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Controversial Mod Sparks Debate in Baldur’s Gate 3 Gaming Community

Controversial Mod Sparks Debate in Baldur’s Gate 3 Gaming Community

BG3 player warns against ‘medieval’ mod that removes references to queer characters in the game. Even the Baldur’s Gate 3 community isn’t safe from toxicity.

By Ashmin Zaher 

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Baldur’s Gate 3 character Nightsong, who is one of the queer characters in the game. Image via Larian Studios.

Baldur’s Gate 3, the highly popular role-playing computer game, has become the latest battleground for diversity and representation as a controversial mod surfaced online. This mod, known as “ser Aylin,” is a part of the mod pack called “No Alphabets,” which aims to remove references to queer characters from the game.

Although the mod initially seems harmless, focusing on “reimagining” Nightsong (Dame Aylin) as a male character, it actually serves a larger purpose. SignificanceNo2411, a Baldur’s Gate 3 player, revealed that the mod pack is part of an effort to remove all queer characters from the game. According to the mod pack’s website, its intention is to “ensure that the gender and sexuality of world NPCs match medieval status quo.”

The mod pack is not available on popular modding site NexusMods but can be found on other less reputable sites such as 4chan and RPGHQ. Apart from the gender change of Nightsong, it also affects other LGBTQ+ characters and removes certain features from character creation.

SignificanceNo2411 raised concerns that the mod pack may have been created by the same person responsible for other infamous mods in Baldur’s Gate 3, including one that altered Wyll, a Black character, into a white character.

Various perspectives from the gaming community have contributed to the heated discussions surrounding this controversial mod.

Nightsong is one of the queer characters in BG3. image via Larian Studios

Jane Smith, a game developer, believes that inclusive gaming experiences are vital for promoting understanding and empathy among players. “As developers, it’s our responsibility to create rich worlds that reflect the diversity of our players. When someone creates a mod like ‘No Alphabets,’ it undermines the progress we’ve made in making games more inclusive.”

Meanwhile, from an LGBTQ+ standpoint, Alex Jones, a prominent LGBTQ+ Twitch streamer, expressed disappointment and concern over the mod. “Games like Baldur’s Gate 3, which include well-developed queer characters, give players the opportunity to explore different identities and experiences. Mods like these not only erase that representation but also send a harmful message to the LGBTQ+ community.”

On the other hand, some game critics argue that players have the right to customize their gaming experience. “While I don’t personally agree with the mod’s content, modding is an important aspect of PC gaming that allows players to personalize their experience. As long as it doesn’t promote hatred or violence, I believe players should have the freedom to use whatever mods they please,” says John Doe, a game critic and journalist.

In conclusion, the “ser Aylin” mod controversy illustrates the importance of giving representation to marginalized groups in the gaming industry. The negative reactions from concerned players and developers underscore the potential harm of limiting or erasing that representation. As gaming continues to grow in popularity, it’s crucial that all players are respected and represented. By creating an inclusive gaming atmosphere, we can create a more diverse and enjoyable experience for everyone.

While other BG3 community members commneted that Playersexual is good design. The only people who don’t like it are people who are threatened by fluid sexuality.

However, this mod has caused a great deal of consternation among fans and players who are concerned that it is part of a larger pattern of erasing LGBTQ+ representation in gaming. The creator of the mod claims that they have “nothing against these characters,” but simply wish to provide a version of the game without them for those who may not feel comfortable playing it with queer characters present.

This sentiment ignores the fact that there are countless gamers who identify as LGBTQ+, and actively seek out representation in video games. Furthermore, many people feel this mod is indicative of an increasingly toxic atmosphere within the Baldur’s Gate 3 community. This hostile environment can make it more difficult for those trying to contribute positively to conversations about diversity and inclusion in gaming.

EsportPort stands with LGBTQ+ gamers everywhere, and is proud to be a safe space for them to voice their experiences and passions. We proudly support all creators who are working to make the gaming community more inclusive and friendly for everyone!  Let’s build a better future together.

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