As a quick preface, I know that this will most certainly not affect everyone and is strictly a personal thing, not a technical one.
This is in regards to the new sounds/noises that Skags have. In all of the other games, the Skags were just aggressive, alien monsters that were there as cannon fodder, no problem. However, suddenly and unnecessarily, they have been updated with additional noises mixed in that make them sound like dogs/puppies realistically screaming and crying when they die, instead of the semi-generic monster noises they made before. My wife and I are long-time fans of the series and played the hell out of them together in multiplayer, but she is an avid animal lover (volunteers at animal shelters and such) and these new noises ‘empathize’ the Skags to a point that basically makes you feel bad for wiping them out. As a result, she now feels uncomfortable playing the game. I personally am indifferent to this change (I definitely don’t enjoy or prefer it), but I understand where she is coming from and how it may affect others with similar feelings toward animals. This was a game that we were greatly looking forward to and it’s strange how such a small and unnecessary change can completely take that away. It is really disheartening.
I understand that this will probably go unaddressed, but I wanted to get it out there. The best end result for us, if this were to be changed, would be a patch that simply removed those aspects of the sounds, or a setting to choose between the standard sounds and the older style ones.
Later edit: Further questions that were brought up are why was this done in the first place? What is the point of this change? What reasoning was put forth during development that resulted in ‘yes this is a good idea’? Worse, how were these sounds developed? Were they developed in house by Gearbox or were they sourced from outside the company? If they are done in house, are they human actors making noises or Foley specialists that are later edited to sound that way or are they real? If they are real, is the dog trained to make those kinds of noises on command or is it… the other alternative? If they were sourced outside the company, can Gearbox provide proof that they were not the result of animal abuse? I believe that all these questions are worth discussing.