Nexus Mods, a popular online repository for various fan-made mods for Windows PC games, has announced they’ve banned all U.S. politics-related mods.
The online site noted that recently they’ve seen “a spate of provocative and troll mods being uploaded based around current sociopolitical issues in the United States.” This is, of course, because the U.S. Presidential election is getting closer.
“Considering the low quality of the mods being uploaded, the polarising views they express and the fact that a small but vocal contingent of our users are seemingly not intelligent or grown up enough to be able to debate the issues without resorting to name calling and baseless accusations without proof (indicative of the wider issues plaguing our world at this time) we’ve decided to wipe our hands clean of this mess and invoke an outright ban on mods relating to sociopolitical issues in the United States,” the notice reads.
They added, “We have neither the time, the care or the wish to moderate such things. This ban will apply to all mods uploaded from the 28th of September onwards. We will review this restriction sometime after the next President of the United States has been inaugurated.”
The featured image is from a Donald Trump Follower mod, which adds the Don as a follower in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The mod is still available for download (among others), so it seems like mods that have the likenesses of politicians are ok, just not mods that are inherently political in nature.
Nexus Mods went on to note that most of the mods are “being uploaded by cowards with sock puppet accounts deliberately to try and cause a stir” and that if users see one of the mods they should “report the mod and move on without engaging with the content.”
Furthermore, any engagement will “will only fuel the idiots further. Smile and be happy in the knowledge the time it took them to make an account on the site and upload their mod is a lot longer than it takes for us to ban the account and delete the mod,” Nexus Mods wrote.
Lastly, the team at Nexus Mods said they “do not care how this looks nor do we care if you think the mods we do or don’t moderate reflect on us, our political beliefs or what we do and don’t want on our site. Say and do what you want on other sites or services, we care nothing for it here.”
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