WOW, what an interesting time we live in.
I’m not going to go into all the detail of the recent “paid Mods” event because I am sure you have been following it and probably know more about it than I do. However, I am going to talk about how it could affect me and this site.
Personally, I support the concept but like many I was unhappy with the way Valve announced and planned it.
However, there was a time when I became very worried about the Steam Workshop believing it would force the closure of sites like mine.
Now I feel a well-managed, community-support paid mods programme would actually be fantastic for RTSL.
What better need for a site than when there are hundreds (maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you never know) of mods that you have to pay for but need help choosing. The recommendation system here would become incredibly useful to potential purchasers of mods. Being able to see independent, honest and fair reviews of paid content would be essential.
Yes, I know that the Steam workshop itself has a rating and comment system, but let’s be honest the comments and ratings can be very strange.
Recently, I suggested adding a new set of MetaData details to a small group of RTSL testers. One of the points would be how much you would have paid for a mod. It was decided that this information might not be useful, but maybe if paid mods are eventually released, then this would be perfect.
It’s not as if this idea is new. Back in 2007, I asked the same question: Poll Question 20: Would you actually pay for a mod? The results are quite interesting.
I’ll leave you with one final thought before you vote. Valve’s wording in the statement they made when announcing the change of mind was clear. This is definitely coming. It’s a case of WHEN and for what GAME. It’s seems obvious now that for it to work it needs to be introduced with a new game, not one that already has lots of community content.
What game do you think will have hundreds of maps and mods made for it? Yes, the one between 2 and 4.
I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Valve have this option when they release the game, although I don’t think it will be the first game to have it.
What do you think?
You will notice that the poll contains 3 choices, split into three sections; Developer, Player Anonymous. I created it like this because I feel it would be useful to see how the two different types of people in the gaming community vote. Some may prefer to not affiliate themselves with any one group and for those people I created the Anonymous.
Of course, all Developers are also Players, but once you become a Developer you view things differently to people who ONLY play games.