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Update/Patch Notes can be found here

Gearbox Labs website can be found here

EULA is located at the Gearbox Labs site here


What is BTest?
BTest is an experimental opt-in stat-tracking update for the Steam version of Borderlands PC that offers participants the chance to help us tune and improve our games. Alongside BTest, the update also enables Steam Cloud support for the remote backup of save games.


How does BTest work?
When playing Borderlands with an active internet connection, BTest tracks certain statistics and periodically sends that data to Gearbox Labs. This process should not have any noticeable impact on gameplay and should not generate more than 400KB of bandwidth per hour.


What sort of information does BTest collect?
BTest collects information that will help us tune and improve our games, including character class and experience, the amount and type of damage dealt to enemies, weapon statistics, details on where and how players are killed by enemies, and more.


I’m in! How do I participate?
The first time you boot Borderlands with the BTest update applied, you will be automatically prompted to participate in BTest. You can also modify this setting in the Options menu.

Once opted-in, you’ll be able to track your progress along with that of your friends on the leaderboards at http://labs.gearboxsoftware.com/


Will my game progress prior to the BTest update be available to track on Gearbox Labs?
BTest will collect character information from when you agree to participate in BTest through the end date. All experienced earned prior to the update will not reflect on the leaderboards at http://labs.gearboxsoftware.com. Additionally, information is only collected when you have an active connection to the internet.


I’ve changed my mind. Can I opt-out?
Players can toggle Data Collection on or off within the Options menu.


What will Gearbox do with this data?
By learning more about how people play Borderlands, we will be able to better tune and improve our games moving forward.


Does BTest work on all versions of Borderlands?
BTest currently only works on just English Language Steam versions of Borderlands.


How long will BTest run?
BTest begins on September 9, 2011 and ends on October 31, 2011.


Will Steam Cloud support end when BTest is over?
No. Steam Cloud support for save games will remain after BTest concludes.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info Adam.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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Ah, thank you very much for the details Adam!

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Old September 9th, 2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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"Added new EULA and opt-in / opt-out menu choices for BTest functionality"
I guess that explains the EULA we got last night
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Old September 9th, 2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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hmmm, could it be that this Btest makes borderlands lag (as in frame drops) like crazy when transmitting data?

it keeps freezing up my borderlands =/

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It needs only 400KB of data transfer per hour, but our co-op and steam chat did lag during PT yesterday. It could have been our host's internet connection and I don't have any proof to blame the patch.
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Any chance we could get a thank you patch after this to fix some annoyances in Borderlands like no transition star names to tell us where we are going in the map, no spawns for long range people till you get close, and no hidden stats?

I got the GOTY on Steam recently and love it but stuff like that irritates me to no end. I like the direction you guys seem to be going with Borderlands 2.
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It needs only 400KB of data transfer per hour, but our co-op and steam chat did lag during PT yesterday. It could have been our host's internet connection and I don't have any proof to blame the patch.
yeah it might be my custom map =/, my saves got corrupted as well now, had to use a backup

if it crashes again, i'll launch offline ditch my custom stuff and relaunch

will report back

oh and the lag, well it's like 1FPS and eventually it just freezes, but will try the above first now

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edit; but it only jsut started right after the patch
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@Mpinpin: Those annoyances have been there since the beginning and are unlikely to be fixed now. Only improvement I can see in that department is BL2.

@AG: It was not that bad for us. We just got jitters and packet losses which smoothed out eventually. Though it was happening for all of us. What I am sure is that only 2 of us had accepted the EULA that time and none of us two was the host. After the PT on coming monday, I'll be able to say things a bit clearly.
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Default Re: BTest/Borderlands Update 1.42 FAQ

well i just tried my back up saves, they loaded fine

went low reso just ot make sure it wasn't my comp, it ran fine for a couple of mintues, then a little later, it started doing that lag again and eventually froze up =/

and after it does that, my save gets corrupted o_O

so i'ma try ditching my custom stuff and give ti another go

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