It seems many gamers are fed up with communities with an abundance of salt and toxicity, as users flock to the “low sodium” Reddit forums in search of healthy, positive discussions about games like Halo. Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077 and Battlefield 2042.
As The Drum noted, an era of “soft gaming” may be approaching, as Reddit users seem to be abandoning official subreddits for big games in droves in favor of joining “low sodium” releases. i.e. less salt. For example, while the main subreddit Cyberpunk 2077 has around 927,000 subscribers, the low sodium Cyberpunk forum still has 141,000 users.
In terms of growth, r/LowSodiumHalo grew 134x over the last quarter, with the Battlefield 2042 equivalent at 23x. These areas promote friendlier and less toxic discussions, and Reddit’s Director of Partner Insights Rob Gaige notes that “low sodium subreddits are -46% less angry than their low sodium subreddit counterparts. original game reddit”. While the official subreddit is filled with threads like this, the low sodium version has this instead.
Additionally, data from Reddit seems to show that nostalgia is also on the rise, with retro subreddits also showing increased growth. Classic game appreciation and remembrance forum r/TipofmyJoystick (big name) has seen a 63% increase in users over the past few years, for example. “It’s not just that gamers want environments that call for more positivity,” Gaige suggests, “but they’re looking for times, aesthetics, and sounds that bring them back to healthier gaming experiences.” He then adds: “many look back, not forward”.
In other words, try not to be so salty on Reddit, but if you’re tired of communities that are, there may be a low-sodium equivalent. Just be careful when bringing up the Halo TV series, you don’t want to push your luck.
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