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Nexus Mods bans ‘Spider-Man Remastered’ patch that replaced in-game Pride flags

Nexus Mods, a popular mod database, has posted a strongly worded update about the Spider-Man Remastered patch that was created to remove Pride flags in-game. The website’s administrator, Dark0ne, has revealed that the mod was uploaded by a sock puppet under the name “Mike Hawk.” They said the fact that it was added to the database by a secondary account shows the uploader’s intent to troll and demonstrates their understanding that it would not be allowed on the database. As such, the website has decided to remove the patch from its repository and to ban both the user’s main account and sock puppet.

Spider-Man Remastered was released for the PC a few days ago. It’s a refresh of the original title developed by Insomniac Games, which has since been purchased by Sony Interactive, and was released back in 2019. In the game, you’ll see Pride flags around New York as you swing around the city as Spider-Man, and some players were apparently offended by their presence. The mod Mike Hawk released replaces those Pride flags with the flag of the USA.

“We are for inclusivity, we are for diversity,” Dark0ne wrote in their post. They vowed to do a better job of moderating their website and ensuring that their policy is followed more closely going forward. The administrator said that the website will take action if someone uploads a file with the intent to be deliberately against inclusivity and/or diversity. Based on how the website addressed this particular issue, it will likely hand out bans in the future if they’re warranted. Of course, Dark0ne and their team can only police what’s uploaded on Nexus Mods. Seeing as it’s one of the largest repositories around, though, its team’s stance could make an impact and help slow the spread of certain game modifications.

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Windows 11 Start Menu Can Be Replaced With New Stardock App

Windows 11 caused an uproar with major changes made to the beloved Start Menu. But popular Windows utility developer, Stardock, has a beta version of an application that makes Windows 11 feel a bit more familiar.

Microsoft doesn’t currently let you revert back to the “classic” Start Menu in the beta versions of Windows 11 — to the dismay of some. But that’s where Start11 comes in, which allows you to do exactly that.

Once installed, Start11 gives you the ability to change the appearance of the Windows 11 Start Menu and revert back to its classic version. And when we say “classic,” we don’t mean Windows 10. The beta version of Start11 brings back the design of the old Windows 7 Start Menu.

Stardock has long provided many PC desktop enhancement utilities that are designed to enable you to control the way Windows looks, feels, and functions. The StartX family is one of the most popular customization tools for Windows that Stardock released, which offers the Windows 7 classic Start Menu for those on Windows 10.

Today, Stardock released a beta version of Start11 that gives you the option of making your Start Menu look like that of Windows 7, with a list of your apps on the left and some settings on the right. The app gives you the option to revert to the Windows 7 Start menu or opt for a modern look. The latter has more or less the same features but is built with elements of the newer Windows 11 design language, such as rounded corners.

The recent release consists of quite a few features for the Start menu. It includes options to customize colors, fonts, shortcuts, and icon sizes. The taskbar even supports tweaks such as custom textures, transparency settings, blur effects, and more.

For now, this is only a beta version, though. According to Stardock, it doesn’t host all the features it’s going to offer in the future. Stardock plans on adding updated pages or tabs, and new features for enterprise customers. Stardock CEO Brad Wardell says he plans on adding much more functionality to the app.

Start11 costs $5 with special upgrade pricing if you have a previous StartX license, and works with Windows 10 as well, so you can buy it even if you’re not planning on upgrading to Windows 11 anytime soon.

Windows 11 is set to release later this year, currently in beta through the Windows Insider program. It’s a full refresh of the operating system, though the changes to the Start Menu have certainly commanded the most attention from potential upgraders.

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How to Get Your Oculus Quest 2’s Recalled Padding Replaced

Oculus is recalling the foam padding inside of Quest 2 headsets due to reports of skin irritation. In an email to Quest owners, Oculus states that the recall is specifically for the foam facial interface that is attached to the headset itself. A free silicone cover will be available to owners of the Quest 2 that request one.

Oculus first began a replacement campaign for the Quest 2 in December. The company has now extended that into a full recall. According to Oculus, it received a small percentage of reports from users of irritation where the foam facial interface rests on the skin.

After working with regulators over the past couple of months, Oculus is offering a free silicone-based cover that will fit over the foam facial interface on the Quest 2. The cover is made from medical-grade silicone that, according to the Oculus website, provides, “improved hygiene, comfort, and immersion” for the Quest 2 headset. The silicone cover is available for Quest 2 headset and Quest 2 Fit Pack owners.

Quest 2 owners are not required to send in their headsets or the foam padding to fix the issue. In order to acquire the silicone cover to fit over the existing foam facial interface, owners must log in to the website and click on the “Go to My Devices” link. From there, owners are instructed to fill out a form. It requires the owner’s account login, the serial number for the headset, and the address for shipment. The address must be in one of the supported countries for shipping.

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