Submitted by toguns 1014d ago | news

Borderlands 2 Writer "Apologises" for memes

VGU.tv reports on the antics of Borderlands 2 writer, Anthony Burch, on twitter last night. It started as a whine post about not being nominated for a BAFTA award for his work on Borderlands 2 while criticising a game that did. The result was being informed that Borderlands 2 may not have been worthy and a series of funny twitter posts. (BAFTA, Borderlands 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Blacklash93  +   1014d ago
Borderlands 2 was pretty damn funny and had several amusing characters, but the actual meat of the plot wasn't anything special. It's was all pretty cliche and skin-deep.

But I'm pretty sure this guy knows the humor was a hit with the fans. Why get all butthurt over an award?
Blacktric  +   1014d ago
"But I'm pretty sure this guy knows the humor was a hit with the fans. Why get all butthurt over an award?"

Yes, because pointing out a glaring goddamn problem with the writing is being "butthurt". If there is someone that's being butthurt, it's Anthony Burch with his cheap attempts at witty humor by putting every single well known meme he can find into the game. Memes may be funny at times, but for the most part, they are old, overused, uncreative references. Nothing more nothing less. And he has no right to attack a game that's nominated for a BAFTA award just because it has a "by the numbers" script.


We are counting cheaply placed swearings and movie references on top of memes as "jokes" now.
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Blacklash93  +   1014d ago
Umm... I was talking about Anthony being butthurt in the first place, not anyone who doesn't like Borderlands' humor. Please pay attention to what I'm saying.
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shodan74  +   1014d ago
I absolutely loved the writing in Borderlands 2 - but it's pretty unprofessional for him to attack the writing of another game in the way he did.
CraigUK  +   1014d ago
Anthony is actually a really nice guy. The original tweet didn't mention borderlands at all, if he didn't work at gearbox he would have posted the same thing, it is just unfortunate that when you work for a company and you voice your unrelated opinion that people make it related.

He used to make videos on destructoid called "rev rants" where he would "rant" about all sorts of things game related. The guy is passionate about games and likes to voice it. Gearbox have their own public relations people if you want to get offical gearbox opinions on stuff. Anthony is just a normal guy who landed a pretty sweet job.
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toguns  +   1014d ago
The fact that he works at gearbox is entirely relevant. If he didn't write a game that wasn't considered for an award I doubt he'd have posted the tweet at all. Further if the first person to accuse him of being upset hadn't been right on the money I doubt he'd have responded to it, much so defensively. He's a smart guy, I'm sure he knows rationally that responding to that kind of tweet doesn't end well, yet if he was upset about something then he is far more likely to do something he knows is a bad idea.
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WildArmed  +   1014d ago
I loved borderlands 2, i laughed every time i played the game..
esp. that claptrap lol

But that was quite unprofessional of him calling out the BAFTA nominees. Thou I understand it's his personal twitter, but he should know that anything on the internet is public domain.

also: "He was promptly put in his place" <--- what...?
toguns  +   1014d ago
If you disrespect somebody else's work. And are then forced to defend yourself, I think it is safe to say that you've been put in your place. Do you disagree?
WildArmed  +   1014d ago
I think using terms like those detract from the quality of one's writing. It would sound more objective if you didn't include "put in his place". It makes an objective journalism piece with the goal of informing, instead of feeding an opinion.

Regardless of what I think or you think of what he did. I think this helps the reader make their own decision about the news. Not see it through the author's "eyes" so to speak.

It's a personal preference I guess. A simple "in response, he was confronted by gamer questioning the quality of his work"

Or something like that. Just trying to provide some constructive criticism.
Alos88  +   1014d ago
Hey Ant, Why're Ya Bitching?
MelonSaurus  +   1009d ago

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