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 possibility to decide on a pronoun on your created character. As you would possibly anticipate, this removing angered a really poisonous portion of gamers who yelled at Nexus Mods over its alternative and threatened to cease utilizing the huge website. However Nexus Mods is sticking with its determination and has a message to indignant bigots: We aren’t unhappy to see you permit.
Starfield, one of many largest video games of 2023, can be a Bethesda RPG. Which means it’s a big open-world recreation crammed with quests and locations to discover, nevertheless it additionally has some annoying bugs and irritating design decisions. And as normal, 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 constructive, like a mod that removes the flexibility to decide on a pronoun, a small characteristic within the recreation that grew to become a viral talking point among toxic losers upset about Starfield being “woke.” Nevertheless, when you attempt to obtain that mod from Nexus Mods at this time, you gained’t discover it, as a result of the folks operating the location didn’t need it round.
In a report from 404Media printed Friday, Nexus Mods advised the outlet that whereas it doesn’t see itself because the “police of what folks can and can’t mod into (or out of) their video games” it does determine which content material it needs to host or not host. And Nexus Mods mentioned 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 advised 404Media. It additionally mentioned the mod’s removing wasn’t a “political assertion” or the location choosing sides within the ongoing tradition struggle. As an alternative, it mentioned it merely believes in “variety and inclusion,” including that the “removing of variety, whereas interesting to many, doesn’t promote a constructive modding group.”
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 indignant 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 the very best plan of action has been a number of the hatred, vitriol, and threats of violence coming from a really, very small minority of the group,” Nexus Mods mentioned. “Frankly, we’re not unhappy to see them go.”
This isn’t the primary time the favored modding website has upset poisonous assholes. In 2022, Nexus took related motion in opposition to a mod for Spider-Man Remastered that eliminated Satisfaction flags from the sport’s New York Metropolis. That mod would later be re-uploaded to the Web Archive; an excellent 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 blog post 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.”