All the controversy around Fallout 76 continues to be a rider and rider. First there were nylon bags, then there was a scratching support ticket glitch, and now the theme goes to essays. As it turns out, at least some Fallout 76 players have been banned, and to get the ban lifted, Bethesda asks them to write essays on the evil of cheating in video games.
News of these bans began to spread shortly before Christmas, when YouTuber JuiceHead published a video that highlighted this strange appealing process. To hear Bethesda's justification for these prohibitions, the players in the center of all this were banned for allegedly unfaithful. The users claim they were not unfaithful, and instead they only used mods for Fallout 76 or relocating tools.
At the moment, it is unclear whether these players actually became unfaithful or if Bethesda forbids users who are only guilty of driving ( Fallout 76 does not yet have an official backing yet), but whatever actually happens , Bethesda's requirement to lift the ban is quite amusing. Apparently, Bethesda asked banned users to write an essay on "why the use of third-party cheat software is detrimental to an online gaming community" as part of the complaint process.
No, it's not a joke at least not according to GStaff on the ResetEra forum, identified as Bethesda's community leader. GStaff confirmed that the essay inquiries actually took place, even though the company would not require them to move forward. They also note that if players receive a prohibition on the use of courage, they should reach Bethesda through the company's support side, so it sounds like it does not intend to use it to trigger a ban.
Although it is believed that the forbidden players are guilty of cheating, Bethesda needs an essay before considering the lifting of the ban is definitely a unique approach. There is only one thing that makes this whole Fallout 76 debacle even more complicated. We'll see how all this shakes out, so stay up to date.