Modding websites take a stand against anti-LGBTQ+ content

Major video game modding websites Nexus Mods and ModDB have taken a public stance against anti-LGBTQ+ content, after a Spider-Man PC mod sought to remove all Pride flags from the game.

nexus mods, a website where users can share their custom content for PC games, started the movement after an established user created a new (branded puppet) account to upload the anti LGBTQ+ content, which replaced the Pride rainbow flag with the American flag. The mod was later removed.

The user, who Nexus Mods called a “coward”, had his new and old account banned, making the sock puppet account “a very easy decision”.

“If you mind this policy, if we have violated a moral code of conduct as a business that you cannot accept, then please delete your account and move on, as we will.”


A blog post about Nexus mods said: “The fact that the user needed to make a sock puppet like a coward to download the mod showed his intent to troll and he knew it wouldn’t be allowed. If he hadn’t not been a coward and if he had used his main account instead we would have just deleted the mod and told them we didn’t want to host it, only banning them if they uploaded it again after being knowledgeable enough.”

The website also clarified that it would take similar action against any similar cases in the future, stating that “we are for inclusiveness, we are for diversity” and, as a private company, “we have the right to choose what content we do and do not want to host on our platform.”

Nexus Mods added: “We do not want to and will not discuss this with you. We have now explained our position and will not provide you with a platform to twist our position to feed an irrational and paranoid. You may do elsewhere, where we won’t care enough to read it.

“If you mind this policy, if we have violated a moral code of conduct as a business that you cannot accept, then please delete your account and move on, as we will.”

As reported by Gamer on PC, ModDB followed suit and removed the same Spider-Man mod and banned users behind it. “ModDB is an inclusive environment for all and we do not allow targeting of marginalized groups,” the website said on Twitter (above). “Our content moderation is largely automated but where identified, we have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content.”

PlayStation Studios’ Spider-Man port to PC earlier in August saw a number of mods added to the game including one that turns Spidey into Stan Lee. Users have also been digging through the game files, finding what appears to be an abandoned multiplayer mode and mentions of a potential PlayStation PC launcher.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.

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