I’m not sure if the term has ever been used to identify players, but you are technically playing a role or sorts so I guess it fits quite nicely.
Anyway, some people tend to stick to only one character, two if they feel adventurous. While there’s usually nothing wrong with that we can have one issue that I’ve noticed since I’ve started playing the BL series back in 2009 that’s still cropping up today.
The people that tend to only use one character and only one, understand the game by the strengths and weaknesses of only that single aspect and they seem to judge balance of the entire game just on that one style of play. Let’s take Nisha for example: Insane DPS, specced even in a slightly moderately efficient way, everything will usually be dead before Showdown ends. If it’s not, it’s going to be dead as soon as Showdown ends thanks to Unforgiven because… BOOM. You’ve got insane mobbing skills, super survival thanks to LaO and as long as there’s minions to kill while facing a boss, the fight will always be very quick.
While this is great for Nisha, not every character is the same, my Wilhelm will never be able to match DPS with Nisha yet people that tend to favor a character that strong will want the game balanced around that massive DPS output which might be great for something that can kill so fast, but it would be horrible for characters that simply can’t keep up with that. It’s similar to how all those Sal players said that the game was so easy, yet if they ventured outside of their comfort zones and played someone besides Sal, they’d see that not everything can kill a raid boss in five shots.
I’m guilty of this in BL1, I only played as Lillith for the first year that the game was out because I loved the playstyle and besides Mass Effect, it was really my only experience with rpg’ish type games. I had no idea that the different characters would play so radically different. Once I tried the others, the game felt like a brand new world, I started to understand balance as an average and not a single point and I’ve never typecast myself since then. Bl2 I brought all my characters to OP5 and now in TPS my Athena is 60, Nisha and Wilhelm are in UVHM, Jack is almost done with TVHM and claptrap… well claptrap is level 10. But he’ll get there someday.
So, how does everyone else feel about this?