Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Starfield’s anti-pronouns mod had ironic consequences

A prejudiced gamer released a (now-deleted) mod that removed pronouns from Bethesda’s Starfield — and it had some deeply funny consequences.

Despite Starfield not at all being the first game that has included the choice of choosing your pronouns as a feature, it hasn’t stopped some bigoted gamers from talking about anything but that since the very beginning. An odd choice, considering the game’s inclusion of the feature was revealed far before Starfield’s actual release date — all the way back in 2021.

Regardless, some gamers are so upset by this minimal inclusion that they’ve taken to modding website NexusMods to express their discontent. With Nexus Mods, creatives can add new and exciting things to PC games, such as the inclusion of more cosmetics, or better weapons, or even brand-new characters depending on the level of time committed to the mod.

What the modder didn’t realize was that, in deleting she/her and he/him pronouns from the game, they accidentally made every single character involved in Bethesda’s sci-fi epic non-binary. In trying to rid Starfield of inclusivity, the modder only made it even more diverse instead. Now that’s what we call ironic.

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Image Source: Bethesda

Since it’s reveal days ago, the mod has been removed from Nexus Mods. A spokesperson from the website spoke to 404 Media about their decision to remove it, stating that it was “not a political statement or an alignment to one side or the other in the culture war” and that Nexus Mods “reserved the right” not to host such material on their website.

“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,” NexusMods told 404 Media.

They continued, “A reinforcement that this has been the best course of action has been some of the hatred, vitriol, and threats of violence coming from a very, very small minority of the community. Frankly, we are not sad to see them go.”

In other news, the modding community around the sci-fi RPG that isn’t full of bigots, is far too busy trying to turn their Starfield game into Star Wars instead. Here’s how.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.