The New Borderlands Game Will Get a Premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse

Video games are so powerful these days that they are practically on par with movies in terms of story, graphics and production. That might sound like a step forward until you realize that means that Adam Sandler may one day get to make his own game.

There's actually been a movement away from stories in games as the big studios just deliver more and more virtual killing machines that people can play until their eyes melt. Telltale Studios, however, has tried to make story the reason you play their games and they teamed up with local Gearbox Studios to make a graphic adventure version of their popular Borderlands game to deliver a brand new story called Tales from the Borderlands.

It's so close to a movie that it's even getting a flashy, red carpet premiere this Monday at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson.


Telltale Games and Gearbox Studios will let a studio filled with Borderlands fans see the first episode of the new five-part graphic adventure. The new game will focus on two characters from the Borderlands universe: a con-artist named Fiona and the Hyperion data-miner named Rhys. The story picks up after the events of Borderlands 2 that tells "the Big Fish version of what happened" through the two characters as they explore the world of Pandora, according to Telltale's Kevin Bruner at a SXSW panel earlier this year.

The game also has an element of mystery added to it since you won't be sure exactly who's telling the truth about what's happening and both of the main characters are driven by different agendas. It's like playing Clue but without that annoying deduction pad getting in the way of logic and reasoning.

The crowd at the Drafthouse won't just get to watch the game being played; they can also play along by encouraging the person with the controller to make certain moves or decisions as they progress through the game.

If you aren't able to pick up a seat to the premiere, you'll still be able to watch from home on a live Twitch feed that will stream through

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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.