Geez, GOTY Enhanced? You can see why I got confused on the matter. The most I can discern is that my game is officially entitled, “Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition.” So I’m guessing it is not enhanced.
I wasn’t really drowning in anything until endgame in BL1, and I don’t think I got my first legendary until about halfway through PT2.
You know why I’m a (more or less) strong-willed farmer? It goes like this. I think to myself, “Self, you really hate farming and would sometimes prefer to have your nails pulled out with pliers.” Then I think, “But I love this game and I’m mainly playing it for the loot.” I spot a farm - Bunker, Crawmerax, whatever - and I determine that I will hit it extremely hard, relentlessly, until I can think of nothing else but throwing myself in front of a bus, until I get what I want. And then I’ll never do it again.
That’s all it is. Instead of stretching it out, it’s concentrated torturous pain that normally ensures I suffer intensely but relatively briefly, as opposed to stretching it out over months or years.
The psychology of farming is actually really interesting to me - one of the nice perks of entering into the world of Borderlands fandom is having so many areas where human nature intersects with games, luck, emotion, intellect, get opened up for consideration. I love it. But the point here is that the way my bone-headed, obstinate Capricorn psychology works is by “getting it over with.”
Whatever the suffering is, if I know I have to undergo it at some point, might as well do it now, so my later will be better.
(Of course, no one has to farm, but you know what I mean. If I want a Bessie in BL1, then I have to farm, barring extreme luck.)
And here again, in BL2, the goal I aimed for throughout my whole stretch of play up to level 80 was to collect every nice and unique piece of gear for my Siren, so I could then play around with whatever build I wanted, experiment with making my own builds (I’m just beginning, for instance, to try to work out a Rough Rider-Fleet build, which is why I’m interested in the Legendary Nurse COM). Given that goal, there was no way around it, and there was no way I was going to stop before I got what I wanted.
Well, turns out Bunker had a vote as well. He voted against me. To date, he’s the only farm that forced me to stop before getting my gear - which, to say it one more time (not for you but for others), is not about perfect parts or anything extravagant, but just basic stuff.
But I did learn something. Contrary to Dante, there are not nine levels of hell but ten, and that hitherto unknown final layer is exclusively filled with people farming Bunker. Time to update the Inferno. Thanks Gearbox - you’re poets and don’t know it!