You probably are aware that a recent engine update by Valve caused a lot of mods to stop working. At the time of writing and to my knowledge Valve had neither acknowledged the issue nor apologized. Fine, that’s how they treat the people who put bread on their table, that’s their choice. I don’t like it but there’s nothing I can do about it.
However, the community, lead by gorpie, a PP and Steam Forum regular, have worked very hard to find fixes, patches, solutions and hacks to get the mods working again.
Now, Steam is a pretty cool thing but I really don’t understand why I, as a user, can’t have more control over what updates are installed. Can you imagine if Microsoft forced EVERY windows user to upgrade when Microsoft wanted them to? Sure, Windows has more dependencies on outside software than Steam but if all my mods stop working and that’s the only reason I use Steam then that’s not really helping me as a customer.
Some mod makers have tried to get their mods working and others, for various reasons, haven’t. The link above organizes the current situation very well and most mods can be played, but do the mod makers have a moral responsibility to support their mods, at least for a limited time? If not, then what happens if a mod is released one day and Valve updates the engine the next and the mod stops working? Sure, we would expect the mod to be fixed, but what if it was a month or a year? How long should a mod be supported?
Of course, it’s very different for multiplayer mods compared to single player mods, but PlanetPhillip.Com only covers SP, so consider that the focus of the question. However, feel free to comment on the difference between the support of both.