Gamers and toxicity, name a more iconic duo.
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Battlefield 2042 is a broken mess of a game. We all know this. Nothing has changed since our review for Battlefield 2042 went up in December. This is largely due to the fact that the development teams at DICE went on holiday break for a couple of weeks, like most of us probably did for Christmas and New Years.

After all, the developers did work for a long time on Battlefield 2042 regardless of the current state of the game or what you may think about it. Game development isn't exactly easy, but you try explaining that to an angry mob of gamers that feel the world revolves around them.

This leads into what is happening on the r/Battlefield2042 subreddit. During the holiday break, there were a number of threads demanding that DICE say something or do something immediately. Many of them seemed to fail to understand that DICE was on a break. That didn't matter to them. They wanted action and they wanted it now.

This all came to a tipping point earlier this week when EA global director of integrated communications for shooters and Star Wars, Andy McNamara, expressed frustration at the constant demands of players. His statement, since deleted from Twitter, stated the following.

"Back to work today, check reddit & twitter and Battlefield fans are pissed we didn't do enough updates or communication during the holiday break. Guys, people gotta rest. We have things in motion but we have to figure out what is possible. We will address it when are 100%.

"Let us get back from break and get back to work. Love you guys but these expectations are brutal. The things you want take time to scope, design, and execute."
This naturally led to a lot of added harassment towards McNamara and the development team on Reddit and Twitter. The thing that players took issue with specifically focused on McNamara's quote of "these expectations are brutal." Any reasonable person would take that to mean that it's pretty damn unreasonable to expect the development team to work during the holiday break and cater to every whim of the fanbase. Furthermore, a lot of the additions and changes that fans are demanding aren't things that can just be whipped up in the blink of an eye.

However, the Battlefield 2042 subreddit and Twitter are full of people that you would not call "reasonable."

Instead, the Battlefield 2042 subreddit is full of posts that mock McNamara's remarks. They took the phrase "brutal expectations" to be their demands for things like a scoreboard, server browser, reworked maps, and more. The state of that subreddit has gotten so bad that the moderators are considering just closing the whole thing down if things don't improve.

A stuck thread on r/Battlefield2042 is a statement from the moderation team where they say they will "do whatever it takes" to lessen the amount of toxicity. The team offered up three potential scenarios as to what might happen to that subreddit if the users don't shape up on their own.

We mods have always been very laid back as far as moderation goes - we try our best to let everyone’s voice be heard, no matter how upset or angry, but we’ve always been of the position that insults or harassment directed to any individual will never be tolerated. We’ll do whatever it takes to drive that sort of toxicity down. If it means shutting down for a period of time, we will. The mods have an obligation to follow the rules set out by Reddit, and if we are found to be in breach of not enforcing them, or doing a poor job at enforcing them, we risk the community getting banned altogether.

With that said, here are the options we are considering:

Option 1) If toxicity goes down, we will leave the subreddit open without further restrictions.
Option 2) If toxicity stays at current levels, we will begin locking threads early, on a majority of posts.
Option 3) If toxicity increases, we will lockdown the subreddit for a period of time.

Yes, the last two options seem nuclear, and we don’t want to use them, but we said we will do whatever it takes to drive the current toxicity down. If that means you can’t comment in the majority of posts, or you can’t view the subreddit for a period of time, we will go down that route.
This has, naturally, been met with a lot of familiar vitriol in the comments of that mod thread. A lot of users are continuing to say that things wouldn't be like they are if the "devs actually did their jobs." Apparently, DICE are everything from "pathological liars who should find the nearest bridge and jump" to "devs (that) have failed us enormously" where "their reckless behaviour deserves every bit of criticism." Any sort of reasonable reply has been downvoted with replies choosing to insult the original poster.

The mods are also being targeted with everything from insults to demands that they be refunded. Keep in mind that r/Battlefield2042 is not an official channel for the game and is run by outside volunteers, which makes the demands for refunds even more confusing and, frankly speaking, more than a little sad.

If r/Battlefield2042 was shut down, even temporarily, it wouldn't be the first time this course of action had to transpire due to a toxic gaming fanbase. Recently, the subreddit for Halo Infinite also shut down temporarily because "angry gamers won't stop being toxic assholes."

Battlefield 2042 is broken and a mess, I agree. However, the r/Battlefield2042 subreddit is a cesspool that needs to be eradicated. There is a vast difference between offering constructive criticism and being an outright entitled asshole. This is clearly a distinction that the Battlefield 2042 community, as well as many other gaming communities, have yet to figure out.