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With Reddit allowing anyone to contribute whatever they want with nearly no consequences, it’s not a surprise that toxicity and negativity would surround the community of a game that had more than a rough launch, despite our fairly positive experience with the game.

The No Man’s Sky Subreddit was shut down with the following announcement by moderator R0ugeW0lf:

So I purged the subreddit. It’s become a hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion. It’s not what we intended it to be and I don’t like providing a platform for hate. I’m sorry to everyone who used the subreddit as intended but you are now in the majority. I’m sure you can find a different place to discuss this game. It’s not hard.

Since then, other moderators have taken his place and announced how they are handling the situation and reopening the Subreddit. Moderator Sporkicide says,

I’m asking everyone here to participate in good faith and leave any frustration with the recent situation at the door.

The Crash of No Man’s Sky

For anyone who is unaware of the incidents following the launch of No Man’s Sky, there was an overwhelming amount of hatred and negativity that followed the launch of this very hyped-up game. Not only that, but the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority have warranted an investigation into the game due to false advertising claims. There have been lists of things that were not released in the game that were advertised or promised.

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The current user reviews rating on Steam.

Negativity & Harassment Is Now Normal On The Internet

Due to how easy it is to be an outspoken and “informed” critic, it’s almost impossible to launch a game without some sort of negativity. The hostility towards game developers and even reporters has reached a ridiculous amount of normalcy. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier received death threats in regards to his NMS coverage about the launch being pushed back:

 

As Schreier says in an article recapping the events:

What’s most astounding is that this has become the new normal. In a few days everyone will forget about it, and we’ll be on to the next big outrage. And on to the next set of death threats.

I believe the same can be said about online communities in general. These core issues and harassment being tolerated online is something that needs to be changed on a fundamental and cultural level.

What Do We Do?

Even though it’s increasingly challenging to remain positive on the internet, we should all work harder as gamers to maintain positivity and diversity, even in opinions. Even though it may be hard to remember, we’re all human beings behind these screens and we deserve to be treated humanely and with respect.

 


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