Major video game modding websites Nexus Mods and ModDB have taken a public stance against anti-LGBTQ+ content, aiming to remove every pride flaw in the Spider-Man PC mod game.
Nexus Mods, a website where users can share custom content for PC games, started the movement after an established user started a new account (branded as Chuck Puppet) to upload anti-LGBTQ+ content, replacing the Rainbow Pride flag. American flag. The mod was later removed.
A user called “Coward” by Nexus Mods banned both their new and old accounts and created a Chuck Puppet account “a very easy decision”.
A blog post about Nexus Mods Said: “Having the user make a sock puppet like a coward to upload the mod showed their troll intent and they knew that wasn’t allowed. If they weren’t a coward and used their main account instead, we would have removed the mod and told them we didn’t want to host it. , we will only ban re-uploads after reasonable warning.”
The website also clarified that it would take similar action against such cases in the future, saying, “We’re for inclusion, we’re for diversity” and that as a private business, “we have the right to choose what content we do” and don’t want to host on our platform.”
Nexus Mods added: “We don’t want to discuss this with you and we don’t want to. We have now explained our position and we will not provide a platform to distort our position to feed the irrational and paranoid. You can do that elsewhere and we won’t care enough to read it.”
“If this policy upsets you, if we have broken some ethical code as a business that you cannot accept, please delete your account and we will.”
Hello! We have removed content and banned users. ModDB is an inclusive environment and we do not allow targeting of marginalized groups. Our content review is mostly automated, but if identified, we have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content. https://t.co/0leqjUxqJD
— ModDB (@ModDB) August 17, 2022
Reported by PC gamer, ModDB followed suit and removed the same Spider-Man mod and banned the users behind it. “ModDB is an inclusive environment and we do not allow targeting of marginalized groups,” the website said on Twitter (above). “Our content review is mostly automated, but if identified, we have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content.”
PlayStation Studio’s port of Spider-Man to PC in early August added a number of mods to the game that transform Spidey into Stan Lee. Users dug into the game files and found references to a scrapped multiplayer mode and a possible PlayStation PC launcher.
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