Mud Communities Ban Anti-LGBTQ+ Mods After Spider-Man Controversy

Some of the biggest modding sites in gaming have gathered in the LGBTQ+ community after a user created a mod to remove Pride flags from the PC version of Spider-Man Remastered. Major sites Nexusmods and ModDB have taken steps to remove all mods containing anti-LGBTQ+ messages.

Insomniac’s Spider-Man Remastered recently launched on PC, the game arriving on the platform as part of Sony’s big push to make many of their major Playstation titles now accessible on PC. In Dexerto’s review, we called the PC port a “web-slinging success.”

Part of the excitement when a big new game comes to PC is that it gives modders the opportunity to start experimenting. So far, a lot of fantastic mods have been brought to Spider-Man, most notably the mod that allows players to swing around town as co-creator of the Spider-Man comics, Stan Lee.

Unfortunately, a PC user took the introduction of mods as an opportunity to change the landscape for Insomniac’s version of New York City by removing all the Pride Flags that can be seen on the side of a building in the city.

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When they were discovered, gamers praised Insomniac for this small but important piece of inclusivity

The mod, which replaced all Pride Flags with American ones, was then uploaded to Nexusmods using a sockpuppet account called “Mike Hawk”. Nexusmods were quick to respond to the homophobic mod, releasing a formal statement on their blog about the incident shortly after they removed it from the site.

“If they hadn’t been a coward and used their main account instead, we would have just deleted the mod and told them we didn’t want to host it, and only banned them if they re-uploaded it after being properly warned,” she said. said. “The creation of the sock puppet removed any doubt and made it a very easy decision for us. Both the sock puppet account and the user’s main account have been banned.”

Nexus then chose to address the modder directly, stating that they “do not want and will not discuss this with you. We have now explained our position and we will not provide you with a platform to distort our position to create an irrational and paranoid story. You can do that somewhere else, where we don’t care much about reading it.”

“If this policy upsets you that we as a company have violated a code of ethics that you cannot accept, please delete your account (bottom option) and proceed as we will.”

After Nexusmods’ blog post about this issue, another major modding host ModDB also removed Spider-man’s anti-LGBTQ+ mod and banned those responsible.

They took to Twitter to express their disappointment at this incident, detailing how “ModDB is an inclusive environment for everyone and we don’t allow marginalized groups to be targeted” and that their “content moderation is largely automated, but when identified , we have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of content.”

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