We reported way back at the start of our humble website about the excellent Mega Drive (or Genesis in the US) Classics Hub, a platform that legitimises rom hacks of classic Sega games via Steam Workshop. Unfortunately, some of these mods have started to go missing...
Dozens of mods from the Steam Workshop went missing this week without any explanation, for a wide range of games including Sonic The Hedgehog and Streets of Rage, causing some outrage among the classic Sega game community. When prompted for an explanation, Valve customer support simply sent a stock response, stating that "Due to reporting of content that violates the Steam Terms of Service, the content in question has been removed from the Steam Community.”
This was quite a puzzling response, given the sheer number of mods taken down - many of which are well-established and clearly not in any violation of the terms of service. This left many in the Sonic hacking scene and other Sega game communities outraged, including well known Sonic fan-game creator Stealth - who had his very popular mod, Sonic 1 Megamix, taken down.
Sega have since released a statement explaining that no decision was taken by them or Valve to remove the mods, and that instead, some mods were "removed automatically" due to "erratic user behaviours".
Due to some erratic user behavior over the last few days, many mods; which didn't breach Steam's terms of service were automatically removed from Steam Workshop. SEGA and Valve are working together with the affected modders to reinstate their work as soon as possible and have already reversed a number of removals
The good news is that Sega state they are working with Valve to restore the affected mods as soon as possible, but it does beg the question what "erratic user behaviours" means - and neither Sega or Valve are willing to explain this any further.
If your mod has been affected by this, and you believe it does not violate the terms of service, you can contact email@example.com, who will work to restore the mod.
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