The No Man’s Sky Subreddit Is Happier Now

The No Man’s Sky Subreddit Is Happier Now

Source: Fred_Zeppelin

On October 5th, the No Man’s Sky subreddit temporarily shut down due to being what then moderator R0ugeW0lf called “a hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion.” If you checked the community today, you see none of that.

For reference, this is a smattering of topics that reached the front page of the sub on September 20th, shortly before the shutdown.

While it doesn’t seem as outwardly hostile as what R0ugeW0lf described, this was a pretty negative space. There were a lot of players asking why the game wasn’t what they wanted, and a definitely more than one person blaming Sean Murray directly for their problems with the game.

Here’s some topics on the front page of the sub today:

People are still critical, of course, but it’s like night and day. Way more people are showing off what they’re finding in the game rather than complaining about it. Hard to believe that these are the same communities, but then again, it’s also nice to see that people can sometimes change their minds. One thing’s for sure: this guy must feel a little silly now.


  • I suppose it’s possible that by this point the people who didn’t like it have moved on to other games, meaning that those who are still there are the people who do actually enjoy the game?

  • I doubt the guy feels silly.
    Based on the title of his post, I can only assume he was an apologist/defender finding himself unsupported by the very publisher and developer of the game.
    The question I have- is the game really any better having had an update?
    How far short is it of what was promised? Positive community? doubtful, more likely a walled garden maintained by people intolerant of any other opinion, including only others sharing the same opinion.

    That ain’t exactly ground breaking behaviour on the internet 😉

    • There were several main whinges people had with NMS when it came out. Creature population, no bases, no giant space battles, no bases, and no multiplayer. And no bases…

      Multiplayer was never a thing (at least how people imagined), no matter what people wished for, so ignore that, but most of the others are addressed, or at least started to be addressed, with this patch.

      You now have bases, creatures seem far more abundant, you have freighters, can board giant ships (I think, havent done it myself), and there is a real challenge with the new survival mode. Its brutal, and while the fundamentals arent much different, far closer to a game than the day 1 release that seemed to focus too much on exploration.

      Having said that, people will still whinge, because the near impossible list of eleventy eight million things they imagined were ‘promised’ isnt complete.

      If you havent played it in a while, give the survival mode a shot, and marvel at the New Game Simulator it is as you hunt repeatedly for a better starter world…

  • So the moral of the story is that it’s better to just remove anything that doesn’t support your point of view? While a few of those topic headings indicated pure gripe, some of them seemed to be asking to engage in constructive debate like the first two in the second screenshot.

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