You probably don't know the late
Borderlands fan Michael John Mamaril, but thanks to Gearbox Software,
his is a name destined to become part of Pandora lore. This October,
Michael lost his life to cancer at the absurdly young age of 22,
motivating his friend Carlo to approach the Gearbox team for help in
honoring his memory with a personalized eulogy from the game's sassy
robotic mascot, Claptrap. The studio agreed; and then did him one
better. Brace yourself: this could get emotional.
Shortly after Carlo emailed Gearbox, he
received a touching audio response and a promise from developers that
Michael will be included as an NPC in Borderlands 2. For obvious
reasons, we don't yet know the latter will look like, but thanks to
Carlo's willingness to share his story with Destructoid, we can
listen in on one of the most heartbreaking/uplifting developer
messages in recent memory:
It's all to easy to let knee-jerk
cynacism and snark dominate the conversation when it comes to video
games. Let this be proof, then, that both developers and players
share a deeper connection and passion for the industry than we
sometimes give them credit for.
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