Nexus Mods, a popular mod database, has posted a strongly worded update on the Spider-Man Remastered patch created to remove Pride flags in the game. The administrator of the website, Dark0ne, has revealed that the mod was uploaded by a sock puppet by the name of “Mike Hawk”. They said the fact that it was added to the database by a secondary account demonstrates the uploader’s intent to troll and shows that they understand that it would not be allowed in the database. As such, the website has decided to remove the patch from the repository and ban both the user’s main account and the sock puppet.
Spider-Man Remastered was released for PC a few days ago. It’s a refresh of the original title developed by Insomniac Games, which has since been bought by Sony Interactive and released in 2019. In the game, you’ll see Pride flags around New York as you swing through the city as Spider-Man, and some players were apparently offended by their presence. The mod Mike Hawk released replaces those Pride flags with the US flag.
“We are for inclusivity, we are for diversity,” Dark0ne wrote in their post. They promised to better moderate their website and make sure their policies are followed better in the future. The administrator says the website will take action if someone uploads a file with the intent of knowingly opposing inclusivity and/or diversity. Based on how the website has handled this particular issue, it will likely hand out bans in the future if they are warranted. Of course, Dark0ne and their team can only check what is uploaded on Nexus Mods. However, since it’s one of the largest stockpiles, the team’s attitude could have an impact and slow down the spread of certain game tweaks.
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