking at the same time
  • Gossip about players who converted a zombie villager will now last longer
  • The Player Activity button on the Realm screen has been removed
  • Villagers now wait with restocking until they have trades that need restocking
  • Village sieges no longer occur on mushroom islands
  • Mobs will no longer try to pathfind their way through bamboo
  • Pinged the human

The Gears of War 5 multiplayer tech test is now live

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Update: The tech test is now live, though it appears there have been a few bumps in the road. In addition to issues with long queues, some players have reported being kicked from servers due to inactivity—even while they were actively playing. 

There have been a few other errors reported, so you might want to follow The Coalition Studio’s twitter feed, where they’ve been providing regular updates. There’s also a FAQ with known issues and troubleshooting tips.

As a reminder, to participate you’ll need to have an Xbox Game Pass subscription or have pre-ordered Gears 5.

Original story: The Coalition has announced the details of the upcoming Gears of War 5 "Versus Multiplayer" tech test, which is scheduled to begin on July 19. The test will give players access to the Arcade, "a new approachable, frenetic Versus experience," plus the Escalation and King of the Hill game modes, on two new multiplayer maps. There’s also a new Bootcamp training mode, and a "mini Tour of Duty" that will enable players to unlock exclusive "Tester Weapon Skins" for use in the full game.

"This Technical Test allows us to stress test our servers over two focused Test Periods to ensure the best possible experience when large volumes of players rush in at launch," the studio said.

"For our PC fans, it gives us a critical opportunity to get the game onto PCs with unique combinations of hardware and software at scale. If any unforeseen issues arise, it gives us the opportunity ahead of launch to identify and address any issues ahead of release. And of course, getting the Tech Test into your hands means we can gather your valuable feedback on each of the three modes to inform our development as we march towards launch day and beyond."

Here’s what you’ll need to run the tech test:


  • OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD FX-6000 Series or Intel i3 Skylake
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 280 or RX 560, or Nvidia GTX 760 or GTX 1050, 2GB VRAM
  • RAM: 6GB
  • HDD: 15GB


  • OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 or Intel i5 Skylake
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 570 or RX 5700, or Nvidia GTX 970 or GTX 1660 Ti, 4GB VRAM
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 15GB


  • OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 or Intel i7 Skylake
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII or Nvidia GTX 2080, 8GB VRAM
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 15GB SSD

To access the test, you’ll need to either subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC, or preorder the game from the Windows Store or select physical retailers, although that probably won’t do you much good for the PC edition. No mention is made of the Steam release, but since the announcement specifies Windows Store preorders my assumption is that the test will not be offered there.

The tech test was originally expected to begin on July 17 but that’s actually when it will become available for preload—to access it, search for "Gears 5" in the Windows Store. (And yes, that’s the official instruction: If you want it, go look for it.) The tech test will run over two weekend sessions, the first from 10 am PT on July 19 through July 21, and then at 10 am PT on July 26 through July 29.

Grab this Aorus gaming monitor for just $500

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If your current gaming monitor just isn’t cutting it, it might be time for a significant upgrade. True, we just had the blitz of Amazon Prime Day deals and plenty of options floating around for sale during that time, but it looks like Newegg has another recent option you may want to consider.

You can get the Aorus AD27QD gaming monitor for just $500 right now, which is $100 off its normal price of $600. That’s a 17 percent savings off what it typically goes for, if you’re keeping track. The sale’s going on for the next seven days and ends next Thursday, so if you want in on this deal, which is the cheapest this model has gone for historically, you should act fast. 

With a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate, you should have no trouble getting acclimated to this bad boy at your gaming station. It supports FreeSync, claims zero ghosting, and boasts a 1000:1 contrast ratio with gorgeous HDR. Plus, you can customize the back of the monitor with the RGB Fusion App, which lets you customize the built-in LED systems with colors of your choice. 

For the price, you’re getting a solid monitor, with plenty of bells and whistles to go along with it. 

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If you’re not exactly sold on this particular model, check out our picks for the best gaming monitors available to see what else is out there. 

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Watch Dogs Legion Collector's Edition contains a skull mask with an LED crown

Watch Dogs Legion is launching on March 6, 2020 and you can now start pre-ordering it if that’s up your alley—though we always caution that despite positive previews, you never know how a game is going to turn out. 

As usual with Ubisoft games, there are lots of options. Legion will come in four different editions with various rewards: Standard, Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s. The video above shows off everything in the Collector’s edition including a physical Ded Coronet Mask that matches a mask you can wear in game. The real-life mask includes an LED headband, and seems like something one might put to use to maintain anonymity after every inch of space is being monitored with facial recognition.

Physical items, including a steelbook case, only come in the Collector’s Edition. The other three editions come with all digital rewards, while the Collector’s comes with a few other physical pack-ins. Here’s everything that comes in each edition. 

Standard Edition

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The standard pre-order edition will get you a digital download of the game and a set of three golden in-game skins:

  • Lux car skin
  • Uneasy Lies mask skin
  • Serpent Sisters gun skin

Gold Edition

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The Gold Edition pre-order comes with the three skins in the standard edition plus a few more digital rewards:

  • Access to play Watch Dogs Legion three days early
  • A season pass including four exclusive heroes and missions, a spiky-looking in-game mask (and related exclusive mission), and a Dedsec car skin 

Ultimate Edition

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The Ultimate Edition comes with everything in the two tiers above plus:

  • Urban Jungle Pack: Three characters and masks
  • 4 week VIP status: Earn experience and currency faster

Collector’s Edition

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The Collector’s Edition comes will all the perks and rewards of the other editions plus some physical items:

  • Lighting Ded Coronet Mask (2AA batteries included)
  • A steelbook case (though on PC you’ll still be downloading the game digitally)
  • Double-sided propaganda poster
  • Set of three stickers
  • Collector’s Edition box