Borderlands 3 sense of humour: “be edgy, be funny, don’t be cruel, don’t be insensitive”

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Speaking to us at this year’s Gamescom, producer Chris Brock said it’s all about finding edginess and humour, without straying too far.

At this year’s show, Brock tells us that on the topic of potential concerns maintaining the game’s tone might throw up, “we talk about it and think about it a lot more. I think in the past, we’ve just kinda done stuff. But now we say ‘okay we have this joke and we want to run it by the studio’. And the studio’s huge now – we have people 400 people in Dallas and 100 people in Quebec. So we go ‘how does this joke land with everybody?’”

He adds that he’d say to his team, “we’ve all got a personal line, some of our lines will be crossed, but we have to as a team, understand that we’re putting our best foot forward.

“Be edgy, be funny, don’t be cruel, don’t be insensitive, be understanding, be sympathetic. We have a very diverse studio culture, and everybody wants to represent that.”
 
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This bodes poorly. Humor is one of those things that shrivels up and dies when you try to do it by committee.

BL2 to remain best in the series?

Red Flags.

RED FLAGS.


Sooo ... is Ellie going to get gastric bypass or what?
Nah, they ran it by all 500 people in the studio and got shouted down by several tons of slayy kween.
 

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This bodes poorly. Humor is one of those things that shrivels up and dies when you try to do it by committee.

BL2 to remain best in the series?





Nah, they ran it by all 500 people in the studio and got shouted down by several tons of slayy kween.
Soooo...she's going to shave the sides of her head , get her hair dyed purple and pink and get a that nose ring thing that makes you look like those cartoon bulls...got it!
 
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I feel like outlets will give it points for being progressive but when people play it they will he like its not as funny.
 
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You cant be edgy without offending someone. Pick one already, Randy.
 
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Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it but it dies in the process.

The comment about jokes crossing the line is interesting. I can't imagine what it must be like being a kid nowadays and growing up with such restrictions. Being a child of the 90s, if I don't like edgy humour then I don't listen to it. Nowadays it is petitioned to be canceled. I'm starting to believe we shouldn't worry about this far left cultural climate as it's simply a new generation. It'll change come the next generation.
 

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Borderlands has always been an unfunny pile of shit. One of the biggest reasons I'm not looking forward to 3 is the writing. I can only cringe so much.

How the fuck can you possibly be edgy and simultaneously not be cruel or insensitive?
>fuck nazis they should all die and get killed LOL
 

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I mean I decided to never buy anouther Gearbox game since Aliens: Colonial marines, I am just glad everyone else is catching up on the fact that you should not buy there games, After the presequel this sort of Borderlands was the logical next step has no one seen youtube clips of the dialog from that? Some of it is cringe as fuck.
 

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Ill be edgy and funny, how about not buying this game and then telling everyone i see about this bullshit.
 

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The expression the chick in the middle is doing in the thumbnail pretty much summarizes my feelings about this awful sketch. We get it, popular actresses are sooooooo oppressed, can we get on with the comedy please? Oops no comedy detected just narrative driven pandering disguised as "comedy". This has nothing to do with edginess or humor.
 
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I mean you can't be edgy with humor without being cruel and being "insensitive". Seems like Gearbox unsold people with a lot of stuff in regards to BL3. And now they want to unsold people even more? I'm still in the wait and see camp with this one, though. I'm hoping all this stuff is just PR and not in the game itself.
 

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When you have quotes like

"Foreskin hats for my puppets!"
"I made a finger pizza just for you!"
" It's my pound of flesh tonight! "
"Nipple salad!"
"Shoot me in the face! "

And then things like an old stalker hermit collecting a woman's panties.

Psychos describing their mothers torturous death in an almost rapey sexual manner.

SERIOUSLY Gearbox?
 
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And they will keep getting away with shit like this because of how many people preorder before knowing the full details.

Randy already gots your monies
 
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"Be edgy"

"Don't be insensitive"

Pick one, cucks.
I think edgy is even worse, it implies intent to me. The Office was super insensitive and also super funny, because it never felt like the writers sat down and said "ok, give me something edgy". It felt like they wrote some funny stuff and weren't too concerned with how it would be received, but it felt so organic that it worked.
 

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I thought the entire point of being edgy in this sense, is to push the boundaries and not tied down by identity politics. Edgy and not being insensitive is like an oxymoron.
 
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I played the shit outta of BL1 and 2 but god did I cringe at the "humour".