A Starfield mod, banned because it tried to remove everyone's pronouns, inadvertently made everyone non-binary.
Starfield boasts an impressively detailed character creation system, which, as well as deciding your space explorer's appearance, traits and skills, allows you to choose which pronouns you wish to use. The latter has led to considerable outrage from some players who can't seem to get with the times. In fact, one was so outraged at the mere notion of letting others express themselves in this way that they created a mod to remove the pronoun selection from the game entirely.
In response, popular modding site Nexus Mods revealed that it would not support the mod. "Hosting this mod was not for us and it is certainly within our rights not to host content on our platform," it told 404 Media. "It's not a 'political statement' or an 'alignment to one side or the other in the culture war.' We stand for diversity and inclusion in our community and the removal of diversity, while appealing to many, does not promote a positive modding community."
In a rather hilarious turn of events, the mod didn't actually work as its creator intended. This was spotted by user Kryosquid on the Starfield subreddit, who wrote: "I saw this mod on nexus before it was taken down and the stupid thing is it doesn't actually remove pronouns, it just removed he/him and she/her meaning the game would then default to they/them pronouns. Effectively making anyone who downloaded the mod non-binary. These bigots are so full of hate that they can't understand basic English."
Y'all. Apparently some angry modder made a mod to remove pronouns from Starfield.Except...They only removed he/him and she/her, making anyone who downloaded it default to they/them.Whoops!(As of this morning, the mod has been taken down from Nexus Mod Manager) pic.twitter.com/PwbLimwFCCSeptember 17, 2023
In a separate statement regarding the mods removal, Nexus Mods said, "If that upsets you enough that you no longer want to use our site then, quite frankly, your presence here will not be missed. I invite you to use your account settings page's 'Delete account' feature." Last year, it had much the same response for those ticked off by its decision to delete the mod that removed the Pride flags in Marvel's Spider-Man.
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