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Bethesda Bans Fallout 76 Players For Life Over Homophobic In-Game Attack

Bethesda has issued lifetime bans to a group of Fallout 76 players following an in-game homophobic attack on another group of players.

According to Eurogamer, the group, led by a player whose username is NathanTheHicc, "targeted and harassed" the other group. At different points, he made various homophobic remarks, also claiming that he and his friends came to "eliminate all gays".

Fallout 76 allows users to chat with other players who are near them; and the group took full advantage of the privilege, laughing and hurling abusive remarks throughout the 10-minute attack.

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One of the victims, a Chicago native who goes by AJ, uploaded the video to Twitter in an attempt to reach Bethesda, as well as publicize what happened. And he later gave his version of events in an interview with Eurogamer.

"The three of us were having a good time and talking to him and then one of us commented on his character or his character's outfit being cute," AJ explained. "He replied, 'I don't f**k with that h**o s**t' and left."

NathanTheHicc returned shortly after with some other users, who proceeded to harass AJ and his crew, killing off their characters, who did not fight back as the game features an anti-grief system which limits character damage as long as they don't fight back.

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

"We changed servers after we respawned," AJ said. "Just so it wouldn't happen again."

AJ uploaded the footage to Twitter because Fallout 76 does not provide an avenue for reporting other players within the game. But his message got through eventually and Bethesda has responded by banning the culpable parties for life.

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

NathanTheHic was less than apologetic in the wake of the incident and has insisted that he doesn't regret it as it was "a late night of having fun."

"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," he declared.

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"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 apologize 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."

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