Poll Question 252 – Are you excited by the idea of Steam Workshop?

2nd December 2011

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

I noticed that Valve announced today that they would be using Steam Workshop to distribute Skyrim mods.

They had previously announced distribution of Portal 2 mods via the same method, and as I wrote on somewhere, that scared the heck out of me.

I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand why Valve didn’t do this years ago. It doesn’t even need to have been part of Steam to work.

That said, if they had, there would have been no need for sites like mine.

When Valve and the community does start to create content and use Steam Workshop, where will that leave PP? Well, there should always be a group of users who want to read sensible and constructive comemnts. The problem is that newer players may never find out about sites like mine, because they may feel they have no reason to look elsewhere.

I am curious to see how it will work and how useful the comemnts and ratings will be.

What about you?

The Poll


  1. Major Banter

    All it is right now is a glorified TF2 submission system, and I don’t think it’ll ever be something more.

    You want to get something to the public, you use the tens of HL2 websites. Not one service.

    1. Well, the current crop of developers may use more than one service but perhaps newer developers, who currently don’t know much about the scene, may get started with this and if they get enough comments or feedback, may not even look elsewhere.

  2. Who needs bread or water anyway … im buying a hat.

  3. I am excited about the TF2 items part of the Steam workshop, but couldn’t really care about the mods. I have always had good experiences with this site, and most of the mods that I have looked for, happen to be here. They haven’t distributed any mods yet, except for a number of Source ones via the Steam store, and I honestly don’t think that much is going to happen. Even if they release mods for all kinds of games, I still think that this site will still have the same amount of users, reviewers, commentators and downloaders.

    For these reasons, I voted Maybe.

    1. I hope you are right about the number of visitors etc. That said, maybe in the longer term it will stop new users finding sites like mine.

  4. I voted Maybe because I am currently unsure of the program’s functionality. In addition, people who want their mods to truly be discovered will probably proliferate the finished product to as many mirrors as possible – to include sites such as PlanetPhillip and ModDB. Something tells me that Steam Workshop will not destroy the traffic of sites like this one…depending on the functionality, Steam Workshop may lead to Valve’s increased awareness of and willingness to assist the modding community and its trials and tribulations with the SDK Tools.

    So … Maybe.

  5. Voted no because nothing had caught my attention, there are no real new features..

  6. No because I don’t play Skyrim 😛

    1. I didn’t ask about Skyrim mods, I asked about the idea of Steam Workshop. They WILL be releasing Portal 2 mods/maps on there and maybe even Half-Life 3 ones too.

  7. Nic

    I’m excited by the idea of it, but mainly because of what it could mean for Portal 2 mapping when combined with the simplified Puzzle Creator — many of my favourite puzzles have been terrible maps and an integrated distribution system should help to draw more people beyond the vanilla content.

    That said, with the exception of being happy that Valve is doing well I’m not sure I care about its use in other games yet. Integrated community content systems always feel sterile to me, whereas places like PP, Interlopers and Mod DB have a stronger feeling of community attached which draws me to them even when I’m not actively looking for something to play.

    Content aggregators and services like Workshop are for instant gratification and, while the majority seem to go for that, there will (hopefully) always be those who prefer a closer community. I even think there’s a small chance of it helping introduce people to communities they wouldn’t have found otherwise.

    I guess the most succinct way to express the comparison, albeit a little vulgar, is that pornography has been around for a very long time but people still get together and start families.

    1. William

      Hahaha pornography… milk out of my nose material right there.

  8. lambda

    I’m sorry phillip but I’m going to having OCD, “Poll QUestion 252” goes to “Poll Question 252.” Also, it should be why “Valve didn’t do this years ago.” I am not a grammar Nazi, I just like things to be clean and I want your site to be the best in every way possible. 😉

    It’s like the Garry’s Mod toolbox and I see nothing wrong with that. I do not think it will kill communities, just as steam forums doesn’t kill other forums for the same game (there are even forums for gamemodes in garry’s mod’s case).

    I do not think it will kill communities because people have a natural tendency to want to be with others.

    1. Fixed, thanks. Don’t worry about being OCD. I eat OCDs for breakfast.

  9. Hec

    No because I love sites like PP.com, and specially PP.com, I mean PP is the heart of all HL mods, I mean if steam distribute them as well is ok, but download mods sites are richer than steam worksop or whatever.

  10. Aaron

    I can see the workshop working if someone took the time to make a mod based around the workshop with valve so peeps like me could download it and add my models that I make and someone awesome came along saw my model and used it. Almost like a gmod version to tinker with. Sandbox Workshop

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