BattleBorn Is Being Shut Down…Good Riddance!

BattleBorn is 2K’s fun-looking online First-Person-Shooter with a large cast of unique characters with all sorts of crazy weapons and abilities for each. The game can be pretty funny too, which is a nice bonus.

And better yet, there’s a single player campaign! Imagine that! The fun gameplay and single player are what drove me to buy this game when I found it on a good sale. That’s right, I said buy. This was unfortunately before it became free-to-play.

Blizzard’s ridiculously similar Overwatch came out around the same time, and completely overshadowed BattleBorn. Because of this, 2K were not completely happy with the money it made them, or rather didn’t make them, and they are shutting the game down. Everything. Even single player.

Spent money on the game like I did? You’re out of luck. We just tossed a bunch of dollars into a burn barrel. No refunds, no f**ks given by 2K.

I bought this game some two years ago, and just tried to play it like a month ago for the first time, after trying to refund the game without success.

Notice how I said “tried to play it.” And that is what I did…try.

I can’t speak for the online multiplayer, what the game is designed for, but man is the single player a nightmare.

You start off with a prologue. You can only choose one character for this. Okay, that’s fine. I beat the prologue after three tries, because my internet is completely horrendous and kept getting disconnected. The servers are probably awful too though in my internet’s defense.

That’s right, as you might expect, the game can only be played online. So when I restarted the game, I came to find that there are no checkpoints in the levels, so when you get a game over (yes, you have lives in this game) or get disconnected, it’s back to the beginning for you.

Wow.

What makes this even more infuriating is that these aren’t short levels. Oh no, not even close. They are like over 40 minutes long! How can these people think it’s okay to put an unstable, ridiculously long campaign with game overs and no checkpoints? I can’t wrap my head around that…I…can’t…

When I beat the prologue, it’s supposed to save your experience, items, whatever it’s supposed to do, and then unlock level 1.

But do you think it actually does that? Well, I probably wouldn’t be writing this if it did.

No, I beat the prologue four times, each time taking faster, so that it took only about 15-20 minutes to beat it the last two times. And each time, according to the game, I never played it at all.

So I opened a ticket with 2K’s tech support. Like three weeks later they finally fixed the issue, or rather, unlocked level 1 for me.

So I tried this level out, and dear effing God. First off, the difficulty spikes 10fold compared to the prologue.

Second, the level seems to be even longer and has multiple bosses in it. You get a lot of extra lives, but you also lose them very quickly.

There are tons of tiny robots flying all over the place, shooting the hell out of you almost nonstop. And to hit them is very difficult. I’m playing this on PS4, so it’s nearly impossible unless they are standing still. On PC this wouldn’t be an issue.

So 45 minutes and four bosses later, I’m trudging along on my last life. Then an enemy appears out of nowhere (probably because of the crappy internet/server), freezes me in ice, and then shoots a laser beam that takes down my full health bar, and that’s that. Game over, 45 minutes of my life down the crapper, plus the first 20 minutes I played the level, but had to stop playing, so I had to exit the game and start the whole level over again later.

Even when you get a game over, you are supposed to keep everything you gained from the level. But guess what? Once again, the game did not register that I had ever even played it. Meaning that if I were to actually beat the level, I would have to go to tech support again and wait half a month for them to unlock level 2.

NO WONDER YOUR GAME FLOPPED!!!

Clearly, since it doesn’t have many levels, they intended you to play each one multiple times until you got good enough at it that you could 1.) finally beat it, and 2.) do so in a timely manner.

And as for the gameplay itself, it is just Borderlands. Even the humor is straight out of Borderlands. I literally thought that was the game I was playing while in my 45 minute session.

And I think Borderlands is terrible as well. So clearly 2K is not my cup of tea. But BattleBorn is less than a game. I can’t imagine how the game lasted as long as it did.

It was a waste of money to buy this non-functional piece of s*@t. And now they are shutting it down, completely screwing everyone out of the money they’ve spent. That’s like 2K pissing on your face after first kicking you in the balls. But the game is so bad, I don’t even care that it’s being shut down. I just want my money back, both for soon not being able to play it, and for the game being unplayable in ore ways than one.

For the first time in my life, there is a developer I will no longer give my business to.

How Come Every “Update” On Every Platform Takes One Step Forward and Three Steps Back?

Seriously, Apple, Windows, the apps these operating systems run, websites, and now the very website I write this on constantly update everything with the intention of making everything look prettier.

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t really think there are many people who give a crap what the site looks like as long as it functions. This all clearly stems from the greedy, clueless corporate idiots who think they know how to run a business.

Each update for pretty much anything tidies up the look of all this stuff, BUT AT THE COST OF USER-FRIENDLINESS!!!!

Who needs convenient functionality when it looks nice, am I right?

Literally almost every app or OS or website I use regularly has fallen victim to these “modern advances.” Everything I used on these programs and such was easy to use, plainly in view, and required zero thought/effort to do it.

With the big boastful updates these harebrained companies come up with it, they take all that convenience away, hiding it somewhere deep in the new, clean and infinitely more complicated formatting, UI or what have you, or removing it all together.

