Nexus Mods, one of many largest on-line repositories of fan-made online game modifications, not too long ago deleted a Starfield mod that eliminated the sport’s built-in choice to decide on a pronoun in your created character. As you may anticipate, this removing angered a really poisonous portion of gamers who yelled at Nexus Mods over its selection and threatened to cease utilizing the huge website. However Nexus Mods is sticking with its resolution and has a message to offended bigots: We aren’t unhappy to see you permit.
Starfield, one of many massivegest video games of 2023, can be a Bethesda RPG. Meaning it’s a big open-world recreation full of quests and locations to discover, but it surely additionally has some annoying bugs and irritating design selections. And as ordinary, PC-based modders have come to the rescue to assist tweak and enhance the sport. Whereas many of those mods are helpful and/or enjoyable, some aren’t as optimistic, like a mod that removes the power to decide on a pronoun, a small characteristic within the recreation that turned a viral speaking level amongst poisonous losers upset about Starfield being “woke.” Nevertheless, in the event you attempt to obtain that mod from Nexus Mods right this moment, you gained’t discover it, as a result of the individuals operating the location didn’t need it round.
In a report from 404Media revealed Friday, Nexus Mods informed the outlet that whereas it doesn’t see itself because the “police of what individuals can and can’t mod into (or out of) their video games” it does resolve which content material it desires to host or not host. And Nexus Mods stated internet hosting this pronoun-removal mod was “not for us.”
“It’s actually inside our rights to not host content material on our platform,” Nexus Mods informed 404Media. It additionally stated the mod’s removing wasn’t a “political assertion” or the location choosing sides within the ongoing tradition warfare. As a substitute, it stated it merely believes in “variety and inclusion,” including that the “removing of variety, whereas interesting to many, doesn’t promote a optimistic modding neighborhood.”
Nexus Mods isn’t phased by poisonous feedback
In the event you’ve been on the web in any respect in the previous couple of years, you recognize what occurred subsequent. A lot of offended chuds hopped into boards and social media threads to yell about how this was evil censorship and infringing on their rights. For its half, Nexus Mods doesn’t care in regards to the response.
“A reinforcement that this has been one of the best plan of action has been a few of the hatred, vitriol, and threats of violence coming from a really, very small minority of the neighborhood,” Nexus Mods stated. “Frankly, we aren’t unhappy to see them go.”
This isn’t the primary time the favored modding website has upset poisonous assholes. In 2022, Nexus took comparable motion in opposition to a mod for Spider-Man Remastered that eliminated Delight flags from the sport’s New York Metropolis. That mod would later be re-uploaded to the Web Archive; a great reminder to these claiming these mods are now not accessible, they’re, you simply can’t get them from one particular website anymore.
On the time, Nexus Mods had this to say in a weblog put up explaining why it had deleted the Spider-Man mod from its website: “We’re for inclusivity, we’re for variety. If we expect somebody is importing a mod on our website with the intent to intentionally be in opposition to inclusivity and/or variety then we are going to take motion in opposition to it.”