There’s a certain player that’s played since launch on PC. He shall remain nameless.
Around launch, multiple players observed him clearly aimbotting with Marquis, OM, and WF. He was reported. Nothing happened.
A few times, I was matched on the same team as him. Unsurprisingly, he had a vulgar, abusive attitude towards his teammates, constantly judging of the skill levels of others, and bullying support players – dictating when, how, and where they should act. He obsessively taunted after every KO, even if it meant he would die in the middle of combat. Despite his aggression, we would usually lose the match, because his obsession with KOs also led to a bunch of senseless deaths. He was reported. Nothing happened.
His next act was to impersonate a developer, by putting [gbx] in his name, and changing his avatar to resemble the one developers use. He was reported. Nothing happened.
In my last encounter with this player, he was wearing the “Angel of Death” title. He picked Montana, I picked Pendles. From the start of the match, he was flagrantly tracking me when I was cloaked. When I moved to an unoccupied part of the map, I watched him repeatedly break away from his team on the minimap, and make a solo sprint to my area of the map. The second he had a clear shot, he would immediately snap his view to my player position, stun me with a dash, and quickly kill me at close range. Every time I died, it was in this manner.
I reported him. Nothing is going to happen.
He’s the tip of the iceberg. I’ve come across dozens of other players with attitudes and behavior that poisons the sad, tiny player base on PC. Sometimes it’s obvious, other times it’s subtle, but the one thing they all have in common is selfishness, entitlement, and a complete willingness to use every exploit at their disposal to win. Their enjoyment comes at the expense of others, and it shows in everything they say and do in the game.
It feels like nothing has really been done to combat or even acknowledge this tidal wave of failure. One can only guess why – publisher/developer bureaucracy, general unpreparedness, difficulty identifying the problem or implementing a solution, a lack of resources, a shift in priorities away from the PC version or Battleborn in general, or a combination of these factors. Who knows.
The causes don’t really matter at this point. It’s the effect that stings – the pool has become fouled, to the point that you’ll get sick just from swimming in it. Cleaning it seems impossible. I feel like a colossal idiot for sticking around as long as I have, clinging to my nostalgia from beta and the first few weeks after launch, hoping for some sort of impossible fix, for a return to something worthwhile.
This is the first time I’ve been seriously let down by a title with Gearbox’s name on it. I’ll never be a member of the psychotic Gearbox/Pitchford hate brigade, but a large amount of trust has been lost.