First time forum/reddit user and it’s a bit of a lengthy post – bear with me!
A very close friend of mine unexpectedly took his own life a few weeks ago after a battle with mental illness. He was only 29 and married for a little less than a year. ■■■■■■■ great guy.
He was a passionate gamer and he adored two games in particular - Borderlands and Binding of Isaac. He enjoyed them so much he had about 6 or 7 tattoo’s of them (Claptrap, Handsome Jack, Isaac, Meat Boy etc). He finished the original Borderlands over ten times and the sequel a fair few times too. Hell, I remember one time we were near the end of the Borderlands main campaign (my first playthrough) and when we finished it, I said “I’m kind of glad, that was dragging towards the end…”. He responded with “how do you think I feel; this is my eighth time!”. We’ve been talking about and (wishing for) Borderlands 3 ever since we finished Borderlands 2 back at launch and used to have long drunken chats about how hyped we were for it.
I want to try and get him honoured in some way in the game/series. It doesn’t have to be major; I’d just love if there was a little nod to him in a game series he adored and was really excited about playing. A random minor NPC character named after him, a spot on the ‘special thanks’ credit list, a tiny texture buried in the map with his name on it, a piece of lore squirreled away in an item description – anything.
I have a fair few reasons for wanting to do it; I want him remembered; I think it’d give a little happiness to his mum, dad, sister and wife; I think he’d love it; He’s been looking forward to the game for so long it and it wounds me he won’t get to experience it and I’ll have to play without him.
I’m a social media hermit (no twitter, facebook etc) but I’ll be creating accounts on these (and in forums) in an attempt to speak to the devs/publishers to try and get something accomplished. I’m not the most eloquent either so I’m not putting a lot of money on this post doing the job.
I know this seems quite a selfish request in a way (“I’m new here but my friend died, and I want him in the game!” is the basic crux of it). I’ve re-read this post countless times and tried to make it concise, honest and to the point.
TLDR – A great friend of mine committed suicide after suffering from mental illness and I’m trying to get a tribute, however small, made to him in a series that he adored.
PS. If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions into making this a reality I’d love to here them too.