Here is a research idea that would simply require the collection of data, which is then presented in a graphical manner. This data and presentation would then form the basis of a number of questions to be further investigated. Interested? Then read on.
This particular project would consist mainly of numerical data. It would chart the releases on maps and mods from the date of the games release. Fluffy The Hamster recently made a post on the PlanetPhillip Forum that echoes what many others have no doubt been thinking: “Where are all the HL2 maps?”. Perhaps the mapping community goes through release stages. If so, what are these stages controlled by? How have the release of other games effect the map and mod output. These plus many others questions should be investigated before the data is lost.
We could probably list a lot of questions that we want answered and perhaps this is the best way to start. The more specific the objective, the more likely we will find the answers. However, I’m also a believer in the concept that sometimes we shouldn’t ask any questions and just let the data speak for itself.
So, this is your chance to ask some questions about the maps and mods released for HL1 and 2. As mentioned above the serious questions probably need to be asked after we have the final data in front of us but I have some non-quantitative questions that can be asked now….I will start the ball rolling and hopefully you can continue….
- Do we think the complexity of creating maps and mods for HL2 in comparison with HL1 a serious factor in the reduced releases?
- How many people move from mapping for Hl1 to mapping for HL2?
- How many stopped mapping once Hl2 was released?
- How many people started their mapping experience with HL2?
- Has the Source engine spawned more mappers overall that GoldSource?
These types of questions can’t really be answered with simply numerical data and would need a detailed survey, but if Valve can create a hardware survey why not a content-creation survey? Unfortunately that’s another project that will have to sit on my “Long-term Tasks” list.
Having said that it wouldn’t take too long to create a detailed survey which is then promoted to as many mapping forums and websites as possible. Does anybody wish to collaborate with me on this project? You must be prepared to take the project seriously and put in significant time and effort.
Perhaps we could even set-up a subdomain on PlanetPhillip to collect and publish the results. Please contact me if you are interested.