You may remember the resolution fix mod for Nier Automata that we reported on some time ago - it now appears that users of the mod, which includes various graphics tweaks and internal scaling fixes, was rigged to ban pirates, and specific Steam users, from playing the game.
It's considered an essential mod for any PC players who wish to play the game, as the internal rendering of the game was fixed at a certain resolution. This meant, for example, that even if you set your resolution to 1920x1080, the game may render it at 1270x920 and upscale it to the higher resolution, leading to jagged edges and poor quality graphics.
The mod's author, Kaldain, has allegedly inserted specific code into the mod, however, to ban pirates from being able to play the game if they have the mod installed. Such players are presented with a greyed out User License Agreement that it is impossible to agree to, along with a pop-up message reminding pirates that they should support developers and buy the game legally.
While some may consider this admirable, there is plenty of concern within the community that using a mod in this way is dangerous and irresponsible. Even more controversially, however, is the apparent discovery of further code which goes out of it's way to blacklist certain Steam User ID's that the author dislikes or has had arguments with, effectively turning the mod into borderline malware.
While many within the modding community have approached Kaldaien for an answer to these allegations, but these users have allegedly also been added to the mod's blacklist.
What do you thing about this, is Kaldaien right to act as a vigilante and block pirates from using the mod, and has he overstepped the mark by blacklisting certain users from using it?
Let us know in the comments below.