Gamers have given Spider-Man a Pride-inspired makeover after a new game was targeted by anti-LGBTQ+ “modders”.
After the release of the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for the PC on 12 August, modders – people who alter or add content to a video game recreationally – jumped at the chance to break the game open and see what they could change.
But controversy soon arose after a user created a “Non-Newtonian New York” mod that replaced LGBTQ+ Pride flags with the US stars and stripes. The file was soon removed but not before several iterations reappeared.
Since the debacle, other members of the modding community have come together to prove that anti-LGBTQ+ views were a loud minority by creating a plethora of different Pride-related mods, including a trans-Pride Spider-Man suit using the trans flag colours and another mod that replaces all US flags with Pride ones.