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Sometimes, the Internet and playing online multiplayer games can bring out the worst and the best in people, and a recent in-game Fallout 76 homophobic attack is one such example.
AJpls is one of those rare gamers; a big Fallout 76 fan. On November 15 he tweeted about how great the game is and how much he enjoys exploration and completing missions with his friends. On November 16, AJpls and two of his friends were subjected to a horrific in-game homophobic attack.
He uploaded the footage on Twitter, and at the time of writing both clips combined received over 90 000 views.
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
Bethesda initially responded to the complaint by issuing a warning to those who participated in the Fallout 76 homophobic attack and banning their accounts for a period of three days pending an investigation. One of the players goes by the name “NathanTheHicc” who told Eurogamer that they were just having some fun and that he, therefore, won’t apologize to anyone. Oh, and he doesn’t hate gay people, he was just being immature.
You can call that evil but I think it’s just playful immaturity.I do not regret the incident. 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.
AJpls shed some more light on the events leading up to their group being killed by the other Fallout 76 players. They were chatting to NathanTheHicc about you know, Fallout 76 things, and one of them made the comment that his outfit was “cute.” To which NathanTheHicc responded with, “‘I don’t fuck with that homo shit,” and left. He then returned a few minutes later with a group of friends, and the events in the above clips followed.
I call that a homophobic attack by people who hate gays. It’s not immature, it is hateful and disgusting and it doesn’t belong in video games.
Bethesda eventually responded by issuing permanent bans to those involved in the incident. The Fallout 76 homophobic attack also highlights the need for a better in-game reporting system. It isn’t enough to say players can simply block the offender – people who display such behaviour needs to be flagged as abusers on the spot.