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Body image, stuttering, accidental bisexuality: Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch talks inclusion

Body image, stuttering, accidental bisexuality: Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch talks inclusion

Video game characters tend to fall into one of these camps: Someone that adolescent males want to be, or someone adolescent males went to sleep with. There are exceptions, but they're rare, especially in larger budget action games.

This look at some of the diverse characters in Borderlands 2 is fascinating for a number of reasons, including the fact that so much of the reaction Burch found in players happened by accident.

That character wasn't explicitly written to be bisexual, but it worked. A character's stutter ended up being an important bit of characterization for others. That's the sort of thing that you may sometimes luck into, and it's smart that those things became a lasting part of those characters after the positive reactions.

What's even better is that this wasn't trumpeted from the rooftops when the game launched, it was merely a game filled with interesting characters, going about their lives. It's neat stuff, and it's great to hear some of the thought process behind how it all happened.