I don’t buy many PC games, partly because I don’t have any spare cash to pay with and partly because I run this website and play all the mods I can. That lifestyle choice got me thinking.
Do you buy less PC games because you play mods?
Now, I am different from you in that most of my free time is spent on the site in one form or another. I don’t have that much free time and if I didn’t run the site then my vote may have been different. I would probably play more demos of games but experience has shown me that I don’t really enjoy them enough to buy them.
I would probably play only the bigger HL2 mods, rather than searching for the little maps. Of course if somebody else ran a PlanetPhillip then I probably play the smaller maps too.
Anyway, the point is that running a website or building a mod doesn’t leave you much time to just play.
I am guessing now, but I believe that most players who play lots of mods don’t play or buy as many games as other non-mod players do. In fact, if I were a developer part of me would be pretty angry with Valve and other developers for including editors in their games because on an individual basis I may be losing customers. Sure, as a whole it does gaming a lot of good to have a community that builds maps and mods but not for everybody.
Do you think playing mods has reduced the number of games you buy?