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Gearbox’s Touch of Class

September 21, 2012

Many of you may not be aware about what Gearbox did for a true Borderlands fan last year, but I’ll fill you in. A Destructoid fan named Carlo wrote in to share a story of the passing of his late friend, Michael Mamaril. Michael succumbed to cancer at the age of twenty-two. Both of the friends were diehard Borderlands fans, so Carlo thought the fitting way to honor his friend was to ask Gearbox to create a eulogy to be read by the game’s mascot, Claptrap. Well, Randy & crew not only made that happen, but they also created an NPC of Michael Mamaril in Borderlands 2 (gamers who visit Michael will be rewarded with an uber-weapon upon every visit). This way, Michael will forever be immortalized in the universe that he loved.

I don’t know about you guys and gals, but that is just “Class” with a capital ‘C’! Is there any doubt that Gearbox is a triple-A developer of games and a bunch of decent, caring people?

Here is Michael Mamaril’s eulogy read by Claptrap.

  1. 3Suns permalink*
    September 21, 2012 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the story, Kenny. I hadn’t heard anything about this. Solid stuff, and so easily (yet seldom) done.

    ::raises glass::

    To Michael John Mamaril!

    • Blankman permalink*
      September 21, 2012 2:10 pm

      Did you listen to Michael’s eulogy that I linked to? Very touching! Awesome job on the part of Carlo, Destructoid, & Gearbox!

    • 3Suns permalink*
      September 21, 2012 2:13 pm

      I just did now and immediately had to edit my post.

      Meet me on Skype, Kenny-boy! (Can go voice)

  2. September 21, 2012 2:36 pm

    Not only did they do that, but of course that is an amazing thing that they did on their part, but I guess people are saying they ripped off some of their art off of Olly Moss which you can see here. Eventually what happened was someone from Gearbox (I think it was the President) tweeted back to Olly Moss suggesting that he joins Gearbox so that they could make it “… right and legit.”

    I don’t have a picture of the Tweet to Olly, but I’ll try and find it.

    EDIT: Found it. It was actually Randy Pitchford, Gearbox’s CEO.

  3. September 21, 2012 3:26 pm

    Yeah that’s a great gesture from their part. I always thought of them as very down to earth and approachable.

  4. DEGREES permalink
    September 21, 2012 3:41 pm

    Excellent! High class indeed. They certainly know what is important in life.

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