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Borderlands and the goons that inhabit it

I love me some Borderlands, that's no secret.  But there's a stipulation with that.  I usually only play solo or split screen with my girlfriend.  Now, you may ask, "Why don't you play online with everyone else?"  Well, put simply, 90% of the Borderlands community (for 360) are cheaters. 

The very large majority of people I have played with break the game to the point where it isn't even fun to play anymore.  They give their characters extra levels and talent points outside the normal amount (Level cap at this writing is 61, going up to 69 shortly and players are running around at 70).  They have modified guns that kill anything with one shot.  They have shields that can't be broken.  They use talent point generators to fill out their talent trees.  It goes on and on. 

What astounds me, is that I'm the weird one because I dont' want any of these perks.  "Why wouldn't I?", you may inquire.  Well, I play games for the challenge they pose.  I take no joy in running around screaming "Boom!  One shot!" into my headset as I essentially break the game with an over powered gun and shield that never breaks.  Sadly, that last example comes from my last online session.  As it stands now, I feel that I'm one of the VERY few who doesn't play with modded items or characters.

Sure, it can be fun to play with a god mode.  But to play all the time like that?  Where's the fun?  Have I gotten so old now, that I think the younger generation of gamers have become lazy?  That they don't appreciate the challenge that comes with taking down an especially challenging level and the thrill of victory that follows?  Are games moving towards instant gratification, with no real challenge to players?  I believe to an extent, they are.  Borderlands isn't exceptionally challenging, so why break it so?

I hosted my last online session, letting players hop in and out as they please.  I was on my level 42 hunter, plowing through the Dahl Headlands on the second play through.  Suddenly, a player who had been quiet for some time asked me, "Are you actually playing the game and doing the quests to level up?"

"Why yes", I replied.  "It's a game, that's what you do."

"Do you want to join my game and get power leveled?"

"No, I'm fine like this, thanks though."With that, he left my game, lost to the series of tubes that make up Xbox Live.  It was a bizarre interaction.  Neither of us understood the other's method of play. 

I suppose that until Gearbox cracks down on the number of cheaters out there, that I should stick to my offline play.  But, still, I ask myself "Am I the only sane one left in the mad world of Pandora?"

Sorry guys.

I've been AWOL.  And with no real good reason.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I'm going to be a father!  ...And for whatever reason, I can't upload a picture.  Oh well, edits and updates are in order. 

Due this week: reviews!  Specifically Halo:Reach and Borderlands: New Revolution.  I'll have more later.

Borderlands Level Cap Increase

At the Gearbox panel at PAX yesterday, it was announced that the level cap in Borderlands would be raised to 69.  The current cap is set at 61.  Oh yeah, this is also going to be free.  Expect the bonus levels to drop around the same time the Game of the Year edition releases in October.

via Kotaku

September 2010 Release Calendar

September 1:
Alien Breed Impact  (PS3)

September 7:
NHL 11  (PS3, 360)
Dragon Age: Origins: Witch Hunt  (PS3, 360, PC)
Brunswick Cosmic Bowling  (Wii)
Otomedius Excellent  (360)
Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker  (360)
R.U.S.E.  (360, PS3, PC)
101 in 1 Sports Megamix  (DS)
Kung Fu Rider  (PS3)
EyePet  (PS3)
Start the Party  (PS3)
H.A.W.X. 2  (360, PS3)
The Sims 3 - Fast Lane Stuff  (PC)
Dawn of Heroes  (DS)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep  (PSP)
NHL Slapshot  (Wii)
Sports Champions  (PS3)
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions  (360, PS3, Wii, DS)
UFC Undisputed 2010  (PSP)
Aion: Assault on Balaurea  (PC)
Batman: The Brave and The Bold  (Wii, DS)

September 8:
Amnesia: The Dark Descent  (PC)
Plants vs Zombies  (360)
Dance!  It's your Stage  (360)

September 10:
Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers  (Wii)
Recettear  (PC)

September 12:
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future  (DS)

September 13:
House M.D.  (PC)

September 14:
Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp  (DS, Wii, PS2)
Gladiator Begins  (PSP)
Swords  (Wii)
Patrician IV  (PC)
Halo: Reach  (360)
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest  (Wii, PS2, PSP)
Gormiti: The Lords of Nature  (DS, Wii)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole  (Wii, PS3, 360, DS)
Truth or Liews  (Wii, 360, PS3)
Cabela's North American Adventures  (Wii, 360, PS2, PSP, PS3)
Intellivision Lives  (DS)
Dragon's Lair Trilogy  (Wii)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Duel Transer  (Wii)
The Guild II: Renaissance  (PC)
Racquet Sports  (PS3)

September 15:
Sonic Adventure  (360)
House M.D.  (DS)
Flight Control HD  (PS3)

September 16:
Ferrari: The Race Experience  (PS3)

September 17:
Brunswick Pro Bowling  (PS3)
Lionheart: Kings' Crusade  (PC)

September 18:
Horse Life Adventures  (DS, Wii)

September 21:
Civilization V  (PC)
Kidz Bop Dance Party!  (Wii)
Flip's Twisted World  (Wii)
New Carnival GAmes  (Wii)
Zany Golf  (Wii)
Etrian Odyssey 3  (DS)
Cladun: This is an RPG  (PSP)
Family Party Fitness Fun  (Wii)
Club Penguin Game Day!  (Wii)
Death Spank: Thongs of Virtue  (PS3)

September 22:
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter  (360)
Death Spank: Thongs of Virtue  (360)
F1 2010  (PC, PS3, 360)

September 23: 
Darksiders  (PC)

September 27:
Samurai Warriors 3  (Wii)

September 28:
Front Mission Evolved  (PC, 360, PS3)
Phantasy Star Portable 2  (PSP)
SBK X: Superbike World Championship  (360, PS3, PC)
John Daly's ProStroke Golf  (PC)
Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland  (PS3)
Dead Rising 2  (PC, PS3, 360)
Greg Hastings Paintball 2  (Wii, 360)
Battle vs Chess  (360, PC, PS3)
Quantum Theory  (PS3)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light  (PC, PS3)
Shaun White Skateboarding  (Wii, 360, PS3)
Guitar Hero: Warrios of Rock  (360, PS3)
MorphX  (360)
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2  (PS3)
FIFA 11  (PC, Wii, PS3, 360)
My Sims SkyHeroes  (Wii, 360, PS3, DS)
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing  2010  (360, Wii, PSP, PS3, PS2, DS)
FIFA Soccer 11  (360, PS3)
Haunted House  (Wii)
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest  (PS3)
Sniper Elite  (Wii)

September 29:
Hydrophobia  (360)