No Man’s Sky‘s release has been, let’s just say, tumultuous. The hugely hyped up game caused widespread stir among the gaming community and the gaming industry as a whole. There have been massive posts about all of the promises that weren’t kept, official investigations of false advertising and the creators, especially Sean Murray the lead developer, have gone completely dark. The game isn’t really being talked about anymore and it seems it has gone out with a whimper, yet the residual effects can still be felt to this day.
No Man’s Sky‘s official subreddit has been a bit of a birthing place of hate and disgruntled “fans” continuously harassing people and sending death threats because they are, first of all, idiots, and because they feel this overwhelming sense of betrayal because of this troubled game. Because of the endless barrage of hate, one of the moderators of the subreddit decided to just shut everything down. User r0guew0lf had this to say about the foreclosure, verbatim:
[quote]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. This was my decision and mine alone. The other moderators tried to sway my opinion but cynicism got the best of me as usual.[/quote]
A bit of a knee-jerk and reckless response, yet you have to sympathise with the guy since he spent so much time dealing with some trash people. Yet, to deny such a large community their avenue of discussion might have been slightly selfish on the part of the moderator.
However, the internet persists. A new subreddit has popped up that takes the place of the old one and the more loyal following are already on there populating it. So maybe the “purge” was a good idea in the long term.