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September 2nd, 2013, 01:08
Anthony Burch the Lead Writer of Borderlands 2 has a new post on the Gearbox developer blog. The topic of the post deals with inclusivity.

Hi, I’m Anthony Burch, lead writer of Borderlands 2 and its DLC. And today I’m going to talk about inclusivity.

I went to the #1ReasonToBe panel at Game Developers Conference this year, and something Mattie Brice said stood out to me:

“…[developers] are not explicitly saying “you are welcome here,” and because not, we assume we aren’t welcome. That is such an easy thing to correct.”

Upon hearing that, I wanted to clearly state the following: you are welcome here. Regardless of your race, gender, religion or sexual orientation, I personally want Gearbox to be an open and welcoming place to you. I can only speak for myself, of course – I'm just a jerkbag writer who's been in the industry for less than five years – but I believe that you can see evidence of attempts at inclusivity throughout Borderlands 2.

A WARNING: It's entirely likely that this article will come off incredibly arrogant, self-congratulatory, and condescending. You're going to see a lot of "I wanted to do this" and "I feel that this is important," not because I want to take credit for all of the things mentioned in this article (the vast majority of coolness I'm going to discuss comes from our artists and the voice actors), but because I don't want to speak for anybody else. Discussions about inclusivity can get pretty hairy pretty quickly, and I don't want to put words in anyone's mouth. Again: this may all come off as irritating and self-congratulatory, and I'm sorry about that.
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September 2nd, 2013, 01:08
This reads a lot like " hey I can't be racist I have a black friend."

Anyway seemed like a totally unnecessary write up to me but I'm sure others would disagree.
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September 2nd, 2013, 05:53
I have to agree that it was a poorly written piece. Since I did not yet play the game, I might be wrong,: Fat woman (still about her looks), gay guy (all about sexual interest). Seems to me like stereotypes, just different ones. Still a worthwhile endeavor.
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September 2nd, 2013, 21:14
So can I deliberately misinterpret this and ask why certain features in Borderlands 2 are nVidia only and not inclusive to other graphics cards manufacturers?
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September 3rd, 2013, 17:19
Why didn't they mention Tina Tina? You don't see many thirteen-year old lesbian characters. Without a doubt the boldest move, and does not even get a mention.
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September 3rd, 2013, 23:56
I can't wait until all the big game studios have a writer there just for inclusivity.

You fight the evil wizard to get the orbs and save mondor becomes you defend people who discover they have special magic powers from the evil forces of intolerant white men. Who are only against them because of intolverance and not the endless number of people who've died.

Oh wait that's the story for DA 2 isn't it?
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