Capture Session Disaster
While I was extremely lucky to be part of the Borderlands 3 marketing campaign. I had the worse luck while recording my gameplay sessions. During the borderlands 3 reveal event, there were 200 demo stations. On arrival there, everyone got a specific station assigned. After the presentation, you needed to find your demo pod in the closed-off section. While doing so I stumbled into my buddy Scott Pytlik, Director of Global Influencer Marketing at 2K Games. He introduced me to one of his co-workers. Apparently my name regularly comes up during meetings, therefore, Scott wanted to introduce me to the team. However, I’m getting sidetracked over here.
So… Once Scott dropped me off at the demo station he was like have fun and see you around. Because there weren’t any clear instructions on what to do and the only info up on the table was a cheat chart on how the controls worked for both playable vault hunters. Therefore, I just booted up the game and started playing just like the guy next to me. Apparently we both picked the wrong save file and ended up in a co-op game with each other. I later found out that we were not supposed to do that. However, this did let me play a level 25 character in co-op as one of the first people as everyone else was playing a level 10 character solo. The downside of this story is that no-one started the capture session, so in the end, I didn’t have any gameplay footage of that session. The guy in charge of that zone felt responsible as it was his task to set everyone up at those demo pods. I said I still had fun and that I’ll be back for the next capture session. 2K Games was nice to me and booked me for both sessions that day.
In the afternoon play session, I ended up in the same zone. Therefore, the guy that didn’t enable my capture session last time double checked if my recording was running this session. Everything seemed fine until my few hour session ended and he started checking the footage. Apparently, the capture software recorded the second screen. OMG! I got a few hours of static desktop footage with the assigned save-folder up on the screen. The representative felt extremely guilty and could just hit himself.
Ki11erSix to the rescue
To my surprise, Ki11erSix was assigned to the demo pod next to me. Which was really cool, we talked for a bit and took a selfie. But as my second recording session came to an end, Ki11erSix found out that my recording was messed up for the second time. I would have gone home without any footage. Therefore, K6 came to the rescue and shared his footage with me. He didn’t promise it was the best footage but at least I would have something to work with. That was a really nice thing, I love this cooperation within the community instead of seeing everyone as competition.
At the Fl4K reveal event, I apparently ended up at the demo pod that had the most glitches/bugs. I got stuck in a combat sequence because one enemy got stuck in the wall and couldn’t be killed. Therefore, the mission wouldn’t progress. However, the weirdest glitch was like a reset button. At the event, 2K staff members would start and stop your captures every hour to reduce the file size of your recordings. After my first hour, a 2K representative stops my recording session and then immediately started the next recording. At first sight, there was nothing wrong, however, when I made my way to the next combat zone, I noticed that my character didn’t want to fire its weapon. When I opened up the echo menu, I found out that my inventory was completely empty. During that brief interruption, I lost all the cool weapons that I had collected and my vault hunter was back at level 1. Luckily, because we were playing a developer version of the game, they could restore my progression and give be some weapons. Event the devs hadn’t seen anything like this.
While capturing this game wasn’t always the most successful for me personally, I did enjoy my time with the game. The events that 2K Games had set up were great and I’m honored that I could be part of them.