Borderlands: SO Not Fair!
My friends and I got really into Borderlands when it first released. We got the game, we got each of the DLCs when they came out. I played the hell out of it, but I sort of hated it at the same time. It’s a very interesting and fun concept (Diablo With Guns) with a very buggy, flawed execution. As long as you play it in multiplayer, the act of gunning down tons of dudes with your friends is just about enough fun for you to keep playing despite all the interface irritations, balance issues, occasional horrendous bugs, repetitive scenery, and other miscellaneous frustrations.
I think the most appalling crime this game inflicted upon me was a bug that occurred when I first entered Mad Moxxi’s Underdome.
First, let me give you guys some context. I was level 50, the max level at the time. I was Roland, and I’d specialized entirely in shotgun usage. Along with that I had a shotgun I’d obtained earlier, a gun that had swiftly become my most prized possession, virtual or otherwise. This gun made me feel tempted to move to Japan, because I’d heard that Japan lets people marry video game characters and I figured they would let me marry my video game gun.
It had a reasonably high damage level, it held about 15 shells, and it fired nearly as quickly as an assault rifle. Rest assured that any enemy who came anywhere near “close range” of me would be swiftly reduced to giblet confetti.
Then I entered the Underdome. After I played through the first challenge, I came back and noticed that my character was holding no weapon. Or shield. Or grenades. I opened up my inventory and noticed that everything was gone. All my weapons, my shields, my class mod, my one true love. Everything had vanished. I deliberately crashed the game so I could revert to my character’s last save, but it had already autosaved with the new, crippled Roland.
Needless to say, I was completely and utterly heartbroken.
I finished Playthrough 2 and played through the entirety of the General Knoxx DLC, and I never found an adequate replacement for that glorious shotgun. My love was gone, and I could never replace that gaping hole in my heart.
Anyway, some other friends and I decided to get back into Borderlands (minus the “back” for them, since none of them had played it before). We were playing through Ned’s Zombie Island on Playthrough 1, and guess what happened? Nemesis, the black mage from our shitty Magicka LP that never took off, he experienced a bug this time. A bug that instantly raised all his weapon proficiencies to 50 (max). Now he’s at least twice as good as all of us, at all the weapons we’ve been specializing in this entire time. He uses sniper rifles, but he can fire and reload my shotgun at twice my speed.
Fuck you too, Borderlands.