So instead of taking half a second to do something, I have to search for 15 minutes to find it, if I even find it at all! More often than not, I’m off to Google for research on how to use this “wonderful new update” or in extreme cases, have to contact the support team of whatever I’m trying to use and ask them what the hell happened to it.

When you’re getting support tickets on how to use your own damn product that worked the day before, wouldn’t the company consider that a fail?

And the answer is “No”, for they are still making money, so what do they care?

So now things that were in plain sight and required one click and one second of your time necessitate you to click through seven different menus and this and that to either do what you want to do, or sometimes, this opens up something entirely new, and then you have to locate it from within there.

This is an issue that has frustrated me since I first started regularly using computers about 10 years ago.

I was going to write about something completely different today, until I logged onto wordpress and found they had done the same thing. This is about the third time they’ve made things worse and less user-friendly since I’ve been using the site, but nothing relative to this level.

When writing a post, there was a convenient bar at the top center of the screen that pretty much had everything you ever needed. If memory serves correct, they made this a little less convenient once before. But now it’s gone all together.

There was also a bunch of stuff on the left and right of the screen, also in plain sight for your use, stuff you need to use to edit/post. Again they made this stuff slightly more complicated over the years, but now that’s gone too!

So what am I looking at now? Certainly not a convenient collection of necessary tools! Why would modern, respectable folks want that?

No, now I am looking at a blinding white screen that makes me feel like I am drowning in white-out. The only break from this is a few symbols on the top left and right of the screen. What do these hieroglyphics mean? I don’t have an effing clue! So again, everything I ever wanted to use if now hidden behind the scrawls of Ancient Egyptians. Wonderful.

I just managed to bring up the old tool box somehow, but it placed it right where I was trying to write, and couldn’t get it away for a moment. What’s wrong with having it just sit at the top of the screen like it used to?

Again, I’m going to ask, are there really people out there who were begging the site to do this? People asking for nothing but a blank white screen? People that weren’t directly involved with running the website?

I suppose I’ve ranted enough about this. Now the next thing to do is try and figure out how to post this…

Updating this about a week after the original writing…

I was trying to add images to my latest post. Before, it was a simple click at the top of the screen to get where you needed to go.

Now I’ve got to click one of the hieroglyphics, type something in a search bar, click on the thing I need, which brings up a condensed bar that requires a few more clicks to be able to add images, and then forces you to navigate all these drop down menus just to edit and align the stinking picture! I mean seriously, what a-holes thought this was a good idea?

How Many Social Media Platforms Do We Really Need?

Much like the brand new term “social distancing,” social media was never something you heard up until the past decade or so.

It all started, as far as I am aware, with the extinct giant called MySpace. This was created, or at least I was made aware of it, the summer between my ninth and tenth grade of high school.

My immediate impressions were something along the lines of “Wow, this is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Who the hell would waste their time on this crap?”

Well, everyone, as it turns out. Pretty much all anyone talked about was MySpace for the next two years, though there was talk of something else from college students, who often bragged about having their own type of MySpace, but a better, more sophisticated version. In short, they thought they were cooler than all the high school kids and their MySpace.

So naturally, the high school kids strove to be just as cool, and that’s when FaceBook really took over, and continues to rule the world alongside Amazon and Disney today.

Seriously, I can not believe how much time people spend on that website. All my wife does everyday is sit on her phone and read and watch the mindless, stupid crap that filters in non-stop, and then constantly tries to show me stuff she thinks is hilarious.

But guess what…it’s not hilarious. 99.9% of them aren’t, anyway. I’ve gotten a few chuckles here and there, but most of them just baffle my mind that someone would take the time to make/post something so stupid. And that’s just dumb things. That’s not counting all the time people spend posting their every detail about life on it, which really, really baffles me.

So for the last decade, all I hear about is Facebook, and it’s enough to make me hurl.

Well that’s not true. I hear about all sorts of other things as well Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Snap Chat, Pinterest, Tumblr and a whole slew of other things I can’t think of at the moment. And lately, I keep hearing about the worst named one of all, Tik Tok.

Seriously, who comes up with these names? The first time I heard of Twitter, I was in a college class and some lady was trying to convince me to vote for some political election that was happening around that time for governor or something, and told me he has Twitter.

My response was, “Oh, that sucks,” and she looked at me funny. I thought twitter was some kind of epileptic seizure disease or something. Not a god damn stupid social media thing! Twitter, Tik Tok… come on people.

WTF!?!?!? How many of these do we need though? And the astounding thing is everyone jumps to these platforms immediately.

Truthfully, other than MySpace and FaceBook, I don’t have a clue what all the other ones are or do. I just know people are addicted to many or all of them. And I notice half the reason they join these sites or apps is because they don’t want to be left out. They need to feel connected to everyone else or else be left behind both in the technological and social worlds.

Now that this Tik Tok has come out, my wife now sits and looks at her phone for 15 hours a day instead of 13. Gee, thanks all you useless things out there.

Want to start a successful business? Make a social media website. It’s guaranteed to draw in millions of people!

I must confess that I do use one platform, and that’s YouTube. But only because among the billions of stupid pointless waste of time videos, there is extremely helpful and informative videos. Pretty much everything you need to know can be found on that site. So go YouTube!