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‘Badass’ bug kills off Borderlands 2 characters on Xbox

Borderlands 2 is a game that a lot of people have been raving about since its long awaited release last month. But it seems (according to the BBC) that due to modders using hacked Xboxes, some players may start raving about something else all together…. before ejecting it from their Xbox and throwing it out the window!

 If there is one thing that will send a gamer round the twist with anger, It’s perma death; especially on a characters you have spent so much time crafting and building up!

You can read what the BBC had to say below or see the full story here 

The bug only strikes those playing the game via Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.

It revolves around a hidden feature that can only be activated by those that have modified their console.

Gamers who play alongside people who have modded their console “contract” the bug which deletes their character if they die during play.

The hidden option within the game, known as “badass” or “hardcore”, is turned off by default but can be enabled by those that have modified or hacked their console. “Modding” involves altering the hardware or software in a console so it can run pirated games, development code or other non-official programs.

Power play

Modded consoles can enable the “badass mode” on Borderlands 2 which lets their characters gather special weapons and armour and become much more powerful than those created in “normal” mode.

When a player with an unmodded console joins a Borderlands 2 multiplayer game in which there is a character running in badass mode it too gets kicked into that mode.

“Hence the ‘virus’ explanation – as with a cold or the flu in real life you can spread it to other people before noticing the symptoms, and without any evil intent, and they in turn can spread it on to others,” explained one gamer on the forums of Borderlands 2 maker Gearbox.

One consequence of the badass mode is that when characters die during gameplay they suffer permanent deletion rather than respawning.

Gearbox warned about the problem on 22 October saying some gamers were using it to “maliciously disrupt the experience and sabotage characters of legitimate Borderlands 2 players”.

Since then the problem has become much more widespread with many posting complaints to the forum thread about long-running characters being deleted.

Gearbox said it had prepared a fix that closed the loophole being exploited but it would take time for this to be fed out to consoles.

In the meantime, Gearbox said, users players should only play with people they trust and avoid public games. To avoid characters being deleted, it said, players should use the “save and quit” option during play so they can reload that avatar later on.

No advice has been given about how to resurrect characters that have been lost as a result of the “badass” bug.


I'm a 35 year old, self-confessed media junkie from London. I currently work as a tester in digital media (some say I get paid to watch telly) and also worked as a games tester in the past. I also spend a lot of my spare time watching films and playing video games. Thankfully I have a very understanding wife, who allows me time to do so.

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