Another one of Sony's big titles has launched on PC, allowing a whole new portion of players to enjoy what was previously a PlayStation exclusive, and providing PC modders with additional fodder. But a new mod for Spider-Man Remastered sparked outrage and even got the creator banned.
As NexusMods explained in a blog post, the mod was uploaded to its site by a brand new account with no modding history, which the site’s administrators suspect is a secondary account for one of the site’s users — a “sock puppet” account.
A user on the PC Mod platform NexusMods uploaded a Marvel's Spider-Man mod that would replace the city's Pride flags and murals with American flags. As reported by PC Gamer, an investigation by the admins of NexusMods found that the mod was created by an existing user with a sockpuppet account (an alternate account mostly used to make statements someone would not normally say on their primary account) under the name of "Mike Hawk." Admins then traced the account back to its original owner and banned both accounts. A similar mod was also uploaded to another mod site, ModDB, where it was also removed.
It's in stark contrast to the spirit of the Spider-Man games, with the protagonists calling out hate groups and being a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man to every person. Insomniac too has been vocal about supporting Pride Month and Black History Month celebrations, and the games celebrate the diversity of the city it's based in.
It’s a shame, because the PC modding community has otherwise been on excellent form with the mods they’ve been creating for Insomniac’s Spider-Man title, allowing players to swing around the city as everything from Spider-Man antagonist Kingpin to Black Cat, and there have been plenty of mods to adjust the look and colors of Spider-Man’s iconic suit.