Although Fallout 76's latest Fallout focused primarily on Bethesda's bait-and-tactics tactics to sell his Power Armor edition of the game, players in the game are not happy either. Now there is a shocking report that homophobic gamers have been trying to make life hell for others, and Bethesda has now taken action by banishing it for life.
The incident occurred among several characters on a Fallout 76 server. According to one of the victims, AJ, who first reported the incident online, a player named NathanTheHicc approached AJ's group to ask for a Disease Cure item. After the group had complimented that either the character or outfit of NathanTheHicc was "sweet," NathanTheHicc responded with an anti-gay bow and left the area.
Just ten minutes later, AJ states that NathanTheHicc came back in a group. Homophobe rebuffs in the area, claiming that his group, in addition to other inflammatory things, was aiming for "the decontamination of AIDS." Nathan TheHicc's group attacked the characters of AJ and his group in the game, but due to the anti-grief methods of Fallout 76 the damage from the attacks was minimal. AJ assumed that they would leave after they had achieved nothing, but instead the group of NathanTheHicc continued attacking until they had successfully lost enough health to kill AJ's group.
@bethesda how do we contact people at @Fallout ? @ChipWhitehouse @Handsandhead and I had literally chased and killed our characters from homophobic gamblers. I will post more of the video in a thread. Strong voice warning. pic.twitter.com/gN1rsRFz1h
– AJpls (@twitch_ajpls) November 16, 2018
Apart from the homophobic attack, the biggest problem came when AJ tried to report it. Speaking to Eurogamer, he explained that there is no way to report players in the game. This can only be done through the Bethesda website. This is a controversial and frustrating way to go it alone, but AJ also claims that the template did not work when it initially received the link to the Bethesda message.
As the material from AJ and AJ appeared online, NathanTheHicc, Bethesda, initially responded with a 3-day ban on NathanTheHicc when he investigated the incident. Shortly thereafter, NathanTheHicc and his group were given life-long bans on Fallout 76 . NathanTheHicc defended the actions of his and his group as "playful immaturity" and refused to apologize.
While trolling is always prevalent in online games, it is undoubtedly frustrating when players meet someone who spits out homophobic vulgarities – not an easy way to report them. Bethesda offers players the ability to add others to a personal blacklist, so they do not have to play with them again. However, if AJ points out, this can not prevent such things from being made by the same people back to another group.
With some luck, Bethesda looks at the Fallout 76 (19459008) of myriad mistakes, including the inability to easily report someone during the game. Players interested in playing such "pranks" should keep in mind that not only can this ruin another player's day, but it can also mean saying goodbye to the game itself.
Fallout 76 is now available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: Eurogamer, Twitter