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Bethesda bans Fallout 76 players for life after shocking in-game homophobic attack

 

Bethesda has banned a group of Fallout 76 players for life after a shocking in-game homophobic attack.

The following contains language some may find offensive.

The move relates to an incident in which a group of Fallout 76 players targeted and harassed another group of players, saying over the proximity chat: "we have come to eliminate all gays."

Fallout 76 employs a proximity-based chat system which means, by default, you can speak to and hear other players when you're near them. This is by design - Fallout 76 is a multiplayer-only game that is meant to spark interesting player interaction.

The group of high-level players proceeded to follow and kill the other group of players over a period of about 10 minutes. Their ringleader, who goes by the username NathanTheHicc, is heard saying "queer down" and "decontaminate the aids".

One of the victims, AJ from Chicago, took to Twitter to publicise the incident with disturbing video footage that has been viewed over 16,000 times.

In a follow-up interview with Eurogamer, AJ said the harassment began slightly earlier, when NathanTheHicc approached the group to ask 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 characters outfit being cute. He replied, 'I don't fuck with that happy shit' and left."

10 minutes later, NathanTheHicc returned with friends to harass AJ and his group. Fallout 76's player versus player system employs an anti-griefing mechanic that means if you don't fight back, your attacker does negligible damage.

"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," AJ said. "They stuck with it and even joked about how 'this is the strongest queer I've ever seen'."

Eventually, NathanTheHicc and his friends killed AJ's character. "We changed servers after we respawned," AJ said. "Just so it wouldn't happen again."

AJ took to Twitter to highlight the incident, he said, because there's no in-game player report function in Fallout 76. Bethesda community managers sent AJ a link to Bethesda's website-based player report function, but AJ found it didn't work properly.

"The tweet was forwarded to some community managers for the game and they were very kind and helpful," AJ said. "We were given a link to report the players but had issues with it. The site asked for a video file of the incident but the accepted file types weren't video files. So we couldn't send one. For me, the page would not even load. It seems very difficult to report players."

NathanTheHicc then uploaded footage of his initial encounter with AJ and his friends to his own YouTube channel. The video is titled: "Cleansing of the queers."

Over email with Eurogamer, NathanTheHicc confirmed Bethesda had been in touch to say he was banned for three days and said he was told "this would be our only warning".

NathanTheHicc, a senior in high school from the US, said: "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. 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. 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."

NathanTheHicc won't get the chance to repeat the incident, however, because Bethesda has now banned him and his friends from Fallout 76 permanently.

"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 told Eurogamer. "After additional review, we have now permanently banned the players we've identified."

AJ told Eurogamer how he felt at the time of the attack, saying he worried how it might have impacted younger players had it happened to someone else.

"In the moment, I was just in shock," he said. "It was disgusting. The three of us stream and put ourselves out there on the internet and are not strangers to homophobic comments but this was so extreme. We talked about what happened, made sure we were all okay, and kept playing. The rest of the night I just felt drained. It was a weird feeling.

"I got really angry too. These guys were running around targeting people and what if they targeted a kid playing that was struggling with their identity? What if they said all those things to someone that was playing solo and didn't have anyone to talk to? That can really mess someone up. Playing a game to escape reality and then that happens. That's why we need to be able to report these people and why companies need to do something about reports."

Fallout 76 isn't the first video game to come under fire for not having an in-built player report function. Back in August 2017, Blizzard was criticised for not including a player report function in the console versions of multiplayer shooter Overwatch. It was later added to the game.

The Bethesda spokesperson said Fallout 76 "empowers players to permanently block other players", pointing to the reporting tools on Bethesda.net and the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. "We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour by any of our players, nor towards any of our players. We will continue to investigate claims of misconduct or abuse - along with Microsoft and Sony - and take action when necessary."

"Reporting in-game is necessary," AJ said. "Simply blocking someone from a session is only temporarily protecting yourself, but not stopping anything from happening again or to other people. For 76 specifically, non-PvP servers would be great. Maybe things would have been different if they were not able to kill us. Despite all the bugs and glitches, the game is fun when you're with friends and can casually explore and play."

