Earlier this month, a group of Fallout 76 players showcased an especially egregious display of harassment in-game by hunting down and eliminating others while saying things like “we have come to eliminate all gays.” Bethesda has issued a lifetime ban for the players involved – though since the report player function was broken at the time, action came only after a video of the incident hit social media.
Fallout 76 has proximity voice chat for all players – an effort by the developers to encourage social interactions among players. You don’t need to have been on the internet for very long to know that opens a major avenue for abuse.
A lengthy report from Eurogamer runs down the details. Basically, a user named NathanTheHicc approached a group for a Disease Cure item. One member of that group, AJ, says “the three of us were having a good time and talking to him and then one of us commented on his character or his characters outfit being cute. He replied, ‘I don’t fuck with that homo shit’ and left.”