New accusations (and lawsuit!) about Gearbox Software around Duke Nukem 3D's music

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Just when you thought that maybe the news around Gearbox might shift to being about a mixed reaction but apparently great sales for Borderlands 3...

The composer of Duke Nukem 3D's music has sued Gearbox, Pitchford, and Valve for using music he composed for Duke 3D and licensed to Apogee but retained the copyright on. Valve is included in the suit for ignoring a notice they were selling his property; Gearbox looks much worse in the story presented here.

Link to story by Jordan Mallory at FanByte.

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Is Gearbox 2019 the new Fallout 76?

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A controversy involving Randy Pitchford so it's just another Tuesday.

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@froghourt: Gearbox 2019 is Gearbox 2018 and 2017 and so forth.

They were ALWAYS a bigger shitshow. Bethesda made a bad game. Randy lost a "magic" flash drive. Bethesda mailed out crappy tote bags. Randy Pitchford allegedly assaulted someone. Bethesda has a crappy RMT store. Gearbox continues to fuck over people on contracts and use quick cash schemes that result in them being sued.

Gearbox have been on a tier of their own for years. It is just that F76 actually has an impact on "gamers". Whereas most people will never notice the embezzlement accusations.

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I really do wonder who is running Gearbox PR now. IGN got in contact with them and according to Gearbox Troy Baker lied about Gearbox not hiring union, and they went on record to state that Tales From the Borderlands is the reason why Troy Baker is famous...

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#6  Edited By ltcolumbo

I cannot wrap my around the schadenfreude surrounding Borderlands 3. Absolutely baffling.

Extra baffling is that Lee Jackson wrote Grabbag, aka “the Duke 3D theme,” and I don’t see his name mentioned anywhere.

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I really do wonder who is running Gearbox PR now. IGN got in contact with them and according to Gearbox Troy Baker lied about Gearbox not hiring union, and they went on record to state that Tales From the Borderlands is the reason why Troy Baker is famous...

Holy shit you're not even wrong

https://www.pcgamer.com/voice-actor-troy-baker-claims-gearbox-refused-union-talent-for-borderlands-3/

"Troy is an exceptional talent and we were disappointed that he declined to partner on Borderlands 3 after being offered the part. We wish him the best and hope he knows the offer to collaborate with him still stands. Gearbox is a Texas company and is bound by Texas law—which means that a person cannot be denied employment because of membership or non-membership in a labor union or other labor organization. As a talent-owned and talent-led organization, Gearbox enthusiastically works to ensure our pay and working conditions meet or exceed union standards. We also believe strongly in hiring local voice actors whenever we can which is why we're thrilled Troy's career really took off after working with us."

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#8  Edited By KingBonesaw

@dudeglove: Having the same response as you I decided to read Troy’s Wikipedia and some of his earliest video game work was on the Brothers in Arms series so maybe they’re talking about that?

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@kingbonesaw: That’d make sense, Gearbox referencing an older Brothers in Arms title. The idea that a guy who’s kinda hit peak Nolan North levels of everywhere broke out after Tales from the Borderlands is absurd.

Still, you need to be clear in that quote, Gearbox PR guy. When you’re talking about Tales it will lead people to believe that you’re saying Tales was his big break.

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#10  Edited By dudeglove

@kingbonesaw: If that was what they intended to say, then taking credit for something from 14 years ago is absolutely laughable, especially considering his career since then. I don't know where Troy was 14 years ago, nor do I trust Wikipedia, but his imdb states that he was already well into doing VA work on Full Metal Alchemist and many other TV shows before that. I doubt Gearbox cares, frankly, either, because BL3 made enough damn money that they won't learn a damn thing from any of the blunders of BL3.

edit: no sooner than I post this that GI.biz does a piece

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-10-01-why-did-borderlands-3-re-cast-troy-bakers-role

Short version is, which is even more damning, Troy Baker is in the SAG-AFTRA union and the heavy heavy implication is that Gearbox didn't want to do union pay which is absolutely no surprise at all.

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