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Starfield: Inclusion of pronoun choices in blockbuster game prompts online fury

"I almost refunded my game when Starfield asked me for pronouns," one content creator said

By Dale Fox

Composite of a character from Starfield and a gaming streamer screaming into his camera
New game Starfield has created an online backlash due to its inclusion of pronoun choices (Image: Bethesda; Twitter/Dan Vasc)

An online backlash has arisen around the new blockbuster video game Starfield and its inclusion of pronoun choices.

Some gamers have reportedly requested refunds of the newly released title, calling it “a woke game.”

A search for “Starfield pronouns” on Twitter reveals criticism amid a minority of the gaming community, including some high-profile streamers.

The role-playing game (RPG) set in space includes a menu in which players can customise the appearance of their character. It also allows you to choose your character’s pronouns if you wish, and the game will use them in conversation dialogue throughout.

UK-based gaming streamer HeelvsBabyface, who has around 40,000 followers on Twitter, streamed an expletive-ridden rant in which he denounced publisher Bethesda’s inclusion of pronouns in the game.

“Do you want to get immersed in our world? Yeah, well guess what – f*cking pronouns,” he is seen angrily screaming into his camera. “You take everything we love, all our immersions, all our fantasies, all our escapism and you just can’t help shovel your dogshit f*cking crap ideology into everything,” the furious gamer added.

“Requested a refund for Starfield

Meanwhile, other content creators have suggested that the inclusion of pronoun choices in Starfield had led them to consider requesting a refund. “I almost refunded my game when Starfield asked me for pronouns,” Nina Infinity wrote.

“People pretending that putting preferred pronouns in a video game is completely normal are being disingenuous af. Starfield is a woke and shitty game,” she added in another post.

“Requested a refund for Starfield. F*ck Bethesda and f*ck the political radical weirdos in the western gaming industry,” another creator, Dan Vasc, wrote.

While a minority, vocal critics of Bethesda’s pronoun choices echo past inclusivity efforts in gaming.

An update to The Sims 4 earlier this year included trans-friendly customisation options. This led to a religious group claiming the game would “bring on the apocalypse,” Pink News reported.

Starfield will release in the UK on 6 September for Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S consoles.