When the original Borderlands launched in 2009 it gave people so many reasons to love it, but also a lot of reasons to uninstall it forever. If you managed to get through the awkward, slow, boring beginning to get to the bulk of the game (as well as the four DLC expansions) you were probably ready for a sequel before you even finished all of it. Now that sequel is out, but does it live up to its predecessor? Here’s my overly lengthy answer to that question. For all of you without any patience, the short answer is yes.
Those of you who already know what Pure Pwnage is have already skipped this heap of words and clicked the link below already, but here’s a quick synopsis for everyone who hasn’t heard of the series.
Long before popular gaming related shows such as The Guild, Video Game Highschool or The Legend of Neil there was a web series called Pure Pwnage created by Jarett Cale and Geoff Lapaire. It managed to garner a vast audience even without the luxury of sites like Youtube (which hadn’t launched yet) or the mainstream attention that gaming has today.
How ironic is it that MMORPGs attract the type of gamers who look to spend years playing a particular game but choose a genre with an inherently limited amount of content?
It’s the same complaint every time a new MMO is released. “When will there be more content for endgame players”. Endgame meaning content that is only accessible once you’ve reached the max level and have pretty much done everything else. Unfortunately most hardcore MMO players seem to be able to grind past the heftiest amount of content in a matter of weeks. It just isn’t possible to keep up with that pace without hiring a small military of developers to work day in and out.
Let’s talk about board games for a minute. Being the predecessor to video games, they were once the dominant form of gaming in a home environment. Board games like Monopoly were first and foremost interactive and fun to play with a group of people. Fast forward to modern gaming where everything has been made virtual and people gather together in front of their TVs for some interactive fun with a video game. Not much has changed over the years, right? Well, yes and no. Gaming has always been foremost an interactive experience, but now it has transitioned into a form of media and in some cases a form of art. That widened the spectrum of what can be considered a video game.
Today Valve announced their latest big project, Big Picture which allows you to do what you’ve pretty much always been able to do with a PC: hook it up to a TV.
Sound pointless? Not for everyone. Using a mouse and keyboard on the couch isn’t exactly the most convenient method to couch out for a night of gaming, but Big Picture adds some clever interfacing for controllers. What kind of controllers you can use hasn’t been specified but it’s assumed you can use any generic PC controller and perhaps an Xbox 360 controller.