Bethesda Bans 'Fallout 76' Players For Life After Homophobic Hunt
A handful of Fallout 76 players, who named themselves the "gay eliminators" during an in-game homophobic attack, have been shown the ban hammer by Bethesda.
And not just for a week, or even a month - they're out of the game for life. This group of abusers will never jump into the wastelands on their regular gaming accounts again.
This is thanks to AJpls, a Twitch streamer who was an unfortunate target of the homophobic hunt. He uploaded a video of the incident on Twitter, which has been viewed 40,000 times (at the time of writing), forcing Bethesda to take action.
Called themselves the "gay eliminators" "cleansing the wasteland of the queers" "know what we did to your people back then, we killed them" THIS is the stuff said to us tonight when playing Fallout. @bethesda @BethesdaStudios @Fallout #Fallout #Fallout76 pic.twitter.com/zwPuz7AbsG
- AJpls (@twitch_ajpls) November 16, 2018
It all started when NathanTheHicc asked AJ and his friends for a Disease Cure item. "The three of us were having a good time and talking to him and then one of us commented on his character or his character's outfit being cute. He replied: 'I don't fuck with that homo shit' and left," AJ told Eurogamer.
A short time later, NathanTheHicc reappeared with a posse and started harassing AJ's group. "The game notified me that if I didn't fight back, they would do limited damage so I didn't fight back and hoped they would just get bored and leave" (Fallout 76's anti-griefing system means attackers do next to no damage until you strike back). "They stuck with it and even joked about how 'this is the strongest queer I've ever seen'."
After a long, rather pathetic time - with slurs ranging from "we have come to eliminate all gays" to "decontaminate the aids," NathanTheHicc and his gang killed AJ's in-game survivor. "We changed servers after we respawned," AJ said. "Just so it wouldn't happen again."
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But how is this possible? Why didn't AJ just ignore it? If Fallout 76's proximity chat is turned on, any player from anywhere in the world, as long as they're close in-game, could speak and you would hear them, and vice versa.
Yes, the default feature can be tweaked in the settings, but with 76 being online-only, gameplay is pushed towards teamwork and player interaction. So it's recommend you have it switched on.
NathanTheHicc uploaded the encounter to his YouTube channel, too, in a video titled: "Cleansing of the queers." He told Eurogamer that Bethesda had been in touch, and he was banned for just three days. "This would be our only warning," the studio explained.
"My version of the incident is more or less the same as the public has taken it, the only differences being the fact that I don't hate gay people," NathanTheHicc said. "It was just a late night of having fun and after the first encounter (seen on my channel) we felt it would be fun to offend them somehow. You can call that evil but I think it's just playful immaturity."
"I do not regret the incident," he continued. "I will not apologise given the opportunity. I don't plan on doing anything like this in the future but to be fair I didn't plan the initial incident, I just found them and decided to go through with it."
But he may just regret it now. As said, he and his friends are banned for life. "We gave an initial ban of three days while our CS team looked into the matter further to verify the individuals involved and what took place," a Bethesda spokesperson explained. "After additional review, we have now permanently banned the players we've identified."
What do you think about this ban? Is it fair? Has anything like this happened to you? What would you do in AJ's situation? Let us know.
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