The game Borderlands, released at the end of October, includes some wonderful innovations. The game combines first-person-shooter elements with role-playing elements to create a gaming experience that's fresh and unique. The cell-shaded art style makes the game stand out visually. Every gun in the game is randomly-generated - a first for video game - offering the player thousands of different combinations of weaponry. The game is also one of the only shooters to implement a working four-player cooperative experience, which allows four people to play through entire game at the same time. While this experience is familiar to MMOs, it's almost unheard of among non-MMOs, especially within the shooter genre. However, despite these many technical strengths, the game does little to break any gendered conventions within the video game world, situatating itself squarly as a male-dominated play space.
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