Girlfriend Mode….Really??

Looks like Borderlands 2 has shot itself both in the head and in the foot.

You can file this story under “here’s some male privilege all up in yo face”. One of the lead developers of the highly anticipated Borderlands 2 refers to the new “Mechromancer” class’s skill tree as “Girlfriend Mode”. The character is supposed to be for new players to the series and has a lot of assists built in to make it easier for people to play the game and learn its systems.

Eurogamer has all the details on this one and you can check their article here:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-08-13-borderlands-2-gearbox-reveals-the-mechromancers-girlfriend-mode

For a game with such strong and fun female characters to play with, it makes these “personal anecdotes” even more saddening to hear.

Developers have to understand who is buying their games and how the demographics of gaming have already changed. Women are the fastest growing section of the gaming market and have already proven that they can rock a mouse, keyboard or controller with the best of them.

 Stop it already.

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2 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Yea this was pretty stupid my wife is gonna get the game regardless she loves the series but this is just dumb

    August 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    • I’m debating on how I’m going to deal with this when it comes out. I really want to play this game, especially with my wife. Knowing the flippant way this mode was discussed gives me pause though. I know what they were trying to do but the messaging and optics are really bad.

      Thank you so much for checking out the story and please pass it along if you liked it or any others on the site!

      August 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

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