Before we get into specifics, let’s be clear about something. There will always be people who can just step into something and do it well. Mappers, can pick up an editor after only a cursory play at a game and make something interesting. This poll is about most mapper, the general community, not those exceptional people who are good at almost everything.
Now, the reason for this poll is primarily becasue of some Guildhall students who make maps but don’t seem to even know much about the game. Specifically I have seen Alyx spelt as “Alex” at least twice and maybe more. I am the first to admit that I am a terrible speller and this website contains, amny, mnay examples (Yes, they were on purpose!). But I believe that the mistake I have just mentioned is not due to some quick oversight but something deeper.
The students don’t really seem to grasp the finer details about the game itself, it seems more as a means to an end than anything else. Obviously there are exceptions but it certainly seems that way.
I purposely choose the use “seems” a lot in the preceeding the sentence becasue I certainly could be wrong but I don’t believe so.
I would love to know whether the guys and gals that are working on Episode 3 really love the game. Of course working on something is completely different from just playing it.
Back to the mappers, though.
If you don’t really love/understand/know the HL story and background is it possible to make great mods? Does being an expert on the details of the game and its story make your mods better?
Clearly you could put a few buildings together and locate a bunch of enemies around the place and have a cool level, but what if you want to make a proper mod?
What do you think?