No Man’s Sky received death threats over butterflies

    
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On the verge of expanding into a full multiplayer experience, No Man’s Sky has rocketed back into the spotlight with July 24th’s NEXT update. In many ways, it’s absolutely amazing that the space game has reached this point considering its abysmal start in 2016 and harsh community criticism over a then-broken game.

The Guardian scored a rare interview with creator Sean Murray, who spoke on the mess of the launch and the subsequent journey to redemption. He said that the difficulty of the launch experience was “really personal” and that he and the studio received death and bomb threats, which even we chronicled at the time.

“I remember getting a death threat about the fact that there were butterflies in our original trailer, and you could see them as you walked past them, but there weren’t any butterflies in the launch game,” Murray said. “I remember thinking to myself: ‘Maybe when you’re sending a death threat about butterflies in a game, you might be the bad guy.'”

Murray said that as the team shored up the game, it focused on the positive community that loved No Man’s Sky: “That’s what you make games for. You’re stood there, and there is admittedly an angry mob in front of you, but behind that there’s a crowd of others. I just want to communicate with them directly. I want to make things for them.”

Source: The Guardian
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J

Let me know when it is in the $9.99 bargain bin. Death threats are always wrong, but Murray and his team were most certainly the “bad guys” when this bait and switch launched.

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agemyth 😩

I’ve been staring at this game in my Steam library for about a month now as I have been anticipating news on this finally hitting late this month. They really seem to know what makes their game so appealing based on everything they have been adding/improving over the last two years.

Waypoint, unsurprisingly to me, has the best interview out there so far with this press tour they are on.

https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/zmk4w8/we-spent-an-hour-talking-to-hello-games-about-everything-no-mans-sky

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John Kiser

This was precisely what I was saying on other articles with certain people involved in certain companies. It isn’t about gender to the more toxic elements of the gaming community and everything to do with some sorta of social development problems where they think this behavior is okay just because. These are the type of people that are likely straight up assholes all the time and think this stuff is funny.

This toxicity isn’t just part of the gaming culture sadly and I see more and more social toxicity weekly if not daily anymore.

That stuff said aside Sean Murray’s problems early on were largely because of Sean Murray. He would of gotten some toxicity regardless, but there are so many missteps he made early on that could of been avoided. He talked a big game, but ultimately couldn’t deliver and could of avoided all of this when talking about things. He needed to let people know the scope of things beforehand and not let expectations run crazy.

That said death threats and the overall toxicity (and I mean actual toxicity not acting like someone is being toxic because they simply think your product is bad, they disagree with you, or what have you.) is not acceptable behavior period.

Communication is key and having civil dialogue is also key to building healthy good dialogue and behavior overall.

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PurpleCopper

That’s par for the course for No Man’s Sky.

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Pepperzine

Death threats are never okay. Lying to your consumers is also not okay. Both are incredibly wrong, and neither have the ability to diminish the actions of the others. The fans are wrong for being over-the-top assholes and Sean Murray is wrong for being a liar.

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Alex Hyer

Thats because the internet is summed up by Rick Bobby’s kids from Talladega Nights.

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Grave Knight

Wait, he was getting death threat because they were suppose to be in the game? Like, what?

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A Dad Supreme

Every time I read/hear about “death threats” in video gaming either at devs or other players, I can’t help it but I always picture the guy making the threats to be Gary Busey’s son from “Contact”.

It’s like “Yeah, I know he’s a joke, but maybe this guy really is motivated.”

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Axetwin .

Jake is his name.

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Utakata

Son of Gary. Yes…that Gary! o.O

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Roger Melly

I have a funny feeling this might be next months monthly bundle lead game on humble bundle .

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Aelzen

“I remember getting a death threat about the fact that there were butterflies in our original trailer, and you could see them as you walked past them, but there weren’t any butterflies in the launch game,” Murray said. “I remember thinking to myself: ‘Maybe when you’re sending a death threat about butterflies in a game, you might be the bad guy.’”

There’s definitely two badguys in this scenario. I’m willing to grant that one is more bad than the other, but neither is innocent (and neither deserving of the wrongdoing of the opposing party).

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luxundae

No, there aren’t. A person who says they will kill another human being is a *bad person*. Sean Murray is a *normal person* who made a *bad game*. There’s a lot of daylight between those two.