 

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-11-30-bethesda-bans-fallout-76-player-for-life-following-shocking-homophobic-attack

 

 

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fallout 76 is a garbagefire

 

but this is not too uncommon

 

i guess this will be blown out of proportion again like the "rapehacks" in gta5

 

and yeah, the game lacks basic multiplayer functions and support is quite bad. obviously they misjudged basically everything in this game.

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Wow.  That was more mildly irritating than "shocking".  

 

"Hey, cute outfit!"

"Nah u gay"

 

*Eventually kills him*

Scarred for life.

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Gaming in general is infested with a bunch of millennial snowflakes who received zero parenting attention and grew up infront of a screen with no concept of how to behave.
With no parents giving them attention, they started idolizing internet trolling and bullying, cause' it's the easiest way of getting attention from other people (stuff they didn't get while growing up).... and the results of that is what we're seeing in any games with a lack of active moderation. 

You find them as trolls and cheaters. Anything that they can do to get the attention they so so craved from their parents and never received.

Heck, in APB they're a little community defending each-other at every chance to justify to themselves it's okay being a cheating c**t. 😉 

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9 hours ago, Fortune Runner said:

Is it just me or does it seem APB has better reporting than a big company?

it's definitely not me - a company that didn't do much multiplayer stuff (like this) before is not going to handle issues like this well from the beginning - and probably didn't prepare enough support saff to deal with these things too - especially with all the other shitstorms going on regarding bugs, bags and refunds.

 

in apb you have waiting times of a month for a report, i think this was done considerably more quick (not blaming lo or whatnot here tho) but i guess it also caused more outrage than anything happening in apb (ever) will

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On 12/3/2018 at 6:56 AM, neophobia said:

fallout 76 is a garbagefire

 

but this is not too uncommon

 

i guess this will be blown out of proportion again like the "rapehacks" in gta5

 

and yeah, the game lacks basic multiplayer functions and support is quite bad. obviously they misjudged basically everything in this game.

no hacks started from roblox. It was mostly just a troll script.

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2 hours ago, (Xbox)MortisedGuide said:

no hacks started from roblox. It was mostly just a troll script.

uhh...

 

???

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Only reason they got banned or taken action against is because it was on Twitter and it got some attraction. Only reason Bethesda took action against the homophobic group of players is to save there image.

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On 12/4/2018 at 5:45 AM, Tigrix said:

Gaming in general is infested with a bunch of millennial snowflakes who received zero parenting attention and grew up infront of a screen with no concept of how to behave.
With no parents giving them attention, they started idolizing internet trolling and bullying, cause' it's the easiest way of getting attention from other people (stuff they didn't get while growing up).... and the results of that is what we're seeing in any games with a lack of active moderation. 

You find them as trolls and cheaters. Anything that they can do to get the attention they so so craved from their parents and never received.

Heck, in APB they're a little community defending each-other at every chance to justify to themselves it's okay being a cheating c**t. 😉 

On 12/3/2018 at 10:05 PM, Yood said:

NathanTheHicc, a senior in high school from the US

 

Now I'm just a lowly neanderthal with a 2 digit intelligence quotient that identifies as a trash can, however isn't the age of high school students in the US between 13 and 18? And weren't millennials born between 1981 and 1997, making the youngest millennial 21 years of age? If he is a senior in high school, it's safe to assume he is 17 or 18, in which case he would have been born 2000 or 2001, by which wouldn't that make him an Generation Z/iGeneration/Post-millennial? 
Don't quote me, I could be wrong, I only have a slightly higher I.Q. than a bag of potatoes.

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16 hours ago, neophobia said:

uhh...

 

???

NO. I meant the no script. Some people think it be funny to make a no script where you go ingame and no a character for trolls or gigs. Like you gotta be really really desperate if you use a script to no roblox characters to get off to.  Hacks didn't start from roblox. I meant that the no script started from it.

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I don't see why this has to be mentioned, on multiple places, it's common trolling, and happens in many games, there is fuss about it simply because the staff decided to ban them.

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